BENDIGO families took advantage of an array of free entertainment at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Gardens yesterday.
More than 1000 people were expected to visit the gardens for the Dahlia & Arts Festival family day. There was everything from carousel rides to super-size bubble blowers, face-painting to giant jigsaw puzzles and balloon-making to stilt walking.
Volunteers from Our Place were busy cooking up a barbecue while Dahlia & Arts Festival helpers staffed the various activities, including helping children master the art of stilt walking.
Event spokesman Brian Bourke said yesterday’s cooler weather was perfect and had given families the chance to get out and about without being too hot.
“The variety of activities is terrific and it’s great to see everyone enjoying themselves,” he said.
“All the activities are free and the whole focus is to encourage parents and children to participate together in active recreation.”
Christine Yarwood watched on as her son Jacob, 5, took part in a “come and try hockey” demonstration. “It’s a really fun day,” she said.
“There’s a lot to do for the kids, which is great.”
Robyn the Clown was surrounded by enthusiastic children as she skillfully crafted a selection of balloon animals.
Many children were also carrying green balloons in honour of St Patrick’s Day, which was celebrated yesterday.
Mum Rhiannon Trickey was making the most of the day with her son Jacob, 20 months, and nephew Hayden, also 20 months.
“It’s a bit chilly but not too bad,” she said. “It’s good opportunity to get out of the house and it’s all free, which is great.”