More than 500 children from along the South Coast flocked through the gates of Mogo Zoo on Friday for a Playgroup NSW event.
Batemans Bay Playgroup mum Katrina McRae successfully applied for grant funding to hold the event and said she was “overwhelmed” with the turn out.
The day celebrated NSW Playgroup Week.
“We wanted to hold a community event to get all the playgroups together,” Ms McRae said.
“I has been fantastic. We were expecting about 300 people but we have nearly 1000 people registered and 500 of those are children.
“It is great to see the community come together and the kids enjoy themselves.”
Joe Brierley opened the event with a welcome to country.
Ms McRae said playgroup was not only important for children, but parents as well.
“It is great for the children;s development,” she said.
“It’s also a social thing for parents.”
The event was advertised for Eurobodalla Shire families but attracted people from as far north as St Georges Basin and as far south as Bermagui.
“We didn’t turn anyone away,” Ms McRae said.
“I was shocked at the response.
“Everyone enjoyed themselves and the zoo was a great location.”
Playgroup NSW spokeswomen Sehr Minhas said the event was one of the biggest regional events in the state.
Mc McRae encouraged young families to join playgroup.
“We have about 15 members at the moment but need a few more to sustain ourselves,” she said.
“There is a playgroup on in the Eurobodalla everyday. Maybe if some us join forces, it would benefit everyone.
“Anyone can join. We are an all-inclusive group.
“We have plenty of toys and activities and meet on Friday’s in Melaleuca Crescent.”
To find out more about Batemans Bay Playgroup, phone Katrina on 0412 621 794.