Thursday, October 29th, 2009
TODDLERS who went down into the Manning Park woods this week were sure of a big surprise – but, unlike the famous song, they didn’t need a disguise to enjoy the annual City of Cockburn Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

Catering for children aged up to six, the popular free event is part of the Summer of Fun season and attracted more than 1000 parents, grandparents, carers and teachers with young children and their teddies in tow.

Even patches of periodic rain didn’t dampen spirits, as children enjoyed cookie decorating, egg-painting, live entertainment, bouncy castles, sand cards, make-your-own hula-hoop activities, a teddy photo booth, face painting, an animal farm, bubble blowing, a jumble sale and a range of informative stalls.

“Teddies of all shapes and sizes were on show, along with a range of other loved animals brought along for their special walk in the woods,” Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said.

“During the rainy patches, the Azelia Ley Homestead Museum provided a haven for one and all, including the teddies.

“The annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic is a wonderful community event, bringing families and children together in a friendly and vibrant atmosphere.”

tb1-libby franklin,jpeg: Libby Franklin with Luka, 2, of Bibra Lake, at the Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

tb2-quintelle kenworthy-groen.jpeg: Quintelle Kenworthy-Groen, 5, of Jandakot ,with her decorated egg.

tb3-makingbubbles.jpeg: Bubbles of fun at the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

tb4-estelle o'neill,jpeg: Estelle O’Neill, 2½, from Victoria with Coolbellup resident Judi Disney in the animal petting farm.

tb5-kate durack.jpeg: No kidding… Kate Durack and Helena, 18 months, of Cottesloe, meet a goat and guinea pig in the animal farm.

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City of Cockburn

The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9411 3551


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