Hundreds of children and parents turned out for a day of sunshine and fun in Ruddington in celebration of the charity Family Action’s 150th anniversary.
The charity runs Rushcliffe Children’s Centres on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council and hosted its anniversary celebrations in style at the Jubilee Club House in Ruddington.
The event also celebrated the start of National Volunteers Week.
Children were treated to a range of activities including drumming workshops, messy play activities, rugby training and arts and crafts.
Brave youngsters even got the chance to pet a range of animals brought to the event by White Post Farm, including a snake who was loving the glorious sunshine.
The event was one of several picnics that Family Action is hosting nationwide as part of its Family Monsters Project, which is encouraging people to talk about their everyday challenges.
The campaign aims to get these pressures out in the open and to stop family monsters from becoming overwhelming by helping families find ways to talk about and face their pressures together.
Parent Ian was among those stretched out on the picnic blankets. He said: “It’s a lovely thing for them to put this event on and the fact that it’s free and right on our doorstep is amazing.
“Our little one loves the animals and we can sit in the sun safe in the knowledge that the kids are looked after.”
Sarah Coleman, community development worker at Rushcliffe Children’s Centres, said: “We would like to thank everyone that came along to our Family Monsters Picnic and Volunteers Week celebration and hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.
“It was great to see so many families having such a lovely time.”
To find out more about the Family Monsters project please visit .
The website also includes the short film Family Action has released that brings family monsters to life.