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No-cost and low-cost play in Heath Park

A day of safe, stimulating and adventurous play is on the way at this year's National Playday in Heath Park tomorrow (Wednesday 2 August) with low-cost or no-cost activities for children to enjoy.

National Playday has been a fixture of the summer calendar since 1991 and as well as a celebration of children's rights to play, it is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in their lives.

The theme is ‘Playing on a Shoestring'. At the Cardiff event tomorrow taking place in Heath Park from 1-4pm, there will be fun for children of all ages and all the activities associated with Playday are free to enjoy.

Cardiff Council's Children's Play Services team and its partners will be at the centre of the field near the miniature railway, with opportunities to enjoy loose parts play and junk modelling, arts and crafts, ‘old-school' games and sensory elemental play - getting up close with the natural world around us.

And there'll be other organisations on hand, too, in tents and gazebos around the site, encouraging parents and children to have as much fun as possible, without breaking the bank.

Peter Bradbury, the Council's Cabinet member responsible for supporting young people, said: "National Playday has long been a key event for our Children's Play Services team and everyone has worked hard this year to ensure it offers some great ideas about how your children can be kept entertained during the long school holidays ‘on a shoestring'.

"We want to demonstrate that play is fundamental for children's enjoyment of childhood and vital for their health, wellbeing and development."

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