Family Fun Day Events are held every year from November to December. In 2016 there were pool parties, ten pin bowling and movies.
Family Fun Days are local community events funded by local businesses. They are a great day out for children in foster care, joined by other deserving children who have had a tough start to life and biological children of foster parents. This encourages everyone to get together with their families for an exciting fun time together in a safe environment.
Family Fun Days have a profound impact. Having fun together gets people talking, bonding and supporting each other.
- Film Parties – Kids and Caregivers receive free movies tickets, drinks and popcorn.
- Pool Parties – A fantastic party atmosphere with free BBQ food and drinks. Clowns and Entertainers create fun, run the games and give spot prizes. If held during the Christmas period gifts are also given to children who attend.
Foster parents say they love these pool and film parties, because they don’t have to organise anything and get the opportunity to simply ENJOY their children.
Pool and film parties provide an excellent opportunity to build connections and make friends with other foster parents so they can support one another to be better able to parent the child in their care. It also strengthens local foster care support groups and associations.
Feedback about previous Family Fun Day Events:
My son and I were lucky enough to be given tickets by my support worker to go to this event held today at the aquatic centre based in Richmond, Nelson. Our situation is that I am a single mother with a ten year old son, and I have ongoing chronic mental health conditions which are regularly monitored by the local hospital. I have had CYF involvement as well. We would have not been able to attend this celebration if not given TWO tickets to this event, as I am a beneficiary with not much available money. I took my son, and together we had a really good time. My son had a swim and chased the clown around for lollies lol. We ended our day with a lovely sausage and bread with a drink. It was a really nice combination. JD 17 Sept 2011 Nelson
I wish to thank you for the pool party here in Napier. The kids had a great time and it was a real treat being able to use the slides. – W.R. foster carer 19 Dec 2011
Our little ones did not want to leave!!!! Thank you to all of the businesses that made this day possible for all the children and their caregivers. -Foster carer Bay of Plenty Dec 2012
If you know of a local business that might want to provide funding for Family Fun Days or are interested in supporting these events please contact:
North Island Family Fun Day event administration: P O Box 31 268, Lower Hutt 5040
Email: Family Fun Day
South Island Family Fun Day event administration: P O Box 2521, Christchurch 8140
Email: Family Fun Day