Family Fun Days – Just for the Kids
Sometimes making money isn’t the reason to host an event: it’s about community building and putting a smile back on the dial.
Sporting clubs are notably good at putting on Family Fun Days. Outwardly, the emphasis appears to be on kids having an absolute ball—but the subliminal message is about securing club loyalty and support.
Family Fun Days are also a way of celebrating survival and a new chapter of a community’s life after natural disasters like bushfire and floods.
Family Fun Days hosted to celebrate community are perfect opportunities to:
- seek involvement and support from your local councillor
- get businesses involved as sponsors
- showcase local talent – as part of the entertainment.
To host a Family Fun Day, you need to think about:
- Council permissions
- Place and space – you want somewhere easily accessible, preferably flat and near public transport to avoid traffic congestion (and the irritation that causes neighbours).
- Timing – when will this be a daytime event or something that starts in the afternoon and goes into the evening? Timing impacts on your choice of entertainment and activities as well as ancillary items like glow products. Fireworks or simple candle vigils can be a moving conclusion.
- Public liability insurance requirements
- Shade – It’s great to be out in the sunshine but some shade is needed. Sponsors could provide marquees.
- Entertainment – Think local talent.
- Activities – Family Fun Days are usually low-cost. Think of activities that can be done on a shoestring, or seek sponsorship from local businesses to pay for or subsidise the cost of a few favourite sideshow rides.
- Food – Family Fun Days offer an opportunity for community groups to get involved with the Aussie BBQ tradition. If you live in a community with active multicultural groups, invite their participation, sharing culture and tastes. Or seek sponsorship from local food providors and faces.
Case study 1
The Victorian town of Cobram held a Family Fun Day in April 2012, located in the car park of a major supermarket (which sponsored the day). Local SES and CFA volunteers provided demonstrations; local talent provided live entertainment; stalls included a showcase for local produce (including wine and cheese tasting for the adults); and the day included youngsters’ favourites like face painting (free), jumping castles (free) showbags, snowcones and a BBQ.
Case study 2
The News South Wales council of Wingecarribee chose a wet and wild theme for its inaugural family fun day in January 2012, held at a council pool with supervised activities and a sausage sizzle.