Pop-up play date for Toy Library Awareness Week

Kaia Davis shows off her drumming skills amongst Whangaparāoa Toy Library’s more than 700 toys.

An event called ‘pop-up play date’ is coming to Whangaparāoa Toy Library for Toy Library Awareness Week.

Toy libraries lend toys, puzzles, and games to members, allowing families to try new things as their children grow without having to purchase toys that can be expensive.

The local ‘play date’ is on May 28 at the toy library in Link Crescent, Whangaparaoa and all interested families are welcome to come and find out more about what is on offer. There are more than 700 toys to choose from, ranging from construction blocks and farm animals to trikes and musical instruments.

Toy Library Awareness Week, which runs from May 27 to June 2, will see similar pop-up events nationwide.

The aim of this year’s theme, “play is the way,” is to promote the benefits that play has on children’s cognitive development.

Whangaparāoa Toy Library also recognises the important role toys play in keeping the minds of dementia patients active, and has started working with dementia therapist Carole Tregidga-Wheeler to provide toys, particularly puzzles and construction games, for patients.

The Whangaparāoa Toy Library opened in September 2017. It currently has 80 members – around 40 use the library regularly.

The pop up play date is on Tuesday, May 28 from 9.30am to 11.30am in the Agora Centre, 5 Link Crescent, Stanmore Bay. Info: phone Trudy Woolley on 027 281 3239.


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