Belinda Topp (right) with her sponsor Michelle Nelson

Belinda Topp (right) with her sponsor Michelle Nelson

Anyone who went to Toddlers’ Big Day Out last year knows what a great event it was for preschoolers and parents.   The good news is it’s back again this January.

I caught up with organiser Belinda Topp recently to see how it’s all coming together.   Belinda, who is also mum to a preschooler,  came up with the idea for the event last year.  “One of my main goals for Toddlers’ Big Day Out is for it to be a really informative day for parents so they can find out things and the kids can experience different things” she says.

One of the hardest things about organising the event she says is getting funding.  “A lot goes into an event funding application” she explains, “you need a full budget, a promotional plan, concept and benefits of your event, health & safety plans, quotes etc.  And that’s without  thinking about the follow up reporting required to any funders”.

And funding is key as it helps Belinda stick to one of her core goals for the event which is taking the strain off parents’ wallets.   “Everything is free, so there’s no financial pressure” she says, “I don’t ever want to charge for things, that’s at the core of its success”.

At the moment Belinda is busy pulling together last minute applications from stallholders.  And she’s keen to hear from organisations in the wider North Canterbury area that might like to have a presence there.  Also, whilst she’s secured some great sponsors, such as real estate agent Michelle Nelson,  she’s always keen to hear from others who might be interested in sponsoring the event in some way.

Fairies entertain at last year's Toddlers' Big Day Out

Fairies entertain at last year’s Toddlers’ Big Day Out

So what can visitors expect this year?  Well, there’ll be face-painting and fairies, kid friendly snacks from Reality Bites, information on everything from preschools to toy libraries, water safety to healthy eathing.  It’s a real full day out for parents and kids.

If you’d like to be involved with Toddlers’ Big Day Out as a stall holder or sponsor please get in touch with Belinda via email at: belindat23@gmail.com.

And for all you parents out there put the date in your diary: Toddlers’ Big Day Out takes place at Victoria Park on 25th January from 10.30am to 2.30pm.


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