SPC Ardmona KidsTown is proving ’tis the season to be jolly, hosting Christmas in July across the school holidays.
From next week, the adventure playground will be a sight to behold with dazzling lights and craft activities all focused around Christmas.
The event is being held to celebrate KidsTown’s miniature train’s new all-abilities carriage.
Christmas in July organiser Michelle Frenkel said a trip to the United States in the lead-up to Christmas inspired her to suggest KidsTown put in an all-abilities carriage.
Ms Frenkel visited the US with her family and while there went to a playground which had a miniature train with an all-abilities carriage.
‘‘I said to myself, ‘I wonder if KidsTown has such a thing?’ — so I came back and talked to Tracey Toy at KidsTown and I said, ‘Do you have an all-abilities carriage?’ and she said, ‘No, and it would be fantastic if we did’, so we started brainstorming how we could make it happen.
‘‘We’ve had some great support from community organisations who are making it possible for us to work towards building the carriage and we hope to have it ready for the first day of the school holidays.’’
KidsTown co-ordinator Ms Toy said the all-abilities carriage was a great idea and members of the community had already come to trial it.
‘‘The kids are just going to love this,’’ she said.
‘‘This is something that no-one’s ever seen before as well and it is going to be very new to not only Shepparton but Victoria.’’
Christmas in July does not just end with a week of festivities in the school holidays, there will also be a Black Tie Gala Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday, July 29, at The Connection.
Ms Frenkel said the dinner would help raise funds for a second carriage and would also raise money for those who have a mobility challenge to ride the train for free.
Ms Frenkel said they were thankful to the Community Fund Goulburn Valley, the Kiwanis Club of Mooroopna and Greater Shepparton Connected Community for donating the funds to build the all-abilities carriage.
Christmas in July will be held from July 2 to 8, 4pm to 8pm, at SPC Ardmona KidsTown, 7287 Midland Hwy, Mooroopna.
Cost is $10 a child and includes unlimited Christmas train rides, craft activities and jumping castle bounces.
To celebrate the week, anyone requiring wheelchair or mobility access can take part in the event at no cost.
The Christmas in July organising committee is still seeking support and if anyone would like to get involved or buy tickets for the dinner they can phone Michelle Frenkel on 0419394375.
The dinner will be held on July 29 at The Connection, 7291 Midland Hwy, Mooroopna, from 6.30pm and tickets are $120.
For information go to www.eventbrite.com.au/e/christmas-in-july-gala-dinner-tickets-35230457246