Having fun is child’s play at museum fun day

Young Hazel Price is poised to Bat the Rat.

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The Arran Heritage Museum continued with its winning formula of traditional fun and games at their annual Children’s Day which always ensures a large crowd of children who visit the Brodick attraction to enjoy the many delights on offer.

Taking place last Sunday, in overcast conditions, the weather could not put a damper on the spirits of the excitable children who were treated to an array of fun activities and tasty treats.

While the adults enjoyed lunch and refreshments from Rosaburn Cafe, children took part in traditional games such as horseshoe tossing, ball and skill games and the popular bat the rat game. Under a large marquee other wholesome activities which included cake decorating, necklace making, weaving and felting all vied for the children’s attention.

The more active children, and many adults, enjoyed the bash, crash, smash game where participants threw sand-filled bags at crockery piled high atop one another in order to win prizes. An almost certain method of winning prizes was at the children’s tombola where those that did not win a toy prize, still received an invitation to have a quick dip into the sweetie jar.

Many children created their own sweet treats at the cake decorating stall, while others built a skewer of tasty nibbles which they then coated in chocolate from the chocolate fountain.

Once some of the excitable energy had been burned off children enjoyed more sedate activities such as looking at some of the exhibitions on offer which included a Lamborghini super-car, a large model railway or a story telling session by author Alison Page who read from her book The Westie Fest.

During the day soothing music was provided by the Arran Fiddle Club and in the afternoon, the busy but always popular, Arran Pipe Band performed to the delight of the adults and children.

Herbie Helliwell of Brodick ensures that he gets a good chocolate coating at the chocolate fountain. 01_B30child01

Mavis Helliwell selects pink and purple colours for her decorated rock. 01_B30child02

Cake decorators make the difficult decision on what toppings to use on their cakes. 01_B30child03

The McNamara family enjoy some of the traditional games on offer. 01_B30child04

Young Hazel Price is poised to Bat the Rat. 01_B30child05

Heritage Museum manager Tom MacLeod puts his candy floss making skills to the test.  01_B30child06

Arran Fiddle Club members perform for the audience. 01_B30child07

Participants line up to try the children’s tombola. 01_B30child09

Joseph and Anastasia Courtney of Edinburgh had success in smashing crockery at the bash, crash, smash stall.  01_B30child10