Tiny tots flock to children’s fun day

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A fun day dedicated to children at the Arran Heritage Museum lived up to its name by attracting a large amount of children of all ages to the family friendly event.

Impending rain could not deter the throngs of children and adults from visiting the annual event which encourages a young audience to enjoy a packed itinerary of children’s events free of charge for children under the age of 12.

Adults could enjoy lunch and refreshments from Rosaburn Cafe and the music from members of the Arran Fiddle Group while the main focus of the afternoon was directed solely at the younger ones enjoyment. Traditional games, such as horseshoe tossing, ball and skills games and the ever-popular Bat the Rat game elicited peals of laughter while the more sedate children enjoyed learning to weave, decorating cakes or listening to stories read by Arran author Alison Page.

Those with a sweet tooth enjoyed dipping fruit and sweet treats into the decadent chocolate fountain while those that were unlucky enough to not win a prize in the popular tombola still received a chance to have a  dip into the sweetie jar.

Joining the laughter and squeals of excitement was the sound of crashing crockery – all part of a raucous, but fun, activity where children threw bean bags at recycled crockery in order to win prizes by causing the most breakages.

Many young visitors decided to take advantage of the boats, tractors and the playhouse in the garden to spend an enjoyable afternoon in the manicured grounds of the museum.

The afternoon drew to a successful conclusion in the late afternoon, with many tired children worn out from all of the excitement, and a performance by the Isle of Arran Pipe Band.

Mum, Claire Gayle, visiting from Essex, watches as her son Eric has his face painted as a minion. 01_B31children01

A young girl looks on inquisitively as Rorie Rutherford demonstrates wool spinning. 01_B31children02

Decadent delight, a young girl puts the chocolate fountain to the test. 01_B31children03

A popular attraction which proved to be more difficult than it looked was the Bat the Rat game. 01_B31children04

Niamh McNeil impresses mum Emma with her ball throwing accuracy. 01_B31children05

An old family favourite, horseshoe tossing, was popular choice for older children.  01_B31children06

A children’s tombola awarded prizes liberally and those that did not win still received a sweet treat. 01_B31children07

Children listen intently to the story of The Tattoo Toorie by Arran author Alison Page. 01_B31children08

The Hausler family, visiting from Germany, try their hand at cake decorating. 01_B31children09

Eating the fruits of their labour, Clara, Emil and Ludwig Hausler, eat the cakes that they decorated. 01_B31children10

Members of the Arran Fiddle Group played an impressive set of music for the visitors. 01_B31children11

Going for a Sunday drive, two young visitors share the driving seat on Tommy the Tractor. 01_B31children12