Council to host free family event for NSW Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day: Penrith Mayor John Thain,said he was particularly looking forward to the billy cart race.
Grandparents Day: Penrith Mayor John Thain,said he was particularly looking forward to the billy cart race.

Penrith City Council will host a free family friendly event celebrating NSW Grandparents Day at Jamison Park on October 15.

Aiming to recognise the positive role grandparents and older people play in Penrith’s communities, the celebration will include a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy, including NSW Cricket’s backyard cricket games, damper tasting, kids crochet, jumping castle, veggie planting, Aboriginal craft, sack races and more.

Penrith Mayor John Thain, said he was particularly looking forward to the return of last year’s inaugural billy cart race.

“A personal highlight for me is the billy cart racing, where carts built by the Nepean Men’s Shed are raced by kids under the guidance of their older mentors,” he said in a statement. “The race brings young and old together, which is in essence what the whole celebration is about.”

Grandparents Day is one of the ways in which council is demonstrating its commitment to supporting inclusive communities that value and recognise people’s contributions.

“Events like Grandparents Day give us an opportunity to appreciate the people who make a difference in our lives,” Cr Thain said. “I’d encourage everyone to think about the older people making a difference in their lives and invite them along to Grandparents Day.”

The celebrations will run from 10am to 2pm on Sunday, October 15 at Jamison Park, and will include a free barbecue lunch with vegetarian options.  Coffee will also be available for purchase.

If children would like to race on the day they will need to wear long pants and sleeves and bring a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. For more information visit penrithcity.nsw.gov.au and search ‘Grandparents Day’