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Community support for Christmas party

The countdown is on… only three sleeps until the St Kilda Playgroup members only Christmas party! Santa has made his list and is checking it twice, and the playgroup committee has been busy organising the party for more than 330 people. That’s right – we’ve had more than 330 RSVPs for the big day. Wow! Read on for important details about the party, and the goodies in store for everyone!

Location A reminder the party is from 10am-12noon in King’s Hall at St Kilda Primary School. Enter via the main entrance on Brighton Road – you may have visited this hall to vote on Federal Election Day.

The committee is overjoyed to be able to welcome so many playgroup family members to this year’s party, and this could only happen thanks to the St Kilda Primary School, which has generously provided the hall for free when we explained we had outgrown Bubup Nairm for the event. Please note there is limited on-street car parking near the school, and pram parking will also be at a premium, so if you have an alternative such as a baby carrier, please consider using this instead.

The school is one of only a handful of primary schools in Victoria to be five-star accredited for sustainability, and we urge all party attendees to put sustainability practices into action on the day by bringing your own coffee cup/drink bottle, and taking rubbish home with you, including soiled nappies.

Santa visit Due to the large number of children now attending the party, individual photos with Santa may not be possible. Instead, Santa is looking forward to meeting the children in age groups, and spending some time with each group, answering questions and having group photos taken by parents. Santa will arrive at 10.30am.

Please note: all parents who let their child participate in this group activity will also be providing permission for their child to be photographed by others with Santa.

Local business support As a show of support by local businesses for our families and to help keep the costs down, we’ve been talking to business owners about sponsoring the event, and we’re delighted to announce there will be a lot of door prizes and a raffle in addition to the morning tea and gifts for children. We are also grateful to Miss Kitty Costumes for ensuring Santa will look his best on the day, and the St Kilda Library for their resources and loan of Christmas books for story time.

Coffee Nikki Janover and Limor Herskovitz from Gary Peer Real Estate St Kilda have come on board again as our major sponsor, and are providing the free coffee for parents and carers courtesy of Event Coffee Solutions, who are also back again and have generously lowered their fee.

Due to the large number of people attending the party, two local cafes have also agreed to help out. Mention the Christmas party on Sunday morning at Truffles on the corner of Carlisle and Chapel streets to get a 50 cent discount on your coffee, or pay just $3.50 for a small coffee with standard full cream or skinny milk from Miss Alex & Co on Brighton Road. Don't forget to mention the party for your discount!

Morning tea The children’s gifts are wrapped in paper courtesy of Coles Balaclava that has been wonderfully decorated in playgroup sessions, and Coles has also donated food for the morning tea. Tesoriero & Luca Fruit & Vegetable shop on Carlisle Street have also donated yummy fresh fruit.

Raffle Bring along your gold coins for our raffle! Tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. Prizes include a hamper donated by Chemist Warehouse Elwood, two vouchers to a toddlers parenting class, a music jam kit, and a swimming package.

Mama You Got This is a new initiative offering pregnancy, baby and toddler classes for families, by connecting mothers with experts and each other. They have donated two vouchers, each valued at $95, for their toddler class.

String & Bow Music run Baby Jams and Little Jams music classes in Elsternwick, with pop-up classes in local cafes. They have donated the jam kit for the raffle, featuring two maracas, a wrist bell, a triangle and a tambourine, as well as a String & Bow Music onesie, and a casual pass to one of their classes valid for use in Term 1, 2020.

Kingswim in Alma Road, St Kilda East has donated a prize pack containing a Kingswim mesh bag, goggles, a Kingswim towel and a $50 voucher. Parents can also pick up a flyer for a free introductory swimming lesson.

Door prizes There are a number of vouchers from local businesses that will be given away as door prizes during the party. These are 15 vouchers each valued at $20 donated by Sleeping Bunnies, a new store in Barkly Street St Kilda, that sells unique wooden toys and children’s furniture, as well as educational toys from around the world.

And for coffee connoisseurs, there is a $15 voucher from the Coffee Company in Carlisle Street, Balaclava.

We thank all the local businesses for supporting St Kilda Playgroup and helping to make the day such a success!

Photo at top courtesy of Gary Spears from Pexels

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