FAMILIES had fun around Bognor Regis as the half-term holiday began.
The enjoyment is continuing until Saturday at the Regis Centre’s first family fun festival.
This started on Monday and featured face painting, storytime in English and Polish, dance showcases with The Wonder Girls, arts and crafts, a drumming session and behind the scenes tours.
Eight-year-old Millie Deane went along on Monday for the arts and crafts session with artist Rita Herbert and toured the centre’s Alexandra Theatre.
Millie, of Elmer, said: “I made a mobile with my friend and then went backstage. I got to see how everything works. I saw how they work the lights.
“I also saw a scarecrow, a princess and Alice in Wonderland walking around.”
Sonny Gill, nine, got into the beat at the drumming workshop. The Edward Bryant Primary School pupil said: “I’ve been playing with the big drum. It’s got a good sound. It’s the first time I’ve played a drum like that.”
Hazel Latus, the managing director of centre operator Arun Arts, said: “A lot of parents often get stuck for things to do at half-term.
“With the weather being so miserable, we wanted to provide indoor events which were free with one or two exceptions.
“We’ve got a wide range of activities. People have been staying for three to four hours which shows they have been enjoying themselves.”
Parktastic! was staged last Saturday to boost health and happiness for all ages.Strong winds and the previous heavy rain meant the football had to be cancelled by the Arun Wellbeing Team organisers.
But the indoor activities still went ahead in Bersted Green Court on Hazel Road to provide plenty of enjoyment.
Family bootcamp and Zumba dancing provided exercise. Advice for healthy eating and energy use was also available to the steady stream of people who went along.
Among those who enjoyed themselves was Sam Bottwood, 36, of North Bersted, who has become a volunteer with the team which is managed by Arun District Council.
She took along her daughters, Jessica, four, and Sophie, three, to join in the fun.
“I got involved through the Weight Information Sensible Eating group and decided I wanted to help others become aware of exercising and losing weight and make them feel better within themselves,” she said.