Families gathered at Island Park for the Portage Family Resource Centre’s third annual Teddy Bear Picnic, an event filled with activities and fun for children, as well as their beloved stuffed animals. 

Program Director Peter Thiessen shared that the event featured craft stations, games, and a teddy bear medic station where volunteers patched up stuffed animals. Brightside Dental also provided dental hygiene lessons and goodies. 

"We also had a performance that was shared by the Portage Regional Library and ourselves. I sang a few songs, bear-themed, and that was part of it. Then the library; their program staff read a couple of stories for the kids."

The event, held for the first time on a weekday evening, saw a great turnout.

"We decided to change it up and try an after-work slot on a weekday. We were not sure exactly how that would translate, but we were thrilled with the turnout." Thiessen exclaimed, "We had about 30 families who registered, it doesn't always work for everyone to make it. I think in total we had about 22 families, and about 35 kids, that were able to come, which was really, really special."

Looking ahead, the Family Resource Centre has a busy summer planned, with parent-child programs like Play in the Park, Art in the Park, Story Time in the Park, and Growing Up Green. The popular Stroller Fit program also continues, offering a low-intensity workout for parents. 

Thiessen encouraged families to stay updated on events by visiting their website, frcportage.ca, and following them on their social media pages.