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Smiles galore as youngsters celebrate National Fun Day in Corner Brook

Erica Bennett of Corner Brook has a blast with some hula hoops at the National Fun Day celebrations held Saturday at the Corner Brook Studio.
Erica Bennett of Corner Brook has a blast with some hula hoops at the National Fun Day celebrations held Saturday at the Corner Brook Studio. - Dave Kearsey

Erica Bennett was standing by herself, grooving her hips with several hula hoops around her waist.

Sean Alic sat patiently and gave a thumbs up as he took his turn getting his face painted under the watchful eye of his mom.

Youngsters scrambled to get their turn at the bouncy castle.

Parents pushed their children around on little cars or played with toys.

There were a few belly bumps in the mix as several expectant moms made their way around the confines of the Corner Brook Studio.

Sean Alic, five-year-old son of Angelica and Santiago Alic, gets his face painted by Lynn Drover of Kindercastle during the National Fun Day celebrations Saturday in Corner Brook.
Sean Alic, five-year-old son of Angelica and Santiago Alic, gets his face painted by Lynn Drover of Kindercastle during the National Fun Day celebrations Saturday in Corner Brook.

It was the setting for a day set aside to recognize the importance of having fun and getting the most out of life with the celebration of National Child Fun Day — the reason for the community gathering, as many of the parents sat on the sidelines and let their child have their moment in the spotlight.

Erica and her seven-year-old sister Katie were accompanied by their parents Dillon and Angela Bennett of Corner Brook.

Dillon Bennett said he always takes his two girls to community events in the city. He believes it’s important to support events like this because it brings people together and gives his girls something to keep them busy and active.

“Just try to get your kids involved in everything you can in Corner Brook because they get introduced to more kids and they have more fun,” Dillon Bennett said.

His two daughters love to be outside. They enjoy camping, snowmobiling and going for walks together.

They love to shoot hoops and kick around the soccer ball.

Erica also has a crafty side to her, one of her favourite hobbies is knitting, but it doesn’t matter what it is she does, a big reason why she does it is because of the friendships she forms.

She’s not one to stick around the house and is excited about getting a few rides on snowmobile now that winter has arrived.

“It’s about doing things that you enjoy with other people,” Erica said.

As much as she loved doing a variety of things to ensure she never gets bored, she had a quick response when asked what she would do if she was only allowed to do one thing and with only one other person by her side.

“I would spend my time on the trampoline with my sister because we love doing tricks,” Erica said.

Christmas is around the corner and that’s a special time of the year for youngsters.

Erica is hoping Santa realizes she’s been a good girl all year and her Santa list this year is pretty short, with a television and some clothes at the top.

One of the things she enjoys most about Christmas is sharing it with Everest — her Elf on the Shelf — who will be moving around each day to keep an eye on what magic will happen on Christmas morning.

Just being yourself and loving life with no worries. Nobody trying to tell them what to do and when to do it.

It was their day to have fun and that’s what they did.

Their parents just watched and smiled, and that’s the way it was supposed to be.

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