Bad day was a good one for panto kids

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YOUNGSTERS enjoyed some free panto fun at a Wearside centre.

Sunderland Children’s Washington Centre hosted the pantomime, Santa’s Bad Day, to give families a festive treat.

As well as the production there were also lots of activities for the children and Santa was on hand to give out gifts to the youngsters.

The pantomime, produced by Panto on a Shoestring Productions, was held at Wessington Primary School and there were three different show times.

Councillor Pat Smith, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, said: “All of the Sunderland Children’s Centres hosted their own festive events to get families into the Christmas spirit, and the pantomime hosted by the Washington Centre was an extra special treat for families to enjoy for free. “Pantomimes are a part of many people’s Christmas traditions and we were very happy to be able to share that with families in the Washington area.”

The pantomime was presented by Circurama, a popular children’s entertainer that regularly attends the centres to provide fun play sessions and teach the children basic circus skills.

The panto and day of fun proved a huge hit.

Mum Loreena Lawson, who took along her three-year-old son, Max Dixon, said: “I’ve been coming to Sunderland Children centres since Max was born and we’ve always attended the special holiday events they put on.

“The centres are a brilliant place for parents to find support as well as being a space for the kids to let off some steam.”

Another mum, Julia Jones, 28, who went along with her children Lewis, six, and Alex, two, said: “We have been coming to the centre for years to all the different sessions they put on.

“The boys particularly love messy play and we have even attended the cooking classes. The pantomime was great fun. The centres are brilliant at giving families space and activities to enjoy together.”

David Cellini, 33, took along his two-year-old daughter, Natalia, while her mum was out Christmas shopping.

He said: “The staff here are really welcoming to both mums and dads. Natalia loves her new book she was given by Santa, and she really enjoyed the show.”