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News: World’s Biggest Playgroup, books for breast cancer, designer cubbies and more

worlds biggest playgroupSo, what’s making news in the world of pregnancy and parenting this week?

Where is the best place to take the kids on March 20 (if you’re in Sydney)? How can reading a classic novel help breast cancer awareness? Where can you go for information about your child’s eczema? What common injury has risen by 21 per cent in 10 years? And why have leading architects and designers been building cubby houses? Read on to find out …

World’s Biggest Playgroup Day

Playgroup NSW will host the World’s Biggest Playgroup Day at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, on Wednesday, March 20, from 10am to 2pm.

More than 3500 people are expected to attend the free event – a highlight of National Playgroup Week.

Playgroup NSW CEO Sandy Kervin says the day is all about showing parents, carers and children what Playgroup is all about.

“The day really offers something for everyone.Mums, dads, carers and children – everyone will be able to play on a range of activities including physical, musical and educational play experiences, arts and crafts, including the special appearances of Dorothy the Dinosaur and Captain Feathersword as well as a meet and greet with CBeebies presenters Tara, Robbie and Duncan,” she says.

Also performing are Peter Combe, the ZingZillas by CBeebies, Lah-Lah’s the Big Live band and Loop de Loop.

Classic novels turn pink for breast cancer cause

pink popular penguins - breakfast at tiffanysPenguin Books Australia will launch a new series Pink Popular Penguins on March 19 to raise money for the McGrath foundation.

A selection of classic novels from the orange Popular Penguins tri-band design series will adopt pink covers as will the bestselling Alphabet Sisters by Australian novelist Monica McInerney.

Penguin Books will donate $1 from the sale of every Pink Popular Penguin to the McGrath Foundation.
The 12 titles are: Alphabet Sisters by Monica McInerney, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and A Spy in the House of Love by Anais Nin.

Free booklet on eczema for parents

Parents struggling with their child’s eczema can receive a free booklet called Eczema: Babies and Kids – produced by The Allergy Shop with the support of the Eczema Association of Australasia.

Topics covered include the wet-wrap technique, itchy food, the psychological effects of eczema in children, infections, topical steroids and the book also features a useful list of links and contacts.

Dental injuries on the rise in Australia

The number of children treated for dental injuries in emergency departments has risen 21 per cent between 2000 to 2010 and the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is urging all parents to have their children fitted for a custom mouthguard.

ADA Oral Health Committee chairman Dr Peter Alldritt says sporting accidents are one of the most common causes of dental injury but could be avoided or minimised with a mouthguard.

“More than half of Australian children who play a contact sport do not wear a mouthguard, and just 36 percent of children aged 5 to 17 years who own a mouthguard actually wear it during matches, games and training sessions,” Dr Alldritt says.

“Aussie Rules Football, rugby league and union, soccer, hockey, basketball and cricket account for approximately 75 percent of all sports-related injuries in Australia.”

The ADA will run its Committed to Mouthguards competition, offering entrants the chance to win one of three $1000 grants for sporting equipment and facilities.

Designer cubby houses raise money for homeless kids

Cubby_House_Challenge[1]Cubbies designed by leading architects and designers will be auctioned off at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show to raise money for the nearly 45,000 homeless and at-risk young people in Australia.
Cubby houses in the Cubby House Challenge – organised by not-for-profit ‘Kids Under Cover’ – feature a secret retractable central pillar which raises an upper storey green canopy roof; a mezzanine level that doubles as an outdoor sleep out with a retractable roof; solar panels to generate LED lighting, communication ports and telescopic look outs.

The creative cubbies will be on display at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show from March 20 to 24, and will be auctioned at 3pm on Sunday.

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