Two fun-filled family outings were organised on Saturday 29 June 2019 at White Post Farm, Nottingham, for families from the northern regions of the UK, and on Sunday 30 June 2019 at Old MacDonald’s Farm, Essex, for families from London and the southern regions.
The events brought together more than 400 young children (0- to 8-year-olds) and their parents across the two days. They offered an ideal opportunity for families to spend time together, make new friends and create lifelong memories.
Swamis began both days by lighting divas and delivering short discourses in which they reinforced family harmony, learning from each other and respecting nature – values which Mahant Swami Maharaj encourages and inspires.
An array of attractions, including various animals, provided plenty of opportunity for fun learning for both the children and adults. Families also availed of the large open spaces to enjoy picnics in the warm summer weather.
The expression of joy and happiness etched on the faces of children and their parents as they explored the attractions provided a testimony of Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s teaching: “The family that plays together, stays together.”
A parent from Coventry shared, “The outing was very enjoyable and we really benefitted from spending time with our children and learning so much from other families. The children enjoyed making new friends and we look forward to more events like these in the future.”
Diya, a young girl from Brent, added, “My favourite part of the day was playing with the animals and learning about how we can take care of our world.”