Peria Playcentre in the Far North celebrated their 50th anniversary on Friday 3 November.

Past and present members celebrated together with a morning tea and a playdough cake.

Peria is a rural Playcentre which has had very committed families for the last 50 years that has kept it going.

There were some ‘multi-generations’ in attendance at the event, including Toni Hailstone, who talked about attending Playcentre with her children. Her eldest is now 38 years old.

Josie Riddle attended Playcentre as a child and remembers her father doing the building extensions and making and the tables that are still in use.

Josie attended Playcentre with her own children. They also attended the celebration, with the eldest now 18 years old.

Centre members have worked hard over the last few years upgrading the building, adding a deck and drop sides, painting and upgrading equipment with the support of grants.

“Peria Playcentre embodies the very heart of what Playcentre is all about and it is truly a special place,” says Keri Squires, Upper North Island Regional Support Lead for Playcentre Aotearoa.

For 50 years, Peria Playcentre has been offering families the chance to play, learn and grow together, as well as to forge meaningful friendships with other families in the community.

The Centre is open Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9.30am-1.30pm and welcomes families with children from birth to school age.

You can contact them to arrange a free visit at [email protected].

Tamariki and whānau celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Peria Playcentre.