Daddy Day of Musical Play

On Saturday, our “Daddy and Me” morning was held, facilitated by Julie Wylie and Liz and James Townshend. What a fantastic time! It was awesome to see fathers playing alongside their children, taking a moment to forget about the world around and truly entering the world of musical play. Boys and girls turned up with the biggest smiles on their faces, knowing that this was their special time with dad. One little girl came in to the room telling everyone around – “Today is daddy day, daddy day at music!”

The day was filled with so many special moments, and as an observer, watching the interactions was absolutely magical. The photos below hopefully show a glimpse of some of these! It was a fantastic turn out, and a successful fundraiser for the The Champion Centre Music Department. Thank you to everyone that came along, to those who participated, those who donated, and especially to Julie, Liz and James for making the morning possible!

Clare Newton
Workshops and Event Coordinator


It was wonderful to see so many fathers come with their children to the “Daddy and Me” Champion Centre music programme fund raiser on Saturday 29th March.
We raised almost $600 which was a great effort and thanks to everyone who contributed. It was such a highlight to hear fathers singing so beautifully and interacting with their children. Several fathers said how much they appreciated having quality music time together with other fathers and experiencing the support of other Dads. They valued being able to come together as a group and sharing the highlights of musical play with their children. They also said how much they enjoyed having another father James Townshend involved with the music programme and his presentation  of  the signed story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, supported by his wife Liz on the drum.  There were many memorable moments, but for me seeing fathers proudly dancing, singing and playing with their children and seeing the pride reflected on their children’s faces as they came in with their Dads was very special. The fathers’ play was nurturing and very playful. The deep, rich singing voices of these fathers was memorable.

Julie Wylie Music Specialist.