CRAZY kids kept a very important date when they were guests at a fun-filled Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Northfield Shopping Centre.
In brilliant spring sunshine, scores of youngsters came flocking to the event which turned the busy centre into a children’s wonderland.
Brewed up by the Mad Hatter himself along with his friends Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit, the Easter party featured free activities including cupcake decorating, a treasure hunt for prizes and face painting.
Some of the first young guests to turn up were six-year-old Abigail O’Connor and her brother Joshua, six, who came with their mum, Leanne O’Connor, 30, from Northfield.
Leanne said: “It was brilliant that the shopping centre arranged something like for the children during the holidays which certainly helped them to beat the boredom, especially as it was all free.
“Both my kids had their face painted – Abigail as a butterfly and Joshua as a tiger, which they thought was great.
“They also enjoyed themselves taking part in the treasure hunt around the centre.”
Abigail said: “I really enjoyed myself and loved having my face painted as a butterfly, which is my favourite design.”
Samantha Bamford, 30, of Quinton, brought along her two sons, six-year-old Jai and Kai, four.
They spent most of their time at the party decorating cupcakes with pink, white and blue icing after having their faces painted, Jai as his hero Batman and his little brother as the caped crusader’s sidekick, Catwoman.
Jai said: “When I saw the party going on I was well excited and just had to join in.
“I had my face done as Batman and told my mum I looked cool.”
Mum Samantha said: “I saw details of the Mad Hatter’s Party on the shopping centre’s website and decided to go down there – I’m glad we did because it was great for them.”
Seven-year Chloe Stokes was a guest at the party with her sister Sasha Stokes, four, after being brought along by their mum, 32-year-old Rachael Fairhall from Selly Oak.
Chloe said: “We’ve had a really fantastic time, Sasha and I both decorated some cupcakes and on mine I put white icing, jelly sweets and a big heart in the middle.”
Mum Rachael said: “Everyone at the party was enjoying themselves and it was great to see all the characters there, like Alice in Wonderland. It was brilliant and best of all it was free.”
Northfield Shopping Centre manager Pete Barber said: “Our children’s activity clubs are always very popular with youngsters and the Mad Hatter’s Party was no exception.
“We understand that it’s not easy to find things for children to do that are free, fun and close to hand, which is why we arranged this event for the school Easter holidays.
“Northfield Shopping Centre is delighted to have been the host and it was good to see that so many families came along and enjoyed themselves by taking part.”
Northfield Shopping centre is home to more than 40 stores, from fashion, health and beauty to services and food and drink, and has more than 650 parking spaces. More details at www.northfieldshopping.co.uk.