As I take a walk through Cronulla on a typical day it is no surprise to see children and their carers enjoying the open space and relaxing atmosphere. It is a place to make new friends or meet up with old ones while enjoying the outdoor shopping and seaside lifestyle. Toddler Tuesdays, a new initiative of Cronulla Beach CBD, aims to bring together a community of young Mums, Dads and Carers.
Each week the large Pavilion Stage area of Cronulla Mall will be transformed for Toddler Tuesday. Children will have plenty of play equipment to enjoy with new pieces added each week. The fenced play area gives toddlers plenty of room to explore whilst still enclosed in one safe spot. While supervising their toddlers, parents and carers can relax in the adjoining seating area and enjoy time to chat.
Toddler Tuesdays are suitable for children aged up to 6 years. The facilities are fully undercover and operate from 9.30am to 1.00pm. The first Toddler Tuesday will be 5 February 2013 followed by every Tuesday during school terms until mid November. Sessions are on a drop in basis so no bookings are required and they’re FREE!
Next time you pop in to Cronulla Central you may notice that something has changed…
The photographs of the Spring Festival have been replaced with a brand new photographic exhibition by local amateur photographer Peter Sparks. Around Every Corner is an exciting new exhibition showcasing the Sutherland Shire’s natural beauty and stunning scenery from rivers and beaches to sea and gardens.
Peter Sparks, a Sutherland Shire resident since 1959, became interested in photography as a teenager. His interest developed into a passion as he learnt through courses, workshops, books and by studying other photographers and their approach to work. “The aim is to communicate my vision with others, for the photo to impact the viewer and that they will feel what I felt when photographing. Creating an emotive response in the viewer brings me as much pleasure as the photographer. Then I have achieved my aim – the photo is successful” Peter said.
The exhibition will be in the Cronulla Central Gallery near Cronulla Library from 1 December 2012 to 28 February 2013. The works of art are displayed in frames along the wall and on TV’s screens, it is free to visit and photographs are available for purchase. The Gallery is open 7am to 9pm daily.
The Cronulla Central Gallery is an exhibition space for amateur and professional photographers, new media artists, community groups and commercial exhibitors. For information about exhibiting in the gallery please contact Karyn Loughnan at Cronulla Beach CBD Management on 9527 2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why shouldn’t every visit to Cronulla be fun for kids and easy for parents? In the weeks leading up to Christmas Cronulla Beach CBD will be offering an exciting new crèche service, giving grown-ups the opportunity to make the most of Cronulla’s fantastic shopping and dining options. I’m sure many parents will be enjoying a relaxed shopping experience, an overdue catch up with friends, a quiet coffee or even a much needed pampering whilst their children play.
Children will have plenty of fun activities to keep them busy and make new friends. The Cronulla Beach CBD crèche operates in the Cronulla Central building just near Cronulla Library and will be open on selected weekdays between 3 and 21 December 2012. Visits of up to 1½ hours are available and cost just a bit more than a freshly brewed latte at only $5 per child. The crèche is suitable for children aged 2 to 10 years old which is unfortunate for me.
Everyone knows that children prefer to play than shop and the Cronulla Creche is able to fill this gap and give parents the chance to have some much needed time off in the hectic weeks leading up to Christmas.
For dates and times visit Cronulla Beach CBD’s website. Pre booking is essential so please call 9527 2100 to make a booking and get a break from the kids.
As per my previous entry, be sure to get a photograph with Santa while you’re in Cronulla, even pets are welcome! The kids won’t want to miss Santa’s arrival by beach buggy on Saturday 24 November at 10am. They can also visit him any day up until Christmas Eve. Photos are available on the spot, Merry Christmas!
Great news that Santa Claus will once again find time in his busy schedule to visit Cronulla, but there’ll be no snow in sight as he warms his toes by the beach from the 24th of November through to the 24th of December.
For those of you who haven’t seen Santa’s awesome beach pad, it boasts a unique seaside backdrop and beach theme but I’m sure the kids will be more interested in the free gift they will all receive.
We are also encouraging everyone to bring their pets to meet Santa for a twist on the traditional Christmas photo. Every man and his dog is welcome….really! If a pooch, pussycat or parrot is part of your family, bring them along to have a photo with Santa for a long lasting memory. Don’t forget to bring the kids too!
I can also confirm that Santa will be arriving by beach buggy with a little help from the Cronulla Lifeguards on Saturday the 24th of November at 10am with photos available from 10am to 5pm daily. Getting closer to Christmas I have got Santa working overtime, from the 8th of December photos will be from 9am to 5pm daily until his last wave out on Christmas Eve.
Cronulla Beach CBD has a special treat for all children who visit the website. A free Christmas colouring book is now online and lots of fun. Children can even dress up Santa! Simply visit Cronulla Beach CBD’s website.
For more information call 9527 2100 or like us on Facebook.
Christmas time is almost upon us and Cronulla Beach CBD is encouraging all retailers to get into the spirit by decorating their shop fronts with all things Christmas.
Not only will participating businesses attract customers with their unique displays but they will also be in the running to win $500 worth of Cronulla Gift cards to spend on their staff!
Registrations are open from now until the 2nd of December with the CBD Management office (details below). Two independent judges will then come around on the 3rd of December judging stores on their effort, appeal to day and night, creativity, effective use of products, liveliness & originality.
Here are my tips for businesses participating in the competition:
Categories your displays by grouping similiar products together
Create stories with your display
Keep the best products at eye level for a quick sell
Be careful not to ‘over-decorate’
Change displays around your store regularly so customers see old stock in a brand new light
Lights are effective
Businesses of Cronulla, it’s time to start decorating and don’t forget to register!