Somerfield Social Club is holding an Easter event for its youngest residents on Sunday 13 March from 10am – 12pm at the Pirate Adventure Playground on Westwood Boulevard. It will feature an animal petting farm, face-painter, balloonist and a visit from the Easter bunny with a festive Easter egg hunt.
“Easter is meant to herald spring and new life, but in Australia it’s also a precursor to colder days to come,” says Max Shifman, Chief Operating Officer for Intrapac Property, the company behind the project. “Our Easter event is therefore both a chance to celebrate Easter and a chance to catch up with friends (old and new) before the winter months keep us all indoors more.”
At Somerfield, Easter means Easter egg hunts around the Pirate Adventure Playground, a balloonist twisting and turning a simple balloon into a work of art, face painters transforming toddlers into adorable Easter bunnies, a petting zoo to educate and entertain the youngest in the development, and plenty of smiles.
“Somerfield is proud of its diverse community and we look forward to seeing how all the cultures in our development celebrate this special time, especially the kids,” says Shifman. “We encourage children to dress up in their Easter outfits, but also in their own cultural outfits to showcase all the colourful character we have in the neighbourhood.”
Somerfield Social Club is run by a team of volunteers, together with the help of Intrapac Property. Come down and support the work they do to bring events such as this one to the Somerfield community.
Despite fierce competition for Lunar New Year events in the region, Somerfield residents – young and old – turned out in the hundreds to celebrate the Year of the Monkey with their neighbours and to watch a magical lion dance and firecracker display in the estate.
“It’s important for us to celebrate all the cultures within our diverse community at Somerfield,” says Maxwell Shifman, Chief Operating Officer for Intrapac Property, the company behind the popular estate. “So, we are pleased to see the event growing in numbers. This was the third year Lunar New Year was celebrated at Somerfield and it was our best turn-out yet.”
One of the youngest at the event was three-month-old Riley Soo, dressed up in traditional Chinese New Year costume alongside his brothers Hayden (5) and Tyler (3). Their grandparents Dennis and Soo Ngeeann wore matching Chinese slogan t-shirts translated as “Everything is Successful”. They brought gifts for their grandchildren, including almond tarts and love letter biscuits, a nod to Valentine’s Day also being celebrated on the day.
One of the first couples to buy a home in Somerfield, Patrick and Noëlla Gueit, said they go to as many events as they can in Somerfield: “It’s so good to be able to connect with people who live nearby, because the world is so impersonal these days. Many people don’t even know people down their own street, so it’s a great opportunity for us to make new friends.”
Hien-Ly Phom met her teenage neighbours Isabelle and Skye at a similar Somerfield event and now they walk together to attend all the events with Hien-Ly and her three-year-old daughter Delta.
“It’s amazing, you forget there’s so many people in your neighbourhood,” says Isabelle. “It’s nice to connect with them.”
Lucky oranges symbolising wealth were thrown out to the crowds, as well as free fortune cookies for the kids. Firecrackers were also set off to ward off evil spirits and the colourful lions were a hit with the crowds, scrambling for photos with them after the show.
Somerfield is now over 90% sold, but new packages of land are soon to be released onto the market, as well as new 2 & 3 bedroom apartments starting at $395,000.