We've been to the Orana Spring Fair most years (maybe every year) since Liam was born, but this was the first one as bonafide members of the school community - with jobs to do and everything.
The fair went from eleven to three, and we got there between 11:30 and 12:00. Next year we will get there right at the start. Even though there was a freezing cold wind and Mikaela hadn't had a nap, we filled the entire day and felt like we hardly did any of the fair activities. And Mikaela, tired as she was, had a ball.
We did go up to see the puppet show in one of the kindergartens. Which is to say, Liam went in and watched the puppet show, while Chris and I hung out admiring the playground with Mikaela. The Orana school grounds are all gorgeous and currently full of flowers, but I think the kindergarten playgrounds are the best. There are four kindies with two enclosed playgrounds (ie two sharing each playground), and they have created just wonderful environments for five year olds to play. These photos (taken on my phone) don't do it justice at all - especially they don't show all colours of the roses and campanulas and all the other flowers are that are in bloom right now. But you get a rough idea.
Aside from that we saw some of the Maypole dances, bought a few books and plants, plus of course some yummy food, and then spent the last couple of hours hanging around the children's activities, where I was rostered on to help. I don't know that I was a lot of help except with the pack up, but I learned to make a god's eye, and someone else helped Liam make a garland and a fishing pole (with magnet on the end). He had a go at a godseye too, but it didn't turn out as beautiful as mine :)
Usually I go to the plant stall at the end and buy lots of plants when they're all 50c each, but I couldn't do that this time, being rostered for packup elsewhere. However, we did score a bag of kids clothes free. They had an end of fair special of $5 for a bag full, which my Mum kindly took advantage of for us, but by the time she went to pay they'd packed up the money! So that was a nice little bonus for the day. I do love free clothes. We are still getting quite a few handmedowns for Mikaela, but not so much for Liam these days.