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Our ZigZag Photography family fun open day has become a little bit of a tradition. With free photoshoots, entertainment and Goodie bags, there’s always a good turn out.

With the event advertised as starting at 11am, we were all busy preparing when the first family turned up, over an hour early! We had a massive 25 families arrive before the event had even started all eager to start the fun.

We were obsessively checking the weather in the run up to the event and were a little worried that we were going to get rain but the sun was shining all day!

The first 100 children received a goodie bag along with their free print and we photographed over 120 children over the day!

64% of people who came to the event, had never been to us before so It was a great opportunity for everyone to experience what a professional photoshoot is like. 23 families liked it so much, that they’ve booked in with us for the full ZigZag experience! We’re looking forward to creating some fantastic images for them soon.

We were also joined by Livi Lollipop who was doing some amazing face painting on the day. The was a constant queue for her designs and she didn’t get a break all day!

At 1.30pm Diddi Dance were doing a free trial dance class. The room was so busy, we couldn’t fit any more people inside! Her classes are fun and funky movement and dance sessions for preschool children in a relaxed environment. Classes run every day in various areas around Leicester. They have free trials available and also offer parties and sessions in EYFS settings. Check out her Facebook Page for more information.

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We were also joined by the Healthy Together 0-19 team who were teaching the children all about healthy eating and dental hygiene. The kids loved sorting the healthy food out and brushing the giant teeth!

ZigZag bear is our resident bear and the kids always love him. We even had a couple of kids on the day, who apparently are usually really scared of mascots but they soon warmed to his loveable nature and everyone wanted a hug! There were even ZigZag bear keyrings in the Goodie Bags as a little memento to remember the day and the kids had the chance of colouring him in for the chance to receive a £10 Smyths voucher and their own mini ZigZag Bear.

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Even Mr Tumble loves ZigZag bear!

When Mr Tumble came out, we had to take a little break from giving the finished prints out as the crowds were just too big to make our way through! There was singing and dancing from all! Mr Tumble from Party Time with James is available to hire for events and parties and he has mascots available too. Check out his page for updates on where he’ll be next and how to hire him.

We were of course raising money for 20-20 Voice Cancer on the day. We had a guess the sweets in the Jar game, a name the teddy game and a raffle with some amazing prizes donated from lots of extremely generous charities. 20-20 Voice Cancer raise money for support and equipment to Laryngectomees, their families, the medical fraternity and the wider community on cancers of the head and neck.

We managed to raise a huge £521 on the day so would like to thank everybody for coming along and helping the day be such a success. We hope you all had fun!

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We’ve had some amazing feedback from the day. There’s just a few examples below. If you have any more, we would love to hear it, please leave us a comment below.

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