PERTH shone at the national What’s On 4 Kids Awards with local businesses taking out several awards.
In its eighth year, the awards are held to recognise excellence in the industry over 27 categories with all nominations judged by an independent panel and the people’s choice winners decided by community voting.
No stranger to the awards, Wanneroo’s Glass Slipper Entertainment was recognised as the best kids party entertainer.
“When they called out our name for the award I had to ask if this was real, had I really just won a national award,” she said.
“This has been the hardest year for me since starting this business as I’ve been managing the company remotely from Adelaide and it is this level of recognition that proves that what I am doing is received with gratitude.
“I have the best team of entertainers and cannot thank them enough for what they do.”
Ms Sales said she started the business in 2015 to give all children the opportunity to have a magical birthday party.
They have since entertained at more than 600 birthday parties as well as attending community and corporate functions each year.
Choirs4kids, which runs classes in Joondalup, Bull Creek, Melville and Baldivis won the people’s choice award for best local school-aged activity for 5-12 years, while director Sue Ross won the people’s choice award for outstanding coach or teacher for 5-12-years.
Ms Ross said she founded Choirs4kids in 2016 after being a primary school music teacher for many years and noticing too many children did not have access to singing.
“The ability to sing is something we are all born with and we should be proud of the voice we have,” she said.
“We can’t all be Elton John or Katy Perry but we can give it our best shot and I just want to help everyone realise how they feel by simply just singing.
“I am so amazed at what we have achieved in a short space of time and to receive these two awards this year is just amazing.”
Messy Mat, which has locations in Girrawheen, Yokine, Secret Harbour, Port Kennedy, Kwinana, Byford, Huntingdale, South Perth, Coogee and Harrisdale, received the people’s choice award for both best new kids activity or party for up to three years in business, and best local baby or toddler activity for 0-3 years.
Also winning a people’s choice award was Messy Tots, based in Joondalup and Kingsley, for best local pre-schooler activity for 3-5 years, and Helen O’Grady Drama Academy WA for best national school-aged activity for 5-12 years.
Now in its 40th year of classes, executive principal Helen Davey said she was “thrilled to be recognised by its customers and awarded the honour”.
She said classes catered for kids aged 3-17 and aimed to “increase confidence and communication skills in a fun and exciting way”.
“Helen O’Grady started the academy in WA in 1979 with the aim to help children and teenagers everywhere to realise their own potential,” Ms Davey said.
“It’s not just about drama, it’s also about helping them to find their voice and enabling them to make a positive difference.”
The academy now also operates in 56 countries.
Gymbaroo-Kindyroo, which operates nationally including in Joondalup, Malaga, Balcatta, Subiaco, Canning Vale, Booroogoon, Rockingham and Mandurah, was the winner and the people’s choice for best national toddler activity for 2-3 years, as well as being the people’s choice for best national baby activity for 0-2 years, and Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm was the people’s choice for best kids party venue.
Baby Sensory Australia and New Zealand, based in Secret Harbour, was also a big winner, taking out the award and people’s choice vote for leading international kids activity provider, awards for best activity for parent and child and best national baby activity for 0-2 years, and the people’s choice for best franchised kids activity or party.
Emma Wild from Baby Sensory in Joondalup and Stirling was also recognised as an outstanding coach or teacher for 0-5 years.