The importance of including a corporate family fun day into a firm’s annual event calendar cannot be underestimated.

More and more, a large number of employers are now holding family fun days as part of their annual events calendars. Importantly they show that you are more than a cog in a wheel, you are a team, you are friends, you are family. They build a sense of community within the workplace – a time when family members can connect with colleagues while children reap the benefit from quality time spent with their families and with other colleagues’ children.

Play it safe

Instinct Events & Entertainment have a list of 20 tips to ensure a corporate family day is a success and caution that when organising any sort of event to ensure the environment is a safe one.

Make sure a job safety analysis is done and always have a first aid offer or professional first aid service on-site fully equipped for any situation.

Also critical is a site plan checklist, one that involves all key stakeholders in the planning process to ensure they are engaged and aware of what is happening and why. Such things as toilet blocks, vehicle access routes, stage locations, emergency access routes, rubbish bins, lost property/lost kids.

Of course, if the event is being organised by an event company or is being held in a venue where all these concerns are already part and parcel of the plan, it takes a lot of planning stress out of the equation.

Enter the experts

Family days are a great opportunity to get everyone outside and a location such as Taronga Zoo means there are experts on hand to do the organising.

The Taronga Centre provides more than just catering, and a gala dinner venue, they offer bespoke packages for small groups of 18 people, to large fun family days of 2000 people. Being at the Zoo, Taronga pride themselves on their ability to tailor packages and event opportunities to each event brief they receive.

Come by ferry to Taronga and there’s no finer means of setting the fun scene ahead than by enjoying a cable car ride over the Taronga Zoo grounds on their Sky Safari transfer, before or after your event.

Family days, the Taronga Centre say, don’t have to be large because they can include small groups as well and depending on the size, there are many things to do with the spaces. For example, there are several different and separate outdoor lawn spaces which can accommodate family days, corporate gatherings, childrens’ parties, picnics, team-building and cocktail events.

Of course, getting to Taronga Zoo is easy. Whether you arrive by car or by ferry from Circular Quay, the journey across sparkling Sydney Harbour is a bonus in itself. Ferries run every day, and this can be a great additional experience for your guests.

At the Taronga Centre, they always endeavour to tailor menus to specific needs, whether that be a breakfast buffet, roaming canapes, share plates, outdoor BBQ, special dietary requirements or a five course, fivestar, gala dinner.

Being a Zoo, they are in the fortunate position of being able to offer additional experiences to add that extra dimension to your event. For example, Zoo entry can be arranged if you hold your function within the centre and require access. Wild ropes is a fun and physical exercise perfect for corporate team-building events. Animal encounters are a special activity which can be incorporated into any number of events and adds an interactive element of being at the zoo. And Zoo tours provide an exciting face-to-face visit with an expert guide to tour the Zoo’s wonderful Australian animal displays.

Sydney Showground a pop-up Christmas Carnival

The Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park, home of the Sydney Royal Easter Show is another setting where the drama of organising a company Christmas party has been solved by offering a Pop-Up Christmas Carnival. This is a chance for staff and their families to relax and unwind at an iconic venue.

They have the ability to cater for parties of up to 2000 people, which gives your company a Christmas experience the staff and their families will talk about for years to come. On offer are some of the much loved attractions you see featured at the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year, including the Big Slide, the Wave Swinger, Free Fall, Kite Flyer, Hot Wheels Car Ride and the Cup and Saucer Ride.

Sydney Showground general manager Peter Thorpe says the Pop-Up Christmas Carnival concept has emerged from companies stating they wanted a ‘ready to go’ concept at Christmas.

“What better way to see out the year than in the carnival atmosphere the Sydney Showground is famous for,” Mr Thorpe said.

“Sydney Olympic Park is easy to access and the Sydney Showground provides open spaces for everyone to enjoy.

“We can even ensure a visit from Santa,” he said.