THE city's cutest confidants will converge on Launceston's City Park on Wednesday for a teddy bear picnic to celebrate Children's Week.
The picnic, to be hosted by Launceston City Council and Playgroup Tasmania, encourages children to take along their best mates to socialise, and for parents and carers to reacquaint with their cherished bears and rediscover the wonder of play.
Playgroup Tasmania chief executive Debbie Smith said the picnic had run annually for almost 40 years.
She said teddy bears embraced all age groups and were symbolic of trust and friendship.
``Teddy bears are a vital part of every childhood and are often treasured and kept when children grow up,'' Mrs Smith said.
She said the theme of Children's Week this year focused on a child's right to play.
This right was clarified this year by the United Nations Committee when it resolved that all parties to the convention must recognise that a child must be able to enjoy rest and leisure, engage in play and recreational activities, and participate freely in cultural life.
The picnic forms just part of Launceston's Children's Week calendar with events to be held every day between tomorrow and Sunday, October 27.
The Northern Children's Network's Art Tastic exhibition will be on show at the NEW Gallery at Newnham, and art and musical sessions are scheduled at the Launceston library.
Active Launceston will hold kids' play and yoga sessions, and Playgroup Tasmania will draw the week to a close with a family fun day at Royal Park.
A full calendar with dates and times can be found on the Launceston City Council website.