If you go down to the Domain today, you’re sure of a big surprise.

For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because that’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

To celebrate the start of Children’s Week, Centacare’s Family Connections Program (FCP) is hosting a family picnic at Millicent Playground from 11am.

“Teddies play a significant role in childhood,’’ says Priscilla Baker, Family Worker.

“They bring happiness, comfort, support, and teach children about love and belonging.’’

Priscilla’s 27-year-old teddy, Edward, will be at the picnic.

“My grandma Connie purchased him for me.

“She passed not long after I was born so I appreciate that she gave him to me and think of him as a comfort.

“Mum’s patched him up a few times where the stitching has come undone, and I think he originally had a bow.

“His nose used to be suede but that’s worn down too and is now quite smooth.’’

The picnic won’t be Edward’s first outing. His previous adventures include school excursions, sleepovers, family holidays, and community activities.

“I’ve left him in places before but he’s definitely made his way back,’’ Priscilla says.

Joining Edward at the picnic will be Centabear.

His origin is unknown but he has been holding the fort in the South-East foyer for as long as anyone can remember.

The teddy bear’s picnic runs from 11am – 2pm. There will be lots of marvellous things to eat and wonderful games to play.

*Family Connections is a mobile resource support program, with a focus on children aged 0 to 12 years, parenting support, early intervention and education. We work in partnership with local communities to build child-safe environments where families can thrive.