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Water lot of fun’ as kids splash out in the park

PUBLISHED: 20:30 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:35 05 October 2010

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LITTLE monsters with spray guns and water balloons wreaked havoc on each other in Saturday’s sunshine. Like bees to honey, the kids were drawn to Mile End Park in East London when word got out there was a free water festival’—with plenty of water literally on tap’ to douse each other

ABOVE: No prizes for guessing what's the first thing kids do to each other armed with 'free range' buckets of water!

BELOW: The kids then turn their attention on the park rangers, giving them a good dousing too

LITTLE monsters with spray guns and water balloons wreaked havoc on each other in Saturday’s sunshine.

Like bees to honey, the kids were drawn to Mile End Park in East London when word got out there was a free water festival’—with plenty of water literally on tap’ to douse each other.

The youngsters really made a splash of it with water pistols or just plain buckets of water provided by the park rangers.

But it didn’t stop there. The kids weren’t going to let rangers Rayne Passmore and Sean Thomas-Stewart get away Scot free.

“My two rangers got a right soaking from the kids,” admitted park manager Michael Rowan.

“My team didn’t reckon on getting wet. They were just going to fill the kids’ water pistols and keep out of the way.

“The kids had other ideas and turned the water on the rangers who got drenched just the same.

The rangers squelched’ home afterwards.”

Around 100 youngsters were reckoned to have turned up for four hours of fun at Mile End—some as young as 12 months—playing in water fountains and soaking each other with more than 1,000 water balloons provided by the rangers.

The kids were even given water pistols to make things go with a bang, so to speak.

“Kids from high rise blocks have no gardens where they get the chance to be messy and wild and just make noise,” added park manager Rowan.

“Kids learn to manage the risks and don’t need over-protection—they have to grow up naturally where they learn to manage the dangers life throws at them.”

His rangers next plan to change with the seasons’ with a wind festival in November where children can fly kites and experiment with wind socks—as long as they’ve dried out by then!

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