FUN activities held on Under Eight's Day go further than just entertainment for youngsters.
The Early Childhood Australia initiative encourages children and families to enhance the awareness of the contribution young children make to the community.
GAPDL's Communities for Children will team up with Gladstone Central State School to celebrate this Thursday, with the theme being Everyone Can Play.
The week-long celebration coincides with National Families Week, from May 15-21.
This year's theme is Stronger Families, Stronger Communities.
GAPDL's Communities for Children project officer, Debbie Flaherty, said play was an important aspect in any child's life.
"Sadly, there has been an increased amount of mental illness, stress and anxiety being diagnosed in young children," she said.
"This is why we all need time to relax and play, as research shows that playing not only helps us to relax and unwind, but the happiness in doing so releases endorphins that positively impact on our mental heath."
Gladstone Central State School Prep teacher, Kirsty Harris, said it was a great day to involve the community in a school event.
"It gives children under eight a chance to have fun in an educative way," Ms Harris said.
She said more than 130 kids would join in on the fun.
Year 1 teacher, Teena Cahill, said they had not had an under eight's event at the school before.
Fun activities for under eight's will be held across the Gladstone region at playgroups, childcare centres, kindergartens and schools, and will provide a wide range of hands-on experiences and playful activities for young children.
Gladstone Central State School's under eight's day event is open to the community.
Arrive at the school at 9.15am this Thursday to join in.