GREAT DADS: Gladstone Dads Playgroup members Dale Lawrence, Michael Trafford and Nathan Coombs with their children.
GREAT DADS: Gladstone Dads Playgroup members Dale Lawrence, Michael Trafford and Nathan Coombs with their children. Luka Kauzlaric

Dads get together at playgroup just for them

CONNECTING with their children is what unites these dads. A dads' playgroup has operated in Gladstone for the past four years.

Up to eight dads and their children at Gladstone Baptist College take part in "dad-related activities".

Playgroup organiser Dale Lawrence has three daughters between the ages of 10 months and seven.

"We do a range of things which are dad-related, like hammering nails, building, construction-type activities, and we're hoping to check out the fire brigade soon too," he said.

"What could possibly go wrong at a dad's playgroup?" he asked with a laugh.

Nathan Coombs meets with the other dads with his two-year-old son Thomas.

"It's a good chance to meet some other dads and hang out with my son. It gives my wife a break too," he said.

Michael Trafford has three daughters - Gabrielle, 7, Michelle, 4 and Katie, 2.

"Right at the beginning we (Michael and Dale) believed in what we wanted to achieve, which was to bring dads together and give them a way to connect with their kids," he said.

With Father's Day just around the corner, Dale said he was usually treated to a cooked breakfast of delicious pancakes by his daughters, while Nathan was happy to sit down and watch football with Thomas.

To celebrate our fathers in the region, The Observer would like to know what you love most about your dad.

Send us a photo of you and your dad and let us know what you love most about him to newsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au with Father's Day in the subject line.



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