Families were treated to free events organised by Greenfields Community Housing.
A fun day was held at the Glebe Community Hall in Braintree where about 50 children took part in arts and crafts, including decorating their own T-shirt or bag to take away, cake and biscuit decorating, tile painting and loom banding.
They took part in an outdoor treasure hunt, with a free ice cream as a prize.
Another fun day was held in Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, which included bouncy castles and a slide, ridesand games.
It raised £240 for Farleigh Hospice.