PARENTS and children were treated to an animal handling workshop as part of a Runcorn optician's eye health awareness day.

Animals Take Over gave visitors the chance to meet a variety of species including a python, lizard, rabbit, and guinea pig during the event at Specsavers.

It was part of a children's funday that featured face painting, science experiments and free eye tests.

The children were able to hold the animals and learn all about their natural habitat.

They were also treated to an engaging science class with Mini Professors – a company seeking to inform and inspire youngsters and teach them new skills, offering a workshop featuring mind-boggling experiments.

The day of entertainment was held by the store to engage children and teach them about the importance of eye health, while also offering them a free eye test.

Chris Graham, director of Runcorn Specsavers, said: "The day was a huge success and we'd like to thank both Animals Take Over and Mini Professors for their engaging and fascinating workshops.

"Here at Specsavers, we're passionate about motivating the next generation to take their eye health seriously, and we hope the kids and parents will keep up their regular check-ups so any problems are spotted and treated as soon as possible."