Families flock to fun day

19:21, Feb 20 2013
BIG DAY: Tiare Apiata, 5, has her face painted at the Waipapa and Districts Lions Club annual Family Fun Day. Hundreds flocked to the BaySports complex in Waipapa for a day of fun.

The Waipapa & Districts Lions Club Annual Family Fun Day is getting bigger and better, organisers say.

There were 30 sites at the BaySports complex this year, not including the sports expo area which had 11 sporting codes taking part. More non profit organisations were given the opportunity to put up a tent and make some money, "far more than the past three years", the Lions report.

The good weekend weather saw an estimated crowd of 1800 to 2000 out to support the event on February 16.

The day is designed as fun for families in the north, with both children and parents enjoying a day out with stalls of food and games, bouncy castles, a colouring competition, climbing wall, helicopter rides, raffle prizes and much more.

This year the day included Sport Northland holding a sports expo which was also a great success, a number of sporting codes gave those attending the opportunity to try out a sport, and maybe sign up for the coming season.

Ian Waters of Kerikeri signed up to win and took home the Lions' offer of $300 worth of petrol vouchers.


There was entertainment all day, with local music groups, belly dancers, a rock ‘n' roll group, Springbank School dancers as well as line dancers from Waipapa and Pakaraka.

It gets bigger and better every year and more non-profit organisations are being given the opportunity to put up a tent and make some money on a yearly basis at the event.

The planning has already started for the Family Fun Day next year.

Waipapa & Districts Lions Club are always looking for more community minded people interested in being involved as members or just to help out with some of their projects.

If you are interested please give president Keith a call on 407 5445.

Bay Chronicle