Holiday fun on offer

Last updated 10:26 18/09/2012

Clay creation: Issy Robinson adds some decorative touches to her clay art. All sorts of artistic and sporty activities are line up for Hutt City Council's upcoming Kids' Fest.

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The city's younger residents are invited to join in a two-week carnival of activities both creative and physical at this year's Kids' Fest.

The annual event is backed by the Hutt City Council and is held for 5-to-13 year olds during the October school holidays.

Early bookings are strongly advised for those interested.

With 29 art sessions, a dozen sports options, dance, theatre and music the festival aims to offer something for everyone.

"We have a great range of activities, from getting hands on with African tribal masks to being a firefighter to enjoying kids' theatre productions," council recreation and events manager Duncan Chisholm said.

Creative types can try classes including scrapbooking, clay sculptures, mosaics, weaving and making fizzing bath bombs.

Wainuiomata's Body FX studio is holding top model for kids sessions as well as a chance to find out how to transform into witches, monsters or zombies for Halloween.

Those looking for a spot of pampering can sign up for a professional nail art manicure.

Some of the most popular sessions are those held at Avalon Fire Station where local firefighters test kids' physical fitness before taking them through a fire safety demonstration.

The city's libraries, pools and parks are also hosting festival events.

"The activities are free or low cost to attend," Mr Chisholm said.

Kids' Fest kicks off with the Taita Family Hoopla at Walter Nash Stadium on Saturday, September 29 from 11am till 3pm. Giant inflatables, storytelling, music, magicians, face painting and more will be on site. Entry is by gold coin.

? Kids' Fest, September 29 to October 14, booklets available from schools, any Hutt City pool, library, museum and i-SITE or visit

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