Children can enjoy fairytales, dress up as aliens, watch some theatre and race around new areas of the zoo these holidays.
- Nga Manu Nature Reserve: Be a Ranger for the Day. Rangers get to shadow a staff member for the day and get a behind the scenes experience. Booking required. Contact: Nga Manu Nature 04 293 4131, firstname.lastname@example.org . www.ngamanu.co.nz
- Kapiti Coast libraries: Come to the library for stories, craft activities and lots of fun. The libraries run programmes for 5- to 12-years-old. See kapiticoastlibraries.govt.nz
- The Kapiti Equestrian Centre and Vaulting Club. Learn to ride horses, try vaulting, learn circus skills, learn about animal care, go on walks, do crafts and have heaps of fun. For all children age 7 – 12 years, $45.00 per day 9am – 3pm. See www.kapitiequestrian.com/
- June Oakley Guide Hall: Frankie-Super-Saurus. Frankie-Super-Saurus has been attending super hero school and wants to share his snazzy super stuff with everyone. There’ll be lots of singing, dancing, and fun.
Te Kupe Road, Paraparaumu, October 2 -11. Call 04 905 9041 or see www.dananddani.co.nz
- Trinity Farm: Kite Making workshops. A fun day of learning to make kites that are guarenteed to fly from readily available and recycled materials.
Trinity Farm, 202 Waitohu Valley Rd, Otaki, October 3 and 11, phone 0800 955 555. See
Wellington city and suburbs
- Wellington Libraries: The 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm fairytales and the 150th anniversary of Alice's adventures in Wonderland will be celebrated at Wellington libraries.
The eight sessions bring to life the gruesome and gory world of Grimm and the magical world of Alice, with story readings, games and dressing up. The sessions run from October 1 to October 11 at 11am. For information, go to wcl.govt.nz/kids.
- Carter Observatory: Aliens are coming to Carter Observatory. Explore life on other planets with interactive drop-in workshops, gallery trails and competitions.
Activities include making your own alien and there are prizes for dressing up as an alien. The activities run daily from 10am throughout the school holidays. See carterobservatory.org.nz for information.
- Wellington Zoo: The zoo's new Asia Precinct opens on September 29. The new space means you can get closer than ever to the tigers and sunbears.
The zoo is celebrating all weekend with fun activities, arts and crafts, giveaways and facepainting. ASB Bank, sponsor of the precinct, is providing a free bus to the zoo all school holidays. The bus leaves the railway station at 9.30am, 11.15am and 1.15pm from September 29 to October 14.
- Te Papa: Kahu the Kea. The cheeky and curious kea, who lives in the Te Papa Kids' Store, will be performing for young audiences at Te Papa. Performances are at midday and 1pm, daily, during the holidays. See www.tepapa.govt.nz/kahu.
There are four theatre shows for kids these school holidays.
- Kapitall Kids' Theatre presents a twist on a favourite with its production of Cinderella: New Zealand's Best Top Model at the Gryphon Theatre in Ghuznee St. The shows runs from October 2 to 13 at 11am and 1pm on weekdays and 11 am on Saturdays. For bookings call 934 4068.
- Capital E is bringing back Buck the British sheepdog and his friends in Around the World and Buck Again. The show runs from September 29 to October 13 in the McKenzie Theatre. For tickets call 913 3740.
- Dinosaurs abound at the Newlands Community Centre. The New Players Theatre Company's presents I've got a dinosaur in my backyard by Kath Bee and Gaelynne Pound. Many of the actors are local children. The play runs from October 4 to 13. Tickets are $10.
- Kidz Stuff Theatre for Children presents a Hobbit-based twist on the classic tale of Snow White. The show runs from September 29 to October 13 at 4 Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria. Call 385 0292 for tickets.
Young All Blacks Camp:
If your child has the skills of an international rugby player then the All Blacks Camp for Kids is the perfect place for them.
A New Zealand Rugby Union initiative, the camp is place for choidlen to build up fundamental skills. Small Blacks television show presenters Nua Finau is running the programmes for Poririua, Tawa and Johnsonville kids at the Tawa Rugby Club on October 8. See www.ABC4KIDS.co.nz
Activities in Porirua
Pataka is offering an extensive programme to educate and entertain children in the October school holidays.
Here's a rundown on the daily events sure to pique young ones' curiosity:
- Triangles in Action: Come and get all angular, exploring Peter Trevelyan's sculpture. Explore triangles, and create a hanging polyhedron sculpture and a gallery installation. This workshop will be heaps of fun for kids who like constructing and making.
Tuesday, October 2, 1pm till 2.30pm.
- Tape, Shapes and Casting: Create an amazing bird out of paper and tape. Do a spot of drawing and then sculpting. Kids will have their very own bird to take home and fly. There will also be cool things to do with plaster.
Wednesday, October 3, 10am till 11.30am, and 1pm till 2.30pm. Wednesday, October 10, 10am till 11.30am, and 1pm till 2.30pm.
- Flower Power and Cellophane: Nikki Hastings-McFall is an artist who works with flowers and leis. She will be helping children create their own flower boards and explore colour with cellophane action.
Thursday, October 4, 10am till 11.30am, and 1pm till 2.30pm. Thursday, October 11, 10am till 11.30am, and 1pm till 2.30pm.
- Flying Birds: Fly into Pataka for some bird making, inspired by glass work made by The Crystal Chain Gang, and the wonderful tui and fantail that are flying on the gallery wall. Make a moving bird mobile and use lots of colour to add to the mix.
Tuesday, October 9, 10am till 11.30am, and 1pm till 2.30pm.
- Kapiti Observer
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