Giant board games end school holiday boredom for Palmerston North kids

J.T Byrne, 8 and Ben Bron, 7, figure try to out wit each other in a game of giant chess during the school holidays.
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J.T Byrne, 8 and Ben Bron, 7, figure try to out wit each other in a game of giant chess during the school holidays.

Kids were tossing dice bigger than their heads and lifting hefty chess pieces during a day of giant board game fun in Palmerston North.

Parents and children were at the city library on Tuesday taking part in the Giant Indoor Games. Some were playing a game of giant chess while others had fun with an enormous game of Connect Four.

Helen Moonsamy has taken her kids Josiah, 9, and Joslyn, 8, to events held by the Palmerston North City Library throughout the past two weeks.

Nothing can break Andrew Li's focus.
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Nothing can break Andrew Li's focus.

"We didn't have anything planned for the holidays, we planned on staying home.

"I was looking for something that doesn't cost any money and was out of the house."

She said it was hard to find activities for her kids during the winter holidays.

Landon Lau (5) gets all twisted up in Twister.
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Landon Lau (5) gets all twisted up in Twister.

"During summer we would be at the park."

She said her kids had loved spending time at the library.

"This is something kids their age group enjoy, they are engaged with it."

Palmerston North City Library children's educator Rhonda Chenery said 

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the winter holidays were the "big event" for the library. She said the past week had been "really busy".

She said having bigger games available helped build an interest from the kids.

"They are relaxed activities but there's learning that is going on. We had some teenage boys playing chess and the younger ones joined in. It's connecting through people, really.

"We've had other families bring their games in."

She said the winter holiday programme was about creating family time whereas the summer holiday programme focused on keeping children engaged with reading.

She said the large number of  people through the doors was partly due to the new technology at the library.

Palmerston North's libraries launched their new "smart serve" machines at the central library and its four branches in June. 

 - Stuff

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