Plenty of holiday fun to be had

Summer holidays start with a splash

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 09:03 19/12/2013
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DAVID UNWIN/FAIRFAX NZ

MAKING A SPLASH: Javarn Matthews, 8, David King, 9, and Gianni Gavin, 10, cool off at the Lido Aquatic Centre in Palmerston North.

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Palmerston North's school children are settling into the first week of the summer holidays.

And the timing couldn't be better, with the weather warming up.

The city's school kids can be spotted cooling off at the pools, wandering the parks and strolling the streets with shopping bags as most schools have shut the gates for the season of sun and sand.

The city is well-equipped for the break with several holiday programmes at the ready to keep children entertained.

From indoor to outdoor adventures, programmes have on offer swimming, Christmas-themed arts and crafts and trips to places such as the beach, Wellington Zoo or further afield to the South Island.

Among them is the Lido Aquatic Centre Chill Out Holiday Programme, which already has 50 children enrolled for this week.

Co-ordinator Luke Kearney said that with the fine weather more children were signing up, but spaces were still available.

This year's activities include a week-long camp to Tasman District, including some time in Nelson, he said.

Others went to the Lido to test the centre's pools, the aqua run and hydroslides.

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