Kids' days a big free hit for museum

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 09:00 04/01/2014
The bouncy castle is a popular attraction at Te Manawa’s kids’ day.
GRANT MATTHEWS
GREAT DAY OUT: The bouncy castle is a popular attraction at Te Manawa’s kids’ day.

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Every Friday this month Te Manawa transforms into the place to be for children in Palmerston North.

The museum is hosting kids' days every Friday until January 31 with native fish painting, face painting, a bouncy castle and other activities, as well as the museum's regular exhibits.

Spokeswoman Jo Priestley said the day was free, so parents could take their kids out without having to worry about the cost.

The first kids' day last week drew more than 600 people into the museum and Ms Priestley expected that number to grow as word spread about the event.

Parents Nicola Stones and Kate Twigge were among those who had come back to Te Manawa yesterday for a second consecutive Friday.

They said the event provided great entertainment for their kids, who "couldn't wait" to come back.

Ms Stones said the face painter, Pania Malloy, was "awesome" and her work had been one of the highlights for her girls.

Next Friday will be the last chance until next summer to visit Santa's Cave at Te Manawa, which closes on January 12. Pictures, page 16

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