Kidzone casualties come back for more

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 05:00 10/07/2014
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In the fun chaos of Kidzone today is one Invercargill family that is passionate about the festival.

Broken legs, falling off bouncy castles and wrangling four kids hasn't stopped parents Susan Hodson and Pete Stewart from being huge fans of the festival, which is on at James Hargest College senior campus until Monday. About six years ago Hodson's eldest son Charlie broke his leg at school, but that didn't stop the family.

"I was pushing him around in a wheelchair and my youngest were just out of their prams," she said. A few years later she enlisted the help of her sister to supervise the kids so they could cover more ground.

"I was in the woodwork room and I missed a series of calls getting more and more frantic. The last one was 'the ambulance is on its way'," Hodson said. Middle son Alex, now 11, had fallen from the bouncy castle and knocked his head.

"When I got there he was in a neck brace and was being given oxygen." With no lasting damage to his head or his love for Kidzone, Alex and his family are excited to try out the "big surprise", although his mum is a little nervous about Alex jumping from a 6-metre high scaffold.

The festival opened yesterday with crowds lining up to enter. Tickets are sold out today and tomorrow, and limited tickets remain for Saturday.

Are you at Kidzone? The Times will be, so check our daily pic page of festival fun.

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