Pirates to rule 10th birthday for Kidzone

20:16, Jun 30 2014

Kidzone's top-secret 10th birthday surprise will leave no one disappointed, organisers promise.

Pirates is the unofficial theme for 2014 and limited-edition hairstyles and face painting will be available for both pirates and fairies.

ILT Kidzone festival director Laura Russell said Southland was really proud of the event.

"It's a real community event, it gets such great support."

This year there would be 170 activities, with community organisations such as the Invercargill Environment Centre, the Multicultural Society, Squash Southland, Sport Southland and Department of Conservation also involved.

Activities included Incredible Edibles, Disco Fever, Construction Zone, Lego Land and a Space HQ.

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To celebrate the event's 10th birthday, a new logo and flag had been put together.

"The 10th year is a good time to freshen things up a bit, modernise the font and signage, it needed to be updated, we wanted the 10th birthday to come out looking fresh," Russell said.

Kidzone assistant Kieran Anderson has been involved with the event for the past nine years, beginning as a volunteer aged 14.

"The spirit of everything is still the same, right from day one, it has been all about the children," he said.

Ticket sales were starting to take off.

"They're selling really fast. Yesterday it was two weeks away, and it's starting to pick up. Thursday and Friday have almost sold out, there is only 100 or so left for each," Russell said.

People came from all over New Zealand to attend the event.

"We are punching above our weight with the event, people outside have heard about it and come to Invercargill, and can't believe it's happening here," Russell said.

"[It's] showcasing that Invercargill is a family-friendly place."

"People come from Auckland and Wellington despite no national advertising," Anderson said.

The Southland Times