Bigger and better Kidzone promised

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 22/05/2012

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More than 10,000 tickets went on sale yesterday for the eighth annual ILT Kidzone Festival, which organisers say will be bigger and better than ever.

ILT Kidzone Festival director Laura Russell said there had been a good response for ticket sponsorship this year, which would allow children to attend who might not have had the opportunity.

The Community Trust of Southland provides 500 festival tickets for children who attend low-decile schools, and about 170 tickets have been sponsored by Rotary clubs and Lions groups for social services.

Ms Russell said children could enjoy an array of new and exciting activities.

Some of these included Machine Knitting, where children could knit jumpers and scarfs, the Mad Professor's Lab, where there would be reactions and explosions, and spinning around in the Astroball cage.

The Zorbs and popular pedal boats would return with an extra pool, and the bungy tramp and mini-jeeps would also be there, she said.

There would also be some new characters that children should meet.

"The dazzling Mirrorman and stilt-walking clowns will be walking around with festival mas-cot Zooney at the James Har-gest College senior campus," she said.

Programmes would be given to all education providers this week and she advised children to bring their map because things had moved around from last year.

Ms Russell said festival organisers still needed many volunteers to help with activities at the festival, that would cater for about 11,000 people during the festival.

The festival will run from July 4 to July 9 from 10.30am till 3.30pm daily.

Tickets are available from the Invercargill i-site and all Southland District Council offices in the region.

Organisers are holding an early-bird competition that will put people who buy a ticket before June 15 into a draw to win a family pass of five tickets to another festival day.

Ms Russell, who was busy putting the final touches to the festival, said she was looking forward to seeing it come together.

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