Bubbles and booming fun
It was sheer pandemonium as hundreds of children poured into James Hargest College for the first day of ILT Kidzone this morning.
Excited children and their parents were welcomed to the festival by bubbles, more bubbles and the booming drums of percussion group O-Taiko roaring through the campus.
Kidzone organiser Laura Russell said 1800 people were expected to brave the frost and show up for the first day of fun.
"Seeing all these smiling faces walking in the door has just been so exciting,'' she said.
The annual school holiday festival runs until Monday, but already lots of fun has been had.
Hamish Smith, 6, and his brother Cameron, 12, sported green mohawks from the hairdo room, and had tested out the Jeep rides before lunch.
Cameron said this year was better than other years he had been, while Hamish said he liked it all.
"It's a fun place to go,'' he said.
The Southland Times