Bubbles and booming fun

00:47, Jul 04 2012
Kidzone July 4 2012
Bryher Wilson, 4, tries out her nursing skills in the mini hospital.
Kidzone July 4 2012
Georgie Sunshine, 9, tucks into some toast she painted at Kidzone.
Kidzone July 4 2012
Marieka Tuau-Templeton, 13, takes Rania Tuau-Mataiti, 2, for a ride on one of the unique bikes Kidzone has to offer.
Kidzone 2012
Libby Jeperson, 6, of Winton, on the merry-go-round at ILT Kidzone.
Kidzone 2012
Jack Cream, 4, and Ella Crean, 5, share some candy floss.
Kidzone 2012
Paige Henderson, 5, plays with the bubble wands.
Kidzone 2012
Shishonee Lang, 8 of Invercargill, decorates her biscuit at Kidzone.
Kidzone 2012
Jed Madden, 4, fills up Isabella Rhind's car at Kidzone Festival 2012. Isabella is also 4.
Kidzone 2012
Greg Dold, 12, tries out a double-decker bike at ILT Kidzone (left) while Jono Dold, 8, and Caden Faulkner, 7, enjoy the bike station.
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Emily Heald, 9, checks out the dry ice at Kidzone.
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Tyler McLean, 4, has his face painted by Penny Barnsdale, 16, at ILT Kidzone.
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Jayden, 7, and Ryan, 6, O'Byrne.
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From left, Charlie, 5, William, 2, and Lucy, 7, Baynes with their face paint at Kidzone on Sunday.
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Chloe Plato, 5, and Courtney Hargest, 3.
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Amber Saul (left) and Brooke Lawry, both aged 11.
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Four-year-old Hunter Devery (left) and Kea Smith, aged 10.
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Kenzie Bennett, 5, with Minnie Mouse.
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Erin Du Plessis, 9, fits the organs into the body.
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Ciara Hegan, 8, Libby Drummond, 8, and Eilish Hegan, 6, touch up their makeup at Kidzone.
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From left, Kurtis Orr, 9, Jaydn Gilbert, 9, and Alex Kerr, 9, building a block tower.
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Charlotte Conner, 8, does some painting.
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Will Cairns, 5 (left), tries out the face painting while and Mackenzie Forbes-Murch, 9, and her dad Jayden Murch hammer together a little basket.
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Elise Hampton, 5, with her stained glass butterfly.
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Paris Stanley, 8, makes a denim note pocket.
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Oliver Borrie, 6, stains a candle at Kidzone.
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Jodi Simpson, 8 (left), with her painted face and Isla Hailes, 6, with the puppet she made at Kidzone.

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.

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