Bubbles and booming fun

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

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