Best free family activities - your thoughts

Invercargill City Council community development manager Mary Napper watches Kobe Low, 4, and Tara Simpson, 4, play on the Queens Park playground.
Invercargill City Council community development manager Mary Napper watches Kobe Low, 4, and Tara Simpson, 4, play on the Queens Park playground.

Everyone has their favourite playground, where the swings fly extra high or the slide is extra twisty.

And the Invercargill City Council wants to know exactly where they are.

The council is compiling a list of 101 free or cheap things to do with families as part of the council's child-friendly brand.

But community development manager Mary Napper says she is too old to use playgrounds these days, and is calling on the community for suggestions for the list.

"To gather the information, we are looking for everyone's help."

She was after ideas in, or close to Invercargill, that would entertain children and make Invercargill a child-friendly city.

There were lots of great child-friendly facilities around, but families were the ones using them and knew where the best ones were, she said. She was aiming to find 101 things, but the more the better.

Eventually, the list would be made into an accessible document, something that could go on the fridge or be posted online and shared, she said.

Suggestions could be posted on the council's Facebook page or people could contact Ms Napper through the council.

The Southland Times