Children's Day was enjoyed by all youngsters

16:00, Mar 02 2014
 Invercargill Fire Station senior station officer Les Costigan lifts Jamie Smith
QUICK LOOK: Invercargill Fire Station senior station officer Les Costigan lifts Jamie Smith, 2, from a fire engine during Children’s Day at the station yesterday

Southern kids did not let wet weather hold them back from a day of fun to celebrate Children's Day.

A queue of eager families lined up outside Invercargill Fire Station an hour before opening yesterday to celebrate the fourth year of the annual event.

Face-painted children couldn't wipe the smiles from their faces as they decorated balloons and raced around on mini jeeps.

The three-hour event, held at the station for the second time, included several free activities from astro balls to foam hand decorating and seed planting.

Invercargill Children's Day co-ordinator Rhonda Hoffman said organisers decided to open the doors about 20 minutes early because people started lining up an hour beforehand.

Mrs Hoffman expected the wet weather and multitude of events across the city would affect numbers but instead it was on a par with last year.

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Children's Day, a celebration of children and how precious they were, had always been popular, she said.

About 150 events were held across the country for the nationwide celebration of youngsters.

In Te Anau, families celebrated Children's Day by taking part in several activities at Ivon Wilson Park.

Department of Conservation Fiordland partnerships ranger Caroline Carter said the event gave parents an opportunity to enjoy time with their children in nature.

Some of the activities included music and art with nature, fun with sticks, orienteering and a camp fire.

Although Te Anau also experienced cold, wet weather it was still a good turnout with about 50 families, she said.

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