Summer sounds permeate park

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 07/01/2014
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MUSICAL MASTERS: Ella Ace, 6, was one of about 60 children who went to Strings and Bars, a Summer Scene event at Pukekura Park’s Hatchery Lawn yesterday. The marimba and ukulele workshops, taught by Jan Aiello, proved to be a popular event for the youngsters.

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School may be out for summer but the education continues for budding musicians.

Yesterday the sounds of marimbas and ukuleles emanated from Pukekura Park as about 60 children learned how to play the instruments.

The event, part of the annual Summer Scene programme, proved to be a hot favourite for children and parents alike.

Six-year-old Ella Ace and older brother Joshua were having fun trying to master the marimbas.

"It was really good fun, I liked it," Ella said.

While the instruments were a highlight of the holidays it was the Children's Market the pair were most looking forward to.

The market, on January 29, is a day where children can sell arts, crafts and baking they have made themselves.

"I've made rubber band bracelets," Ella said.

It wasn't only the children who were enjoying the musical morning.

Nicky Stolte was there to watch her two children, Freya and Zac, learn how to play the ukulele.

"I'm originally from the UK and we don't have anything like Summer Scene over there, and any events we do have, we have to pay for," she said.

Mrs Stolte said her children looked forward to the events every year and she had already registered them for Thursday's Top Secret Scavenger Hunt.

"It's nice to do something different with the children over the holidays. Today we are down at Hatchery Lawn with a picnic and our scooters. It's really nice and the kids enjoy it," she said.

There are 16 events left in the TSB Bank Festival of Lights programme, including the Teddy Bears' Picnic, the Kiwi Magic Show and Zoo Boogie.

"I might take the kids to the Teddy Bears' Picnic this year. They'll love that," Mrs Stolte said.

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