Children's Day features new activities

20:36, Mar 02 2014
Russell Hendry
FUN DAY PLANNED: South Canterbury Children’s Day committee secretary Russell Hendry gets ready for Children’s Day at Caroline Bay.

This year's edition of South Canterbury Children's Day at Caroline Bay tomorrow will feature a mixture of old and new activities to keep kids entertained.

Children's Day was originally established in New Zealand by the Ministry of Social Development as a nationwide event. However, over the years local groups have taken it up themselves and organised events. South Canterbury Children's Day committee secretary Russell Hendry said the event has been a regular feature in Timaru for more than a decade.

"There's a number of events going on throughout the country, although we do our own thing. We've done this for about the last 14 years.

"The whole principle behind it is for communities to get together and we've got a lot of agencies that deal with families and kids there as well."

Mr Hendry said a range of activities was planned for younger children, such as games, face painting and interactive entertainment at the Caroline Bay Hall. There's something for older children too, with the YMCA running an obstacle course and plans to set up an archery range.

The Caroline Bay Association has some of its rides running, though the merry-go-round won't be after being damaged by vandals recently.


Mr Hendry is expecting a bumper crowd tomorrow and believes the event is growing in popularity every year.

"We've always had a good turnout. In the past we've had hundreds and hundreds of people. This year we're going to do something a bit different and ask people how they came to hear about us, why they come back and why they enjoy it. A lot of people come back year on year."

It was an ideal way for parents to forge a closer relationship with their children in a safe and fun environment. The event runs from 10am to 2pm tomorrow.

The Timaru Herald