There's something fishy going on

Kids should take care when visiting the Hamilton Museum this weekend - there could be sharks in the water.

The museum's second annual Ocean Day is on today (subs: Saturday 8 Aug), and this year it's celebrating Shark Awareness Week one day before the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week begins.

Families are encouraged to drop in to the museum at any time between 11 and 2 today, bring their lunch, and get involved in some crafts while learning some "fishy facts" about sharks and the ocean.

Last year 300 people attended Ocean Day at the museum and Hamilton Council media spokeswoman Louise Belay said she hopes this year's free event will be successful too.

"It's a community event," she said. "We'll be creating some crafts and learning a bit about sharks on the way.

"We hope that people will enjoy creating crafts and leave knowing more than they did," Belay said.

"We'd like people to have a creative experience but also have something to take home."

The museum always likes to have a mix of free and paid events said Belay, "so all of the community can access what we have to offer".

Children and families make up 65 per cent of the museum's visitors, according to Belay. She said she wants the visitors to be engaged and entertained.

Meanwhile, the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week also begins tomorrow (subs: Sunday10). The week is always in July or August and has been running since 1988. It is a week-long series of feature programmes dedicated to sharks.

Waikato Times