Big events for little riders at Rotorua's Kidsworx
Entertaining the little ones just got bigger and better with Kidsworx announcing its line-up of events for 2017.
Kidsworx – part of Crankworx Rotorua held from March 25 till April 2 - is a dedicated area just for mini shredders, with free activities and riding available throughout the day, as well as three competitive events – two of which have already sold out.
Kidsworx operations manager Marcello Ojerio said there's enough to keep families at Crankworx excited and engaged throughout the entire day.
"There's a mix of competitive events for the older kids, and free play areas for the younger kids so they can learn at their own pace.
"We've expanded the Tiki Tour Scavenger Hunt after popular demand so kids can spend the whole day exploring the Crankworx Village. We've also got more Pump Track Skills Coaching sessions, a longer Tamariki Track and of course, all the stickers and bike bling for the kids to pimp their ride before hitting the trails.
"Something special we noticed last year was how young the kids were that were getting into it. We had a bunch as young as two-years-old who were riding the trails on their runner bikes.
"We loved this and we've made the Tamariki Track even more friendly for the little ones by creating more space for parents to take them up and run by them on the trail."
For the kids aged from 6-12 years old, there's also competitive events where they can hit the big trails just like their Crankworx heroes.
Entries for the Skyline Warrior Downhill Race (9-12 years) and the Kidsworx Pump Track Challenge have sold out but entries are still available for the Hipster DH Race (6-8 years).
However, Kidsworx event manager Belinda Farmer said they're filling up quick.
"There's only 40 places left so parents need to get in fast to enter their kids.
"It's so awesome to see such a big interest in the Kidsworx events. These kids are the up and coming Crankworx riders so it's invaluable for them to be exposed to and experience the Crankworx festival at such a young age."
All Kidsworx events are free with a valid Crankworx ticket, and the Kidsworx area is open daily from 10am-5pm.