How to ban­ish bore­dom

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

There’s been paint­ing, cook­ing, draw­ing, ex­per­i­ment­ing and a whole lot of goo at the Mt Al­bert YMCA over the past two weeks.

Kids and teens have been en­joy­ing a school hol­i­day pro­gramme at the New North Rd com­mu­nity and recre­ation cen­tre.

Ev­ery day dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties have been held at the cen­tre and lo­ca­tions around Auck­land for ages five to 15.

Kids cre­ated art­works for a com­mu­nity mu­ral, tried Ital­ian cook­ing and wacky sci­ence ex­per­i­ments, and made stretchy green goo.

They learned more about the en­vi­ron­ment on Earth Day, held their own ver­sions of Sur­vivor and The Amaz­ing Race, played laser tag and tried soc­cer with a gi­ant ball.

Trips in­cluded vis­its to the Auck­land War Memo­rial Mu­seum, the Teddy Bear Fac­tory, the movies, Ran­gi­toto Is­land and Lol­lipops Play­land.

The Mt Al­bert YMCA’s hol­i­day pro­gramme runs ev­ery school hol­i­days.

Hol­i­day pro­grammes man­ager Nikki Gib­son says it is al­ways very pop­u­lar and the chil­dren have had a lot of fun.

Go to www.nzymca.com.

Pho­tos: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Messy fun: Cather­ine Kjell­berg, 8, makes green goo at the Mt Al­bert YMCA hol­i­day pro­gramme.

Colour­ing in: Jack Duffy, 6, draws on his imagination for his part in a com­mu­nity art project.

Ex­plo­sive ex­per­i­ment: Emily Jane Lenz, left, and Holly Gr­bich blow up a bal­loon us­ing bak­ing soda and wa­ter.

Bud­ding artist: Neha Kalaru, 5, works on her con­tri­bu­tion to a com­mu­nity art­work.

Goo times: Wy­nand Claasens, 10, takes part in sci­ence ex­per­i­ments.

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