Plenty to see and do during holidays
The school holidays are almost here and it’s time to start planning for the two weeks when the youngsters will be around all day.
Living in the Lakes District, one thing is certain: there will always be something to do during the holidays.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council runs a school holiday programme, and there are also swimming lessons available throughout the holidays.
Call for bookings, and get the kids out and about.
If getting physically active isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do in and around Queenstown and the Lakes District.
If the weather is less than stellar, there’s plenty you can do at home to stave off the dreaded cries of ‘‘I’m bored!’’ and ‘‘there’s nothing to do!’’
The latest colouring trend of colouring in books for adults can come into play here, for older children or teens with an artistic bent. Set them going on something challenging, and watch their creativity come to life.
For younger children, break out the crayons and some blank paper and let them go for it, see what they can create.
Or haul out the Lego – this is great for kids of all ages – and plan and build something epic – this could be a holiday-long project and something the whole family can get invested in. When the weather is belting down, crank the oven, get out the trusty old cookbook and have a baking day. Littlies can ‘‘help’’ by stirring dry ingredients, while older children can be set to work measuring and mixing. Try the good old chocolate chippies, or afghans for something simple and tasty.
There are some great kids movies on at the moment, or coming up – check out readingcinemas.co.nz for Queenstown, centralcinema.co.nz for Alexandra, paradiso.net.nz/ for Wanaka, or clydecinema.co.nz – for the listings and times.
Visit your local library and borrow books on a particular subject – something crafty for example, like knitting or crochet, or collecting, and start a project that can be fun for everyone. Or help your children discover great Kiwi authors like Lynley Dear for the littlies (Hairy Maclary) or Margaret Mahy for the young and the not so young. Read along with your children and discuss what’s happening in the books for a real family event. On fine days, bundle up and head to the park or to the lake shore. At this time of year, paddling or swimming in the lake is out, but there’s still plenty to see and appreciate in the district.