Plenty to see and do dur­ing hol­i­days

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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