Sum­mer fun for the fam­ily

Kapi-Mana News - - FAMILY -

Quickly be­com­ing the place to take the kids in sum­mer, the Rau­mati Marine Gar­dens is an amaz­ing park with plenty to en­ter­tain the fam­ily.

Sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful shade trees, the play­ground is spread out but eas­ily vis­i­ble from all an­gles so you can keep an eye on the chil­dren while they play. There are mul­ti­ple slides, climb­ing frames, things that spin and more.

The main at­trac­tion of the park has got to be the gi­ant splash pad with its many sprin­klers and foun­tains spray­ing water over the rub­ber ground cover. It puts the back­yard sprin­kler of my child­hood to shame.

On the day we vis­ited the park, the splash-pad was packed with tog-clad chil­dren, play­ing un­der the spray to cool off.

On Sun­days, be­tween 1pm4pm, the Kapiti Minia­ture Rail­way and Model En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety runs a va­ri­ety of trains on their dou­ble loop track for the pub­lic to ride on for a small fee. There are steam, in­ter­nal com­bus­tion and elec­tric lo­co­mo­tives to keep even the most train-savvy chil­dren and adults en­ter­tained – move aside Thomas the Tank En­gine. The rail­way is also avail­able for pri­vate book­ings, ideal for a train themed party. Make sure you check their Face­book page be­fore head­ing up to ride the trains to en­sure they are run­ning.

The Marine Gar­dens is hand­ily po­si­tioned in be­tween the beach and the Rau­mati shops so you can get your sand­cas­tle and cof­fee fixes too.

There is plenty of space for ev­ery­one to set up their pic­nic spot or you can pop over the road and es­cape the heat in one of the lo­cal eater­ies. Reg­is­tered di­eti­tian Ce­line Evans is in need of preg­nant women will­ing to take part in a study look­ing at io­dine in preg­nancy.

A Masters the­sis can­di­date at Otago Univer­sity’s De­part­ment of Hu­man Nutri­tion, Ms Evans says the study in­volves a 15-minute ap­point­ment and a ques­tion­naire.

If you are in­ter­ested, call 0800 080 053 or email: kwips

Plea­sure zone: The marine gar­dens is a beau­ti­ful spot, of­fer­ing slip­pery fun and plenty of room for pic­nics. Cool­ness: The marine gar­dens’ many sprin­klers and foun­tains will keep the kids hap­pily chilled out.

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