Make the most of school hol­i­days

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There is plenty hap­pen­ing around the Welling­ton re­gion to en­ter­tain the kids th­ese hol­i­days, from the an­nual tal­ent quest at North City Shop­ping Cen­tre to snowy fun up Mt Ruapehu.

There are some great stage shows on, in­clud­ing Hairy Maclary on stage at the Opera House, Dan & Dani’s Bed­time Sto­ries in Para­pa­raumu and Ivy Saviour of the Di­nosaur at Cap­i­tal E.

The Im­pro­vi­sors Kids Comic Heroes also looks like a fun show for the older chil­dren.

Tar­geted at 4 to 12-year-olds, the Im­pro­vi­sors present an ev­er­chang­ing show that the au­di­ence helps di­rect with their ideas and in­spi­ra­tion. Think Whose Line is it Any­way for kids!

Te Rau­paraha Arena’s usual preschool pro­grammes will be on hold for the two weeks of the hol­i­days, but there will be a few one-off classes in the Happy Sun Ad­ven­tures pre- school hol­i­day pro­gramme, in­clud­ing Kindy Gym, Pre-school Gym­nas­tics and Mu­si­cal Tots, plus a show by Zappo the Ma­gi­cian. Places are limited, so make sure you book.

The shop­ping cen­tres can prove an en­ter­tain­ing – if very crowded – respite from the rain.

North City Shop­ping Cen­tre has its 13th an­nual Shoot­ing Star Tal­ent Search dur­ing the hol­i­days, with chil­dren com­pet­ing for the chance to win a share of the $3750 worth of prizes.

Coast­lands is host­ing a Lego tower-build­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the first week of the hol­i­days and a Mon­sters Univer­sity dress- up com­pe­ti­tion in the sec­ond week.

The in­door play­grounds are great for burn­ing off all that hol­i­day en­ergy, so keep them in mind for a wet day.

There’s Chip­munks in Tawa, Laugh­alots in Pe­tone and Jun­glerama in Seav­iew.

I rec­om­mend dress­ing your ki­dlets in bright match­ing colours to make it easy to spot them on the equip­ment.

I won­der what sort of looks I’d get if I put mine in hi-vis vests. Road worker flu­oro or­ange per­haps . . .

If you don’t mind brav­ing the ele­ments, there’s plenty hap­pen­ing out­side.

Staglands is of­fer­ing free marsh­mal­lows to toast on its open fire and if you visit in the hol­i­days you also go in the draw to win a year’s sup­ply of marsh­mal­lowy good­ness!

Zealan­dia has a range of pro­grammes for kids, in­clud­ing Ju­nior Rangers for 5 to 12-yearolds and Night Ad­ven­tures for those 7 to 12 years old.

For the lit­tlies, there is Fluffies & Fairy­tales ev­ery sec­ond Thurs­day.

Sto­ry­tellers Bea and Debs will en­ter­tain the chil­dren with sto­ries, songs and rhymes at Zealan­dia’s Rata Cafe while par­ents re­lax with a cof­fee. Free fluffies with hot drink pur­chases.

Mt Ruapehu has its Yeti Kids Cen­tre open for 2 to 5-year-olds, so you can ski/board happy in the knowl­edge your chil­dren are safe and warm in the hands of ex­pe­ri­enced early child­hood teach­ers.

A group ski les­son is in­cluded in the Yeti Ski­wee op­tion – for 3 to 5-year-olds.

For in­for­ma­tion on all th­ese events, in­clud­ing dates, times and costs, go to tod­dler­in­ and visit the School Hol­i­days page.

Tal­ented singers: Em­i­lie Mourie, left, and Pey­ton Morete, who reached the Shoot­ing Star Tal­ent Search ju­nior fi­nal at the Porirua North Shop­ping Cen­tre last year.

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