Varied lineup of holiday fun to suit everyone
Everybody’s favourite monster maestro, Paul Beavis, is returning to Porirua libraries these school holidays.
Beavis will be presenting storytime and a live drawing session on April 8 at Porirua Library ( 11.30am), Cannons Creek Library ( 1.30pm), and Whitby Library (3.30pm).
He will be selling autographed copies of his book, Mrs Mo’s Monster, at $20 each (cash sales only).
If you’re planning to attend, get in early because Beavis packed out every venue last time he visited.
Continuing the Gecko Press holiday programme theme, there will also be Gecko storytimes at Porirua Library on April 10 at 10.45am, starring Sally, and April 15 and 17 at 10.45am, starring Bee.
For children aged between 12 and 14 years, there is the coding workshop on April 14, 9am till 3pm, at Porirua Library.
For information and workshop registration, visit bit. ly/ Gather Coding. The aquatic centre at Te Rauparaha Arena will be open to families as usual, and will have some programmes running.
Porirua Gymsports Preschool Gym has a session at Te Rauparaha Arena for children aged 3 and 4 on April 8 from 1pm till 1.45pm. Kindy Gym has a session for preschoolers from 9.30am till 11am on April 9.
Also at Te Rauparaha Arena, Groovy Movers has a 45-minute dance and drama programme for children between 1 and 4 on April 16, and Creative Kiddies has a one-off event that day from 11am till 11.45am.
Bookings are essential for all Te Rauparaha Arena programmes. Phone 237 1521.
The popular Dora’s Dance Party is returning to North City Shopping Centre.
Dora will be performing two shows a day (11am and 1pm) from April 13 till 18. A Dora-themed scavenger hunt will be held in the first week of the holidays.
A sand artist named Ginelle will appear in both weeks of the holidays at North City Shopping Centre, showing off her skills and teaching those who are interested from Wednesday till Saturday, between 9.30am and 5pm.
Pataka is hosting Toi Time – art for kids.
Activities are connected to the art works in the gallery and Wayne Youle will be painting two portraits in the Pataka classroom.
Classes run from 10am till 11.30am and 1pm till 2.30pm, and are directed at 5 to 15-year-olds. The cost per class is $10. Bookings at Pataka, 237 1511.
Tawa Community Centre and Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library are combining to run an Anzac Daythemed school holiday event for 7 to 12- year- olds. Anzac biscuits will be available to munch while making themed crafts, knitted poppies and listening to stories on April 16 at 11am. Bookings required, 232 1682.
Tawa Community Centre is hosting a crafts event on April 25 between 10am and noon. Registration is essential and the cost is $25. Phone, 477 3155. A school holiday drop-in will also be running at the centre from 10am till 1pm each day of the holidays.
Cannons Creek Pool will be open as usual.
Popular attraction: Dora is sure to be a hit when she returns to North City Shopping Centre.