Spe­cial day to cher­ish chil­dren

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

School is in on Sun­day, March 3, at Mata­mata Chris­tian School when hun­dreds of Mata­mata chil­dren will en­joy free fun and fan­tasy at the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Chil­dren’s Day.

With lots of free ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing bouncy cas­tles, a land train, face paint­ing and tod­dler town, there will be some­thing to de­light ev­ery child.

There will be $400 of prizes spread over three age groups; preschool, years 1 to 4 and years 5 to 8 so the colour­ing-in com­pe­ti­tion is a must (down­load the com­pe­ti­tion from the school web­site www.mata­mata.school.nz).

Pup­pets, ma­gi­cian, crazy good mu­sic from The Jok­ers and Mata­mata Coun­try Mu­sic Club, the Quest-A-Thon with a bike as the prize and lots more will en­sure that ev­ery child has fun. Fam­i­lies are wel­come to bring a pic­nic lunch.

En­try is free. Food, cold drinks, tea, cof­fee and more can be bought on the day.

‘‘The day is open to the whole com­mu­nity and we hope that fam­i­lies will come out to cel­e­brate Chil­dren’s Day,’’ or­gan­iser Spence Re­ichardt said.

‘‘It is im­por­tant to have this day to cel­e­brate God’s gift of chil­dren and the con­tri­bu­tion that they make to our lives. This is not a com­mer­cial or fundrais­ing day for spend­ing lots of money but an op­por­tu­nity to spend qual­ity time to­gether with our chil­dren.’’

Chil­dren’s Day is a non-com­mer­cial an­nual day, founded in 2000 with the vi­sion of cel­e­brat­ing and nur­tur­ing our great­est trea­sure, our chil­dren.

Core val­ues for the day are: giv­ing time, praise and en­cour­age­ment, lis­ten­ing and talk­ing, love and af­fec­tion, and new ex­pe­ri­ences.

‘‘Trea­sure our Chil­dren’’ is the cen­tral theme of this year’s Chil­dren’s Day.

Visit www.chil­drens­day.org.nz ma­tion.

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