Holiday tasks teaching kids valuable life lessons
they’re always a really fun activity for the whole family and a chance to rediscover some hidden natural gems in the area, such as Centennial Park Tree Trust and Puarenga Stream.
“To give them a go, all you need to do is download the maps and instructions from the Virtually on Track website.”
Entries for the Term 3 holiday scavenger hunts close on October 14. Visit virtuallyontrack.co.nz for details.
Rotorua Library’s scheduled activities start on Monday and include a STEAM Mystery Bag Challenge, Rainbow Dance Party, making your own instrument from recycled materials and learning about animal welfare with Geoff Rudsdale, of Rotorua SPCA.
There is also a new Lego challenge — Lego Towns — being held in the Makerspace.
The Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt will again run throughout the holidays with new questions and challenges, and available in te reo Ma¯ori and As well as fun and play, the school holidays are an opportunity to learn more about values and hard work, according to one Rotorua family.
Rotorua father Jack Rahurahu’s tips for keeping children entertained during the school holidays included going to the Redwoods, beaches, parks, and playgrounds, as well as cycling, gardening, reading, sports and stay overs with family and friends.
He also suggested house jobs for pocket money; something his sons Tiaki Rahurahu, 14, and Raukawa Rahurahu, 8, will be doing.
Jobs will include raking up leaves, mowing the lawn and doing the dishes.
Jack said Tiaki would spend time with his mother in Auckland so any pocket money he earned could be used up there.
“It teaches them the value of money and understanding that things are earned in life.”
He said the children were also proud when they achieved what they set out to do.
Tiaki said he was looking forward English for the first time.
Animates and the Kids Safe with Dogs Charitable Trust are offering free sessions teaching children dog safety and the correct way to interact with dogs.
Sessions are on October 4 and 11, at 11am and 2pm.
Animates national manager Jacqui Baigent said the sessions to helping out around the house and spending time with the family.
He said he had a water rafting event for the Air Training Corps 75th Squadron while in Auckland, which he had not done before, so was looking forward to the new experience.
His cadet squadron were also marshalling as a fundraiser at a motorcycling event during the holidays.
“I’m looking forward to spending time with my mates and learning.” would help children feel more comfortable and confident. Children who complete the workshop will take home a free activity book and certificate.
The police and NZ Transport Agency are asking everybody travelling these school holidays to plan ahead, take regular breaks, and stay safe on the roads.
Rotorua’s Tiaki Rahurahu, 14, will be working hard as well as having fun these school holidays.