HOL­I­DAY FUN PLANNED

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Keep­ing young ones en­ter­tained will be an easy feat for Ro­torua fam­i­lies, with plenty on of­fer these school hol­i­days.

The Ro­torua Li­brary has more ac­tiv­i­ties planned than ever be­fore.

Sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties start on Mon­day with the STEAM Mys­tery Bag Chal­lenge where chil­dren get a range of ma­te­ri­als in a mys­tery bag and solve an en­gi­neer­ing chal­lenge.

Chil­dren can win spot prizes for dress­ing up in their favourite colour for the Rain­bow Dance Party, and there is the chance to make an in­stru­ment from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als and be a part of the first Great Te Aka Mauri Band.

With Lego ses­sions prov­ing pop­u­lar in past hol­i­day pro­grammes, the youth and early learn­ing team have come up with a new Lego chal­lenge — Lego Towns — to be held in the Mak­erspace.

Chil­dren can plan and build their own town, in­clud­ing all its ameni­ties.

Fam­i­lies can also do the Great Te Aka Mauri Scav­enger Hunt with all new ques­tions and chal­lenges.

These hol­i­days will be the first time the hunt is avail­able in te reo Ma¯ ori and English.

All en­tries will go in the draw to win one of four prize packs.

Ro­torua Li­brary youth and early learn­ing lead Kylie Holmes says as well as hav­ing more ses­sions there is more va­ri­ety with dif­fer­ent types of art, mu­sic, dance and STEAM ac­tiv­i­ties in the line-up.

“The ac­tiv­i­ties are de­signed to in­te­grate learn­ing and fun, and to start con­ver­sa­tions which can carry on at home long af­ter the ac­tiv­ity is over.” Ac­tiv­i­ties will ap­peal to chil­dren of all ages, and Kylie says there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

“The par­ents of­ten seem to en­joy the ac­tiv­i­ties as much as the chil­dren do and with the num­bers who keep com­ing back over and over, they must be hav­ing fun.”

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.ro­toru­al­i­brary.govt.nz

Mean­while, the Ro­torua Mu­seum is giv­ing lit­tle builders the chance to get cre­ative with Play Space blocks, which al­low chil­dren to build a new world ev­ery day.

This is run­ning dur­ing the first week of the hol­i­days, Oc­to­ber 1 to Oc­to­ber 5, from 10am to 2pm at the Te Ru¯ nanga Tea House.

Book­ings are not re­quired and en­try is free.

Young, bud­ding artists can also get cre­ative at The Arts Vil­lage’s Hol­i­day Arts Academy for 8 to 12 year olds. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.artsvil­lage.org.nz

The pop­u­lar Chil­dren’s Art House pro­gramme has al­ready been fully booked.

Chil­dren who want to keep ac­tive over the hol­i­days can check out the Ro­torua Bas­ket­ball Hoop­star Hol­i­day Pro­gramme.

This pro­gramme runs from Oc­to­ber 1 to Oc­to­ber 5 at the Sports­drome. Book­ings are re­quired in ad­vance. Visit the Ro­torua Bas­ket­ball Face­book page or email ro­toru­ab­ball@xtra.co.nz.

Fam­i­lies can also get ac­tive with Vir­tu­ally on Track Scav­enger Hunts, al­low­ing fam­i­lies to ex­plore the nat­u­ral parks and re­serves around Ro­torua.

Solve clues, take pho­tos and an­swer ques­tions, then send an­swer sheets into Sport Bay of Plenty for a chance to win prizes.

Photo / Stephen Parker

Ro­torua Li­brary’s Han­nah Swale (left) and Kylie Holmes show some of the things chil­dren can cre­ate these school hol­i­days.

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