Rotorua Weekender : 2020-07-03

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8 Rotorua Weekender Jul 3, 2020 | School holiday fun beyond bubbles Shauni James EVENTS D espite the chilly winter weather, children and their families will be glad to be able to spend the July school holidays out of their home bubbles. And there is still plenty on offer. The Amazing Dinosaur Discovery is coming to Rotorua from tomorrow (July 4) to July 19 (closed Mondays) at the Rotorua Village Green. The community can discover more than 30 life-like dinosaurs at this interactiv­e, educationa­l event. The event also includes fossil digging, dino-rides, dino-mite playground, crafts and more activities for both adults and children. Flaming Phoenix Entertainm­ent business developmen­t manager Elly Moody says it is a great school holiday option for families because it is interactiv­e, educationa­l, fun and sensationa­l. “You don’t want to miss the all-time favourite Tyrannosau­rus Rex, the 12m neck of the Brachiosau­rus or the muchraved-about robotic raptors.” “This is the first and only tour we are doing in New Zealand and we bring the dinosaurs direct to families so there is no need to travel far to have a fun family outing. “This is not something you can see in normal daily life. Children can see them in books, in movies or on the internet, but seeing life-size dinosaurs moving and roaring right in front of you, that is going to be a completely different and unique experience.” Elly says they are excited to re-start the tour after so many weeks spent in lockdown. “It is a great opportunit­y for people to put down the devices and experience some hands-on learning and fun. “Rotorua is a fantastic holiday destinatio­n, and we hope our visit will add something exciting, fresh and unique to the city and help boost domestic travel to the region.” She says they believe this is a great opportunit­y to teach kids about biology, evolution and scientific thinking. “Dinosaurs are great examples of how species come to be, disappear, adapt and survive. “Dinosaurs once ruled this planet us humans now call home, so it is important to understand Earth and appreciate the amazing things like dinosaurs which existed long before we did.” Elly says Flaming Phoenix Entertainm­ent is best known for its travelling circus operation. Zirka Circus has been entertaini­ng Kiwis for more than 10 years. The 30 animatroni­c dinosaurs headlining this new event have come from the United States. Together, the Amazing Dinosaur Discovery and Flaming Phoenix have collaborat­ed to bring the dinosaurs to New Zealand to create a fresh and Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 19: Rotorua Winter Carnival, from 10am, Rotorua Village Green, amusement games and rides for the whole family, ticket prices apply @Outdooramu­sementsltd Friday, July 3: Night Flicks Drivein Cinema, 5.30pm or 8.45pm, Waipa State Mill Rd, 5.30pm: ■ ■ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Hunt for the Wilderpeop­le, 8.45pm: ticket prices apply, nightflick­ nz/drive-in-tour Saturday, July 4 to Wednesday, July 22: Busy Bingo, Rotorua Library, bingo sheet with 25 fun activities to do. Free, rotorualib­ Monday, July 6 to Friday, July 17: July School Holiday Programme at Rotorua Library, range of activities and events, some events may cost and require booking, rotorualib­ Saturday, July 4 to Sunday, July 19 (closed Mondays): The Amazing Dinosaur Discovery, Rotorua ■ ■ ■ Photo / Supplied Village Green, from $25 through Saturday, July 4: Hokomanga Pukapuka - Book Sale. 9am to 1pm. Kuirau Park. Free admission Tuesday, July 14: - Presented by Operatunit­y, 11am to 1pm, Rotorua Baptist Church, 100 Malfroy Rd, general admission: $35, www.operatunit­y. Thursday, July 16: NZ Mountain Film Festival – ‘National Tour’, 7pm to 9.45pm, Harvest Centre, 324 Malfroy Rd, tickets $20 adults and $16 under 17, available at www. and door sales on the night (cash only) Saturday, July 18: Tarawera Eruption - Rotorua Stories, 10.30am, 1pm and 3pm, Rotorua Library, free, rotorualib­ Sunday, July 19: Rotorua Ukebox Ukulele Open Mic and Strum Along, 3pm to 4.30pm, Te Ru¯ nanga Tea House, free, any inquiries call or email Julie (027) 242 4132, julie.parsons@rotorualc. nz ■ Stage and ■ Screen ■ ■ ■ Photo / Supplied exciting event. For more informatio­n go to www. dinosaurdi­ From marble mazes and making movie magic, to Lego mindstorms and crazy character flipbooks, there is plenty for families to be part of at the Rotorua Library. The library’s Youth and Early Learning Team are pleased to be able to host in-house events after running the previous school holiday programme completely online during the lockdown. The programme starts on Monday and runs until July 19. Details available at www.rotorualib­ The Rotorua Library also has several events on for Matariki 2020, from July 13 to 20. Matariki is a time of remembranc­e, paying respect to those who have passed on and a time for new beginnings and planning for the year ahead. It is an important marker on the Maramataka (the Ma¯ ori lunar calendar). People can join one of the library’s activities, check out Matariki resources, watch an educationa­l series Living with the Stars and share Anahera’s Akoranga (Anahera’s Learning Space) posts on its Facebook page. Rotorua Youth Centre manager Steve Holmes says it is running several creative workshops over the holidays. These include radio and broadcasti­ng, songwritin­g, beat making and audio production, and rap writing. “These are programmes that use some pretty cool gear. “The Rotorua Youth Centre is fortunate to have a full recording studio, music equipment and radio station on-premises, so the opportunit­y to try something with industryst­andard facilities like these is a great opportunit­y. “One of the things we are really passionate about is giving young people the opportunit­y to try something they have never experience­d before, and allowing young people to discover talents that they never knew they had. “Out there are young songwriter­s, performers, radio announcers, creative writers, sales and marketing legends, music producers and more, just needing an opportunit­y to shine.” Registrati­ons for these programmes are very limited so head to the What’s On page at www.rotoruayou­thcentre. org to register. Those seeking outdoor places to explore around the Bay of Plenty during the school holidays can go to outdoor-activities. This includes links, informatio­n and self-guided activities for some of the popular outdoor parks and reserves. Need help with English? NEW ZEALAND FIRST LIST MP BASED IN ROTORUA OPEN 10AM- 3 PM DAI LLYY - I Fo apppoionti­mntemnte nplte s asp e lecaosnt e acct:ontact: ra s P 07 3344 7 440044 5E Ffleletctc­hheer.rt.taabbuteau@parliamenn­ A l6 , Hhinineemo­a Towerr 1154 Hinemoa St, Rotorua 3010 07 E The Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua 07 350 2395 rotorua@englishlan­ www.englishlan­ Alelveeve , 1154 Phone Email Web www..nnzfzifrsi­ Authorised by Fletcher Tabuteau, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

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