Lido of­fers com­plete sum­mer pro­gramme

The Tribune (NZ) - - HOLIDAY TIMES -

There will be fam­i­lies th­ese Christ­mas hol­i­days with their eyes set on pop­u­lar re­sorts around New Zealand. There’ll be some who’ve al­ready pur­chased tick­ets to the Gold Coast, Fiji or Hawaii.

But there’ll be oth­ers who know the Lido Aquatic Cen­tre can pro­vide the com­plete sum­mer hol­i­day pro­gramme for young­sters from five through to 13 years.

Christ­mas can be an ex­pen­sive time for many peo­ple. On many oc­ca­sions mum, dad or care­givers are work­ing and fam­ily mem­bers have to wait un­til they can take a break.

The Lido, in an­tic­i­pat­ing those prob­lems, has done some­thing about it. Led by Fa­cil­ity Man­ager Lyn­den Noakes and As­sis­tant Man­ager Sanne Ja­cob­sen, the team of ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tors have cre­ated a pro­gramme that will cap­ti­vate young­sters from 7am to 6pm through­out the hol­i­days.

This al­lows time for mum and dad to re­lax or work over the hol­i­day pe­riod know­ing their chil­dren aren’t just hav­ing fun but also learn­ing im­por­tant skills.

On any day from Mon­day De­cem­ber 21 through to Fri­day Jan­uary 29 up to 100 young­sters could be on a scav­enger hunt, at the movies, walk­ing the gorge, en­joy­ing the bouncy cas­tle, go­ing bowl­ing or bak­ing.

Ev­ery day there’s some­thing dif­fer­ent, from mini golf through to a trip to the chocolate fac­tory, but the fo­cus of the pro­gramme is al­ways the aquatic ac­tiv­i­ties. At the Lido Aquatic Cen­tre they can enjoy the four hy­dro-slides, the AquaPlay area, div­ing boards, in­door and out­door leisure pools and the 25 and 50-me­tre lane pools.

‘‘We teach safety and con­fi­dence in and around wa­ter. We give them a love of swim­ming and im­prove their wa­ter skills for life,’’ Lyn­den says.

‘‘The pro­gramme pro­vides healthy ex­er­cise, en­joy­ment, the op­por­tu­nity to re­late to other young­sters and a range of ac­tiv­i­ties that’ll see them en­gaged right through to 6pm.’’

Lyn­den says the chil­dren love the ex­pe­ri­ence and are chal­lenged by the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer. ‘‘The fact they keep re­turn­ing sum­mer af­ter sum­mer tells me we’re pro­vid­ing the right pro­gramme.’’ The pro­gramme runs from De­cem­ber 21 through to Christ­mas Eve and starts again on Jan­uary 5.

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