Children's Weekend


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Saturday 3 March 2018, from 10am until 3pm 

A range of community groups and organisations will work alongside council staff to celebrate children from around the world.  Enjoy a wide range of activities with an international flavour including:

  • crafts
  • music
  • games
  • story-time
  • face-painting
  • swimming and much more!

How to take part:

This year we are celebrating many diverse cultures and families. Participants will follow a map around central Rotorua collecting stamps from each "country" on your event passport.

Start at any flag shown on the map and complete activities at each of the six locations to receive a 'passport stamp'. Collect three passport stamps to go in the draw to win a great prize pool including family passes and vouchers from a range of Rotorua attractions, art and gift packs and much more. 

Great locations to visit:

Rotorua Arts Village with English Language Partners and Multicultural Rotorua – Celebrate Peru! Create a Peruvian crown to wear for the day and listen to traditional South American music. Have fun in the photo booth with a wide range of props. Location: Rotorua Arts Village (inside).

Philippines Club of Rotorua Celebrate the Phillipines! Have fun participating in traditional Filipino games and Filipino dancing. Location: Rotorua Arts Village (outside).

Children's Art House – Celebrate Native America! Make a cool tee pee to take home and enjoy Native American music. Location: Children's Art House

Rotorua Museum – Celebrate France! Learn fun French games including Escargot (Snail Hop-Scotch), Jeu de Puame (Palm Tennis) and Bilboquet (Cup and Ball). Location: Te Rūnanga Tea House

Rotorua Musical Theatre – Celebrate England! Have some supercalifragilistic fun with the team from Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical and take part in a cool colouring activity. Location: Band Rotunda

Te Aka Mauri Rotorua Library – Celebrate Aotearoa! Learn the Māori art of weaving and make something to wear. Location: Te Aka Mauri Rotorua Library (2nd Floor, Haupapa Street)

BayTrust Rescue Helicopter – Celebrate our Emergency Services! Learn more about our fantastic local Rescue Helicopter and have a go at some fun activities. Location: Rotorua Village Green

Rotorua Aquatic Centre – Celebrate Summer!  Have lots of fun with water activities available for all the family.  Free child entry (10am – 6pm) with a paying guardian or adult entry. Location: Rotorua Aquatic Centre, Tarewa Road. ​

This is a great opportunity to share lots of laughs with the little people in our lives and treasure the time spent together.

Huge thanks to all the supporting organisations who have donated items towards the prize draw: Waimangu Volcanic Valley, The Heat 99.1 FM, Redwoods Tree Walk, Rotorua International Stadium and the Vodafone Warriors, Rotorua Aquatic Centre, BayTrust Rescue Helicopter, Te Puia, Rotorua Musical Theatre, Skyline Skyrides, Reading Cinema, Fruit Monster and Motion Entertainment. ​

Sunday 4 March 2018, from 1.30pm – 4.30pm 

Fun at the Redwoods Children's Day (Long Mile Road).  Free creative activities for under 10's with their family and friends. From art to music, stories to bush adventures there is something for everyone rain or shine!

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Free activities include forest games, storytelling, log dig, bucket fun, soundscapes, clay, paint, Taiko  drumming, hut building, gymnastics, young artists alfresco art exhibition, and the opportunity to be a star on the stage!

The Travelling Tuataras will bring their own special brand of magic to the forest with interactive stories and songs.

Families are encouraged to bring along a picnic and share lots of laughs with the little people in our lives and treasure the time spent together.

The City Ride bus (route 3) goes to the end of Long Mile Road where you can wander through the Mokopuna Track to the clearing behind the Redwoods iSite, where most of the activities will be held – rain or shine.

​Big thanks to the organisations involved:

  • The Travelling Tuataras
  • Ministry of Education
  • Rotorua Central Scouts
  • Northern Family Works
  • MIGS Gym
  • Parent Centre
  • Kiwi Conservation Club
  • Rotorua RACCO Taiko drummers
  • Rotorua Children's Art House
  • Rotorua Lakes Council

Page reviewed: 27 Feb 2018 2:56pm