Children's Weekend


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As part of Rotorua Children's Weekend celebrations there is a wonderful array of free family activities hosted in various venues around Rotorua over two fun-filled days. ​​

Children Around the World  - Ngā Tamariki Huri I Te Ao

Saturday 14 March 2020, 10am – 3pm. Various central Rotorua locations​

A range of community groups and organisations will work alongside Rotorua Lakes Council to celebrate children from around the world.  Enjoy a wide range of activities with international flavour including crafts, music, games, story-time and much more!

This year we are celebrating many diverse cultures and families will need to 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 many wonderful Rotorua attractions, art and gift packs and much ​more.  ​

Great locations to visit:

​Rotorua Indian Association

​Celebrate India! Learn traditional dances and Indian crafts. Location: Jean Batten Square, Haupapa Street.

​Multicultural Rotorua 

​Celebrate Saudi Arabia! Have your photo with Princess Jasmine and Aladdin and write your name in Arabic. Location: Te Rūnanga Tea House, Government Gardens.

​Rotorua Russian Community 

​Celebrate Russia! Practice your snowball throwing (with water balloons), make a tiara or crown to wear and play with Russian dolls. Location: Children’s Art House, Government Gardens.

​Rotorua Tongan Community 

​Celebrate Tonga! Learn Tongan songs and dances and paint a Tongan tapa. Location: The Arts Village lawn, Hinemaru Street.

​Rotorua Chinese Community Association & Rotorua Library 

​Celebrate China! Try Chinese calligraphy, word tag and dress up in traditional Chinese clothes. Location: Ground Floor, Rotorua Library, Te Aka Mauri.

​Rotorua Aquatic Centre

​Celebrate Aotearoa! Get a moko kauae or a tā moko, design your own tīpare (head band) and make your way through our iconic NZ obstacle course. Gather three or more stamps on the passport during the day and kids get to swim for free (must be accompanied by adult). Location: Rotorua Aquatic Centre, Tarewa Road. ​

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Redwoods Children’s Day - Te Rā o Ngā Tamariki Ki Titokorangi

Sunday 15 March 2020, 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Whakarewarewa Forest, Long Mile Road​

Children can enjoy an afternoon of free creative fun, nature-based stories, arts, music and forest adventures for the under 10s, their friends and families located at the beautiful Redwood Forest (Long Mile Road).

Free activities will include some annual favourites like​ forest games, storytelling, log dig, bucket fun, soundscapes, clay, paint, Taiko  drumming, hut building, gymnastics and young artists alfresco art exhibition. And this year sees some new surprise activities including a full line up of young performers on the main stage. 

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.

Rotorua City Ride bus​ routes​

The event is only possible with the support of many community organisations, local artists and a large troupe of talented volunteers, who join the Travelling Tuataras and Rotorua lakes Council for this special afternoon.   ​​

Page reviewed: 25 Feb 2020 12:58pm