Children's Weekend


Childrens Day Sat March 2017 (40).jpgAs part of Rotorua Children’s Weekend celebrations there are a wide range of free family activities hosted in various venues around Rotorua over 2 fun-filled days. 

Saturday 2 March 2019, from 10am until 3pm 

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, face-painting, swimming 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 seven 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 Multicultural Council – Celebrate Polynesia! Make Pacific bead bracelets, get your face painted and learn some Cook Island drumming. Location: Te Rūnanga Tea House

Local Indian Community – Celebrate India! Learn Bhangra dancing and other Indian crafts. Location: Bowling Club, Government Gardens.

Rotorua Museum – Celebrate Mexico! Make Mexican paper dolls or wrestling masks while listening to traditional music. Location: The Arts Village.

Safe & Sustainable Journeys – Celebrate the Netherlands! Have a go in the peek-a-boo photo booth and add to the large colouring picture of windmills, tulips, bicycles in a Dutch landscape. Location: Jean Batten Square, Haupapa Street.

Rotorua Library – Celebrate Aotearoa! Learn how to make cool fantail headbands to wear. Location: Ground Floor, Rotorua Library, Te Aka Mauri.

Rotorua Japanese Community – Celebrate Japan! Make beautiful origami and get your name written in Japanese calligraphy. Location: Children's Art House, Government Gardens.

Rotorua Aquatic Centre – Celebrate France! Make your own French bilboquet (cup and ball game) and enjoy land inflatables. Gather 3 or more stamps on the passports during the day and kids get to swim for free. 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.

This year you can also get a stamp on your passport at the Redwoods Children's Day (see below for details). Enjoy 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!

Sunday 3 March 2019, from 1.30pm – 4.30pm 

Redwoods Childrens Day March 2017 (25).jpgAs part of Rotorua Children's Weekend celebrations there are a wide range of free family activities hosted in various venues around Rotorua over 2 fun-filled days.

The second of these family-friendly days will be the Redwoods Children's Day on Sunday 3 March 2019 from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

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 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.

Page reviewed: 22 Feb 2019 2:35pm