By DAVID HILL
KidsFest events are returning to the Waimakariri district, with the school holidays just around the corner.
The choices are broad: dust off your teddy bears, go on a fairy hunt, put on your roller skates, drive Thomas the Tank Engine, build a robot, attend a pool party, or sign up for spy training these school holidays from July 6 to 20.
The highlight of KidsFest in the district will once again be the Great Rangiora Kids’ Market in the Rangiora Borough School grounds on Tuesday, July 16, from 9am to 1pm.
Young stallholders can contact the school’s Parent Teacher Association on (021) 1232609 or email email@example.com to book a stall for $5.
A fairy hunt will be held in the Kaiapoi Domain throughout the two-week holiday, along with a teddy bear hunt in the Kaiapoi town centre.
Make sure “teddy stays out of trouble” at the Woodend Community Centre on Thursday, July 18, while a teddy bears picnic will be held in the Kaiapoi food forest on the last day.
Thomas the Tank Engine will be back in the Rangiora Library from Monday to Friday, July 8 to 12, for all those budding train drivers.
Robots have supposedly taken over the Waimakariri Libraries in Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Oxford, and children are needed to find them “before they exterminate us”.
Youngsters can even make their own robot at the libraries during the first week of the holidays.
Get out the roller skates for a roller disco at the Woodend Community Centre on Monday, July 8.
Bring out your inner pirate at a shipwreck-themed pool party at the Dudley Park Aquatic Centre in Rangiora on Wednesday, July 10, or the Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre on Friday, July 19.
Aladdin and the Arabian Nights will be taking to the stage at the Rangiora Town in six shows from Wednesday to Saturday, July 10 to 13, while in week two there is a performing arts winter camp.
Psst – Professional Super Spy Training will return to Kaiapoi North School in three sessions on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13.
Several events are being held for budding young writers, including the “chicken rap” at the Kaiapoi Library and Rangiora Town Hall on Wednesday, July 17, and events in Kaiapoi and Rangiora two days later.
Elgregoe the magician will also be back in Waimakariri for shows in Rangiora and Kaiapoi on Friday, July 12.
For more information, go online to kidsfest.co.nz and look up Waimakariri. Bookings are required for some events.