Celebrating Children from around the World
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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.
On Saturday 14 March 2020 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 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.
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 on Sunday 15 March 2020 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. 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!
For more information on any of these events go to rotorualakescouncil.nz/childrensweekend