Holiday programmes offer plenty of fun

No charge for a range of activities for the kids.

No charge for a range of activities for the kids.

Poppy Jerome (left) and Maria Atsalis with their bumblebees.

A FREE, three-week holiday programme is seeking 11-17 year old participants.

The Turanga Ararau Breakaway school holiday programme offers a fun and structured holiday activity for young people who would not normally have access to holiday programmes, said holiday programme administrator Aidan Edwards.

Activities include supervised swimming at the beach and pool.

The holiday programme began on Monday (January 9) and runs for three weeks. Participants attend only one week out of the three. Places are still available in the next two week-long programmes.

“We have an amazing race. On-site projects include games, art and some music. There’s a good variety," Mr Edwards said.

Transport and lunch is provided. To enrol, contact Aidan Edwards at 022 315 5317 or complete a form at the Turanga Ararau office, cnr Bright and Kahutia streets.

Fun in the sun is also what Gisborne YMCA’s Breakaway holiday programme is about. Places are still available for the free programme that runs until January 27.

Eleven-to-17-year-olds are invited to join YMCA’s Breakaway crew for adventure, epic activities, BBQ lunch and complimentary pick up/drop off.

Activities run daily from 10am-3pm and include surf lessons, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, hydrosliding, rock sides and a visit to the Doneraile Park waterfall.

The HB Williams Memorial Library offers stimulating, fun projects for 11-17 year olds for the next two Tuesdays.

Bristlebots and circuit building are programmed for Tuesday, January 17. Separated from their stems, toothbrush heads provide a multi-legged platform. Mounted with a vibrating cellphone motor and battery, the wired up bristlebot skitters about on its bristled legs. Bristlebot-makers can add eyes, cotton-bud oars or pipe-cleaner stick figures — the variations are endless.

On Tuesday January 24, book, badge and ‘zine making will be available. Children will learn to make books with blank pages they can write in, and ‘zines they can fill with art, poetry, stories and pictures.

They will also have the opportunity to make badges on the library’s badge-making machine.

The library is also running free activities under its summer reading programme.

This Friday, cool stories and cardboard construction will begin at 10.30am while “monster-ous” stories and mega monster making is planned for Monday, January 16.

On Wednesday morning, children can look forward to nature stories and crafts. At 2pm on Thursday, January 19, the Little Barking Theatre Co presents The Little Kowhai Tree, a story about growing up.

The programme is rounded off at 10.30am, Monday, January 23, with a celebration of Kiwi-ness through kitschy crafting.

A FREE, three-week holiday programme is seeking 11-17 year old participants.

The Turanga Ararau Breakaway school holiday programme offers a fun and structured holiday activity for young people who would not normally have access to holiday programmes, said holiday programme administrator Aidan Edwards.

Activities include supervised swimming at the beach and pool.

The holiday programme began on Monday (January 9) and runs for three weeks. Participants attend only one week out of the three. Places are still available in the next two week-long programmes.

“We have an amazing race. On-site projects include games, art and some music. There’s a good variety," Mr Edwards said.

Transport and lunch is provided. To enrol, contact Aidan Edwards at 022 315 5317 or complete a form at the Turanga Ararau office, cnr Bright and Kahutia streets.

Fun in the sun is also what Gisborne YMCA’s Breakaway holiday programme is about. Places are still available for the free programme that runs until January 27.

Eleven-to-17-year-olds are invited to join YMCA’s Breakaway crew for adventure, epic activities, BBQ lunch and complimentary pick up/drop off.

Activities run daily from 10am-3pm and include surf lessons, paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, hydrosliding, rock sides and a visit to the Doneraile Park waterfall.

The HB Williams Memorial Library offers stimulating, fun projects for 11-17 year olds for the next two Tuesdays.

Bristlebots and circuit building are programmed for Tuesday, January 17. Separated from their stems, toothbrush heads provide a multi-legged platform. Mounted with a vibrating cellphone motor and battery, the wired up bristlebot skitters about on its bristled legs. Bristlebot-makers can add eyes, cotton-bud oars or pipe-cleaner stick figures — the variations are endless.

On Tuesday January 24, book, badge and ‘zine making will be available. Children will learn to make books with blank pages they can write in, and ‘zines they can fill with art, poetry, stories and pictures.

They will also have the opportunity to make badges on the library’s badge-making machine.

The library is also running free activities under its summer reading programme.

This Friday, cool stories and cardboard construction will begin at 10.30am while “monster-ous” stories and mega monster making is planned for Monday, January 16.

On Wednesday morning, children can look forward to nature stories and crafts. At 2pm on Thursday, January 19, the Little Barking Theatre Co presents The Little Kowhai Tree, a story about growing up.

The programme is rounded off at 10.30am, Monday, January 23, with a celebration of Kiwi-ness through kitschy crafting.

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