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Shore Fun these school holidays

The October school holidays are a great opportunity to make the most of the early spring days and enjoy some sun! Living on the North Shore we are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting our next outing – who can resist a day at the beach or a picnic at the local park? For some other ideas of what’s happening around the Shore these school holidays check out our suggestions below!

Art and Crafts

Mairangi Arts Centre Holiday Programme – Outerspace
It’s nearly school holiday time again and the Mairangi Arts Centre has an exciting holiday programme coming up for you. This time the theme is Outerspace. We will have classes in painting, drawing, clay, printing, craft, multimedia and moviemaking. Great discounts for Young Artist Club (YAC) members.
Details: 1st October – 12th October. 2 hour and 5 hour classes available.
Book from August 31st online or phone 478 2237.

AllStars Broadway School Holiday Programme at The Rose Centre, Belmont Get the kids out of the house and on to the stage these holidays! Students work with tutors from New Zealand's National Youth Theatre Company on items involving acting, singing and dance. The sessions are held in small age-related groups to ensure that everyone receives quality tuition. Now in their 7th year these popular courses are a perfect school holiday activity for young performers or beginners who would like to give being on stage a go! Everyone who participates is invited to audition an item for the revue show, and all the participants are involved in the group numbers.
Details: 9th October – 13th October, 9.00am – 4.00pm Tuesday to Friday. Performances 12th and 13th of October for family and friends. Suitable for
children aged 7-17 years. For more information phone 948 6982 or email

‘Spring has Sprung’ at the Lake House Arts Centre
Celebrate the warmer weather by getting creative!
1st October – 12th October
Details: For more information phone 486 4877, email
or visit

Shows to watch!

The Frog Prince at the Bruce Mason Centre
Phineas Phrog Productions and The Bruce Mason Centre bring an old favourite fairytale back to life with Princess Matilda, archrival Petunia Poopernot and one slimy, slippery, slithery frog. This action packed adventure has a cast of colourful characters who revel in comic high jinks, magical mishap and musical mischief. Audience participation is encouraged, so always remember to keep your eye on
the ball!
Details: 1st October – 6th October. 10am and 12pm daily. Running time approximately 55 minutes. Tickets are $16 + booking fee. Adults are at kids’ prices.

Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary at The Pumphouse
Adapted by Tim Bray, everybody’s favourite dog Hairy Maclary and his friends come to life in this fantastic stage show. Come and see Bottomley Potts, Muffin McLay, Bitzer Maloney, Schnitzel von Krumm and Scarface Claw all come together in a show that is sure to be a sell out!
Details: 1st October – 13th October. 10.30am and 1.00pm daily. To book phone
489 8360 or visit

Keeping fit!

fitness 4 kids
Fitness fun for children! fitness 4 kids programmes focus on developing fitness in a fun and safe environment. Sessions include team and partnered relays, fun interactive games, carefully planned circuits, breathing, stretching and flexibility exercises.
Details: Tuesday 2nd October and Thursday 4th October. 9.30am – 12.00pm
Campbells Bay School. Cost of $30.00 per session (10% discount for siblings).
For bookings email or or phone 09 478 6885 or 021 614655.

Millennium Institute of Sport and Health Holiday Programme
The Millennium Holiday Programme provides an environment where children can learn, take part in something challenging and be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment within a structured programme with activities planned throughout the day.
Details: Week 1: 1st October – 5th October, Week 2: 8th October – 12th October. To enrol your child, or for more information get in touch with Millennium’s school holiday programme team on (09) 477 2000.

YMCA North Shore Holiday Programme
The YMCA offers a range of trips and activities where kids can have a heap of fun in a safe and supervised environment. The YMCA know it can be challenging to ensure that your kids stay entertained throughout the holidays, so they are there to help by keeping your kids busy with a range of inclusive and stimulating activities and experiences for children of different ages, abilities, sexes and cultural backgrounds. Ages are divided into three groups – 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years and 11 to 15 years.
Details: 1 October – 12th October. Check out the brochure online at or pick one up at the YMCA North Shore reception.

Education is Fun!

Tiki Tag at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
Come to Torpedo Bay Navy Museum and create your own taonga to take home. Putting a modern spin on this traditional treasure, you will cast a tiki out of resin and punch your initials into a dog tag. Resin casting is a cool mix of science and art, mixing two liquids to make plastic, colouring it to your choice of colour. Once you have made your tiki we will get out the hammers and use our special contraption to smash your initials into a dog tag while keeping fingers safe.
Details: Session Start Times 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm. Duration 45 minutes. Cost $5 per person (A $1 per person staffing surcharge applies for all groups over 15 people). This session is suitable for all ages, with 7s and under needing an accompanying adult. Pre-book on 09 445 5186 or email - Walk ups on the day may be available.
Bookings are essential for all groups. Please note: This activity is not suitable
for people with resin allergies. Find out more at

by Channel Editorial