The school holidays are only a week and a half away and I’m sure you’re all looking forward to having some time to relax and have some fun. One of the best things about the Winter school holidays is KidsFest because there’s so much going on and so many cool things you can do, from playing different sports and experimenting with science to watching a play or learning how to cook.
This year’s theme is Community, so get out and have fun in your community at some of the cool events that are planned. Here are just a few of the highlights:
- The Breeze Light and Flight Lantern Parade – Make your own lantern, bring a torch or something that lights up and come along to join the parade with the Kids Samba Band, Coolstuff, the KidsFest car and much more.
- The Press Dogs Day Out – Bring along your pet pooch or pedigree and join in the fun with competitions, pimp my pooch, demonstrations, doggy stalls, food, rides, live music and a grand canine parade!
- Dust off your singing voice, fine tune your fancy footwork or show us your special talent in the Singapore Airline’s StarFest, a talent quest with three heats and a grand final.
KidsFest is on in Christchurch from 16-30 July. Have a look at the KidsFest website to find out what’s on our pick up a brochure from your library.
Are you going to any KidsFest events? We’d like to know what you’re looking forward to.
Tēnā koutou tamariki ma. This week we are celebrating Maori Language Week with te mahi kai (the language of food). Each day we’ll post the names of 5 different foods in te reo Maori, from chocolate to kiwifruit and spaghetti to ice cream. If you know any other kai (food) related words feel free to add them to our posts.
What does it mean?:
- to be overcome through lack of air
- to overcome by depriving of air or exposing to smoke or fumes
- to prevent the development or actions of; to cover up; to cover thickly
How do you use it?: I got myself a huge bowl of ice cream and smothered it with chocolate sauce and sprinkles.
This week is Library Week across the country and it’s a great excuse to visit your local library. Sure, libraries have lots of books that you can borrow, but you can do lots of other things like:
- Surf the net – all of our libraries have FREE internet so you could come to the library to do your homework, play online games, or look up useless information.
- Play games – some of our libraries have Playstations and computers with games on them that you can use or you could bring your own card games to play with your friends or family.
- Sit and chat with your friends.
- Find a quiet space and do your homework, write a story or just chill out and listen to some music.
There are some exciting competitions running for kids during Library Week. Check out Brindi’s Competitions and Prizes! post to find out more about these competitions.
Why do you love your library? What is your favourite thing to do at the library?
What does it mean?: to shine with a wavering light.
How do you use it?: The water shimmered as the sun’s rays bounced off the lake.