There are more activities planned than ever before these school holidays at Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri.
Youth and Early Learning Lead Kylie Holmes says as well as having more sessions, there's more variety with different types of art, music, dance and STEAM activities in the line-up.
"The activities are designed to integrate learning and fun and to start conversations which can carry on at home long after the activity is over"
Activities will appeal to children of all ages from toddlers right through to those in their early high-school years. Holmes says there is something for everyone these holidays and it should be a whole lot of fun.
"The parents often seem to enjoy the activities as much as the children do and with the numbers who keep coming back over and over, they must be having fun!"
Scheduled activities start on Monday 1 October with the STEAM Mystery Bag Challenge where children get a range of materials in their mystery bag and have to solve an engineering challenge. Kids can win spot prizes for dressing up in their favourite colour for the Rainbow Dance Party on Wednesday 3 October and there's the chance to make your own instrument from recycled materials and be a part of the first ever, Great Te Aka Mauri Band.
With Lego sessions proving popular in past holiday programmes, the Youth and Early Learning Team have come up with a new Lego challenge Lego Towns to be held in the Makerspace which will see children planning and building their own town including all its amenities.
Makerspace programme partner, Unison, is delighted the room continues to be popular. "As well as providing entertainment during the school holidays, we hope it also encourages future generations of engineers and innovators" said Unison's Relationship Manager, Danny Gough.
The Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt will again run throughout the holidays with all new questions and challenges. The Scavenger Hunt is a great way to learn about the library and find things you might not otherwise discover. This family activity can be done throughout the school holidays during library opening hours.
These holidays the Scavenger Hunt is particularly special as it is the first time it is available in te reo Maori and in English. Children can read and complete it in whichever language they choose and can flip it to check the translations and learn if they'd like to. All entries into the Scavenger Hunt will go in the draw to win one of four prize packs.
Holmes is looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces from past holidays back again and she also wants to welcome new families to come and join in the fun.
Visit our School Holidays page for a full programme of activities.