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Children’s Day Celebration in Manukau

Children’s Day Celebration in Manukau

Manukau City Council invites all residents to celebrate national Children's Day on 27 October at Hayman Park, Manukau City Centre.

From 11am to 4pm families can enjoy a huge range of fun activities, including free rides, games and challenges, and musical performances.

Mayor Sir Barry Curtis says that Children’s Day, which is held on the last Sunday in October each year, is about celebrating children and encouraging adults to give their time to them.

“The key message is for parents, caregivers and communities to '’give time’ to our young, as well as love and affection, praise and encouragement, listen and talk to them, and provide them with new experiences.

“We want families to spend the day together, whether it’s at this event or just at home. Bring along a picnic and make the most of all the free, fun activities on offer.”

Families can get involved in activities such as tug o war, sack races, balloon games, and mini relay races.

The free amusement rides include bouncy castles, a ghost train, tea cups and slides. Also on site will be food stalls, horse and carriage rides, and local healthcare providers with information stalls. Entertainment on stage ranges from cultural performances, items from local young talent, performances from Dawn Raid artists.

Council held a similar event at Hayman Park last year which was highly successful.


The key message for Children’s Day in 2002 is ‘Giving Time, your time, my time, and our time to children.’

Activity ideas for families and friends: create a garden - enjoy a family concert - design a family crest - everyone help to cook a family meal - tell stories together - make and fly kites - explore the beach - talk about your whakapapa - draw family portraits together.

More information on the national Children’s Day can be found at www.childrensday.org.nz

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