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Children’s Day Set To Be Big In South Auckland

29 February 2012

South Auckland is celebrating Children’s Day 2012 with a series of fun, family friendly activities that will entertain children, parents and caregivers alike.

The Mayor says our tamariki are precious and Children’s Day provides a reminder to us all that our children should be treasured every single day of the year.

“It’s great to see so many organisations getting on board and organising Children’s Day activities and we here at Auckland Council are proud to support them,” says Len Brown.

This year throughout the south there will be a wide range of fun activities including a huge celebration in Pukekohe featuring a hip-hop demonstration, and a police dog handling display.

Papakura Parents Centre is laying on a fun family carnival and Otara Leisure Centre has an open family day with a pool, aqua runs, relays and storytelling.

Manurewa Recreation Centre is celebrating with a bouncy castle and new games.

Also this year, Nathan Homestead hosts the Children’s Art festival and Kids in the Hood have combined to offer incredible arts and crafts, a clown and magic show, sausage sizzle and prizes for families to enjoy.

Papatoetoe is celebrating 150 years with a focus on their children, presenting lots of fun activities, including traditional games.

For more information check out www.childrensday.org.nz

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Papatoetoe- Celebrating 150 Years
Thursday 1 March, 9:30am - 1:30pm
Papatoetoe League Club, Kohukohu Park, Station Road, Papatoetoe
Enjoy free sausage sizzle, traditional games, spot prizes and much more.

Children's Day Picnic Evening In The Park
Friday 2 March, 5pm - 7pm
Conifer Grove Kindergarten, Bacardi Park, 70 Walter Strevens Drive, Takanini, we will be celebrating with our families with a shared picnic in the park next to our kindergarten.

Simple Fun - Howick Historical Village
Sunday 4 March, 11am - 3pm
Howick Historical Village, cnr Bell Rd. & Lady Marie Dr.
Go back to basics with a fun day at our Victorian village with our costumed volunteers. Splat the rat, shove a penny, sack races, build a jolly trolley and much more.

Children's Day in Franklin
Sunday 4 March, 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Samuel Miller Reserve
Amazing picnic day with families. There will be displays from NZ Police and Fire department. Olympians and other sports people will be attending and we will organise games and other activities for families. Everyone is welcome to attend so come and join our family fun day!

Manurewa Children's Day Fun Festival
Saturday 3 March, 10am -3pm
Nathan Homestead, Manurewa Art Centre, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa
Celebrate Children’s Day with a wonderful free community event presented by Kids in the Hood and Nathan Homestead. Enjoy incredible kid’s arts and crafts, face-painting, flax weaving, printmaking, bouncy castle, fantastic live performances, the Amazing Chicane magician, Cherry the Clown, Music DJ, sausage sizzle, the fabulous 2012: A Children’s Art Odyssey exhibition opening, games, prizes and much, much, more!

Children’s Day At the Pool, Mangere
Sunday 4 March, 10am - 2pm
Moana-Nui-A-Kiwi Leisure Centre, Mascot Avenue, Mangere
Free aqua-run, relays and various activities for families. Information Booth & Giveaways, Opportunity to ask social workers and staff what Child Youth & Family do, free sausage sizzle and Face Painting.

South Auckland Parent Centre Carnival
Saturday 3 March, 12pm - 4pm
Elizabeth Campbell Hall, Chapel Street, Papakura
We are holding a carnival to celebrate children. Families spending time together and having fun.

Otara Leisure Centre Open Family Day
Saturday 3 March, 12pm - 4pm
Otara Leisure Centre, 115 Bairds Road, Otara
Pool aqua runs (pool inflatable, pool relays, dry relays and obstacle course), rowing competition, face painting, storytelling, music supplied by OMAC and community group displays.

Te Akonga Children's Day
Sunday 4 March, 11am - 1pm
Te Akonga, 71 Franklin Road, Pukekohe
Fun filled time with activities for the whole family such as bikeathon, sausage sizzle and much more.

Children's Day at Manurewa Recreation Centre
Sunday 4 March, 10am - 2pm
Manurewa Recreation Centre, Frances Street, Manurewa
Join us for a day just for the kids! Come and check out Manurewa Recreation Centre for fun games, colouring competitions, heaps of events to have a go at and even a bouncy castle and candy floss! And it's all Free!



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