KidsFest Discomania is an adult-supervised event for 3 to 13-year-olds at The Station in Leeston and the Tai Tapu Community Centre

KidsFest kicks into gear

by Mike Isle

Bookings opened this week for Selwyn District Council’s school holiday fun festival for kids.

Throughout July Selwyn will be really jumping — climbing, reading, painting, discoing and even mapping as KidsFest 2019 kicks into gear.

All the council’s community centres, libraries and the Aquatic Centre are involved. Activities, many of them free, include hip-hop workshops, rope climbing, mapping and navigation challenges, Moviemania films, a kid’s market (selling goods, not kids) and two extra special events coming up; The High Ropes Challenge starting tomorrow at the Rolleston Community Centre and Sports Suzie’s Super Silly Circus Show Thursday next week at the Lincoln Event Centre. For kids wanting to work off a little energy, there is Discomania starting at 6pm and going through to 7.30pm at The Station in Leeston on Thursday, July 11 and the Tai Tapu Community Centre on Thursday, July 18. This fully supervised event suitable for 3 to 13-year-olds costs $2 each child, and there is a tuck shop selling refreshments.

Across town and for older kids there are the hip-hop workshops at the West Melton Community Centre and Lincoln Events Centre. Today’s workshop at West Melton is sold out, but there is another workshop at Lincoln on Tuesday, July 16 starting at 10am. Admission is $10 each child.

Sports Suzie’s Super Silly Circus Show is high energy and action-packed, full of crazy stunts, featuring yoyos flying in the air, dazzling magic, super unicycling, crazy juggling, circus tricks, jump rope on a unicycle, hilarious audience participation and possibly the smallest bike on Earth.

It’s on at the Lincoln Event Centre, Thursday, July 18, starting at 1pm.

Tickets are $5 a child; caregivers are free.

The district’s libraries have their regular and highly popular Storytime programmes with the added sweeteners this KidsFest of A World of Bricks Lego building sessions and Map It!, how to make maps workshops.

Visit the council’s website for a full list of events, venues and times and to make bookings.