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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:22am

Boy in blue camouflage jersey and white climbing helmet gets ready to climb a rope ladderKidsFest is back again to bring some fun for the holidays after a tough start to the year.

The Council will be running a busy programme for the popular annual KidsFest event, from Saturday 4 to Sunday 19 July.

KidsFest has been running for 25 years and it was a good feeling to be able to return again and continue to offer a high quality range of events, Council Senior Events and Recreation Advisor Dave Tippett says.

“We’re delighted that we’re able to put on a host of great events with old favourites and some cool new additions to the fortnight. There will be some changes because of the impacts of the pandemic, with ongoing restrictions, and health and safety requirements. But it’s great to be able to offer children some fun, with a return to familiar events, and to take some of the load off parents after the incredible job they have been doing this year.”

This year’s festival will feature over 30 events including the return of favourites such as high ropes, hip hop and Sport Suzie’s Super Silly Circus Show, and exciting new options such as light pad art, lanterns and dinosaur parties.

The Children’s Market may not be able to go ahead because of pandemic restrictions, but MovieMania and Discomania are able to return, Mr Tippet says.

Children and families will also have the opportunity to get a whole new view of the district through the Eye Spy Selwyn activity hunt. The hunt will once again take children to explore the district, but this year children will have the chance to win a family hot air balloon ride for four with Ballooning Canterbury, if they answer a question and collect a stamp at each Council facility. Completed cards of stamps that are returned to the customer centre at the Council‘s Rolleston offices will go into the draw.

Tickets and a full timetable of events will be available from Friday 5 June at Selwyn families can also attend events in Christchurch and Waimakariri.