Term Week 4-6
- Sharing Playcentre
- Walking Festival
- Baby Expo in Christchurch
- Matariki stars
- Kid's Fest
- Phones at centres
- Fire drills
- What's on in the wider world?
- Fundraising opportunities
- To do list
- Playcentre calendar
- Find us online
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If your Playcentre would like to be involved in the walking festival for 2016 can you please contact Anna Steel, email@example.com or 03 3772540. We would need to hear from you in by 3rd June so we can proceed with planning.
The City Council have hosted one Planning meeting so far and are welcoming ideas and expressions of interest from Playcentre. Below are the ideas that have been discussed to date:
What we have confirmed so far walk wise is:
- Wednesday 28 September - Wild Wednesday Walk - Avonhead Playcentre - venue options discussed either Halswell Quarry or Vic Park or the Groynes (option to link to CCC Rangers for short talk)
- Wednesday 5 October - Pukeko Stomp at Travis Wetland including walk and Storytime
Ideas for other pre-schoolers walks includes:
- No date yet - Gruffalo themed - self guided walk/activity - Bottle Lake Forest - link with CCC Library Team and others??
- Nature Play area in Prebbleton
- 4x set course orienteering courses at Halswell Quarry, The Groynes, Spencer Park and Victoria Park
- The Bot Gardens do activities every holidays - self guided "Pollination Families" - targeted to a slightly older audiences 5-10 years
If you have a spare hour or two please help in our crèche during the baby expo on either Saturday the 11th of June or Sunday the 12th of June, contact Jen firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to weave some stars in your centre for Matariki then contact Toni on email@example.com. If you would like to learn more about Matariki and some Kapahaka then contact Cath to come to your centre, firstname.lastname@example.org
KidsFest : 9-23 July 2016
More FM Lantern Parade : Celebrating KidsFest's 25th Anniversary
Saturday 9 July from 4.30-6.30pm
The More FM Lantern Parade is taking an exciting, exploratory night time journey through central Christchurch from Cathedral Square to the Margaret Mahy family playground via Cathedral Junction and New Regent Street. Parade departs Cathedral Square at 5.30pm.
Bring along your own creations, whether it's wearable light art, lanterns, glow sticks or torches. New Regent Street and Cathedral Junction will be lit up along the route and the Isaac Theatre Royal are illuminating their facade for the occasion. Margaret Mahy family playground features amazing lighting, entertainment around our feature lanterns, food and beverage stalls plus free hot chocolate from the More FM crew and of course kids can play. Dress up warm.
Playcentre events for KidsFest are advertised in the KidsFest booklet and website, as well as the CPA website
- KidsFest Booklet
Pink Section - Arts, Crafts & Creativity on Page 26, title is Funfest Playfest
Playcentre's listing in the booklet is a generic blurb (due to a word limit) - it directs you to the KidsFest
or CPA websites for the various individual Playcentre events
- KidsFest Website
Pink Section - Arts, Crafts & Creativity
In search box enter Funfest Playfest
Click read the rest
Scroll down to find the Playcentre events
- CPA Website - for registrations
Documentation for centres participating in KidsFest will be sent out in the next few weeks.
If your centre would like to hold a KidsFest event please contact Nicky at the CPA office on 377 2540 or email email@example.com before Friday the 24th of June.
a reminder that all centres must have a working phone on session for their Playcentre - ie a regular Playcentre number that is contactable by parents, the Association, outside agencies and any prospective new members. This is extremely vital in the case of an emergency. Please ensure that your phone is topped up, charged and turned on (if using a cellphone). This is a Ministry of Education Licensing requirement.
Christchurch Baby Expo
11 & 12 June 2016 at Pioneer Recreation Centre from 9am-4pm
Discover all you need to know - from bump to birth and beyond at the Baby Expo.
Please visit www.babyexpos.co.nz for more information.
Each Playcentre and Babies CanPlay session will be receiving complimentary adult entry tickets
for their centre members in the post (x 2 tickets per family).
Insulation Subsidies ending soon
Community Energy Action is a charitable trust that provides insulation subsidies for families in need in Canterbury. They are able to offer subsidies/free insulation for families with a community services card, until the end of June.
Conditions apply. Please call 0800 GET WARM, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.cea.co.nz, for more information, or to organise a free, no obligation insulation assessment.
CEA also offers a recycled curtain bank, and free independent energy advice.
Please contact the CPA Office - email@example.com if your centre would like information on any of the following fundraising ventures:-
- Scentco - funkiest, sweet-smelling pencils (Smencils)
- Icon Photography
- Jack'n'Jill Portraits
- Abacus - Calendar Art
- 2 Little Monkeys - Children's winter hats
See the Playcentre 'To Do' list here.
See the Playcentre Calendar here.
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Posted: Tuesday 7 June 2016