Free School Holiday Fun – October 2018

Here is a list of free events and activities to take your children during the October 2018 school holidays in Tauranga. These holidays you can create your own magical creature, go on a scavenger hunt, watch a magic show or design your own website and much more!

Tauranga City Library School Holiday Programme

It’s all about getting creative at Tauranga City Libraries during these school holidays. Use your imagination to create a fantastical creature, jazz up a plain pencil case with colourful fabric markers or have a go at designing your very own website and much more! Registrations are required to attend.
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Mind blowing magic shows

Back by popular demand, magician Andre Vegas will astound you with his magic tricks!
When: 1 – 5 October 2018, 11am & 2pm daily
Where: Outside Farmers, Bayfair Shopping Centre
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Animates School Holiday Activities

Join your local Animates for four free activity sessions these school holidays. Animates have proudly partnered with Kids Safe with Dogs Charitable Trust to educate children how to safely interact with dogs. No bookings are required.
When: Thursday 4 October & Thursday 11 October. 11am & 2pm.
Where: Animates Mt Maunganui, 3B Owens Place, Mt Maunganui & Animates Tauranga, Cnr Cameron Rd & First Ave, Tauranga
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Elgregoe’s Simply Magic Show

Enjoy a free magic show at Papamoa Plaza. Meet Seymour the Dinosaur, Elgregoe’s amazing exotic parrots and see the floating child illusion!
When: 1 – 5 October 2018, 11.30am and 1.30pm daily
Where: Papamoa Plaza, 7 Gravatt Road, Papamoa
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Bethlehem Town Centre

Bring the kids down to Bethlehem Town Centre these October School Holidays, to enjoy free entertainment at the Secret Garden. They will enjoy getting their hands dirty and being creative making their very own Grass Head.
When: Monday 8 – Friday 12 October, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Kids Zone at the Centre Playground, Bethlehem Town Centre
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Come along and meet the Green Fairy and go on an adventure to find out why the traffic lights glow red, green and yellow. A modern fairy tale that children can interact with through virtual and augmented reality. Bookings essential.
When: 8 – 12 October, 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm daily.
Where: Outside Farmers, Bayfair Shopping Centre
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Sensory Fairies

For families of children with sensory processing disorders. A safe, non judgemental environnment eliminating factors such as crowds, loud noises, close proximity to people, music and bright lights.
When: Wednesday 10 October, 8-9am.
Where: Bayfair Shopping Centre
Please book with our Customer Service Team on 07 575 9349 or email
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Virtually On Track Scavenger Hunt

Join the Virtually on Track Scavenger Hunt these school holidays and be in to win cool prizes. There are 6 unique Scavenger Hunts that encourage you to solve clues, take photos and answer questions in some of the most popular recreational areas around the Bay. You can complete as many of the locations as you like – each one is a chance to win!
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Every Wednesday at 10am at the Bayfair Playground, you can bring the kids for free story telling, games, dancing and giveaways. The kids will be entertained by Bayfair buccaneer, Pirate Claw and his assistant Kate the Pirate’s Mate.
When: Every Wednesday, 10am
Where: Bayfair Shopping Centre, Maunganui Road
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