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Free School Holiday Fun – October 2019

Here are our top picks for free events and activities to take your children during the October 2019 school holidays in Tauranga. These holidays you can learn how to make a string puppet, watch a magic show, have a go programming your own game, try ice skating and much more!

Pedal Papamoa

Get ready for an incredible day out of free family fun cycling on the beautiful stormwater trails in Papamoa. There are tonnes of spot prizes & free goodies up for grabs! The perfect way to kickstart your school holidays. After completing the trail, all cyclists will then head to Papamoa Beach Tavern where they will receive a free brunch.

When: Sunday, 29 September 2019
Where: 7 Gravatt Road, Papamoa
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Join the Circus at Tauranga Crossing

There will be circus performances from The Great Moscow Circus including juggling, hula-hooping, clowns, and acrobatics each day. As well as kids can get crafty and make their own circus props. Week 1: Magic Ringmaster Wands, Week 2: Squishy Juggling Balls.

When: Monday 30 September – Friday 11 October 2019
Where: Tauranga Crossing, 2 Taurikura Drive, Tauriko
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Elgregoe presents the Amaze Show

Elgregoe the Magician is coming to Papamoa Plaza these school holidays. The Amaze Show is a free event for the whole family.

When: 11:30am & 1:30pm, Monday 30 September – Friday 4 October 2019
Where: Papamoa Plaza, 7 Gravatt Road, Papamoa
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Magic Show at Bayfair

Back by popular demand, magician Andre Vegas will astound you with spectacular magic and illusions!

When: 10am & 2pm, Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 2019
Where: Bayfair Shopping Centre, Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui

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Tauranga City Library

There are so many fun activities for kids at the library, something for all ages. Make and customise your own string puppet, have a go at programming your own game using iPads, create an awesome board game to take home and much more! View details

Get your skates on!

Chill with a thrill and get active these school holidays at Fraser Cove Shopping Centre’s Ice Skating Rink! Simply spend $5 per person at one of the Fraser Cove stores, and get free entry into the ice rink. When: 10am – 5pm, Wednesday 9 to Sunday 13 October 2019 Where: Fraser Cove Shopping Centre, 249 Fraser Street, Tauranga View details


Test your putting skills on our pop up mini golf course. Filled with different obstacles and challenges, try to get a hole in one! When: 10am – 3pm, Monday 7 – Friday 11 October 2019 Where: Bayfair Shopping Centre, Maunganui Road, Mt Maunganui View details

Animates School Holiday Activities

Partnering with Kids Safe With Dogs, Animates are running FREE School Holiday activities in all Animates stores. These sessions will run for approximately 40 minutes and will educate children on how to safely interact with dogs. When: 11am, Thursday 3 and Thursday 10 October 2019 Where: Animate Stores – Tauranga and Mt Maunganui View details

Holiday fun at Clever Kids

There are lots of activities for all at Clever Kids during the October school holidays. There will be rock painting, science experiments, art and crafts and a birthday party to celebrate being in the Grey Street shop for 1 year!

When: Tuesday 1-10 October 2019
Where: Clever Kids, 28 Grey Street, Tauranga
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