Kidzone to be a blast

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THE 13th annual 2017 ILT Kidzone Festival promises to be out of this world.

Festival director Claire Blau said the theme for this year’s festival, Out of This World, reflected a range of new activities being added to this year’s line-up, incorporating elements of technology, 3D and space.

“The new activities are designed to inspire kids’ creativity and imagination,” she said.

There will be 150 activities for children and their parents to enjoy, including festival favourites, entertainers, roving aliens and the addition of four new spaces – Out of this World focusing on 3D and outer space, a MakerVengers MakerSpace involving coding and robotics, In to the Wild, incorporating nature-related activities, and a New Zealand Police obstacle course.

“The festival is jam-packed with hands-on activities, things to create and take home, and performances to remember.”

Tickets for the annual festival went on sale two weeks ago.

Ms Blau said more than 1000 tickets were sold within the first week of tickets going on sale and, as the festival was known to sell out, people were encouraged to get their tickets quickly to avoid missing out.

Ticket prices remained at $15 per person per day, with under 2-year-olds free. Booking fees may apply.

“It is excellent value for the ticket price. Once you enter, all the fun is free.”

The call is also going out for volunteers to help set up and run the festival.

Ms Blau said the event could not run without the support of the volunteer army, with more than 150 volunteers giving up their time to help throughout the six days.

“The volunteers are the lifeblood of the festival and without them the event would not be possible.”

To volunteer, register online at the ILT Kidzone website or pick up a volunteer application form from the Venture Southland office on Spey St.

ILT Kidzone, James Hargest College senior campus, July 12-17, 10.30am to 3.30pm daily. Tickets available from the Invercargill i-SITE, Southland District Council area offices, the Gore Visitor Centre and via www.iltkidzone.co.nz

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