Queens Park set for Christmas capers

YMCA Raise Up crew members (from left) Cooper Allan (14), Hudson Culliford (11), Raise Up co-ordinator Emily Coll and Gareth Smith (14) have developed a Christmas Caper in the Park scavenger hunt in Queens Park, Invercargill.

A QUEENS Park caper is on the cards this Christmas, as the YMCA and ILT Foundation join forces to provide a fun and free opportunity for Southland families.

YMCA chief executive Vanessa Hughey said when Christmas in the Park was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, the YMCA was keen to ensure there was a family-based activity in the park. So, the Christmas Caper in the Park was born; a scavenger hunt with prizes on offer.

Designed by the YMCA’s Raise Up crew, a group of young people who gather weekly to organise events for other young people, the scavenger hunt has 10 clues which point to different places within the park. People must find each clue, copy the picture on it on the worksheet, then send their completed sheet back to the YMCA.

Ms Hughey said the initiative was about offering people the chance to spend time together, have fun and explore the outdoors before Christmas.

“We were really conscious of all of the event cancellations and the uncertainty in the current environment, so really just wanted to provide something anyone could do and to encourage people to spend time together,” she said.

There are also other resources available including a colouring-in activity for a range of ages, and a list of family-friendly ideas across the city.

Christmas Caper in the Park clue sheets and activities can be downloaded from www.ymcasouth.org.nz or picked up from YMCA’s Tay St recreation centre, the Invercargill City Library, the Cheeky Llama, or Outdoor at H&J Smith.

Completed sheets must be dropped off to the YMCA or emailed to reception@ymcasouth.org.nz by December 22.