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Fun (FREE) Family Activities For These Holidays

Happy holidays everyone! We finally made it after what’s been a challenging year full of change and uncertainty. If you’re looking for some fun things to do as a family before the holidays end, why not try some of these great ideas? The best thing is they’re all FREE!

1. Head to Dinner in the Park / Domain

Enjoy live music, chill vibes, and plenty of food trucks if you feel like grabbing dinner or a cheeky beverage. If you don’t want to spend money simply take a picnic with you.

Dinner in the Park is held every Sunday from 5.30pm at Matua Park and goes until the end of March. Dinner in the Domain follows the same format but is located in Papamoa’s Domain every Thursday.

2. Go on a mini road trip

Jump in the car and go on an impromptu adventure!

McLaren Falls has a number of beautiful walks with plenty of picnic spots along the way. The stunning falls is a must see.

Te Puna Quarry Park has so much to enjoy from a sleeping dragon to the beautiful butterfly garden. Wander at your own pace and take in the art and stunning landscapes. Dogs are allowed too but must be kept on a lead.

Karangahake Windows Walk is popular with families due to the easy, flat walkway that runs alongside the river, through gold mining tunnels, and across a suspension bridge.

3. Papamoa Pump Track

Get on your bike and ride! Papamoa’s new Pump Track on Hartford Ave opened in September and the goal is to get around the course without using your pedals. The track is designed for bikes, scooters, and skateboards. The inside lane is for beginners and the outside lane is for the more advanced. There’s also a playground onsite for double the fun.

4. Bucket Pong

Test out your ball skills with this fun game everyone can get involved in and is best played one-on-one. Set out 10 buckets in a triangle and take turns at sinking a ball from behind a line. Every time a ball lands in a bucket it’s that person’s to collect. Whoever collects the most buckets wins – simple! For added fun, buckets can be half-filled with water which can be thrown over the opponents head each time one is collected.

We hope these ideas have given you some family fun inspiration. Enjoy and stay safe!

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