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Bring back family play

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

In the last decade there’s been a surge in technology which has made life both easier, but also busier as we are now able to fit more into our days. More often than not, though, those ‘extra’ jobs or duties mean we’re doing things for others rather than spending quality time with family.

Time spent playing together as a family is a great opportunity to escape technology for an hour or more. It also provides the time to reconnect as a family unit, catch up on highlights from each persons’ day and get in some physical activity.

Finding the time and places to play

Play is all about engaging in an activity or game for enjoyment, so why not try a family walk before or after dinner, visit the local park to kick a ball around or play a game of hide and seek in the garden? We also recommend checking out what events are happening in your community. Local app Around Town is a great tool to discover family friendly events and activities as well as EventFinda, community Facebook pages and don’t forget to check out the What's On calendar on the Sport Bay of Plenty website.

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Top three family picks for the Rotorua Bike Festival

The Rotorua Bike Festival from October 19 - 28 also offers great opportunities for family play.

I recently caught up with Festival Director Megan Dimozantos who gave us her top three picks for families:

  1. Ride the Runway: Rotorua's most loved family cycling event. A once a year opportunity to experience the thrill of flying free along the smooth car-free Rotorua Airport Runway.
  2. iBike 4 Kids: A brand new family friendly biking event that’s an off-road ride aimed to cater for children from 2 years up to 15 years of age.
  3. Mountain Bike Adventure Quest: A team navigation event in Whakarewarewa Forest that’s suitable for all ages.

Megan says there are more events and more choice of events for families and kids this year.

“This should be a real incentive for families to come to the festival again, or make this their first year.”

Find out more about the Rotorua Bike Festival

Pedal Powered Scavenger Hunt

Sport Bay of Plenty are also hosting a Pedal Powered Scavenger Hunt over the duration of the Rotorua Bike Festival. Hunt out clues along the Cyway network and find the hidden QR codes to go in the draw to win great prizes.

Pedal Powered Scavenger Hunt

Whānau Passport Challenge

If you’re looking for family recreation opportunities, Sport Bay of Plenty has put together a Whānau Passport Challenge from October 13 to November 16 for Eastern and Western Bay families.

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Every stamp you collect will give you the chance to win some great prizes.

Locally we have three great activities on offer including the “Motu Trails Open Gate Day” on October 28, “Family Open Day” at the Whakatāne Aquatic centre on the November 3. Or if you’re keen to try a family event, the Edgecumbe Tough Bugga Challenge is a must-do. This fun, challenging all-terrain team event is being held on Sunday, November 11 and is suitable for anyone who doesn’t mind getting dirty, and it’s great for families.

If you want to try something that isn’t available in the Eastern Bay, then be sure to check out the discounted activities including ten pin bowling, blokarting, golf, Flip Out indoor entertainment or the family roller disco happening in the Western Bay region.

Whānau Passport Challenge

Other family friendly events

Other activities families can get involved in include a ‘have a go’ sailing day co-hosted by the Rotorua Yacht Club and Sailability Rotorua on Saturday November 3, 10am-2.30pm at the Rotorua Water Sports Centre, 1 Mataiawhea St.

There’s also the Whānau Day from 3:30 to 6pm on November 14 at Rotorua’s Village Green to celebrate World Diabetes Day.

For more information on either of these events email your local recreation advisor at Sport Bay of Plenty.

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