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Kids’ Arty Party brings colour and fun to Garden Place

A crowded Garden Place, under our City's Christmas tree

Hamilton’s children have a chance to enjoy a big dose of fun in Garden Place this weekend at the Kids’ Arty Party.

The brainchild of Hamilton City Council’s Community Development Unit and Hamilton City Libraries, the Kids’ Arty Party on Saturday 8 December will feature a bouncy castle, kids’ talent contest, the classic pavement game hopscotch, food, facepainting and a kids toy trade fair.

Kids' Arty Party | Garden PlaceAlso planned are a scavenger hunt, face painting, cookie decorating, giant versions of the table games Connect Four and Jenga and stalls from Waikato Museum and Hamilton Pools.

The Council’s Community Funding Advisor Sandra Larsen says the event developed from a staff desire to see families enjoying themselves in the central city, and take advantage of the two hours free parking offered in the central business district.

“The Council has a stated aim of bringing more people into the centre of the city and the Kids’ Arty Party reflects that,” Mrs Larsen says.

“The Community Development Unit sought the support of the Hamilton City Libraries team, which has a strong presence in Garden Place, and they’ve worked in partnership with us to put the event together.”

Other organisations involved in the event are Creative Waikato – which recently moved into a location in Garden Place – Hamilton Fringe Trust, Hamilton Central Business Association, and The Breeze, which is providing breakfast announcer Stu Smith as the event MC.

The event is free and will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm. If there’s poor weather of the day, some aspects of the event will be cancelled but it will continue in the ground floor of the Central Library.

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