The ARC is proud to be celebrating ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day at Omana Regional Park on Sunday 4 March.
The annual family event, being held on national ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day (Sunday 4 March) at Omana Regional Park, has something for everyone.
There will be live music and entertainment from Mainly Music and the Beachlands Primary School kapa haka group. A scout village, pioneer activities, a seashore safari, kite-making and orienteering will challenge the bigger kids, whilst the young (or young at heart) will enjoy face painting, a bouncy castle, puppet shows and story telling.
There will also be horse and carriage rides, tractor rides, a ferris wheel and Manukau on the MoveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s BMX obstacle course.
Omana ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day is also a great opportunity for city kids to experience life on the farm. As well as slightly unusual pet animals (alpacas, cockatooÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s and miniature horses), there will be sheep dog trial demonstrations and sheep shearing. The ever-popular Purina German Shepherd display will also be on site.
For the energetic there will be gumboot throwing, horseshoe throwing, sponge throwing and cricket nets.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There will be food (including a hangi for the first time) and fair trade coffee for sale and families might also like to bring a picnic and settle under one of the majestic old Pohutukawa overlooking the sea.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“With it being held on ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day this year, this is the perfect excuse to spend time and have outdoor fun with your children in a beautiful park,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Omana Park Ranger Mags Ramsey.
Omana is an ideal family park with picnic spots, camping, safe swimming at high tide and gentle walks. Friendly farm animals, a variety of native birdlife and native forest, and a strong cultural history make a visit to Omana an enjoyable learning experience as well.
What: Omana ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day
When: Sunday 4 March, 10am Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 3pm
Where: Omana Regional Park
Cost: Free entry and free parking
Omana Regional Park is a 42km (40 minute) drive from Downtown Auckland. Due to a long-term diversion in place on Ormiston Road, the following route (from the city) is suggested.
Leave State Highway 1 at Manukau and turn left onto Redoubt Road. At the top of hill and on a gradual right-hand bend, turn left onto MurphyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Road. At bottom of MurphyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Road, turn right at roundabout. Continue straight ahead over several roundabouts until you come to a T-junction. Turn left into Whitford. Go right at the roundabout and follow the Whitford Maraetai road.
The park is on the left just before you enter Maraetai township.