TREASURE HUNT Holiday Programme

There’s treasure in them there hills!

This is not our usual creative holiday programme. Kids will work together to solve our treasure hunt, and then create their own in groups!

Where: Churton Park Community Centre

When: Wednesday 19th April, 1-4pm

Cost: $35 per child

Ages: This programme is most suitable for ages 7-10. Please enquire if you have a child outside this age range who would like to attend.

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Parent and Child Workshop – Fundraiser for ADNZ

This parent and child fundraiser workshop is a special opportunity for children and caregivers to attend a creative writing class together.

All proceeds will go to Assistance Dogs New Zealand, to help them in their important work providing dogs to New Zealanders like me, living with disability.

For children ages 8-12 and caregivers aged 16+

For more information please see our the Parent and Child Workshop FAQ or contact Helen on 021 258 9066 or

To enrol, complete the online enrolment form.

Poems from the Island Bay Class

This week the Island Bay Brain Bunny class were learning about poetry – in particular list poems, metaphors and similes. They worked in two groups, and were asked to choose a topic and each write one metaphor or simile on that subject. Then we put the lines together to create two collaborative poems. The groups chose “Cats” and “Orange Soda” as their subjects, and here are their poems. Continue reading

July Holiday Writing Ideas

TeapotHappy school holidays everyone! If you want to do some writing over the school holidays, but you’re stuck for ideas, you’ve come to the right place! Try writing a story or poem that includes one or more of the following things:

  • A teapot with something hidden inside it
  • A character who gets lost
  • An argument Continue reading

Easter Holiday Writing Ideas

Drawing of bunnyHappy Easter everyone!

The school holidays are a great time to get started on a new story. Not sure where to start? Try the story starter below to get the creative ideas flowing. Continue reading