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Storylines Wellington Family Day


Sat 27 Aug 2016, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Storylines CLCT

Come along and join in all the activities.
- Storytime On The Mat
Wellington City Libraries will hold one of its popular preschool Storytime sessions in the Books Alive area at 10 am. These sessions are ideal for beginner readers, and fill about half an hour with story and song.

- As well as story sessions with our wonderful guests, we have a Literacy Fairy visiting us on the day - if you come to the Books Alive area at 1 pm you can say hello to Fairy Floss, our special reading fairy, and enjoy reading some stories together. (Shhhh - she's a puppet but don't tell her that, she might get self-conscious.)

- Big Ol' Bean Bags
Do you love getting onto "the Mat" for storytelling and reading? The Family Day has you covered. The same big black bean bags you can find in Civic Square at lunchtimes in summer, some heavy duty blue monster bags courtesy of Displayworks, and the colourful cushions from Wellington City Library's kids section will all be put to good use around different areas of the Family Day.

- Oh My Gosh, Fish!
Whether it's Boundary Flat flounders, mythical Wellington taniwha or just the little critters you can find on the seashore - fish are fun and freaky. Thanks to Te Papa and NIWA, there will be lots of intriguing fishy goodness on show at this year's Family Day - creatures you can find on a trip down at the mudflat, and more exotic things that can only be found in the deepest and most interesting parts of the ocean! Make yourself some fishy friends - better yet, add some little glowing dots and take your fish into the Quiet Zone, where you can pretend to be deep under the sea. There's even a friendly whale to sing to.

- Secrets and Mysteries
Secret stories and secret places are fascinating, perhaps even a bit magical? Perhaps you'd like to ask some magical posties for an interesting book? Guess what's in the Mystery Box for the chance to win a prize? Or perhaps there's an anonymous secret you'd like to share. Find our secret postbox - and who knows what other curiosities lurk around the venue on the day!

- The Big Bubble Blow
Get outside at lunchtime and blow yourself lots of bubbles! Just like in Ruth Paul's book, The King's Bubbles, enjoy the fun of sharing tons of bubbly chaos wherever the wind blows.

- You? A writer? Yes, You!
Come to Adele Broadbent's crash course workshop on writing your own story, at 11:30 am in the Renouf Foyer! If you're big enough to write, you're big enough to be your own storyteller. Let's write some stories!

- Noisy Time: Sometimes Noise Is Good
We have a whole auditorium and we're not afraid to use it. Get in the mood by sharing stories with the wonderfully onomatopoeic Ruth Paul at 10:30 am, and then head on over to the actual Michael Fowler Centre with instruments, bird callers, shouts and singing and play with noise in a huge acoustic space! Because sometimes we like to tell stories quietly but sometimes we like to make noise along with the story.

- Knitting, drawing, glueing, oh goodness!
Crafty Volunteers Wellington will be holding a crafting bee right in the middle of the Family Day, and if you ask them nicely, they can show you how to knit! Plus you can make all sorts of things - what about a paper bird that has flappy wings? Or a fish that glows in the dark? Or a rainmaking rattle? Or would you like to try weaving harakeke decorations?

That's not even everything.
The Family Day programme is still under construction, which means these are just the events we've confirmed and there are still more amazing things planned, including games and giveaways by Forest and Bird and Zealandia.

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