Art and Nature for our young

It’s the beginning of the Spring school holidays in Aotearoa.
Art & Nature activities for inspiration for our tamariki in the Bay of Plenty…

Week 1
Emma Prill’s Spring Holiday Children’s Art Workshops – Omokoroa
5 Fabulous mornings planned for the first week of the school holidays.
Shrine Making
Mexican morning
Experimental mixed media morning and MORE!
Limit of 8 children per workshop
Email: or Phone: 021 672 598

Tauranga Art Gallery:Toi Tauranga
Does your child love art? Cartoon characters? Rob McLeod’s super colourful artwork?
Bring them to the Gallery during weekends, be inspired by McLeod’s cartoon cut-outs in our Atrium, and then let them enjoy creating their very own cartoon character!
Materials are provided and feel free to ask our friendly Gallery staff for help if needed.There is no charge for this super fun activity but donations are always appreciated.

And while you’re there you could view Emma Prill’s latest sculptural garden exhibited in the Miles Art Awards which is a collection of new works selected from Bay of Plenty artists.

Te Puna Quarry
Take a picnic lunch and some rambunctious kids to the gardens at the Te Puna Quarry. There is a covered and concreted area if you needed to take shelter during a Spring shower or prepare lunch. Explore  gardens, giant dragon and slide under the canopy of green among other wonders.

Te Puke’s Looking Glass Garden
Nearly a year ago I wrote a story on these magical gardens. They are an absolute must for a Bay-Of-Plenty-ite. Treat your family’s senses.

Finally if you want to show off something “Bay” take your out-of-town friends to Mt Maunganui’s Copenhagen Cones for a waffle cone ice-cream with fresh cream and chocolate, or caramel, or strawberry sauce. It’s fun and almost meditative watching the waffle-maker turn the black iron and wrap the hot waffles into cones with their soft white gloves. While you’re there you could stroll around Mauao and fly helicopters (aka sycamore seeds) from a mound , dip in the hot-pools across the road or devour your ice-cream whilst looking at the surf or the harbour. 

Heidi Borchardt, local artist and art teacher extraordinaire, of Marine Parade Mt Maunganui runs terrific kids art classes during the term, and most school holidays. Check out her Heidi Dahlia facebook page.

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