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Children's Day Update - 7 March 2014

Another Fantastic Children’s Day

A huge thank you to all the event organisers, helpers and volunteers who made this Children’s Day one of the best we have ever had! Stories and photos are rolling in and most events have reported more attendance than they expected as well as lots of fun had by all.

If you would like to share a story or some photos we would love to see them. Our Facebook page is posting lots of stories now but we would love to put some up on our website too!

A huge thank you also goes out to all the community groups and agencies that helped promote Children’s Day 2014. There is a big list but some special mentions are – Plunket, UNICEF, Barnardos, Citizens Advice Bureau, The Screen Free Project, The Warehouse and Work and Income.

Please have a look at the Barnardos produced Children’s Day song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KlHCtwewTI&feature=youtu.be made by two Taradale students, it’s fantastic! It can also be viewed on our Facebook page and will be on our website soon.

The UNICEF Youth Ambassadors also put together some amazing short videos about Children’s Day answering questions like “Why are kids special” and “What is a Treasure.” Two of these videos are available to watch on our website, http://www.childrensday.org.nz/video/index.html and on the Facebook page. There is a link to the rest of the videos on our website too – check them out!

Events Still to Come

Some events couldn’t take place on Children’s Day exactly so that means more chances for families to take part in these great, free activities! There are events scheduled this weekend in: Auckland, Taupo, Wellington, Porirua and The Chatham Islands!

There are more events happening later on this month. Some of the big ones include:

Tumeke Taita on the 15th of March

Harvest Family Carnival Papakura on the 16th of March

Teddy Bears Party by the Sea on Waiheke Island on the 16th of March

Family Fun Motueka on the 30th of March

Stoke Toy Library Family Fun Day on the 30th of March

Thanks!

There have been some amazing new initiatives developed due to Children’s Day and it is the little things that can change a child’s life. My sincerest thanks go out to all you event organisers, volunteers and parents that are putting your time and energy into making the children of New Zealand feel like the treasures they are.

Keep an eye out on our website and updates on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/childrensdaynz for more information about what’s happening this Children’s Day!

To subscribe to our e-newsletter, email us on info@childrensday.org.nz or call 0800 10 33 22

Children's Day Update - 25 February 2014

This Sunday is Children’s Day!

Children’s Day is right around the corner! We have over 150 events registered now and these are being promoted through advertising on the radio, our Facebook page, The Warehouse, local community agencies and TVNZ websites. I am so impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication so many have shown to make children feel treasured and special this Sunday. If you are running an event and haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late. We are still putting events up on our website and some will be held later on in the month and we are keen to promote them too!

Resources

The order form for resources was officially closed yesterday. The final orders which are expected to arrive in time for Children’s Day are going out today. If you ordered resources more than 1 week ago and are worried because they haven’t turned up yet please email me on info@childrensday.org.nz or call 0800103322.

If you are having an event later on in the month and haven’t ordered resources yet, don’t despair! We have some activity books, flyers and balloons left in stock but we have run out of the magnets. We also have stickers available which are the same image as the Children’s Day logo. So please, email me on info@childrensday.org.nz with your order and your street address details and I will get those resources sent out to you.

Stories

We are always excited to hear about how your events have gone so please send us your stories and pictures of your Children’s Day events. We will add these to our Inspirational Stories section of our website as well as spotlighting your event on our Facebook page.

Thanks!

There have been some amazing new initiatives developed due to Children’s Day and it is the little things that can change a child’s life. My sincerest thanks go out to all you event organisers, volunteers and parents that are putting your time and energy into making the children of New Zealand feel like the treasures they are.

Keep an eye out on our website and updates on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/childrensdaynz for more information about what’s happening this Children’s Day!

To subscribe to our e-newsletter, email us on info@childrensday.org.nz or call 0800 10 33 22

Children's Day Update - 12 February 2014

100 Events Registered!

We have over 100 events registered on the Children’s Day website, which is fantastic! Some events are going to be huge like Toddlers Day Out in Auckland or Streets Children’s Day in Christchurch. There are plenty of great events on to take your children to – bike rides, picnics, treasure hunts are just some of the exciting activities happening all over the country. We expect even more to be registered so keep an eye out and make sure you know what’s happening near you!

Resources are out

Always the most stressful part of Children’s Day is waiting for the resources! We have really tried this year to make this less stressful and have kept orders on hold until all were available for distributing. Luckily that time is now! So you should have a good two weeks to sort out what you want to do with your resources – putting them into packs, using them for a treasure hunt, setting up stalls, etc.

However our ordering system is not exempt from the odd mix up or lost order so if you haven’t received your resources please contact us at info@childrensday.org.nz

If you haven’t placed an order for resources yet please make sure you do it soon! We will be closing off the order form on the 24th of February and the resources are flying out the door so make sure you order before they run out.

Just go to http://www.childrensday.org.nz/planning-your-event/free-resources.html

Sun Smart

Event organisers need to remember that the sun is a factor when planning their Children’s Day events outside. Here is a link to some information about this and recommendations for those planning an outdoor SunSmart event:

http://www.cancernz.org.nz/assets/files/docs/info/Informationsheets/1146_CSNAT_IS_planning%20sunsmart%20outdoor%20events_v1%20(2).pdf

Those attending events need to remember to keep SunSmart too! Some general facts to keep in mind are:

  • Protect skin from the hazard of Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun, especially between 10am and 4pm.
  • Skin can be damaged by UVR even on cloudy or cool days (from September through to April).
  • Use the SunSmart steps to minimise UVR at any children’s day events taking place outdoors – these are to slip, slop, slap and wrap.

Inspirational stories from Children's Day 2013

On Sunday 3 March 2013 Children's Day was celebrated all accross the country, encouraging New Zealander's to 'treasure our children' on this special day. There were fairs, picnics, rides, games and entertainment as well as lots of goodies, food, drinks and helpful resources for families. Here are some stories about event's held in 2013:

Children's Day Update - 16 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Video Competition – Kiddie Talk

Let us hear what your kids have to say about Children’s Day!

Send a video to the Children’s Day Facebook page www.facebook.com/childrensdaynz and you could win some great children’s books, we have heaps to give away.

 Instructions for competition: 

  1. Ask your child one (or more) of the below questions:
  • What makes you feel special?
  • What do you want to do on Children’s Day?
  • What does Children’s Day mean to you?

  2.   Make a 1-2 minute video of their answers

  3.   Send it to the Children's Day Facebook page or email address info@childrensday.org.nz along with your name and address

Winners will be announced on the 20th of February, it will be the luck of the draw and we have lots of books to give away so tell your friends and family to enter!

Events

We have now got 50 events registered on the Children’s Day website – check out what’s happening in your community!

I hope to see a lot more event registrations come through over the next couple of weeks, remember you need to register your event before you order the free Children’s Day resources!

Apart from registering your event on our website here are some other ways to promote your event:

  • Make an ‘event’ on your Facebook page, that way people can see who is attending and may be more likely to go themselves.
  • Order or print some promotional flyers! We have free flyers available to order online which has a space for you to include information about your event. If you want them bigger that A5 we have the PDF up on the website too
  • Inform your local media. We have a media statement available online which you can use to inform your local media centres. They may want to do a story about your upcoming event, which is sure to draw in more families on the day

Resources

If you have already placed an order for Children’s Day resources, the wait is almost over! Your orders will start to be delivered next week, so keep an eye out for them.

For those who haven’t ordered, make sure you remember to order in plenty of time for your event. It can take a couple of weeks after you place your order for the resources to arrive, so don’t leave it to the last minute.

The activity book and flyer are available online to download and print, check them out!

Children's Day update - 15 December 2013

Resources

I am thrilled to announce that our order form is now live on our website! If you have registered a Children’s Day event with us, please feel free to place your order for cool resources to give out to children.

Just go to http://www.childrensday.org.nz/planning-your-event/free-resources.html

In order to make sure our resources are not depleted before all events are registered we will hold these orders until the New Year and start delivery at the end of January (promotional flyers may be delivered earlier).

Facebook Page

We have reached 1000 followers on our Facebook page which is fantastic and great to see we are reaching more people and organisations that ever before. Our next goal is to reach 1500, can you help us get there?

You can do this by:

  • Liking us on Facebook our page is called Children’s Day New Zealand
  • Encouraging your colleagues, friends and family to join
  • If you are an organisation with a Facebook page please share our posts

To subscribe to our e-newsletter, email us on info@childrensday.org.nz or call 0800 103322

Children's Day update - 2 December 2013

Pssst…pass it on

We are gearing up for Children's Day 2014 and now is a great time to start thinking about organising an event to make this Children's Day the best ever!

We'd love your help in encouraging the people, schools, and groups you know to plan something special this Children's Day.

Children's Day is all about treasuring our children, so that means supporting parents and encouraging positive family time.

Ask your team, friends, or colleagues to get on board, and treasure the children in their life. All they need to do is:

  • Organise an event – it can be big or small, and there are lots of tips on our website.
  • Register their event – so the people in their neighbourhood know what's on and how to find it.
  • Order free resources – fun activity books for kids, sticker books, balloons and more.

To subscribe to our e-newsletter, email us on info@childrensday.org.nz or call 0800 103322

Inspirational stories from Children's Day 2012

On Sunday 4 March 2012, children and families all around the country celebrated Children’s Day. Faces were painted, there were sack races, sausage sizzles, bouncy castles, picnics, sports games, and everyone had a great time. Here are snapshots from the celebrations: