Event ideas

Organising an event for Children's Day? Here are some handy event ideas to help you get the most out of the day. All or some ideas may be relevant to you, depending on the size of your event.

kids in civic square wellington

Small event ideas

  • Traditional food cooking classes
  • Create a Children’s Day mural and display for your community
  • Tell stories, read from a book, play charades
  • Build a Poetry Tree
  • Family music making day
  • Badge making and design
  • Family picnic lunch, barbeque, hangi oumu
  • Afternoon tea with extended family 
  • Adult and child role reversal
  • Swimming activities

kids in a bouncy castle

Medium event ideas

  • Storytelling
  • Favourite toy day
  • Clean up the beach day
  • Kite flying
  • Kids on radio
  • Hug day
  • Speeches from children on children’s rights and issues
  • Celebration of diversity/cultural activities
  • Art displays
  • Museums, zoos, amusement parks, movie theatres
  • have an arrangement for free admission for children/caregivers
  • Community picnic lunch, barbeque, hangi or umu; Health/fitness activities
  • Adventure trails
  • Observation walks; Traditional no cost games
  • Sports activities and demonstrations
  • Children’s Olympics
  • Schools hold day long programmes to celebrate children
  • Debating Children’s Parliament
  • Guest speakers
  • Toddler ‘waddle’

kids at the beach

Large event ideas

  • Beach activities
  • Performances
  • Choral concert
  • Talent show
  • Parade or hikoi with children, bright colours and flags
  • Quiz day
  • Gala day