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School Holiday activities in Whakatane

It's that time again! School holidays are upon us. Do you have children? I'm going to fill this post with Whakatane School Holiday Activities that you can take your kids to or do with your children.

Sunday Markets!

Every Sunday of the year (I believe) and during the holidays will be on Sunday 7th July, Sunday 14th July and Sunday 21st July and run from 8am through to 1pm.

If you haven't been, it's a smaller market but has a wide variety of food vans, some vegetable stalls and nick-knacks. I bought a really amazing mug there a few weeks ago from a potter that resides in Rotorua. Here's the link to his Instagram.

Anyway, it's a great space for you and your family to wander around, grab a coffee and have some brunch! Best of all, there's no entry fee!

Purple and brown hand crafted mug
Mug bought at Whakatane Sunday Market

clay mug handmade for Whakatane market
Purple handmade mug

Edgecumbe Library is holding a "Lego Legends" morning on Thursday 11th July from 10am!

Sounds like there would be so many children interested in this one and involves free-play and some challenges if you want to participate. I don't have a lot more info on this one so would suggest phoning the Library to see if you need to book in. In my experience, holiday activities at the Library actually book out really, REALLY fast.

Their phone number is 07 306 0509.

Lego men
Lego activities are on at the Whakatane Library

Following on from this, the Whakatane Library is also having a "Lego Legends" day on Wednesday 17th July from 2:30-4pm. As above, I strongly suggest ringing and booking in!

Phone 07 306 0509.

For the older children, there's an opportunity to CODE A GAME! Registration is essential for this activity as spaces are limited. Recommended for ages 8-12 and will take place on Thursday 18th July from 10-12pm. I believe it is also accommodated by the Whakatane Library.

Coding on a laptop on a computer
Beginner coding is availabel as a school holiday activity at the Whakatane Library

If these types of organised activities are not your thing but you still want to get your kids out of the house and off the devices, you can always pop over to the beach to wear out your tribe. A few hours running around in the warm sun will lift everyone's mood. Take a coffee to go and a good book and enjoy the time out!

footprints in the sand at a beach
Enjoy the sun and warmth at a beach

There are, of course, other options which may attract less crowds such as

  • Hitting up the local Op Shops

  • Borrowing books or toys from the library

  • Going to a park

  • Picnicking at the lookouts (Kohi Point Lookout is a favourite!)

  • Fishing!

  • Visiting the Cinema

  • Catching up with some other mum's and their children

  • Joining a holiday club or program

  • Visiting Tauranga

The possibilities are ENDLESS, but I know what it's like as a mum. You're always thinking about EVERYTHING and when it's time to go out and have some fun, you blank! So here's hoping your holidays aren't too stressful and you can find some activities to do!

I'll do another post later in the week with some home-based activities that you can do with everyday items for when your kids start saying "I'M BORED".

Take care of yourself over the next few weeks! Go easy on yourself and your babies!

Hugs and thoughts,


Lady holding a camera in black and white
Leigh Reynolds Photography

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