Parks Week 2018

Who loves going to the park?  I do!  And I bet you do too!  We are very lucky to have an abundance of wonderful parks, gardens, walkways, tracks, reserves and sports fields to enjoy in Wellington.  There are parks for every occasion you can think of.  Where is your favourite park, and what do you enjoy doing there?

Wellington City Council’s Parks Week 10 – 18 March is an annual celebration of our parks and there’s lots going for the whole family to enjoy including Bike Krew Rodeo and the great annual Mt Victoria Treasure Hunt!  These events are both free and family-friendly so make sure to bring mum and dad, and your friends along too!

Parks are so important for our communities, they provide us with lovely green outdoor areas to play in, and they help keep us and our environment healthy.  Show your appreciation for our cities’ great parks by heading along to a Parks Week event or by simply enjoying your favourite local park.

2016’s Parks Week video is a cool clip worth a look too!  And here are some outdoor activity books:

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Kids’ Club Review by Luke: Rockhopping

RockhoppingRockhopping, by Trace Balla

Imagine trying to find the source of a river. This book is about Uncle Egg and Clancy who are trying to do just that. Read this book to discover what adventures they have along the way. I liked this book as it was a change from chapter books and had a unique plot. Children 5+ would enjoy this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Luke: The blizzard challenge

The blizzard challengeThe blizzard challenge, by Bear Grylls

Olly is not keen on camping, his rucksack is too heavy and his two tent mates are too happy camping. In the night however, Olly is magically transported to a glacier and Bear Grylls is his guide. What will happen next? This book was okay but it is suited for younger readers who like camping and adventure. I am not one of those people. The book would suit children learning to read.

3 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Rockhopping

RockhoppingRockhopping, by Trace Balla

A book about adventures in the bush. The main characters are Clancy and uncle. They find ways to solve problems, for instance, their backpack falls down a ravine and they have to find a way to rescue it. Recommend it for nature lovers aged 7+

3 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and Cashmere Avenue School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Elsa: The cuckoo and the warbler: A true New Zealand story

The cuckoo and the warbler: A true New Zealand story, by Heather Hunt

I thought this book had brilliant illustrations and it was a good text style for any age My sister especially liked it because of all the birds. It was also a great way to get little ones to know about nature.

4 stars

Reviewed by Elsa from Karori and Karori West Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Girls who Looked under rocks

Girls who Looked under rocks, by Jeannine atkins

I was very very lucky enough to meet Dr Jane Goodall. She was amazing and had a toy chimp called Mr H. I have read lots of books about Jane Goodall – another good one is The Watcher. This book is not just about looking under rocks it’s about inspiring kids to go out into nature and take care of animals. Sketches are good but I would have liked them in colour. Recommend for older readers…lots of words in a little book.

3 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and , 8 years old

Backyard Bird Survey Week

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae This survey started in 2007 and provides valuable information about our bird life around New Zealand. It’s really simple to do:

  • Spend one hour counting birds in your home garden, local park, or school ground sometime during the week 29 June – 7 July
  • Record the highest number of each bird species you see at one time during the hour.
  • Use this print form (which you can fax or post in) or this online form to record what you see.

If you’re not sure what the names of the birds are you can look at this handy guide.

You can sit either inside (e.g. in the living room at home or classroom at school looking out the window) or outside (e.g. on a deck or garden seat). If you are outside, be careful not to frighten birds away from your garden. If you have a bird feeder or water bath, you may like to watch an area of your garden that includes that feature. You don’t have to be able to see your whole garden, just part of your garden.


Important: Record the highest number of each bird species you see at one time during the hour and record on the form. If you see 1 blackbird early in your observation period and you write that down but later see 2 blackbirds at the same time, then cross out the 1 and write down 2. And so on. Do not record the total number you see at different times over the period you’re watching because the same birds may come and go several times. For example, if you see 2 blackbirds at one time, then later see 1 blackbird the total you have seen at one time is 2 not 3. The latter blackbird may have been the same as one of the two you saw earlier. You are allowed to count birds you hear but do not see, as well as birds flying or calling overhead.