13 Mar 2020

Families and kids a focus at Grow

Jax and kids

Getting kids excited about the environment, fresh produce and gardening is a big deal at Grow Ō Tautahi, Christchurch’s own garden festival.

Festival Director Sandi MacRae says a fundamental concept in the planning of Grow Ō Tautahi was to look to the future and capture the interests and ideals of today’s children and young people.

“We want to encourage kids to take an interest in the environment and gardening and help them understand how important sustainability and healthy eating are to our future. So we’ve included lots of events and activities aimed directly at children and families.”

Great events for children and families include:

Kids in the Kitchen

On Saturday at 3pm, Cashmere Primary Te Pae Kererū pupils will put on a cooking demonstration alongside Jax Hamilton to celebrate the Meadow Mushrooms-sponsored Garden to Table initiative. Watch them have fun creating delicious mushroom moneybag dumplings and learn other great ways to include fresh food in your cooking.

Jax says getting kids in to the kitchen to help prepare fresh meals is the best way to encourage them to eat new and healthy foods. “Grow Ō Tautahi is all about putting the focus back on where our food comes from – the Garden Kitchen will be a fun, interactive space for people to learn how to cook from their own backyards.”

Treetech Kids’ Zone

Families will have a great time in the Kids’ Zone, with a tree climb for little adventurers, the sandpit “big dig”, colouring competitions, spot prizes for children and prize draws for adults. More FM will be onsite running competitions and fun activities for families.

Science of Food Hub

Join us to discuss the environmental and sustainability issues that matter to future generations. High school students will join environmentalists and research scientists for some of the Friday sessions to explore the big issues our world is facing; they’ll challenge the experts and put a younger person's spin on the discussions.

Agents of Discovery games app

Solve fun challenges by exploring Grow Ō Tautahi using augmented reality to interact with the world around you. The Agents of Discovery app is free to download from Google Play and the App Store and you’ll find the Grow Ō Tautahi challenge in the app itself. You won't need WiFi or data onsite, but we recommend downloading the app and challenge either before you visit or using the free WiFi in the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.