Fun day for children to greet Chinese New Year

Lakes District Museum education officer Amy Taylor practises gold panning in the Arrow River with...
Lakes District Museum education officer Amy Taylor practises gold panning in the Arrow River with (from left) Cameron Spicer (7) and Emily Spicer (10), both of Quail Rise Estate, and Amelia Peasey (10) and Sam Clark (10), both of Arrowtown, on Thursday...

Chinese New Year and how it relates to Otago's history will be brought home to Wakatipu children when they celebrate the start of the Year of the Horse at the Lakes District Museum.

The Arrowtown museum will host team building and name games on January 31 from 8.30am to 9.30am and mask-making from 9.30am to 10.30am.

After morning tea, the group will explore the nearby Chinese settlement from 10.45am to noon.

After lunch, participants will play traditional Chinese games from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and make shuttlecocks and play traditional Chinese shuttlecock games between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

The children will try their luck gold panning in the Arrow River between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

They end the day with afternoon tea, a colouring competition and watching the New Zealand drama Illustrious Energy (1988), about prospecting for gold in 1890s Otago.

Up to 20 children aged 6 to 13 will be able to participate on a first-come, first-served basis.

The cost is $30 per child.

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