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Welcome to Summer Sparks!
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Hastings District Libraries Summer Sparks Challenge is for children aged 5-12. 

The programme runs annually from early December to late January.

What is Summer Sparks?

A fun set of challenges and activities providing an innovative and dynamic way of encouraging children’s learning and discovery over the summer holidays.

The programme incorporates a variety of literacy forms and methods, including, but not limited to, traditional reading based elements.

Register for Summer Sparks, then start completing challenges and be in to win! Use the button below to register for events and check some of our cool activities. Give them a go! Karawhiua!

Children aged 5-12 years complete challenges and then tell us, show us and amaze us with whatever wonderful form that has taken. The activities are broad and easily scaled up or down depending on the age and ability of the child. There is no right or wrong way to complete the activities, it’s all about imagination.

This year the programme is designed to be done in person as well as virtually, so if you are going away, or there are any more lockdowns, we have your summer sorted.

How Summer Sparks works

  1. Register Rēhita mai

    To get started with Summer Sparks, register here or use the button below
  2. Tūhurahia, ākona, hangaia, kia ngahau! Discover, learn, create and have fun!

    Work on the different challenges over the summer, you can do them in any order.
  3. Report in Pūrongo mai

    Once you complete a challenge, either report in virtually or come see us at the library to tell us all about what you have been up to.  
  4. Me whai wāhi mai kia toa ai! Be in to win awesome prizes!

    Be in to win with weekly prize draws held between 29th November 2021 and the 30th January 2022. You will automatically be entered in to the draw for each week that you complete a challenge report in. You will also go in to the draw for the grand prizes at the end – you get to choose which draw you want to enter! The more report-ins you do, the more chances you have to win.

Be in to win weekly prizes, and one of these grand prizes – you get to choose! Me whai wāhi mai kia toa ai! - Māu tonu e kōwhiri!

LEGO® classic prize pack

Includes an amazing LEGO® classic brick set and a huge book of awesome ideas to keep you occupied

Read up a storm prize pack

A $120 Wardini Books voucher to buy books to your heart’s content

Artist prize pack

A huge assortment of crafty supplies – everything you need to release your inner artist!

STEAM prize pack

 An Arduino starter kit containing over 200 parts and a project book to get you started

NERF Battle 2
Minute to Win it
Marble Runs & Mazes
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