Children's Day in Porirua 2024

Te rā o ngā Tamariki I Children's Day

Te Rā o Ngā Tamariki, Children's Day, Sunday 3 March.  

Sunday, 3 March promises to be a day full of fun, laughter and creativity in Porirua as we celebrate Te rā o ngā Tamariki/ Children's Day.

The day is all about supporting and nurturing our tamariki, honouring their mana and putting them first. What better way to celebrate Children’s Day than with a free event at Ngati Toa Domain packed to the brim with fun?

Come and join us! It'll be a full of fun and childlike wonder where we can celebrate and spend time with our tamariki.

Event Information

The Events team will have an information tent set up near the entrance to the field. Come and see the team for any activity queries, lost or found property, sunscreen or just to say hi!

Tamariki wristbands

Sometimes tamariki can be so excited about all the activities that they get lost from their whānau at an event. The Event information tent will have wristbands on offer for parents/caregivers to write their contact details on their child’s wristband so if they get lost during the event, we can contact the right people right away! Come and see the Events team when you arrive to enquire about the wristband process.

New Location: Ngati Toa Domain

Ngati Toa Domain, Paremata

Sunday, 3 March

11am - 3pm

North field next to the tennis courts and domain hall

We have a wide range of free activities to keep children of all ages entertained from 11am to 3pm.


Food trucks and picnic area

Bring along your kai and set up your own picnic in the family picnic area. Or, if you don’t want to pack a picnic, there will be a small selection of food trucks.  Bunnings Porirua will also be joining us with a FREE sausage sizzle and interactive games in this zone!


Aotearoa DJ Academy

We are excited to have several young NZ DJ’s join us to show their mixing talents throughout the Domain this year.  Witness young 12-15 year old superstars display their creative and musical talent having been trained by the amazing initiative that is Aotearoa DJ Academy.


Inflatable fun

With an Inflatable Sports field, Mega Obstacle Course, inflatable slide, two bouncy castles and a baby bouncer, there’s inflatable fun for all ranges of tamariki.

facepainting, children's day

FREE Facepainting

There will free face painting! They will transform our young humans into otherworldly creatures.

Kids Festival 2021 (21 of 66)

Colouring-in station

The Events team will have a colouring-in station for tamariki to enjoy showcasing their creativity either at the event or feel free to take the colouring-in sheets home.

Kindy Gym at Te Rauparaha Arena

Rhythm and movement

See the friendly Kindy Gym instructors from 12-2pm and join in on the singing and dancing – all ages welcome!  There will also be a soft play area for those under 3 to explore.


Aerial arts

For those a little older, the team at The Chrome Academy will be joining us with their giant aerial rig for tamariki to have a go on the aerial hoop and hammock.  Tamariki can learn to spin, wrap, drop, and dance in the air and about their aerial art classes for kids!

toymaker workshop, childrens day 2024

Toy Making workshops
(pre-registration required)

Attention all young workshop enthusiasts, have we got a workshop for you!  The are offering tamariki the opportunity to create a wooden toy during the event.

The are offering tamariki the opportunity to create a wooden toy during the event – pre-registration is required to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.

Walk ins may be available on the day if workshop pre-registrations haven’t sold out.  Please note, those that pre-register must arrive at the activity site 15 minutes prior to their allotted start time or risk losing your spot.  Workshops are available for those tamariki aged 5-10 years old and only 8 spots are available per workshop.  Registration limited to one workshop per  child.  Workshop timings are:

  • Make a Wooden Snake workshops for ages 5-7 are for 30 minutes and run from 11am, 11.30am, 12pm.
  • Make a Wooden Flip & Catch Toy workshops for ages 6-10 are for 1 hour and run from 1pm and 2pm only.

To pre-register your tamariki in one of these workshops, go to

Once you've made your booking, view your cart and add the promo codes under Coupon:

Wooden Snake workshop use a promo code: Snake

Flip & Catch Toy workshop use a promo code: Flipcatch