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3 Sleeps Until Children’s Day

It’s here again, our favourite time of year!

Lighthouse Children’s Day is the premier children’s day event for children in Auckland. It is a community event focused on families with small children and babies. This is both an indoor and outdoor event which boasts a a diverse range of activities for all children. There will be a large selection of free attractions and paid rides.

Children’s Day will be a two-day event this year, held at the ASB Showgrounds on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2016. The event will be from 9:30am – 5:00pm on both days, and with all the exciting activities, stalls, rides, and attractions we have – you and the kids won’t want to leave!

Among the attractions will be:

– Free popcorn and candyfloss
– Heaps of Giveaways, Prizes, Competitions and Fun for the whole family
– Free face painting area
– Live shows and performances
– An exclusive Baby activity area of more than 200m²
– A variety of infant and baby related stalls
– Colouring competition and craft area
– A variety of free gifts
– Special childrens rides and activities for young children 0-8
– Free Petting Zoo
– Pony rides
– Variety of food stalls
– Treasure hunt
– Pirate Boats, Ferris wheels, Merry go rounds, Bouncy Castles, Tug Boats, Tea cups and much more!

We are so excited for Children’s Day that we are running loads of competitions on our Facebook page, so be sure to ‘Like us’ and enter those competitions while you can! http://www.facebook.com/lighthouseathome

Lighthouse families, you should have already have received your free VIP Family passes by now. If you have not, please come see us at the information desk at Children’s Day.

We can’t wait to see you all there! For more information on Children’s Day visit http://www.childrensday.co.nz

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Our Eggcellent Easter Open Day!

We have been very excited to introduce everyone to our new Lighthouse early learning centre and that’s exactly what we did at our Lighthouse Easter Open Day!

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This open day was like no other, with plenty of fun activities that had the children (and parents) smiling all day long.

Upon arrival, a giant Spiderman bouncy castle greeted parents and their little ones outside, commencing the excitement and inviting them for a turn at bouncing! It was clear to see that the children were in for a full day of fun and they hadn’t even stepped inside the centre yet!

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After some very Easter bunny-appropriate hopping on the bouncy castle, the children were overwhelmed with all sorts of activities inside. As the schedule had it, the day began with Easter crafts!

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The children were able to get in touch with their creative sides as they made gorgeous little Easter cards or adorable pet rocks while their parents looked around our fantastic facilities. The centre boasts three spacious rooms, each abundant with toys, activities, books, learning materials, crafts, and one of our rooms even has a pet budgie! The centre also has three large imagination-provoking outdoor areas containing sandpits, great playgrounds, and water play activities.

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Perhaps one of the most exciting and unique activities was the cupcake making. The children had the opportunity to decorate and consume their very own and delicious cupcakes. There’s nothing quite like seeing the enchanted face of a child who has created something that they are proud of, and we were lucky enough to see this expression time and time again at the cupcake table!

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In between activities the little ones could get their faces painted, with the most popular request being Easter bunnies! The joy this gave the children was priceless and they gleamed with delight when they looked in the mirror to see a little furry friend on their cheek!

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No Easter celebration would be complete without an Easter egg hunt and the children were absolutely eggcellent at finding the Easter eggs! The Easter egg hunt saw the children search high and low as they discovered the Easter eggs. The children then proclaimed their victories as they excitedly showed their newfound chocolate treasures to their parents.

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We finished off both our morning and afternoon sessions with a captivating story during story time. The little ones sat intently as one of our wonderful teachers enthusiastically shared a story with the children. This was a lovely way to end the sessions and left the children and parents content and satisfied with the day.

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We would like to thank all of you who attended our Easter open day, especially those of you who brought along friends and neighbours, introducing them to Lighthouse. We really appreciate your support and hope you had a wonderful time because we had a great time putting this event on for you all!

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Come Along to Our Easter Open Day!

We are very excited to introduce those looking for quality childcare in a loving environment to our new Lighthouse early learning centre. The new centre is located in Albany at 19 Canaveral Drive and we are excited to be holding an easter themed open day on Saturday 19th March 2016, starting at 10:30am! This open day will be like no other, with plenty of fun activities from games and rides to face painting and other family favorites! If you would like to enjoy a family day out oozing with smiles as we show you around our fantastic facilities and introduce you to our wonderful teachers then please give us a call to register your attendance (09) 476 3950.

Schedule
10:30am – Easter Crafts (cards)
11:00am – Cupcake Making
12:00pm – Easter Egg Hunt
12:30pm – Story time
1:30pm – Easter Crafts (pet rocks)
2:00pm – Easter Egg Hunt
2:30pm – Story time

Come and experience the Lighthouse difference, we can’t wait to see you there.

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Lighthouse learning centre is a fun, energetic and loving childcare centre that has a strong focus on education. We are committed to the holistic development of our children and have created exceptional programs for the enrichment of their body AND minds. Our highly experienced, dedicated and loving teaching team takes every opportunity to expand on children’s interests and this is complimented by our uniquely laid out, spacious indoor and outdoor settings.

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Sharing the Love

On Thursday 11th of February, our Lighthouse little ones were dressed in red and pink as we embarked on a very special Valentines trip to visit Marron Downs rest home. We entered the rest home as a sea of red and pink and handed out our Valentines treats.

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The children had prepared delicious cookies with love-hearts drawn on them with red icing. Everyone was licking their lips when these tasty cookies caught their eyes!
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Our children also made creative cards by cutting out red and pink love-hearts and using lots of glitter. The cookies and cards paired with the children’s adorable smiles and bubbly personalities stole the hearts of everyone there!

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This was a wonderful way of celebrating Valentine’s Day this year for both the children and everyone in the rest home. We know how much our children make us smile and it was lovely to see how contagious their smiles were at Marron Downs rest home smile too.

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Botany Santa Parade

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Lighthouse Preschool was invited to join in the Botany Town centre parade this year. This is the first year in our 30 years history that lighthouse has attended and all the staff, children and parents all enjoyed working on preparing for this special event.

The children learnt new Christmas songs and the together with the teachers made gorgeous headbands and beautiful ponchos for the event. We chose silver ponchos to help keep the children cool and the weather did not disappoint. The sun was out in full force and there were no clouds in sight! The children were fantastic and all waited patiently for their turn to walk down the parade in their costumes!

We hope all the children and family had lots of fun and enjoyed this unique event.

We want to give a big thankyou to all the parents who turned up on the day and all those who helped out prepare for the event but could not come.

A special thankyou to Zion’s mum for spending countless hours preparing and decorating the Van and for being the first to arrive on the day to help put everything together!