“I liked all the sticks!” – Playcentre outing

Huimai Playcentre


Huimai Playcentre went exploring along the Morrinsville River Walk last week.  Birds chirping, cicadas singing and a waterfall were some of the things that intrigued the children along the way.

Asked what the young ones enjoyed the most, they said –

“Going up hills and having a picinic on a picnic blanket” – Hunter

“I liked all the sticks!” – Noah

“The waterfalls!” – Carter and Stella

“Liked the hills!” – Lachlan

A cicada shell was also found and the children tried to figure out what/why/where and how’s of a cicadas life, says centre parent Rachael.

“The parents enjoyed the fact that it was a new adventure for the family, so close to home.  The waterfall was neat!”

The focus for this term is exploration, nature and adventure, and Rachael says they plan to visit Wairere Falls and the nearby Pukemokemoke Reserve.  14 children went on the trip, aged from under one to four year’s.




Huimai Playcentre


Huimai Playcentre, on  Seifert Rd, Whitikahu, has members from Orini, Whitikahu and Tauhei but also includes Te Hoe, Morrinsville and Gordonton families.

Surrounded by paddocks, the centre has an extensive outdoor play area and native garden for the children to explore.

They currently have 15 families with 23 children. Four sessions are held per week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for 0-6-year-olds and Tuesday from 11.30-2.30 for 3-6-year-olds.

On Friday 9 March, from 10am you can say hi to the playcentre family and learn about the playcentre way, as part of Open Week.  Bring snacks, a drink, a change of clothes and sun hat for a morning of fun. Morning tea provided for parents.

Visit their facebook page here.


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