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Passport takes children on a city journey

Monday July 6 2020

Keep your children engaged and active in outdoor activities this July school holidays with the Passport to Play – Parks Edition.

The passport is available from the Palmerston North i-SITE in The Square, or download a copy from the Palmerston North City Council’s website at

We’ve also emailed the passport to city schools, so your children might have brought it home in their schoolbags. If you pick up a copy from the i-SITE, ask about the free packs of coloured pencils that are available for passport players (while stocks last).

Passport to Play is a Council initiative (Placemaking, Palmy Unleashed) as part of supporting a creative and exciting city.

Council Head of Events and Partnerships Tasha Paladin says initiatives such as these not only spark active play, they are also an opportunity for discovering more about Palmerston North as a great place for families to grow and live.

The Parks Edition encourages your kids to have a wild time being explorers in their home town. How it works is we’ve put orange posts with green signs in some of our city parks, including one in Te Marae o Hine, The Square. Children can seek out all 10 posts around the city and “stamp” the passport when they’ve found them.

The passport also gives ideas for activities to carry out at the parks. Count the ducks in The Square’s butterfly lake, climb the ropes at Memorial Park, find insects at Edwards Pit Park, or perhaps spot the ground pattern over the awa from Te Motu o Poutoa – Anzac Park.

We recommend children taking part in passport activities are supervised by an adult – why not give it a go along with them and share your experiences on social media tagged #PlayPalmy and #PalmyProud.