Santa at the Lighthouse Christmas Party

Get your Santa hats ready, our Lighthouse Christmas Party is just around the corner!

The time has come. Shops all around the world are playing the classics of Christmas, children are behaving extra well for Santa and the Christmas spirit is getting contagious! Andy Williams spoke no lies, when he said it was the most wonderful time of the year. There are many things to look forward to during December and our annual Lighthouse Christmas Party should be very near the top of your list (and by that I mean #1!). Take the day to unwind, bond with your children and let them embrace all the joy that Christmas has to offer as we have planned a fabulous event for you all.

This year, the Lighthouse Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 11th December 2016 at Forrest Hill School from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. As Santa will be making a special appearance, we request that parents bring a small wrapped (and named) present for Mr. Clause to give to the children. Something small such as a book will be a great gift.

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We know how much the children look forward to our Christmas party so we have put a lot of effort into making it as exciting as ever and with the children’s joy strongly in mind. This year we will have mini jeeps for the children to ride on, fun games, festive activities and a delicious feast for everyone to enjoy. There will also be a lucky draw, classic Christmas tunes, face-painting, a colouring-in competition and a carpet play area for the miniest members of our Lighthouse community.

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Once again, the Lighthouse Christmas Party details are as follows.
Date: Sunday 11th December 2016
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Forrest Hill School, 50 Forrest Hill Rd, Forrest Hill.
Price: Free for Lighthouse members
RSVP: Please register your attendance by emailing office@lighthouseathome.co.nz. As always, please RSVP as soon as possible and attach a screenshot of the “Child” page of your app. This way we have all the information we need to book you in. We look forward to celebrating with you all as the countdown to Christmas begins!

Not a Lighthouse member? Don’t miss out on another one of our awesome Lighthouse-exclusive events – call 0800 55 11 33 today.

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A Day Full of Adventure at Our Lighthouse Adventure Party

It was wonderful to see you all at our Lighthouse Adventure Party. The Silverdale Adventure Park made for a fantastic venue to celebrate the beginning of summer. From the pirate ship to the mini moon buggies, horse carousal and indoor jungle gym there was an abundance of joy. We were pleased to see that all our Lighthouse children were able to enjoy themselves with their friends, parents and educators. Our visiting teachers also enjoyed seeing both parents and children alike.

Lighthouse child enjoying the jungle gym at our Lighthouse Adventure Party

After a morning filled with the excitement of many rides and attractions, it was time for a break. As our Lighthouse families gathered in the picnic area, it was delightful to see our community enjoying a delicious feast together.

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Once bellies were bursting and lips were licked it was time to get back to the rides. Everyone enjoyed their favourite rides from the morning a few more times as well as trying some new ones – we had some very brave children at our Lighthouse adventure party!

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This Lighthouse-exclusive event was truly a great one and we will be sure to plan another event here in the future. Thank you to all of our Lighthouse members who joined us. There is never a shortage of fun and laughter when our community of families come together to bond and have fun!

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Keep your eyes out for our next event in the newsletter – the annual Lighthouse Christmas party! If you’re not a member of Lighthouse, we don’t know what you’re waiting for. The benefits that Lighthouse members are entitled to stretch far beyond our awesome events!

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Lighthouse Earthquake Drill

Lighthouse Earthquake Drill

It’s 2:15 in the afternoon, you have just finished your lunch and it’s time to settle back into your workload. As you begin to steady your thoughts on the tasks that lie ahead, the ground beneath your feet has a different idea. Your thoughts and body are no longer steady as the rumbling and shaking brings you to the floor. It’s an earthquake.

Do you know what to do? Do you know where your family members are? Do you have a plan? Do you have food and water to last you for three days? If not, perhaps it’s time to make a plan in case you are ever in this situation. You can start your preparation by joining in on our earthquake drill.

We advise our Lighthouse family’s to watch the video below as a part of our nation-wide Lighthouse Earthquake Drill. The video explains what to do during an earthquake so you can be prepared. Participating in an earthquake drill can save lives, so make sure it’s a top priority for your family this week. Additionally, we have outlined what to do during an earthquake, what you can do now to prepare, and how to respond after.

Before:
The ‘before’ is all about preparation, there are suggestions below for preparing an emergency kit and an emergency plan.
In you Emergency Kit:
There are two options for an emergency kit; you can buy a pre-made one for four people at the price of $275 from here. Alternatively you can make one at home. For those of you who do decide you want to make one at home, here is a list of items you may want to include in your kit:
• Torch with spare batteries or a self-charging torch
• Radio with spare batteries
• Wind and waterproof clothing, sun hats, and strong outdoor shoes
• First aid kit and essential medicines
• Blankets or sleeping bags
• Pet supplies
• Face and dust masks
• Check all batteries every 3 months
• Food and water for 3 days or more
• Non-perishable food (canned or dried food)
• Food, formula and drinks for babies and small children
• Water (at least 3 litres per person, per day) for drinking
• Water for washing and cooking
• A Primus or gas barbecue to cook on
• A can opener
• Check and replace food and water every twelve months

Along with your Emergency Kit, you should prepare an Emergency Plan.

During:
During an earthquake many of us would experience panic, part of which might be panicking about what to do. Detailed below is the New Zealand government’s ShakeOut instructions for what to do during an earthquake; Drop, Cover and Hold.
• DROP down on your hands and knees. This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.
• COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk (if it is no more than a few steps away from you). If there is no shelter nearby, get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
• HOLD on to your shelter (or your position to protect your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.

After:
Listed below are some steps to consider for after an earthquake has occurred.
• Listen to your local radio stations, as emergency management officials will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.
• Expect to feel aftershocks.
• Check yourself for injuries and get first aid if necessary. Help others if you can.
• Be aware that electricity supply could be cut, and fire alarms and sprinkler systems can go off in buildings during an earthquake even if there is no fire. Check for, and extinguish, small fires.
• If you are in a damaged building, try to get outside and find a safe, open place. Use the stairs, not the elevators.
• Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and stay out of damaged areas.
• Only use the phone for short essential calls to keep the lines clear for emergency calls.
• If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window, get everyone out quickly and turn off the gas if you can. If you see sparks, broken wires or evidence of electrical system damage, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box if it is safe to do so.
• Keep your animals under your direct control as they can become disorientated. Take measures to protect your animals from hazards, and to protect other people from your animals.
• If your property is damaged, take notes and photographs for insurance purposes. If you rent your property, contact your landlord and your contents insurance company as soon as possible.

Although we have made an effort to gather the most essential information for our Lighthouse Earthquake Drill, we recommend that you visit the official website of the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defense for a more comprehensive overview on earthquakes and preparing for them.

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Lighthouse Adventure Party

Summer is just around the corner and to celebrate the warmer weather, we would like to invite you to our Lighthouse Adventure Party!

This exciting event will be held at the Silverdale Adventure Park. There is an awesome range of rides for all ages including a pirate ship, mini moon buggies, a luge, a horse carousal and so much more! Parents and educators will be able to ride with their children on majority of the rides and you don’t need to worry about the weather as almost all of the rides are under cover.

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After a fun-filled morning of rides and attractions, you and your children can enjoy a picnic on the large grass area. So don’t forget your picnic mat and some delicious food. Please note that branded food such as KFC and McDonalds is prohibited by the Adventure Park, so home-made food is the best way to go.

The Lighthouse Adventure Party is a Lighthouse exclusive-event for all of our members to enjoy and we can’t wait to see you there!

Date: Friday 4th November 2016

Time: 10:00am – 2:30pm

Venue: 2104 East Coast Road, Silverdale (keep your eye out for the large purple gate – that’s the adventure park!)

Price: The Lighthouse Adventure Party is free for all lighthouse members, for non-lighthouse members we have subsidized the pricing:

Children aged under one: Free.
Children aged one-three: $10.
Children over three: $20.
Adults that would like to go on the rides: $20
Adults that do not wish to go on the rides: Free.

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If you are planning on joining us for our Lighthouse Adventure Party, please remember to register by Thursday 3rd of November. To register, send an email to office@lighthouseathome.co.nz and confirm your attendance. Please also attach a screenshot of the “Child” page on your app so that we have all the information we need to book you in for this adventure.

P.S. Make sure you are using our Lighthouse app to ‘share the moment’ and could be in to win some awesome prizes.

Cosmic awaits Lighthouse at silverdale adventure park

Phone: 0800 55 11 33
Email: office@lighthouseathome.co.nz

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Taking Over Rainbow’s End

On Friday, Lighthouse at-home and many of our families joined us in the take over of the Kidz Kingdom at Rainbow’s End.

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As always with our families, it was a day well spent as the children were overjoyed with their choices of rides and attractions which Lighthouse had exclusively booked out. There was the merry-go-round…

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The truck ride where you could go through a pretend carwash…

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and we aren’t too sure what this one was called but apparently it was LOTS of fun!

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We put together these events so that parents can bond with other parents and children can make new friends. It allows for our Lighthouse community to get together to have some fun and where better to do so than a theme park?

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Our teachers loved seeing all their families too. Thank you to everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you all again at our next Lighthouse event.

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Olympic

Let the Games Begin: Lighthouse’s Mini Olympics!

For many of us, winter conjures up images of snow-covered mountains, rainy days and snuggling up to a warm winter’s fire with family and friends. However, this will not be the case in Rio de Janeiro on August the 5th – 21st as the world will see the beginning of the summer Olympics 2016. This exciting event has inspired us to have a wee Olympics of our own. Our event will take place on the 13th of August from 9:30am -11:30am and will be held at the Mount Eden War Memorial Hall.

As our new curriculum focus is on the Olympics, Lighthouse’s Baby Olympic event will be a great foundation for our little ones’ learning in the months to come. Among the activities will be making our very own torches, having a torch relay, and other light-hearted competitions that will teach the children about this significant event while having loads of fun! We will even be have medals for our mini winners.

The mini competitions will include:

– A baby crawling race (0-2 years old)
– A throw bean bag race (0-2 years old)
– A running race (one for those aged 2-3.5 years old and one for 5+)
– Jump into the hula hoop event (3.5-5 years old)

The Olympics is a wonderful opportunity to get our Tamariki excited about sport, friendly competition, national pride and counting medals. The Olympic games can also be a way to learn more about our world and the different cultures within it.

If you would like to attend this event or get more information, please call 0800 55 11 33. Booking is essential.

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We’re taking over Kidz Kingdom at Rainbow’s End, again!

On the 2nd of September we will be taking over a section of Rainbow’s End!

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Last year we had an absolutely wonderful time with you all when we exclusively booked out the Kidz Kingdom section of Rainbow’s End for our Lighthouse families, so we’re more than excited for round 2!

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If you didn’t make it last year, Kidz Kingdom is the gold at the end of the rainbow for children; it has a huge range of rides that are both indoors and outdoors and tailored especially for kids aged 8 and under.

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Lighthouse members will be lucky enough to gain free access to this exclusive event, so if you’re not already with Lighthouse – what are you waiting for? Call us on 0800 55 11 33 now to enroll your child. We can be a big help for grandparents that are looking after their grandchildren by providing free exclusive activities such as this one, as well as subsidising payments and providing New Zealand’s largest toy and resource library to choose from – Terms and Conditions do apply.

Check out last year’s highlight video below!

Booking is essential, please call 0800 55 11 33 to reserve your place.

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Fruit Picking Adventure

A big thank you to the huge amount of families who came along to our fruit picking adventure on Saturday. We had over 100 of our lovely lighthouse family members attend our event and it was fantastic to see you all!

Although we are now well into winter’s chilly months, we were lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny saturday for our fruit picking activity.

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Families came from all over Auckland to select their very own mandarins right off the trees. While on site, families were encouraged to eat as many mandarins as they could, and for absolutely no cost. That’s right, all you can eat of fresh, juice, deliciously sweet mandarins.

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Lighthouse also arranged for our families to have a discount on the mandarins to take home, which saw many of the families filling buckets and bags to take advantage of the special deal. Towards the end of the day children and their parents gathered in the beautiful gardens to have picnics and showed off their collection of freshly picked fruit.

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Parents, caregivers and grandparents shared in the joy of helping the little ones reach the mandarins and choosing the ripe ones. It was a joyful atmosphere and we are so blessed to have a community that truly feels like a big family.

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See you all when we embark or our next adventure, which as always, won’t be far away.

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Let’s Celebrate Matariki Together

If you don’t already know, Matariki is the rising of a star cluster, which represents the Maori New Year! Matariki traditionally symbolised a time for fertility, remembrance and celebration as Maori gave thanks to the year gone by and welcomes the new beginnings of the year to come.

Matariki is just around the corner (This year Matariki will begin on the 6th June and will be celebrated for up to a month!), so we would like to invite you to celebrate the Maori New Year with Lighthouse.

There will be singing, dancing and handcrafts, all in the ways of traditional Maori culture!

If you don’t want to miss out on this fun event then book quickly, places are filling up fast!

Call 0800 55 11 33 to book.

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Free Mainly Music Session in Wellington

Does your little one love to dance?

We are holding a FREE mainly music session for our Lighthouse families at our Wellington office on Friday 27th May starting at 10:00am. Please register your attendance by calling 0800 55 11 33, details such as the physical address of our Wellington office will be provided when you call to register your attendance.

Mainly music is a fun music group for parents or primary care givers to enjoy together with their young child. Throughout the session, children develop gross and fine motor skills, language, imagination, mathematical and pre-reading skills as well as socialize with others. Each mainly music is associated with and is run by volunteers from a local church. Children are introduced to music, creativity and more, plus families are given a chance to think about the God-part of life. Amazing to think that all this can be achieved in a loving, shared family environment.

Our Lighthouse team members will be there to greet you when you arrive and then we can get down to the fun and dancing!

Aren’t a Lighthouse member? Call 0800551133 now and don’t miss out on another free mainly music session with Lighthouse at-home. Our free mainly music sessions aren’t the only free events we organise for our families, we often plan trips and excursions to all sorts of exciting places such as Rainbow’s End, Butterfly Creek, Kelly Tarltons and more!