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Dressed up . . . The Moa entertains young residents at Children's Day celebrations last year PHOTO: COURIER FILES

South Canterbury Children’s Day celebrations will return on Sunday, March 4.

Don McCully, who is part of the organising team, said the day’s activities would be a good chance for families to enjoy free entertainment and celebrate their young ones.

The Caroline Bay event had been held annually since 2003, he said.

“[It is] a lot of fun.”

He said while children should be celebrated every day, the event gave families the chance to gather together.

“Many families come back year after year.”

New additions to this year’s event would include appearances from Dora the Explorer, Elmo and Dorothy the Dinosaur.

Other entertainment would include displays from community organisations, performances from young singers and dancers, music from multi-cultural groups and demonstrations from emergency services.

There would also be face-painting, dress-ups, pony and cart rides, archery and Caroline Bay Association rides, including the merry-go-round, Ferris wheel and bouncy castles.

Mr McCully said the variety of activities on offer during the day would “really entertain” the youngsters expected to attend.

“They love it.”

South Canterbury Children’s Day, March 4, Caroline Bay from 10am to 2pm. Free entry.