ILT Kidzone Festival

Southland’s most popular family event jam-packed with hundreds of hands-on activities, rides and experiences for kids of all kinds - creators, constructors, computer whizzes, explorers and sports stars.

Planning for our 18th year is underway! Our Kidzone team will transform a school in Invercargill into a stimulating, immersive and fun place suitable for children under 14.

Join us this winter and spend a day or two at our family festival with 1,800 patron’s daily getting hands-on designing, building, riding, touching and creating.

Next event date: 10 - 15 July 2024
Location: Invercargill
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Imagine being a kid again. Now you can be.

It’s like a Disneyland of the South, a must-do for any family. People travel from all over, and you can see why. It’s memories made thick and fast, things to make and see and do and learn and share. For six days every July school holidays, thousands of people come through the doors for a sensory-filled festival like no other – the fantastic ILT Kidzone.

Stilt-walkers and super-heroes usher in the day, entertaining you as the festival doors prepare to swing open. What to do first? Spooky Make-Up? The Zorbs? Tiny Town? Maybe go straight to Incredible Edibles? The doors open and the magic begins – eyes are wide open as a universe of possibilities opens up in front of you. Bounce. Make. Code. Discover.

The campus is transformed into a magical space – with a different theme each year. ILT Kidzone is jam-packed with hundreds of hands-on activities for every kind of kid – from creators, constructors and computer whizzes to sewing stars, sports fanatics and scientists.

One child squeals with delight, another concentrates with all their mind, another holds on tight. There’s wonder in everyone’s eyes – it’s a magical day bursting with new adventures and fun. Create. Flip. Relax. Explore.

There’s bubbles and music, a barbecue – and great coffee. Big kids, little kids, mums, dads, grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends all soak up the fun of world-class entertainment throughout the day. A great day. The best day. An “I don’t want to leave day”. Paddle. Relax. Drive. Taste.

It’s not just for the kids – and we mean it. Listen to your inner yearnings – get that funky hair-do, weave some flax, build a gadget. Dads display a knack with a needle and thread, while mums pull sweet skids on the Green Machines. Learn. Tumble. Play. Wonder.

Try and fit everything into one day – or come back another day. Some even come to ILT Kidzone all six days. Come do things you thought you’d never do. Or things you thought you’d never do again. Be that kid again. Your kids will love it too. Can’t wait to see you.

While you’re here, head on out to The Catlins to spot some amazing wildlife, check out our other top kid friendly activities in Invercargill or take the team on some nature adventures deep in the majestic wilderness of Fiordland.

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