Hop, skip and jump . . . Carter Scott (6) makes his way across the gymnastics obstacles.
Hanging about . . . Beau Korteweg (6) gets into the swing of things.
Artists in the making . . . Balclutha children (from left) Oliver Law (8),
Georgia Watt (7) and Taylor McPhee (7) concentrate on their graffiti art.

These school holidays, the Cross Recreation Centre have been hosting their holiday programme for keen children around the district.

The usual everyday games and activities were put to the test and centre manager Noelene Scott enjoyed running the programme.

‘‘It’s a good way to open a range of creative learning and play, and the programme always provides different opportunities for the kids of our district,’’ she said.

Their last week’s session came with a new twist — with Dunedin-based graffiti artist Claire Rye who came down for the first time to teach keen Clutha youngsters all about creative art.

‘‘Art is a lovely way to be creative and connect with others,’’ Mrs Rye said.

‘‘With graffiti and tagging it feels therapeutic and self-regulating in a way, and everyone enjoys doing it. We’ve done things like using resource sheets, learning bubble letters and words, adding colour to canvases and really exercising the mind in their creative aspects.’’

The programme runs each school holidays and people can contact the Recreation Centre for details about upcoming sessions over the year.