With the school holidays now here, parents may be looking for ways to keep their young ones entertained, and there are plenty of activities available to help them out.

There is a hive of activity at Rotorua Library, with Matariki celebrations and school holiday programmes under way.

Although the Matariki Maumahara event today was cancelled, there are other events for people to enjoy.

The Matariki Mystery Art Bag session is on today, where tamariki can create a Matariki craft using a bag of mystery art materials in one of two sessions.

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The 10.30am session is open to all ages with an easier craft for little hands and the 1.30pm session is for ages 5 and up.

Booking is not required for this activity. A gold coin koha is appreciated.

For information on the many events taking place to celebrate Matariki in Rotorua, visit www.rotorualakescouncil.nz/matariki2018

The Great Te Aka Mauri Scavenger Hunt has also made a return these holidays.

The Scavenger Hunt challenges children to follow clues around the library and answer questions about Te Aka Mauri.

Children can grab an entry form at the library and be in with a chance to win a reading prize pack.

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Other Rotorua Library school holiday events

- Keeping Safe Around Dogs on Tuesday July 17 at 10.30am. All ages. Gold coin koha. No booking required.

- Minecraft Selfies on Wednesday July 18 at 10.30am. Gold coin koha. No booking required.

- Black Out Poetry on Thursday July 19 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. All ages. Gold coin koha. No booking required.