Today we took part in some seriously awesome and sweaty family fun. It's called the X Race and it's all over New Zealand. Teams of two, one parent/adult and one child, compete in challenges and race to be the first over the finish line. Well actually you go in "waves" so it doesn't actually matter who crosses the line first as you all get timed individually. There was a lot of running (though you could walk), through gorgeous native forest and on tracks through paddocks. We had to roll down a hill (I came close to vomiting), build things, do a painting, solve puzzles and answer quiz questions. We loved it and it will be on the to do list next year for sure, with perhaps a bit of running training thrown in for good measure. We'll be sure to bring a water bottle too as it's thirsty work!
Inspired by the need to get a photo of my parents (who are here this weekend) in costume (for our photo wall), I decided that a little theme dinner was in order. I strung up the bunting and got out everything colourful that I could find.
Yesterday at the local church garage sale I found the perfect unicorn table cloth and napkins for 50c.
Magic drink... a couple of drops of food colouring in the bottom and lemonade changes colour!
Minifigure place "names".
Yes it does look a little like a small girl's party but we had a lot of fun.
I took some photos in the backyard before dinner...
I went for a bit of a wander around on the Saturday morning.
At twelve one of the highlights of Splore 2014... The Dastardly Bounder playing on the DJ stage. Check out his watermelon bongos!
The afternoon was spent in the rumpus room with glitter hairspray, hair chalk and face painting. Everyone getting ready for the Saturday night dress up festivities. It was so vibrant and colourful.
We headed back to our campsite to get our (homemade/opshop) costumes on too.
Sadly I left my old SLR camera down at the site and so had to use our wee waterproof one for these shots. Thank goodness we had one though... I love this crazy photo of us all. We went down for dinner and a bit of fun with the black light glow in the dark play dough and then B brought the kids back to the tent to sleep while the rest of us danced. Once they were sleeping he left them under the care of a grandma babysitter (thanks Robyn!) and joined us for some fun times. The Saturday night is so awesome with most people dressed up in some amazing costumes. Another photo for our dressup photo wall.
Friday at Splore began for us with one of life's essentials...
Waking up early in the tent is always enhanced by a cup of hot coffee brewed outdoors. Preferably by B who had just returned from the festival showers (a large truck full of the wonderful things).
After our weetbix we headed, with our lovely camp neighbours, into the "Art of Camping". That is where the wonderful theme camps were. Our youngest was particularly taken by Camp Mother and the Street Loves Nana. They had huge street art embroidery for people to stitch and he insisted that we come back several times for him to do a little bit more. Big brother was still on school camp at this point and didn't arrive until dinner time.
The theme camps are open to everyone and all involve some kind of interaction, there was a community clothes horse where you could exchange clothing/costumes and another which was giving away masks and beads at night (see our awesome masks below). I think I'd love to be involved in a theme camp sometime.
Down at the rumpus room things were underway.
Michael and his stomper tree were just starting up. He'd made this cool machine which cuts out hexagons from cardboard which can be then decorated and added to the tree over the weekend. You can see the beanbag/baby/quiet area on the right. It's just behind the rumpus room, a sweet space for hanging out, with a basket of books and preschool toys for the littlies.
Clint was there making giant bubble wands with the kids too. They got to try them out and take them home.
When our exhausted 9 year old finally arrived, we headed to buy some dinner in our new freebie feathered masks. They were really fun to wear... I like being in disguise.
The main stage was starting to get busy as we headed to get something to eat. The range of food caravans at Splore is excellent. This year they all had compostable plates and cutlery which was especially good. I think the final figure was that 92% of the waste created at the festival was composted and recycled with only 8% having to go to landfill. Pretty bloody impressive.
Friday night was a great time to check out the art trail. There were heaps of wonderful installations to see. This one had a tent made from photographic slides and an old school slide show with amusing commentary (the woman talking was off to the right).
The boys particularly enjoyed this balancing surf board...
and this tree which lit up when you hugged it, placing your hands on the metal pads completing a circuit.