Festive break for parents to shop

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Entertainment... Thomas Green manager Roz Taylor and St James Theatre theatre manager Paul McPhail will keep children busy with a meal and a movie while their parents go shopping. PHOTO: FIONA ELLIS

Father Christmas will have the chance to complete some child-free shopping next Thursday.

While their parents are shopping, children will be able to have dinner, watch a movie, and wrap presents.

The children’s evening would start at 5pm at the Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room where they would eat a buffet dinner and wrap presents given to the Gore and Clutha Women’s Refuge.

They would then watch the film Combat Wombat at the St James Theatre before parents collected them at 8.30pm.

Thomas Green manager Roz Taylor said the night was about supporting local retailers.

“Parents can go and have a shop,” Ms Taylor said.

“It gives them a good couple of hours.”

Shopping with children could be difficult. As the shops were open late, this would give parents a chance to shop without their youngsters.

This was the second year the event would run and after last year’s success she had set a limit of 50 children.

She advised people to get in quickly to secure their children a place, and pointed out the children were supervised the whole time.

Community members, from her own son to members of Gore’s police force, would help supervise.

The cost was $20 per child.

Wrapping presents was a new side to the event.

She believed children would benefit from helping others and by appreciating what they had.

“It’s the spirit of Christmas. Some kids are not getting a lot.”

Gore and Clutha Women’s Refuge manager Sam Munroe encouraged people to donate presents to help brighten Christmas.

“Last year was awesome there were so many great gifts,” Ms Munroe said.