Local Porirua Activities and Resources

by Jan 9, 2016

waterpark-1515626There are lots of different places and services that are useful to parents in Porirua. This list is by no means complete, but it is somewhere to start.

Whitby Toy Library

Whitby Toy Library is based in premises located in the carpark of Adventure Park (Discovery Drive, Whitby) and is run by a volunteer committee. They have 1400+ toys, including a bouncy castle and party pack, available for hire. There are 3 types of WTL membership, and MPC members are entitled to a 25% discount. Plus, if you join WTL before your MPC membership expires, you are entitled to a 15% discount off your MPC membership renewal! Check out the WTL website for more info on membership pricing and rental rates. NB: cash or cheque only (no eftpos or Visa facilities are available), but you can credit your account onsite or via direct credit.

Toddler in Tow

Toddler in Tow is a wonderful resource for local parents. Run by a local mum, there are listing for activities, cafes, playgrounds, childcare and a babysitters noticeboard. Check out the website and facebook page.

Multiple Birth Club

Kapi Mana Multiple Birth Club provides support and assistance for parents and families of multiple births (twins, triplets and more) in the Porirua City area (from Tawa to Pukerua Bay), and the Kapiti Coast. They have a library, hire equipment, clothing swaps, and regular newsletters and can provide some assistance with meals, WINZ applications, ante-natal information, and other resources. Check out the website for more information.

Disposable Nappy Recycling

Envirocomp offers nappy recycling. Rather than send all those used nappies to the landfill, you can now recycle them. Check out the website for more information.

S.P.A.C.E program

S.P.A.C.E (Supporting Parents Alongside Children’s Education) programme is aimed mainly at first time parents with newborn babies, and has been designed to support parents through the first year of their child’s developmental journey. The programme runs weekly for 3-4 terms (i.e. 30-40 weeks) in a relaxed, baby friendly atmosphere. Check out the website to find a local programme


P.A.F.T (Parents As First Teachers) provides free, practical support to families.  This support lasts from before your baby is born until their third birthday. Limited places available.  Enrolment criteria applies. For more information check out the website, email or phone: 04 589 5038

Local Activities

Activities such as: Mainly Music (Mana, Whitby x 2, Cannons Creek & Titahi Bay), Baby Gym & Kindy Gym, and story and music sessions at Porirua Libraries.

About Rachael

Rachael is a stay at home Mum to 2 lovely (tho noisy!) boys, born 17 months apart. Previously an IT consultant, she now focuses on her new love of sewing (making lovely homewares, children items and the occasional thing for herself!), attempting to be semi-self sufficient on their lifestyle block, and the occasional foray into web design and photography. Phew! A previous Pregnancy and Childbirth class attendee, her antenatal coffee group is still going strong after 4 years, meeting occasionally and celebrating a lot of the big milestones for their children.
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