Penguinville popular

James & Emily Chisnall show off their penguin house

Sections are running hot at Penguinville with over 25 groups of children building a penguin “house” in the first three days.

Penguinville is part of the Driftwood and Sand Sculpture Festival.  Children build a penguin house on their own beach section with prizes being awarded on Sunday for Most Natural, Best Construction, and Most Creative.

It is proving to be very popular with children with over half the sections gone already.  Local children and those as far away as Denmark have built penguin houses in the last three days.

“We are delighted with the children’s response to Penguinville, it is a great way of making them aware that penguins live on our West Coast beaches and the houses we have seen so far show some wonderful creativity,” says Trust Co-ordinator Robyn Janes.

On Friday there will be a penguin painting workshop at 9.30am.  Register at the caravan on Hokitika beach, cost is $12 per child which includes a life-size plaster penguin.