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about the kids market
The Otaki Kids Market is a vibrant and creative event that provides a unique platform for young entrepreneurs to showcase their talents and entrepreneurial spirit. This special market invites tamariki and rangatahi from 5-19 years old to become stall holders, offering them the opportunity to sell their handmade art and crafts, delicious home baking, toys, and books.
The market not only fosters a sense of community but also empowers young people to take pride in their creations and develop valuable skills in marketing and customer interaction. It's a delightful experience for both participants and visitors, as the market buzzes with youthful energy and an array of imaginative products crafted by the talented young minds.
meet some of our young entrepreneurs
Can I bring my own marquee?
Yes you absolutely can bring your own marquee, please be aware you will be required to share as the space allocated is 1.5 m per stall. Please let use know if you are bringing a marquee.
Do you have power?
No, as an outdoor market this is not something we can provide.
Can my child be next to their sibling or friend?
We do our best to ensure family members and friends can be next to each other, please email us after your application.
Can I book a bigger or double stall?
We have limited space of 50 stalls, to be fair each stall size is 1.5 meters. Unfortunately, we will not be able to book double stalls.
Do I have to stay with my child?
Yes, each stall must have adult supervision at all times.
What happens if it rains?
We are an outdoor market and subject to the weather. We have a wet weather plan if it is raining heavily, and will move to a local hall. This decision will be made the day before the market. We also provide a small selection of marquees to stalls which are not under the trees.
Where is the closest ATM?
On the main road, near the 123 Mart is an ATM
Where can I get cash?
We ask that you please do not ask local shops and supermarkets to change cash.
How much money should I bring as a cash float?
We suggest about $50 for a cash float.
How much should I sell my product for?
A good price point is $1-$5. Alot of customers like to support as many stalls as possible, and we've found this a good price point.
Where is the market?
The market is located on the old main highway in Otaki, opposite New World. The Kids Market is located on the grass area.
How do I pay for my stall?
During the market two representatives from the Otaki Women's Community Club, wearing hi-vis vests will come to your stall to collect your donation.
Where can I park?
There is plenty of free parking at the Otaki train station, we ask that you please do not park on the main road, as this is a great place for customers to the market and other shops and cafes.
Why are there regular stall holders in the Kids area?
There will be a small number of regular stall holders allocated within the kids' market (paying full price), these will consist of stalls running workshops and the organising teams. This is for health and safety, for organisers to be on hand and create a smooth running of the market.
Can I run a raffle or competition?
Yes you can, please make sure you comply with the Department of Internal Affairs gambling rules, see the link here.
Can I play music from my stall?
At the regular market this is generally ok, however at the Kids Market, as the stall spaces are smaller, we request you are mindful of stall holders who are next to you.
What if I have more than three children (such as a school or community group) who want to be at the stall?
The space is quite small, and to avoid overcrowding and having a fun experience, our guidelines are for three children per stall. You can work this in shifts, and community groups have done this in the past very effectively.
Terms and conditions
Supervision: Each stall must have a *parent/guardian supervision.
Age: Stall holders must be between 5-18 years
Each stall site can have a maximum of three children. (excluding parent/guardian)
Site fee: each stall to pay a donation.
Stall size: 1.5 meter, each stall to provide table, chair and cash float.
Stall holders are required to stay during the allocated market time, 10am-2pm.
Set up is between 8.15am-9.45am to be ready for 10am. Pack down is 2pm
Stall holders are encouraged to make or create their own craft, products, baking etc.
There is no hawking permitted at the Otaki Market, and stall holders must sell from their allocated stall.
Photography and video will be taken during the Kids Market by the Otaki Market and used for promotional material and posted on Facebook.
*Parent/Guardian must be at least 18 years of age.