**I have highlighted the FREE Kidsfest events, but there are many others happening all around the city. Check out the Kidsfest website for more information on events happening that aren’t listed here. Thanks!

 

Sunday, July 8th

What: Car Boot Sale Market

When: 9:00am – 1:30pm

Where: New Brighton Club, 202 Marine Parade, Christchurch City; In the New Brighton Workingmen’s Club car park

Info: Every Sunday (weather permitting). Sites available to casual sellers, just turn up and you will be directed to a site. Sell those surplus items from around home, clean out the kid’s room, garage, cupboards and have a fun time doing it. Got pot plants you don’t want, or surplus bedding plants and veggie plants? Bring them along and sell them too. Stalls selling good used and new clothes both children’s and adults, jewellery new and antique, collectable china and ornaments, games, books, toys, small household appliances, cycles, surplus home grown fruit and veges when available. Retro, modern and every era in between, something for everyone. Pop in and have a look at one of the friendliest markets around.

 

What: Book Sale

When: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Kendall Primary School Hall, Kendal Avenue Primary School, 53 Kendal Ave, Burnside, Christchurch

Info: Combined Lions Club Annual Book Sale. To donate books or for further information phone Graeme 3299122 (evenings). Proceeds to Local Community Projects. This is a free even.

Contact Phone: 03 3299122

 

What: Sunday Artisan Market

When: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road

Info: With a great selection of local arts and crafts, yummy food stalls, fresh produce, live music, delicious Hummingbird Coffee and the new Sunday Roast from the Riccarton house Bistro. The market is a must do every Sunday. A great day out for all the family, all located in the stunning grounds of Riccarton House and Bush. If you are interested in becoming a stall holder please contact Taste Events on 03 348 6190 or info@tasteevents.co.nz

 

What: Kids Entertainment with Shad Rutherford or The Magical Fairy at The Watershed

When: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Where: The Watershed Venue: Watershed Bar & Restaurant

Official Website: www.thewatershed.co.nz

Contact Phone: 384 1326

Info: This is a free event  Every Sunday from 10.30am – 12.30pm, kids can have fun while the grownups relax at The Watershed Bar and Restaurant, with either magician Shad Rutherford, or the Magical Fairy! Shad Rutherford entertains with funny juggling, marvellous magic & fantastic balloon twisting. Magical Fairy sparks childrens’ imagination & does great face painting. Come along for the fun!

 

What: Tales for Tamariki

When: 11:00am – 11:30am

Where:  Upper Riccarton Library

Info: Be entertained with stories, songs and traditional tales told in Te Reo and English. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

What: Laughter Yoga

When: 11:00am – 12:45pm

Where: Scottish Society Hall, cnr Edgeware and Caledonian Roads, St Albans

Official Website: www.thegiggles.co.nz

Contact Phone: 021 998 109

Info: Pricing: $2  **Laughter for Everyone!*** Come and laugh with us every Sunday morning… Laughter Yoga employs no humour, jokes or comedy and participants are invited to laugh for no reason at all. Anyone can do it. Laughter is a form of exercise. The group makes eye contact while taking part in a series of laughter exercises, including breathing and gentle stretching. After a short while the laughter becomes infectious and genuine. Whether fake or genuine, laughter has measurable psychological and physiological benefits. Try it, experience it and love it!

 

What: The Press Dogs’ Day Out (WinterFest)

When: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Where: A & P Showgrounds, RDA Equestrian Building

Info: All ages. Free event. Come and have fun with the family and your pet dog. Your dog can enter competitions. There will be lots of prizes to chew on and plenty of food stalls, doggy displays and rides. Hosted by Nick Tansley.

 

What: Tales for Tamariki

When: 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Where: Shirley Library

Info: Be entertained with stories, songs and traditional tales told in Te Reo and English. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

Monday, July 9

What: Playfest

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Your local Playcentre – Visit website, www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz, for participating Playcentres.

Info: Come and join in the fun at your local Playcentre. We are running “Open Sessions” and each participating Playcentre will offer a variety of activities to suit all ages, from babies to big kids. Older siblings are welcome. Parents will also get great ideas to take away!  Mon 9 to Fri 13 Jul: 10:00am-12:00pm. For more information, please visit http://www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz.  Age Group: 0 to 6yrs, Gold coin donation. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Recommended. Book online at www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz

 

What: Messy Play

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Rolleston Community Centre, 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston

Info: Bring your preschooler along for a morning of messy play! We have a range of activities on offer including gloop, slime, playdough, etc. And best of all, you don’t have to clean up! Make sure your child is wearing clothes they can get messy.  Age Group: 0 to 6yrs, Gold coin donation per family. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Required. Phone Rolleston Playcentre on 347 2430.

 

What: Baby times

When: 11:00am – 11:30am

Where: South Library

Info: During each session we will share a variety of stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities. The programmes are especially suitable for under 2 year olds. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Events/BabyTime/ Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

What: School Holidays Winter Carnival

When: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Kyle Park, Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch City

Info: 30 June 2012 – 15 July 2012 –  Good old family fun fun for young and old, carnival rides ferris-wheel, flying chairs, merry-go-round, Red Baron plane ride and side winder thrill ride. Win yourself a big soft toy on the games laughing clowns, shooting gallery, basketball skills and more. And while you’re there get a hot dog or a bag of candy floss. Free entry and rides start from $3.

 

What: Enough Stuff! at the Library

When: 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Where: Shirley Library

Info: A cheeky kea steals a tramper’s stuff, and his pile of acquisitions starts to cause problems for the hilltop creatures as their peaceful world becomes polluted by mess, noise and chaos! Enjoy a show incorporating shadow puppets, black puppetry, live acting and singing! Caregiver required. Please note: Bookings open 1st June. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

Tuesday, July 10

What: Playfest

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Your local Playcentre – Visit website, www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz, for participating Playcentres.

Info: Come and join in the fun at your local Playcentre. We are running “Open Sessions” and each participating Playcentre will offer a variety of activities to suit all ages, from babies to big kids. Older siblings are welcome. Parents will also get great ideas to take away!  Mon 9 to Fri 13 Jul: 10:00am-12:00pm. For more information, please visit http://www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz.  Age Group: 0 to 6yrs, Gold coin donation. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Recommended. Book online at www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz

 

What: Story time

When: 10:30am – 11:00am

Where: Fendalton Library

Info: Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

What: School Holidays Winter Carnival

When: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Kyle Park, Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch City

Info: 30 June 2012 – 15 July 2012 –  Good old family fun fun for young and old, carnival rides ferris-wheel, flying chairs, merry-go-round, Red Baron plane ride and side winder thrill ride. Win yourself a big soft toy on the games laughing clowns, shooting gallery, basketball skills and more. And while you’re there get a hot dog or a bag of candy floss. Free entry and rides start from $3.

 

What: Enough Stuff! at the Library

When: 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Where: South Library

Info: A cheeky kea steals a tramper’s stuff, and his pile of acquisitions starts to cause problems for the hilltop creatures as their peaceful world becomes polluted by mess, noise and chaos! Enjoy a show incorporating shadow puppets, black puppetry, live acting and singing! Caregiver required. Please note: Bookings open 1st June. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

Wednesday, July 11

What: Playfest

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Your local Playcentre – Visit website, www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz, for participating Playcentres.

Info: Come and join in the fun at your local Playcentre. We are running “Open Sessions” and each participating Playcentre will offer a variety of activities to suit all ages, from babies to big kids. Older siblings are welcome. Parents will also get great ideas to take away!  Mon 9 to Fri 13 Jul: 10:00am-12:00pm. For more information, please visit http://www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz.  Age Group: 0 to 6yrs, Gold coin donation. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Recommended. Book online at www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz

 

What: Science Fun

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Rolleston Community Centre, 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston

Info: Bring your preschooler along to experiment and have fun with science! A range of hands-on science activities will be set up with a supervisor in each area to show you and your preschooler what to do. Age Group: 0 to 6yrs, Gold coin donation per family. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Required. Phone Rolleston Playcentre on 347 2430.

 

What: Playfest

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Your local Playcentre – Visit website, www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz, for participating Playcentres.

Info: Come and join in the fun at your local Playcentre. We are running “Open Sessions” and each participating Playcentre will offer a variety of activities to suit all ages, from babies to big kids. Older siblings are welcome. Parents will also get great ideas to take away!  Mon 9 to Fri 13 Jul: 10:00am-12:00pm. For more information, please visit http://www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz.  Age Group: 0 to 6yrs, Gold coin donation. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Recommended. Book online at www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz

 

What: School Holidays Winter Carnival

When: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Kyle Park, Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch City

Info: 30 June 2012 – 15 July 2012 –  Good old family fun fun for young and old, carnival rides ferris-wheel, flying chairs, merry-go-round, Red Baron plane ride and side winder thrill ride. Win yourself a big soft toy on the games laughing clowns, shooting gallery, basketball skills and more. And while you’re there get a hot dog or a bag of candy floss. Free entry and rides start from $3.

 

What: Enough Stuff! at the Library

When: 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Where: Upper Riccarton Library

Info: A cheeky kea steals a tramper’s stuff, and his pile of acquisitions starts to cause problems for the hilltop creatures as their peaceful world becomes polluted by mess, noise and chaos! Enjoy a show incorporating shadow puppets, black puppetry, live acting and singing! Caregiver required. Please note: Bookings open 1st June. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

Thursday, Jul 12

What: Playfest

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Your local Playcentre – Visit website, www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz, for participating Playcentres.

Info: Come and join in the fun at your local Playcentre. We are running “Open Sessions” and each participating Playcentre will offer a variety of activities to suit all ages, from babies to big kids. Older siblings are welcome. Parents will also get great ideas to take away!  Mon 9 to Fri 13 Jul: 10:00am-12:00pm. For more information, please visit http://www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz.  Age Group: 0 to 6yrs, Gold coin donation. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Recommended. Book online at www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz

 

What: Baby time

When: 10:30am – 11:00am

Where: Fendalton Library

Info: During each session we will share a variety of stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities. The programmes are especially suitable for under 2 year olds. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Events/BabyTime/ Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

What: Family Fun Day

When: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Where: West Melton Community Centre, 1165 West Coast Rd, West Melton

Info: Bring the family and come along for a fun day out and be entertained by Adam Allsorts! Clown, acrobat, juggler, mime, magic, trick bikes, balloon twisting and more. Pack your lunch and stay for a picnic and games outside. To be held inside the hall if wet. Check out SPN’s website www.selwynparentingnetwork.org.nz for other events and more details. Age Group: All Ages, Gold coin donation. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Not Required.

 

What: School Holidays Winter Carnival

When: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Kyle Park, Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch City

Info: 30 June 2012 – 15 July 2012 –  Good old family fun fun for young and old, carnival rides ferris-wheel, flying chairs, merry-go-round, Red Baron plane ride and side winder thrill ride. Win yourself a big soft toy on the games laughing clowns, shooting gallery, basketball skills and more. And while you’re there get a hot dog or a bag of candy floss. Free entry and rides start from $3.

 

What: Enough Stuff! at the Library

When: 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Where: Lyttelton Library

Info: A cheeky kea steals a tramper’s stuff, and his pile of acquisitions starts to cause problems for the hilltop creatures as their peaceful world becomes polluted by mess, noise and chaos! Enjoy a show incorporating shadow puppets, black puppetry, live acting and singing! Caregiver required. Please note: Bookings open 1st June. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

Friday, July 13

What: Playfest

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Your local Playcentre – Visit website, www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz, for participating Playcentres.

Info: Come and join in the fun at your local Playcentre. We are running “Open Sessions” and each participating Playcentre will offer a variety of activities to suit all ages, from babies to big kids. Older siblings are welcome. Parents will also get great ideas to take away!  Mon 9 to Fri 13 Jul: 10:00am-12:00pm. For more information, please visit http://www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz.  Age Group: 0 to 6yrs, Gold coin donation. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Recommended. Book online at www.canterburyplaycentre.org.nz

 

What: Arts & Crafts

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Rolleston Community Centre, 94 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston

Info: Collage & Craft. Come along for a morning of craft and collage. Make a puppet (bring your own sock), a superhero mask (or something of your own creation), design a masterpiece, or experiment with the natural materials. Age Group: 0 to 6yrs, Gold coin donation per family. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Required. Phone Rolleston Playcentre on 347 2430.

 

What: Babytimes

When: 10:15am – 10:45am

Where: Hornby Library

Info: During each session we will share a variety of stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities. The programmes are especially suitable for under 2 year olds. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Events/BabyTime/ Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

What: School Holidays Winter Carnival

When: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Kyle Park, Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch City

Info: 30 June 2012 – 15 July 2012 –  Good old family fun fun for young and old, carnival rides ferris-wheel, flying chairs, merry-go-round, Red Baron plane ride and side winder thrill ride. Win yourself a big soft toy on the games laughing clowns, shooting gallery, basketball skills and more. And while you’re there get a hot dog or a bag of candy floss. Free entry and rides start from $3.

 

Saturday, July 14

What: Opawa Farmer’s Market

When: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Where: 275 Fifield Terrace (between Flo Cafe and Rudolf Steiner School)

Info: The Opawa Farmers’ Market prides itself on a having a strong contingent of local growers supplying an abundance of fresh local produce – predominantly organic/spray free. Local artisan producers offer free range eggs, freshly baked breads, cheeses, mouth-watering ready to eat foods and much more. Come and experience the relaxing and friendly atmosphere at this popular Sunday market. This month the Opawa Farmers’ Market is celebrating its awesome array of mushrooms on offer. Their selection ranges from the classic white button and Portobello varieties to the more exotic Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms – all grown here in Canterbury. Stallholders will also be preparing some delicious mushy concoctions to tempt your tastebuds.

 

What: Christchurch Farmer’s Market

When: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton

Official Website: www.christchurchfarmersmarket.co.nz

Info: Set in the stunning park like grounds of Riccarton House, the Christchurch Farmers’ Market is now the city’s largest authentic farmers’ market which runs each Saturday morning from 9am till 12 noon. With the best of Canterbury’s produce the CFM is the perfect opportunity to meet the growers, bakers, wine makers, brewers, butchers and farmers, sample their products, ask them questions – become informed about what you are buying and support your community. Combine this with Hummingbird coffee, live music and monthly festivals, the market is a must-do every Saturday.

 

What: Lyttleton Farmer’s Market

When: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Lyttelton Main School – 24 Oxford Street, Lyttelton

Info: Saturday wouldn’t be Saturday without a visit to the Lyttelton Farmers Market. Open EVERY Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Combining fresh food, live local music and spectacular scenery the Lyttelton Farmers Market is quite possibly the best little Farmers Market around!

Official Website: www.lytteltonfarmersmarket.co.nz

Contact Phone: 021 224 6637

 

What: Tales for Tamariki

When: 11:00am – 11:30am

Where:  Redwood Library

Info: Be entertained with stories, songs and traditional tales told in Te Reo and English. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

What: Tales for Tamariki

When: 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Where: Parklands Library

Info: Be entertained with stories, songs and traditional tales told in Te Reo and English. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

What: School Holidays Winter Carnival

When: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Kyle Park, Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch City

Info: 30 June 2012 – 15 July 2012 –  Good old family fun fun for young and old, carnival rides ferris-wheel, flying chairs, merry-go-round, Red Baron plane ride and side winder thrill ride. Win yourself a big soft toy on the games laughing clowns, shooting gallery, basketball skills and more. And while you’re there get a hot dog or a bag of candy floss. Free entry and rides start from $3.

 

What: Crusaders vs Force

When: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: Christchurch Stadium

Info: Official Website: www.crusaders.co.nz; Ticket Info: TicketDirect (or ph. 0800 224 224); Pricing: Adults from $15 + service fee, Children from $8 + service fee. The last match of the Investec Super Rugby round robin sees the Crusaders take on the Western Force from Perth.

 

Sunday, July 15

What: Car Boot Sale Market

When: 9:00am – 1:30pm

Where: New Brighton Club, 202 Marine Parade, Christchurch City. In the New Brighton Workingmen’s Club car park.

Info: Every Sunday (weather permitting). Sites available to casual sellers, just turn up and you will be directed to a site. Sell those surplus items from around home, clean out the kid’s room, garage, cupboards and have a fun time doing it. Got pot plants you don’t want, or surplus bedding plants and veggie plants? Bring them along and sell them too. Stalls selling good used and new clothes both children’s and adults, jewellery new and antique, collectable china and ornaments, games, books, toys, small household appliances, cycles, surplus home grown fruit and veges when available. Retro, modern and every era in between, something for everyone. Pop in and have a look at one of the friendliest markets around.

 

What: Sunday Artisan Market

When: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road

Info: With a great selection of local arts and crafts, yummy food stalls, fresh produce, live music, delicious Hummingbird Coffee and the new Sunday Roast from the Riccarton house Bistro the market is a must do every Sunday. A great day out for all the family, all located in the stunning grounds of Riccarton House and Bush If you are interested in becoming a stall holder please contact Taste Events on 03 348 6190 or info@tasteevents.co.nz

 

What: Kids Entertainment with Shad Rutherford or The Magical Fairy at The Watershed – The Watershed

When: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Where: Watershed Bar & Restaurant

Official Website: www.thewatershed.co.nz

Contact Phone: 384 1326

Info: This is a free event. Every Sunday from 10.30am – 12.30pm, kids can have fun while the grownups relax at The Watershed Bar and Restaurant, with either magician Shad Rutherford, or the Magical Fairy! Shad Rutherford entertains with funny juggling, marvellous magic & fantastic balloon twisting. Magical Fairy sparks childrens’ imagination & does great face painting. Come along for the fun!

 

What: Tales for Tamariki

When: 11:00am – 11:30am

Where: New Brighton Library

Info: Be entertained with stories, songs and traditional tales told in Te Reo and English. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.

 

What: Laughter Yoga

When: 11:00am – 12:45pm

Where: Scottish Society Hall, cnr Edgeware and Caledonian Roads, St Albans

Official Website: www.thegiggles.co.nz

Contact Phone: 021 998 109

Info: Pricing: $2  **Laughter for Everyone!*** Come and laugh with us every Sunday morning… Scottish Society Hall, corner Edgeware and Caledonian Roads, St Albans. Laughter Yoga employs no humour, jokes or comedy and participants are invited to laugh for no reason at all. Anyone can do it. Laughter is a form of exercise. The group makes eye contact while taking part in a series of laughter exercises, including breathing and gentle stretching. After a short while the laughter becomes infectious and genuine. Whether fake or genuine, laughter has measurable psychological and physiological benefits. Try it, experience it and love it!

 

What: Hiking Fun

When: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Where: Mt Thomas Picnic Area (Wooded Gully), Hayland Road, Okuku.

Info: Get your boots on, get your scroggen ready and get your family to Mt Thomas picnic area for a fun family hike. Oxford Search & Rescue and Search Dogs will be joining us! There will also be a sausage sizzle and drinks available afterwards. Be prepared for changes in weather! Maps available at the Oxford Community Trust or visit http://www.doc.govt.nz/ (Kereru Track via Wooded Gully/Red Pine tracks). Cancellation notice will be on the Oxford Community Trust answering phone. Age Group: All Ages, Free. Caregiver Required, Free. Booking Recommended. Phone Oxford Community Trust on 03 312 3006.

 

What: School Holidays Winter Carnival

When: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Kyle Park, Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch City

Info: 30 June 2012 – 15 July 2012 –  Good old family fun fun for young and old, carnival rides ferris-wheel, flying chairs, merry-go-round, Red Baron plane ride and side winder thrill ride. Win yourself a big soft toy on the games laughing clowns, shooting gallery, basketball skills and more. And while you’re there get a hot dog or a bag of candy floss. Free entry and rides start from $3.

 

What: Tales for Tamariki

When: 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Where: South Library

Info: Be entertained with stories, songs and traditional tales told in Te Reo and English. Event information provided by ChristchurchCityLibraries.