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IceFest runs 14 September – 14 October. Find info here! Check out the regular activities at the Botanic Gardens and the Ice Rink.

The Body Festival is also going on now through October 14th. Check out their events here!

 

Monday, 8 October

What: School Holiday Relief

Where: The Palms Shopping Centre, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Roads, Shirley

When: 10am – 4:00pm

Info: It’s that time of year when the house is full and the weather is still not quite good enough to send the kids outside for the day. Don’t fret – The Palms Shopping Centre has you covered these holidays with activities running through the entire holiday outside Kmart. Between 6 – 13 October, The Palms is hosting an Xbox rugby challenge. Participants could win the opportunity to play against Canterbury Rugby players Corey Flynn, Sean Maitland and Colin Slade. The three rugby players will be in-centre on 11 October from 6pm – 8pm, bringing with them the mighty ITM cup. The cup will be at the centre giving children (and parents) the opportunity to catch a glimpse of its splendour! Website: www.thepalms.co.nz

 

What: ‘Trash to Treasure’ Art Exhibition

Where: Eastside Gallery, Cnr Worcester St & England St

When: 5:30 – 7pm (runs through 13 Oct)

Info: A variety of artists from the Christchurch region raise awareness  of environmental issues by utilising discarded/recyclable materials. This is a free event. Contact Phone: 981 2881


Tuesday, 9 October

What: Kids Sewing Class – Day 1 of 2

Where: Art of Sewing, 98 Division Street, Christchurch

When: 9:00am – 11:00am

Info: Make a Dr Seuss Pillow $80 All Fabrics are supplied kids just need to be 8 and over and bring a 40×40 pillow insert, sewing machine and white thread. In the class they will learn sewing basics and complete a cool flannel Dr Seuss Pillow. To attend class must booked (paid in full). Phone 03 348 0171 email: shop@artofsewing.co.nz website: www.artofsewing.co.nz

 

What: School Holiday Relief

Where: The Palms Shopping Centre, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Roads, Shirley

When: 10am – 4:00pm

Info: It’s that time of year when the house is full and the weather is still not quite good enough to send the kids outside for the day. Don’t fret – The Palms Shopping Centre has you covered these holidays with activities running through the entire holiday outside Kmart. Between 6 – 13 October, The Palms is hosting an Xbox rugby challenge. Participants could win the opportunity to play against Canterbury Rugby players Corey Flynn, Sean Maitland and Colin Slade. The three rugby players will be in-centre on 11 October from 6pm – 8pm, bringing with them the mighty ITM cup. The cup will be at the centre giving children (and parents) the opportunity to catch a glimpse of its splendour! Website: www.thepalms.co.nz

 

*** What: A ChCh Mums Meet Up!!!

Where: The playground at the Botanic Gardens (link to map)

When: 10:30am

Info: Bring your own morning tea, kids can play, mums can chat. Everyone is welcome! I will have a sign or something so that we can find each other. There is a big stump, though, on the south side of the playground. We will plan to be there :). Hope to see you there! You can reach me (Jamie) at 021 616 977 if you have any problems finding us.
What: ‘Trash to Treasure’ Art Exhibition

Where: Eastside Gallery, Cnr Worcester St & England St

When: 5:30 – 7pm (runs through 13 Oct)

Info: A variety of artists from the Christchurch region raise awareness  of environmental issues by utilising discarded/recyclable materials. This is a free event. Contact Phone: 981 2881

 

Wednesday, 10 October

What: Kids Sewing Class – Day 2 of 2

Where: Art of Sewing, 98 Division Street, Christchurch

When: 9:00am – 11:00am

Info: Make a Dr Seuss Pillow $80 All Fabrics are supplied kids just need to be 8 and over and bring a 40×40 pillow insert, sewing machine and white thread. In the class they will learn sewing basics and complete a cool flannel Dr Seuss Pillow. To attend class must booked (paid in full). Phone 03 348 0171 email: shop@artofsewing.co.nz website: www.artofsewing.co.nz

 

What: School Holiday Relief

Where: The Palms Shopping Centre, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Roads, Shirley

When: 10am – 4:00pm

Info: It’s that time of year when the house is full and the weather is still not quite good enough to send the kids outside for the day. Don’t fret – The Palms Shopping Centre has you covered these holidays with activities running through the entire holiday outside Kmart. Between 6 – 13 October, The Palms is hosting an Xbox rugby challenge. Participants could win the opportunity to play against Canterbury Rugby players Corey Flynn, Sean Maitland and Colin Slade. The three rugby players will be in-centre on 11 October from 6pm – 8pm, bringing with them the mighty ITM cup. The cup will be at the centre giving children (and parents) the opportunity to catch a glimpse of its splendour! Website: www.thepalms.co.nz

 

What: ‘Trash to Treasure’ Art Exhibition

Where: Eastside Gallery, Cnr Worcester St & England St

When: 5:30 – 7pm (runs through 13 Oct)

Info: A variety of artists from the Christchurch region raise awareness  of environmental issues by utilising discarded/recyclable materials. This is a free event. Contact Phone: 981 2881

 

Thursday, 11 October

What: School Holiday Relief

Where: The Palms Shopping Centre, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Roads, Shirley

When: 10am – 4:00pm

Info: It’s that time of year when the house is full and the weather is still not quite good enough to send the kids outside for the day. Don’t fret – The Palms Shopping Centre has you covered these holidays with activities running through the entire holiday outside Kmart. Between 6 – 13 October, The Palms is hosting an Xbox rugby challenge. Participants could win the opportunity to play against Canterbury Rugby players Corey Flynn, Sean Maitland and Colin Slade. The three rugby players will be in-centre on 11 October from 6pm – 8pm, bringing with them the mighty ITM cup. The cup will be at the centre giving children (and parents) the opportunity to catch a glimpse of its splendour! Website: www.thepalms.co.nz

 

What: Knit ‘n’ Yarn

Where: Fendalton Library

When: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Info: Drop in to Fendalton library on Thursday afternoons for a dose of social crafting – bring your knitting, crochet or any other portable craft project. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/ContactUs/

 

What: ‘Trash to Treasure’ Art Exhibition

Where: Eastside Gallery, Cnr Worcester St & England St

When: 5:30 – 7pm (runs through 13 Oct)

Info: A variety of artists from the Christchurch region raise awareness  of environmental issues by utilising discarded/recyclable materials. This is a free event. Contact Phone: 981 2881

 

Friday, 12 October

What: School Holiday Relief

Where: The Palms Shopping Centre, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Roads, Shirley

When: 10am – 4:00pm

Info: It’s that time of year when the house is full and the weather is still not quite good enough to send the kids outside for the day. Don’t fret – The Palms Shopping Centre has you covered these holidays with activities running through the entire holiday outside Kmart. Between 6 – 13 October, The Palms is hosting an Xbox rugby challenge. Participants could win the opportunity to play against Canterbury Rugby players Corey Flynn, Sean Maitland and Colin Slade. The three rugby players will be in-centre on 11 October from 6pm – 8pm, bringing with them the mighty ITM cup. The cup will be at the centre giving children (and parents) the opportunity to catch a glimpse of its splendour! Website: www.thepalms.co.nz

 

What: International Ivy + Bean Day

Where: Shirley Library & Upper Riccarton Library

When: 10:30am – 11:30am

Info: Come and celebrate International Ivy + Bean Day. Bring a friend along and enjoy activities, games, giveaways and a reading of the latest Ivy + Bean story. Free, Suitable for ages 7-12, No bookings required. For more information, contact Zac at the Shirley Library or Kirsten at Upper Riccarton Library.

 

What: Outstanding Young Musicians

Where: Augustine Anglican Church, 5 Cracroft Tce,

When: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Info: Violin recital – students of Oleg Kotorovich. Ticket Information: General admission: $5.00 Door Sales Only Website: www.musiccentre.org.nz

 

What: International Ivy + Bean Day

Where: Diamond Harbour Library

When: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Info: Come and celebrate International Ivy + Bean Day. Bring a friend along and enjoy activities, games, giveaways and a reading of the latest Ivy + Bean story. Free, Suitable for ages 7-12, No bookings required. Contact Christine at Diamond Harbour Library for more information.

 

What: ‘Trash to Treasure’ Art Exhibition

Where: Eastside Gallery, Cnr Worcester St & England St

When: 5:30 – 7pm (runs through 13 Oct)

Info: A variety of artists from the Christchurch region raise awareness  of environmental issues by utilising discarded/recyclable materials. This is a free event. Contact Phone: 981 2881

 

Saturday, 13 October

What: Lyttelton’s Grassy Market

Where: The Grassy Flat, Oxford St, Lyttelton

When: 8:30am – 2:00pm

Info: Lyttelton’s renowned grassy market is on every Saturday from 8.30-2.pm. A fantastic ‘a bit of everything’ collection of stalls. From new hand crafted to second hand. Stalls comprising of collectable items, tools, kitchen equipment, ceramics, toys, clothing, jewellery, coffee, massage from the very skilled hands-on Heath. We have music DJs and sometimes live musicians. A wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning. Website: www.grassymarket.co.nz

 

What: GJ’S Indoor Market

Where: GJ’s Indoor Market, 55 Buchanans Rd, Sockburn

When: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Info: GJ’s is currently a boutique style market with the option of growing larger, housing an ever-growing range of products. You will find quality pre-loved items, childrens clothing, books, magazines, handcrafted jewellery, card making supplies, sewing and Temari supplies as well as some beautiful handcrafted Maori artworks. For more information contact: Ginny on (03) 352 2435, or Judy on 382 1347. GJ’s Indoor Market

What: Christchurch Farmer’s Market

Where: Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton

When: 9:00am – 12:00pm

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. Official Website: www.christchurchfarmersmarket.co.nz

 

What: Lyttleton Farmer’s Market

Where: Lyttelton Main School – 24 Oxford Street, Lyttelton

When: 10:00am – 1:00pm

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! Website: www.lytteltonfarmersmarket.co.nz and Contact Phone: 021 224 6637

 

What: Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market

Where: On Green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald St.. LINCOLN

When: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Info: Come and soak in the country life at this friendly community market in the historic township of Lincoln. Browse the many varied stalls at our weekly spring/summer Saturday markets – local seasonal organic fruit and vegetables, German baking, homemade pizzas and pastries, European sweet treats, fresh pesto, organic eggs, honey, natural fruit cordials, cheese, olive oil hazelnut products, eco products. relishes, distinctive jewellery, lavender, handmade & spun hats and clothes,scarves, pottery, handmade cushions, unique artwork and cards etc….. Regular themed markets – Look out for our Xmas Twilight Market in Dec. Full details on www.facebook.com/lincolnmarket

 

What: New Beginnings – A Craft Market

Where: Methodist Carpark, 52 Martin Ave, Beckenham

When: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Info: If you’re looking for a fresh new market to have a squizz at, then you’ll be stoked with New Beginnings. Head down to 52 Martin Ave, Beckenham on Saturday the 13th of October any time between 10am and 1pm. There won’t be any EFTPOS facilities available. Encouraging new crafters, local business and handmade in New Zealand. To see a list of some of the stalls please have a look at the website for further information. Website: http://www.acraftmarket.blogspot.co.nz/

What: Kids’ & Baby Gear Expo

Where: The Cashmere Club, 88 Hunter Terrace, Cashmere

When: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Info: Children: $0.00, Per adult: $2.00, Door Sales Only, New and pre used clothing, toys, books & equipment for sale. Also check out the displays by local businesses of child-related merchandise & services (cash sales only). Great goodie bag giveaways and door prize. Raising funds for Christchurch South Parent Centre.

What: Bambino Encraftment Market

Where: Addington School, 22 Brougham St, Addington

When: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Info: This market will showcase over 30 stalls of gorgeous handmade items for babies and children, all locally made in the South Island. Come treat your little bambino! Pony rides, bouncy castle and face paining by DottyPop! There will be a great raffle up for grabs during the event too. Food and coffee available too. Money raised for Bellyful Christchurch. Market currency available via Eftpos in case you run out of cash. Street parking. Best entrance off Simeon Street.

 

What: Boulevard Arts Market

Where: Worcester Boulevard, 31 -33 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch City

When: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Info: A new artisans’ market of quality, locally and New Zealand made arts and crafts. Reflecting the essence of New Zealand creativity. Held on Saturday and Sunday, across the road from The Arts Centre. The weekend makes up part of The Boulevard Container Shops, which are open here 7 days a week.

 

What: 2012 Korean Culture & Food Festival

Where: Avonhead School, 55 Avonhead Rd, Avonhead

When: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Info: The air is heavy with the scent of spring flowers. We feel that this spring takes on a whole new meaning again to everyone who has lived in Christchurch. The Korean Society of Christchurch cordially invites you to the highlight event of our year, the Korean Culture & Festival 2012.

 

What: Air Force Adventure Tour

Where: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch City

When: 11:15am – 12:15pm

Info: If you’re aged between 4 and 12 or simply young at heart, then this experience will give you a chance to see if you’ve got what it takes to be an Air Force pilot. Take this 45 minute tour to see areas of the museum not normally open to the general public, and maybe even ‘graduate’ with your own set of Air Force Museum ‘Pilot’s Wings’. All children receive their own complimentary ‘Pilot’s Log Book’. Please note that over the school holidays, this event will run daily at 11.15am.

Ticket Information: Adult: $5.00 Child: $8.00 Children under 4: $0.00 Family: $25.00 Booking fees may apply

Website: www.airforcemuseum.co.nz

 

What: Tim The Greedy Tui

Where: Malthouse, 71 Colombo St, Beckenham

When: 11:00am & 2:00pm

Info: It’s summer time and the Pohutukawa tree is in full bloom. Tim the Tui and his wife Tea enjoy eating from the succulent berries it bears. However so do several other woodland creatures and soon there is not enough for all. Tim decides the tree is just for him and his family but what will the other birds do? Will Tim’s greediness be his downfall? This delightful original New Zealand story is written and directed by Nickie Wellbourn for the Canterbury Children’s Theatre. Presented as a Cushion Theatre, it is a charming and whimsical tale to herald the start of summer and the anticipation of Christmas. Opening 28th September until 14th October and playing weekends only at 11am and 2pm, tickets can be reserved by calling 0800 BOOKINGS. General admission: $7.00. Website: www.malthouse.co.nz

 

What: ChCh Youth, Community, Arts & Crafts Market

Where: Outside Youth Hub/Urban Rooms, 287 Barbadoes St, Christchurch City

When: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Info: Bringing back some vibrance to the community youth stylee. Every Saturday beginning 11th August, 12-3pm. -Free entry all ages community market -Free stalls for youth (years 25+ price on application) -Volunteer opportunities -Non commercial with emphasis on NZ made/homemade/crafts/art/originality -Plus loads more… Let’s get it happening!

Website: www.chchyouthmarket.co.nz

 

Sunday, 14 October

What: Take a Kid Fishing Day

Where: The Groynes, Johns Rd, Northwood

When: 9:00am – 7:00pm

Info: At the Groynes Picnic Grounds. A free kids’ fishing day, all young anglers welcome. Adults may assist but not permitted to fish. Lady Isaac has donated hundreds of salmon that will be released into the lakes at the Groynes. Bring all the family and enjoy a fun kids’ fishing day. It’s free for all children, including the fishing licence for the day. Only trout fishing tackle permitted. (No surf or salmon equipment).

9am-1pm:
Children 12 years and under. Limited loan rods & bait available for the morning. Skilled anglers from fishing clubs are there to help at all four lakes. One lake is reserved for children 8 years & under, where an expert angler will supply tackle and assist for a limited time on a one to one basis.

1pm-7pm:
All kids 17 years and under are permitted to fish. Own fishing tackle is required. Caravans on site food & drink can be purchased.

Learn how to cook your catch: Phil Keen, our “Take a Kid Fishing Executive Chef”, demonstrating filleting & cooking salmon – 10am-1pm. It’s on wet or fine. Run by the “Kids Fishing Charitable Trust”. Inquiries to Dave Denton ph. 03 3182762, email dmdenton@xtra.co.nz

 

What: Opawa Farmer’s Market

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

When: 9:00am – 12:00pm

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.

 

What: Car Boot Sale Market

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

When: 9:00am – 1:30pm

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. Website info.

 

What: Sunday Artisan Market

Where: Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road

When: 10:00am – 2:00pm

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: Boulevard Arts Market

Where: Worcester Boulevard, 31 -33 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch City

When: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Info: A new artisans’ market of quality, locally and New Zealand made arts and crafts. Reflecting the essence of New Zealand creativity. Held on Saturday and Sunday, across the road from The Arts Centre. The weekend makes up part of The Boulevard Container Shops, which are open here 7 days a week. Info found here.

 

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

Where: Watershed Bar & Restaurant

When: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Info: This is a free event Contact Phone: 384 1326 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! Official Website: www.thewatershed.co.nz

What: Air Force Adventure Tour

Where: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch City

When: 11:15am – 12:15pm

Info: If you’re aged between 4 and 12 or simply young at heart, then this experience will give you a chance to see if you’ve got what it takes to be an Air Force pilot. Take this 45 minute tour to see areas of the museum not normally open to the general public, and maybe even ‘graduate’ with your own set of Air Force Museum ‘Pilot’s Wings’. All children receive their own complimentary ‘Pilot’s Log Book’. Please note that over the school holidays, this event will run daily at 11.15am.

Ticket Information: Adult: $5.00 Child: $8.00 Children under 4: $0.00 Family: $25.00 Booking fees may apply

Website: www.airforcemuseum.co.nz

 

What: Tim The Greedy Tui

Where: Malthouse, 71 Colombo St, Beckenham

When: 11:00am & 2:00pm

Info: It’s summer time and the Pohutukawa tree is in full bloom. Tim the Tui and his wife Tea enjoy eating from the succulent berries it bears. However so do several other woodland creatures and soon there is not enough for all. Tim decides the tree is just for him and his family but what will the other birds do? Will Tim’s greediness be his downfall? This delightful original New Zealand story is written and directed by Nickie Wellbourn for the Canterbury Children’s Theatre. Presented as a Cushion Theatre, it is a charming and whimsical tale to herald the start of summer and the anticipation of Christmas. Opening 28th September until 14th October and playing weekends only at 11am and 2pm, tickets can be reserved by calling 0800 BOOKINGS. General admission: $7.00. Website: www.malthouse.co.nz

 

What: Annya Argyle & Oliver Sewell

Where: St Augustine Anglican Church, 5 Cracroft Tce

When: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Info: Anna (soprano) and Oliver (tenor) perform favourite aria, lieder and duets. They will be accompanied by Rosemary Miller- Stott. Just wonderful. This concert will be followed by a gathering, a delicious glass of mulled wine and tasty nibbles. General admission: $25.00 Call 3557170. Booking fees may apply. Website: www.musiccentre.org.nz