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Everyday

Boulevard Arts Market
Re:Start Mall; 9am – 5pm
A new artisans’ market of quality, locally and New Zealand made arts and crafts. Reflecting the essence of New Zealand creativity. Held on Wednesday to Sunday, across the road from The Arts Centre. The weekend market makes up part of The Boulevard Container Shops, a wonderful Christchurch shopping experience.

Feast of Canterbury
Riccarton House & Bush, 16 Kahu Rd, Riccarton
Feast of Canterbury® is a celebration of the food and hospitality industry in Canterbury. The festival is designed to promote the quality produce, talent and lifestyle of our great foodie region and to reinforce Canterbury as the pre-eminent food and wine capital of New Zealand. The festival is an opportunity for the regions finest restaurants, cafes, wineries, chefs, growers and personalities to showcase their talents and develop culinary tourism within Canterbury. Runs through March. Website: Feast of Canterbury

Festival of Flowers
Botanic Gardens
Runs through 3 March

Craft Club
Shirley Library; 10:00am – 11:55am
Come along if interested in companion crafting, sharing and accessing patterns and general crafty inspiration.

Monday, 25 February

Tumbletimes
Cowles Stadium; 9:30am
Tumbletimes is a casual drop in class for pre-schoolers. Classes cost $3.50 per session. For more information go here. Email: recandsport@ccc.govt.nz

Story Time
Upper Riccarton Library; 9:30am – 10:30am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Story Time
Central Tuam Street Library; 10:00am – 10:30am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Baby Time
Central Library Peterborough; 10:30am – 11:00am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Tumbletimes
Pioneer Sports and Rec Centre 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon; 10:30am – 11:30am
Tumbletimes is a casual drop in class for pre-schoolers. Classes cost $3.50 per session. For more information go here. Phone: (03) 941 6888 & Email: recandsport@ccc.govt.nz

Ready Steady Tap
South Library; 1:00pm – 2:00am
For pre-schoolers and their parents. Register for our Ready Steady Tap programme, a fun technology based four week programme for parents and children between 4 and 5 years of age.

Science Alive
South Library; 3:30 – 4:30pm
Science Alive presents a free after school science programme. Each week there’s a different topic and a number of related fun activities. No bookings required. Check website for more info.

Girls Zone
South Library; 3:30 – 5:30pm
Girls Zone is an after school programme where girls are encouraged to extend and expand their computer and technological skills. Places are limited so bookings are required.

Tuesday, 26 February

Musical Moments Playgroup
St Mark’s Community Centre, 150 Withells Road, Avonhead; 9:30am – 11:30am
Come for a morning of fun, play, craft and parent support. 30 minute music session. Morning tea is provided. There are no rosters or duties. Regular Friday night family nights and arrange programmes during school holidays. They have a parenting library and offer parenting support. $20 donation per term.

Baby Time
Upper Riccarton Library; 9:30am – 10:00am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Story Time
New Brighton Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Story time
Fendalton Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Story Time
Shirley Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Tumbletimes
Pioneer Sports and Rec Centre 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon; 10:30am – 11:30pm
Tumbletimes is a casual drop in class for pre-schoolers. Classes cost $3.50 per session. For more information go here. Phone: (03) 941 6888 & Email: recandsport@ccc.govt.nz

Story Time
Lyttelton Library; 11:00am – 11:30am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Baby Time
Central Library Tuam; 11:00am – 11:30am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Baby Time
South Library; 11:00am – 11:30am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Baby Time
Aranui Library; 11:15am – 11:45am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Story Time
Diamond Harbour Library; 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Knit, Crochet & Yarn Club
Shirley Library; 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Knit and crochet squares to make rugs for the children in the Oncology ward at Christchurch Hospital.
We supply knitting needles and yarn.

Science Alive
Aranui Library; 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Science Alive presents a free after school science programme. Each week there’s a different topic and a number of related fun activities. No bookings required. Check website for more info.

Wednesday, 27 February

GJ’s Indoor/Outdoor Market
55 Buchanans Rd, Christchurch; 9:00am – 3:00am
GJ’s is an indoor/outdoor market selling all sorts from craft, to bric-a-brac, books, sewing supplies and much more. We are now open midweek, on a Wednesday as well as the usual Saturday and Sundays, and over time, hope to open 7 days. More info on website.

Tumbletimes
North New Brighton War Memorial & Community Centre located on Marine Parade; 9:30am – 10:30am
Tumbletimes is a casual drop in class for pre-schoolers. Classes cost $3.50 per session. For more information go here. Phone: (03) 941 6888 & Email: recandsport@ccc.govt.nz

Story Time
Central Library Tuam; 10:00am – 10:30am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Story Time
Hornby Library; 10:15am – 10:45am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Baby time
Sumner School; 10:30am – 11:00am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here. Temporary location due to Sumner Library’s unavailability.

Story time
Redwood Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Baby Time
Spreydon Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Baby time
New Brighton Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Tumbletimes
Pioneer Sports and Rec Centre 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon; 10:30am – 11:30am
Tumbletimes is a casual drop in class for pre-schoolers. Classes cost $3.50 per session. For more information go here. Phone: (03) 941 6888 & Email: recandsport@ccc.govt.nz

Baby Time
Papanui Library; 11:00am – 11:30am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Baby Time
Halswell Library; 11 – 11:30am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Wool craft
Central Library Peterborough; 12:00 – 2:00pm
Two hours of knitting, crocheting or any other wool craft.

Science Alive
Shirley Library; 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Science Alive presents a free after school science programme. Each week there’s a different topic and a number of related fun activities. No bookings required. Check website for more info.

Thursday, 28 February

Rolleston Playgroup
Rolleston community Centre – Rolleston Drive; 9:ooam – 11:30am
(Term time) $3 per child or $5 per family. They offer a huge range of toys and activities for children and their parents/caregivers. They have outings, and a new craft activity every session. Bring morning tea for the kids, a cuppa and biscuits for the parents/caregivers is supplied. Email rollestonplaygroup@gmail.com. Like them on Facebook.

Tumbletimes
Pioneer Sports and Rec Centre 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon; 9:15am – 10:15am
Tumbletimes is a casual drop in class for pre-schoolers. Classes cost $3.50 per session. For more information go here. Phone: (03) 941 6888 & Email: recandsport@ccc.govt.nz

Burwood Playgroup
Burwood/Parklands Plunket- Rolleston Drive; 9:30 – 11:30am
All ages welcome. Fun games and activities for the kids and a cuppa and chat for parents & caregivers. No need to register, just turn up on the day. Check out their facebook page.

Story Time
South Library; 10:00am – 10:30am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Story Time
Linwood Community Resource Centre; 10:00am – 10:30am
Linwood storytimes are held at the Linwood Community Resource Centre, 322 Linwood Avenue. This is right next to the Linwood Avenue entrance to the Mini Linwood Library. Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Baby Time
Shirley Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Story Time
Central Library Peterborough; 10:30am – 11:00am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Story Time
Parklands Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Baby time
Fendalton Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Tumbletimes
Pioneer Sports and Rec Centre 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon; 10:30am – 11:30pm
Tumbletimes is a casual drop in class for pre-schoolers. Classes cost $3.50 per session. For more information go here. Phone: (03) 941 6888 & Email: recandsport@ccc.govt.nz

Story Time
Papanui Library; 11:00am – 11:30am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Story Time
Aranui Library; 11:15pm – 11:45pm
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Knit ‘n’ Yarn
Fendalton Library; 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Drop in to Fendalton library on Thursday afternoons for a dose of social crafting – bring your knitting, crochet or any other portable craft project. Contact library for more info.

Science Alive
Hornby Library; 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Science Alive presents a free after school science programme. Each week there’s a different topic and a number of related fun activities. No bookings required. Check website for more info.

Anthony Harper Summer Theatre: Wind in the Willows
Botanic Gardens, behind the children’s playground; Tues-Fri 6pm, Sat & Sun 12.30pm and 6pm. (Runs 15 Feb-3 March. No performances 18, 25 – 27 Feb). Free show. Check website for more info.

Friday, 1 March

Toddlerock – Music & Dance for Under Fives!
C3 Christchurch – 442 Tuam St, Phillipstown; 9:30am – 11:00am
Come join us for music, dance, fun, food and friendship! $2 per family More info here. Email with questions.

St Mark’s Music Playgroup
150 Whithells Rd, Avonhead; 9:30am – 11:30am
We warmly welcome you to a FREE introductory session at our music and playgroup for under 5’s. Has great toys, craft,books, puzzles. Has a 30 minute music session. Large indoor and outdoor play area. Provides morning tea for chldren and parents/caregivers. For further information please contact Donna on 9421045. Email with questions.

Under ONEders
Christchurch Parent’s Centre – 2/2 Leacroft Street, Bishopdale; 10:00am – 11:30am
Morning tea for parents with children under one. Topics for discussion and regular experts will be available to help with baby feeding, car seats, postnatal adjustment, child development, baby wearing and products. Gold coin donation is requested. Facebook Page.

Babytimes
Hornby Library; 10:15am – 10:45am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Baby Time
Parklands Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

NZ book Month Story Times
Spreydon Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Celebrate NZ book month by visiting the library and enjoying our free interactive pre-school sessions with Susan Dodd featuring NZ books and birds. Suitable for children over 2 years of age.

Baby Time
Lyttelton Library; 10:30am – 11:00am
Stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays and other book related activities, especially suitable for under 2 year olds. More info here.

Story time
Halswell Library; 11:00am – 11:30am
Programmes include stories, music, movement and rhymes. More info here.

Art Beat Music
Re: START Mall, Cashel Street; 12:15pm – 3:00pm
Come see live music in Re:START for Art Beat! Celebrating local musicians every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of February. Art Beat website.

Science Alive
Parklands Library; 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Science Alive presents a free after school science programme. Each week there’s a different topic and a number of related fun activities. No bookings required. Check website for more info.

Community Fun Day
St Silas Anglican Church, 237 Main North Road, Redwood; 4pm – 8pm
These local community events include a variety of activities including picnics, fun sports activities (from archery to an ‘amazing race’), old fashioned games (tug of war and sack races), bouncy castles, balloon animals, BBQs and music.

Anthony Harper Summer Theatre: Wind in the Willows
Botanic Gardens, behind the children’s playground; Tues-Fri 6pm, Sat & Sun 12.30pm and 6pm. (Runs 15 Feb-3 March. No performances 18, 25 – 27 Feb). Free show. Check website for more info.

Saturday, 2 March

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival
Hagley Park North, Rolleston Ave; 5 – 10:30pm
Bring all the family to celebrate brand new beginnings in the Year of the Snake at the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival. Picnic on the grass at our new home in Hagley Park’s Carlton Corner amidst hundreds of beautiful lanterns, specially imported from China. Delicious Asian food stalls and non-stop entertainment including the Omnipotent Youth Society rock band from Beijing, a classical music group from Chengdu and acrobats from Shanghai.

Kaiapoi Farmers Market
Morgan Williams Park, Charles St, Kaiapoi; 9am
Held every Saturday 9am – 12 noon, at Morgan Williams Park, Charles Street, Kaiapoi (opp Kaiapoi New World). More info on website.

Share the Love Market
New Brighton pedestrian mall; 9 – 2pm
It’s time to Share The Love at the New Brighton Community Market! This market is dedicated to the late Pete Love and to celebrate all those in the community who believe that ‘love is the way’. Entertainment will be provided by Lynette Diaz and HenareFree face painting, Big Games Connect with the local community, browse our wonderful array of Local Arts, Crafts, 2nd Hand goods, baking, yummy food and more…

Christchurch Farmer’s Market
Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton; 9:00am – 12:00pm
Set in the stunning park like grounds of Riccarton House, the Christchurch Farmers’ Market 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. Check website for more info.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Mt Pleasant Community Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Road; 9:30am – 1:00pm
Local food for locals including grown fruit and veg and many other things! Local musicians always playing and guest stalls too. Always open whatever the weather and whatever is thrown at us.

Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market
On Green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald St. Lincoln; 10:00am – 1:00pm
Come and soak in the country life at this friendly community market in the historic township of Lincoln. See website for more info.

Lyttleton Farmer’s Market
London Street, Lyttelton; 10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday wouldn’t be Saturday without a visit to the Lyttelton Farmers Market. Combining fresh food, live local music and spectacular scenery. Website and Contact Phone: 021 224 6637

Art Beat Music
Re:START Mall, Cashel St, Christchurch; 10:00am – 2:00pm
Come see live music in Re:START for Art Beat! Celebrating local musicians every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of February. Website info.

Boulevard Arts Market
Worcester Boulevard, 31 -33 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch City; 10:00am – 4:00pm
A new artisans’ market of quality, locally and New Zealand made arts and crafts. Held on Saturday and Sunday, across the road from The Arts Centre.

Community Fun Day
St Martins Anglican Church, 50 Lincoln Road, Spreydon; 11:00am – 2:00pm
These local community events include a variety of activities including picnics, fun sports activities (from archery to an ‘amazing race’), old fashioned games (tug of war and sack races), bouncy castles, balloon animals, BBQs and music.

Community Fun Day
St John Evangelist Anglican Church, 10 St John Street, Woolston; 11:00am – 2:00pm
Come along for fun and entertainment for the whole family. Celebrate your local community with us this Summer! Heaps of fun with a bouncy castle, big games, balloon animals, face painting and a sausage sizzle.

Air Force Adventure Tour
Air Force Museum of New Zealand, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram; 11:15am – 12:15pm
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’. Ticket Information: Adult: $5.00 Child: $8.00 Children under 4: $0.00 Family: $25.00. Check website for more info.

Anthony Harper Summer Theatre: Wind in the Willows
Botanic Gardens, behind the children’s playground; Tues-Fri 6pm, Sat & Sun 12.30pm and 6pm. (Runs 15 Feb-3 March. No performances 18, 25 – 27 Feb). Free show. Check website for more info.

Sunday, 3 March

Bubbletimes
Pioneer Sports and Rec Centre 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon; 10:30am – 11:30am
A new casual parent/pre school water-confidence class designed for splash and play. Classes cost $3.50 per session. For more information go here. Phone: (03) 941 6888 & Email: recandsport@ccc.govt.nz

Opawa Farmer’s Market
275 Fifield Terrace (between Flo Cafe and Rudolf Steiner School); 9:00am – 12:00pm
Local artisan producers offer free range eggs, freshly baked breads, cheeses, mouth-watering ready to eat foods and much more.

Car Boot Sale Market
New Brighton Club, 202 Marine Parade, Christchurch City. In the New Brighton Workingmen’s Club car park; 9:00am – 1:30pm
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. Website info.

Les Mills Sunday Market
Les Mills, 203 Cashel St, Christchurch; 9:30am – 1:30pm
Free Fresh produce, veges, meats, organics. Great food, Kiwi and ethnic. Breads, Kiwi and ethnic. Quality local crafts. New charity stall every week. Organised events – check Facebook.

GJ’s Indoor/Outdoor Market
55 Buchanans Rd, Christchurch; 9:00am – 3:00am
GJ’s is an indoor/outdoor market selling all sorts from craft, to bric-a-brac, books, sewing supplies and much more. More info on website.

Sunday Artisan Market
Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road; 10:00am – 2:00pm
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. Contact Taste Events on 03 348 6190 or info@tasteevents.co.nz

Boulevard Arts Market
Worcester Boulevard, 31 -33 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch; 10:00am – 4:00pm
A new artisans’ market of quality, locally and New Zealand made arts and crafts. Reflecting the essence of New Zealand creativity. Info found here.

Canterbury Japan Day
Riccarton Park Events Centre, Racecourse Rd, Sockburn; 10:00am – 5:00pm
Canterbury Japan Day is back again in 2013 with an expanded venue in Riccarton Park, expecting to welcome approximately 20,000 visitors. After the successful first Canterbury Japan Day in 2012 which focused on the commemoration of the natural disasters in our two countries, from this year on, they will be themed around the four seasons. Starting with “Japanese Spring”, the season of new growth. Website: Canterbury Japan Day 2013

Tothill’s Mazes – Children’s Fun Day
Tothill’s Mazes, 493 Shands Rd, Hornby; 10:00am – 5:00pm
Bring the kids out for some great family fun through our corn maze. The children become detectives as they try to find out what happened to Trevor the Moa! Find clues throughout the corn maze to help you eliminate suspects, crime scenes and weapons and see if you can solve the mystery. Website for more info.

Kids Entertainment with Shad Rutherford or The Magical Fairy at The Watershed
Watershed Bar & Restaurant; 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! Official Website: www.thewatershed.co.nz

Streets’ Children’s Day
Hagley Park South; 11am
A day dedicated to celebrating children and taking part in events as a family. On the day ALL activities are FREE. These will include the climbing tower bouncy castle, Have a go at sports, pony rides, face painting, story time and much much more. Their will be a stage highlighting Christchurch’s local talent and the ever popular teddy bears lawn.

Bandstand
Daffodil Lawn, Botanic Gardens Christchurch; 12:00pm – 1:30pm
New Brighton Silver Brass at Daffodil Lawn, Botanic Gardens. Sumner Silver at Scarborough Reserve, Sumner. More info here.

Garden Party at Edmonds
Edmonds Factory Garden, corner Ferry and Aldwins Road; 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Find it on the summertimes calendar.

Anthony Harper Summer Theatre: Wind in the Willows
Botanic Gardens, behind the children’s playground; Tues-Fri 6pm, Sat & Sun 12.30pm and 6pm. (Runs 15 Feb-3 March. No performances 18, 25 – 27 Feb). Free show. Check website for more info.

Art Beat Music
Re:START Mall, Cashel St, Christchurch; 11:30am – 2:30pm
Come see live music in Re:START for Art Beat! Celebrating local musicians every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of February. Check website for more info.

Ingham Lazy Sundays
Archery Lawn at Botanic Gardens; 3:00pm – 4:30pm
This week: Naomi Ferguson and the Three of Hearts. Check website for more info.