Friday, 15 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.

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

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.

NZ Book Month Story time
Halswell Library; 11:00am – 11:30am
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. More info here.

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.

Saturday, 16 March

The Three Bears Breakfast
Shirley Library; 8:30 – 9:30am
Celebrate the launch of ‘The Three Bears (Sort of)’ by local authors Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley. Listen to a reading of the book, colour in your own Three Bears and have a free breakfast. Bookings are essential. Contact library to book.

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.

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.

World’s Friendliest Weekend
Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton; 9:00am – 1:00pm
Come celebrate the World’s Friendliest Weekend! Taste Events will be painting the Christchurch Farmers Market and the Sunday Artisan Market green this year for St Patrick’s weekend. The day will be filled of fun, Irish themed food, drinks, events and stalls. The stallholders will be in the spirit of the day. There will be Irish music, Irish Dancers, Free Masterclasses based on Irish food, Coffee with the added bonus of Baileys or Irish Whisky, Guinness of course and Riccarton House Bistro will be serving you some delicious Irish cuisine. More info here.

Share the Love Market
New Brighton pedestrian mall; 9:00am – 2:00pm
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 Henare. Free 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… Official Website.

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

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 Faiths Anglican Church, 46 Hawke Street, New Brighton; 11am – 2pm
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.

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.

LYFE 2013 – Linwood Youth Festival Experience
Linwood Park, Linwood Ave, Woolston; Noon – 4:00pm
The annual festival is back! Bigger and better than ever, local talents, artists and cultural performers will take to the stage providing spectacular entertainment. Have a go at the many workshops, interactive art workshops, sports, games or visit the info stalls that are available whilst not forgetting to taste the delicious food on offer from our local community groups at affordable prices. More info on website.

Sunday, 17 March

Christchurch Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon
Centennial Park, Lyttelton St, Hoon Hay; 7:00am
The Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is a Kiwi institution and this year it is celebrating its 21st birthday! The emphasis is on fun, participation and completion not competition. Be part of this year’s series by entering one of the 13 events, held all over New Zealand. Entry is open to anyone aged between 7 and 15, no matter what your level of fitness, and you can either sign up as an individual or form a team with your mates. Every entrant receives a Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon event T-shirt, medal, certificate and complimentary breakfast (from Weet-Bix of course).

Bubbletimes
Pioneer Sports and Rec Centre 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon; 9am & 10am
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.

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

World’s Friendliest Weekend
Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton; 10:00am – 2:00pm
Come celebrate the World’s Friendliest Weekend! Taste Events will be painting the Christchurch Farmers Market and the Sunday Artisan Market green this year for St Patrick’s weekend. The day will be filled of fun, Irish themed food, drinks, events and stalls. The stallholders will be in the spirit of the day. There will be Irish music, Irish Dancers, Free Masterclasses based on Irish food, Coffee with the added bonus of Baileys or Irish Whisky, Guinness of course and Riccarton House Bistro will be serving you some delicious Irish cuisine. More info here.

Market on the Front Lawn
Japanese Auto Spares, 280 Hasketts Road, Yaldhurst; 10:00am – 2:00pm
Stalls of beautiful vintage and retro items, pretty china, glassware, linen, collectibles, soy wax candles, fresh herbs, bliss coffee and much more!

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.

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

Sumner Rocks Village Street Party
Sumner Village, Wakefield Ave; 11:00am – 6:00pm
This event has been designed to bring the people of Christchurch back to Sumner to experience the bars, restaurants, retail, and the beautiful natural environment we have here. There will be a number of bands, musicians and street performers entertaining on the day, local café and restaurants will provide food, there will also be a number of stalls available for wineries and boutique beer as well as art & craft and antique stalls, which will run along Wakefield Ave between Marriner and Nayland Streets. Street entertainment and a kids’ zone with skate ramps will also add to the atmosphere! More info online.

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