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**It’s always best to check online or by phone to confirm these activities. Especially with Easter. Thanks for double checking!

Everyday

Celebrating Selwyn 2013
The district of Selwyn has much to celebrate. Celebrating Selwyn is the where and when of what is on in Selwyn between 23 March and 7 April 2013. Entertain the senses! Taste the food and wine, smell the flowers, hear the music, view the art, feel the textures and enjoy the culture of the district. Pick up your Celebrating Selwyn 2013 guide in cafés or libraries or view www.celebratingselwyn.com and have fun while celebrating Selwyn with us.`

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

(ONLY THROUGH the 27th) Klondyke Fresh Under 5 Fest
Canterbury Horticultural Centre, 57 Riccarton Ave; 9:30 – 4:30 daily
A special event for young children by Science Alive! Lots of fun, interactive, hands-on exhibits and activities including fun mirrors, tunnels to crawl through, planting seeds, catching magnetic fish, face painting, story time, animals to pat and heaps more! Under 2’s are free. General admission $5. Door sales only. Check website for more info.

Monday, 25 March

Tumbletimes
Pioneer Sports and Rec Centre 75 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon; sessions @ 9:15am & 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

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

Craft Club
Shirley Library; 10:00am – 11:55am
More info here.

Baby Times
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.

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 March

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.

NZ Book Month Story Time
New Brighton 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. Bookings not required.More info here.

Story times
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.

Knit ‘n’ Stitch Group
Upper Riccarton Library; 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Knit ‘n’ Stitch Group meets at Upper Riccarton Library every Tuesday from 1-2pm in the Red Cafe Lounge area. Learn how to knit & crochet, or bring along any handcraft project you are already working on. Some wool, crochet hooks and knitting needles available to get you started.

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.

UR Club
Upper Riccarton Library; 3:30 – 4:30pm
This is a drop in club for the local primary school students with a focus on the 6-10 year age group. The idea is to develop and encourage an increased skill and a love for reading amongst the local children, along with some fun activities. No bookings required.

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.

New Brighton Catholic School Family Fun Fest
100 Lonsdale St, New Brighton; 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Live music from the Black Velvet Band, NBCS Easter raffle will be drawn, Zumba and hip hop demos, face painting and bouncy castles. It’s a great community event and all are welcome, refreshments will be available and a sausage sizzle and whitebait patties will be on sale.

Wednesday, 27 March

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
Interactive story-time featuring NZ books and birds delivered by Pre-school Specialist Susan Dodd. 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.

Tumbletimes
Graham Condon; 11:45am
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

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

Digi Library Club
New Brighton Library; 3:30 – 5pm
This is a drop in club for local primary school students with a focus on fun activities that help enhance IT skills. Each week the Librarians and tutor share a fun computer based activity. No bookings required.

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 March

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; sessions @ 9:15am & 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

Tumbletimes
Graham Condon; 9:30am
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

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.

NZ Book Month Story Time
Papanui 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. Bookings not required.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.

Friday, 29 March

Good Friday. Most places are closed today.

Saturday, 30 March

Children’s Food Festival
Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton; 9am – 1pm
The weekend will give children the opportunity to experience the busy Christchurch Farmers Market, have their very own food stall, attend fun cooking classes, learn about harvesting vegetables and herbs and have a great day out. There will also be kids live entertainment, a bouncy castle and face painting! To register your child or for more information please contact Stacey or Beks at: T 03 348 6190; E info@tasteevents.co.nz. More info on Feast of Canterbury.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sunday, 31 March

Church Service & Easter Egg Hunt
The Well Church, Beckenham School Hall, 71 Sandwich Rd; 10am
Come celebrate Easter! Come at 10am for a celebratory church service, an easter egg hunt for kids, and a shared meal.  The Well will be providing a sausage sizzle for everyone, or you can bring your own lunch if you’d prefer.  There will also Easter egg hunt for kids! More info here.

Children’s Food Festival
Riccarton House, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton; 10am – 2pm
The weekend will give children the opportunity to experience the busy Christchurch Farmers Market, have their very own food stall, attend fun cooking classes, learn about harvesting vegetables and herbs and have a great day out. There will also be kids live entertainment, a bouncy castle and face painting! To register your child or for more information please contact Stacey or Beks at: T 03 348 6190; E info@tasteevents.co.nz. More info on Feast of Canterbury.

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

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.

Rolleston Community Market
Rolleston Community Centre; 10:00am – 1:00pm
Come and visit our fun market – we have a great range of stalls but are always looking for more, if you would like to be included please contact Debbie on 0274806520 please leave a message or email Rollestoncommunitymarket@gmail.com

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