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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

Monday, 11 March

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.

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.

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, 12 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.

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

NZ Book Month Story Time
Lyttelton 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.

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.

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, 13 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.

NZ Book Month Story Time
Hornby Library; 10:15am – 10:45am
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.

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.

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, 14 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; 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

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.

NZ Book Month Story Time
Parklands 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. 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.

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.