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**It’s always best to check online or by phone to confirm these activities. Feel free to comment below if you know of other events going on. It’s school holiday time!

Holiday Programme

Brrrrr! April School Holiday Programme
Canterbury Museum; Dates: April 22–24, 26, 29–30 & May 1–3
Ever wondered what it is like down in Antarctica? Come along to a frosty programme where you will examine the clothing that explorers wore down on the Ice, try your hand at hauling a loaded sledge and follow in the footsteps of some famous southern explorers. Junior Sessions 4-7 1:00 – 2:30pm. Senior Sessions 8-13 10:00 – 12:00. Cost $5.50 per child. Bookings essential; telephone 366 9429 ext 804 or email education@canterburymuseum.com. Official Website: www.canterburymuseum.com. Contact Phone: 3669429 x 804

Monday, 22 April

Digital Egg Design
South Christchurch Library; 9:30am – 12:30pm
Easter has come and gone but we are still celebrating in the Library learning centre.  Come down and join in the fun taking part in a quirky QR iPad Easter hunt followed by a chance to create your very own Easter inspired basket of goodies.

Toolbox – The Early Years
Elim Church, 285 Cashel Street; 7 pm – 9 pm
Over six sessions, the Early Years Toolbox is designed to encourage you in your role as a parent. No-one will influence your child’s future more than you will. The most important years in your child’s development are these early years. Learn how to lay the building blocks for a great future. Buy Tickets – 0800 53 56 59. More info: The Parenting Place

Tuesday, 23 April

Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!
Shirley Library; 10:30 – 11:30am
Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s picture book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, and we’re celebrating! Join us for a Wild Rumpus on Tuesday 23 April from 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. In addition to a reading of the book, children will create masks and participate in ‘wild rumpus’ activities. Free. No bookings necessary. Suitable for all ages.

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.

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.

Wednesday, 24 April

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.

CLUEDO The Ballet
Southern Ballet Theatre, 108 Carlyle Street in Sydenham; Wednesday 24th–Saturday 27th April 2013, 2 Performances daily 2pm and 6pm
It’s New Year’s Eve and a murder has occurred; WHO DUN IT. At the mansion of Colonel Mustard join Detective. Plum on his journey to uncover the truth behind strange happenings. Official Website: www.southernballet.co.nz, or ph. 03 379 7219, Pricing: $15.00 Adults, $12.50 Child

Board Game Bonanza
Shirley Library; 3:30 – 4:30pm
Move pieces by hand instead of with a mouse click! Join us for some old fashioned board game fun on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. during the school holidays. We have games to satisfy everyone from fun social games to classic strategic mind benders. You’re welcome to bring your own favourites for others to try too!

Grandparent’s Rock! Concert
Lyttelton main school hall; Doors open at 9.45am Start time 10.30am
“GRANDPARENTS ROCK!” and KATH BEE, creator of “Individuality”, “Dad I wanna be a Camel”, “Seasons”, “Save the Planet” and “Dragons Under My Bed” is out to prove it! On a South Island Tour with her band, Kath’s written a special song for Grandparents, as well as many songs you’ll know and new ones you’ll never forget! Don’t worry if your grandparents can’t make it, EVERYONE is welcome. FLOSSIE THE BALLOON LADY will be making balloon bees before and after the concert (bring gold coins!) Dad’s don’t be scared…Kath’s music DOESN’T drive you crazy!!!!!!!!!!! Official Website: www.songs4kids.co.nz, Ticket Info: Door Sales (or ph. 027 450 4978), Pricing: $10 each, Group of four $30, 10 or more only $5 each, Contact Phone: 027 450 4978.

Sing Your Heart Out Christchurch Finale Concert
North City Church Auditorium, Sawyers Arms Road, Papanui, Christchurch; 2.00 – 3.30 pm (Doors open 1.30 pm)
A fun concert of well loved songs and sing-a-longs to lift the heart. So come together and enjoy the uplifting benefits of music and song.and show that the Heart of the Christchurch Community is as strong as ever. Also featured is June’s special composition “Like the Phoenix From the Ashes”- an inspirational song about a positive future for Christchurch! Gold coin donation. Full details on www.facebook.com/singchch, Contact Phone: 03 3257 226.

Thursday, 25 April

ANZAC Remembered
Air Force Museum; Doors open at 1.30pm
Champion band, Woolston Brass once again pays tribute to the Anzac’s with their popular ANZAC Remembered concert. This year the programme has a naval theme along with the traditional sing-along and retreat ceremony. Plenty of free parking on site at the Museum. Official Website: www.woolstonbrass.org, Ph. 03 343 9532, Pricing: Adults $20 Children FREE.

Anzac Day Market
Riccarton House & Bush, 16 Kahu, Riccarton; 10am – 2pm
Come along to Riccarton House and Bush on Anzac Day for the great Anzac day Market! This will be a combination of the Saturday Christchurch Farmers Market and the Sunday Artisan Market stalls. Aswell as all the great stalls and live music there will be a gourmet sausage sizzle run by Taste Events with all of the proceeds going to the local RSA. Come and enjoy the stuning grounds, great stalls, live music ad help support the Local RSA. *This Market will only be held if there are sufficient stallholders.

CLUEDO The Ballet
Southern Ballet Theatre, 108 Carlyle Street in Sydenham; Wednesday 24th–Saturday 27th April 2013, 2 Performances daily 2pm and 6pm
It’s New Year’s Eve and a murder has occurred; WHO DUN IT. At the mansion of Colonel Mustard join Detective. Plum on his journey to uncover the truth behind strange happenings. Official Website: www.southernballet.co.nz, or ph. 03 379 7219, Pricing: $15.00 Adults, $12.50 Child

Riccarton Players – The Pied Piper
The Open Stage, 510 Hagley Ave; 6pm – 7pm
Riccarton Players Inc – Playbox Theatre presents The Pied Piper, and other stories, songs, and poems. This latest production continues Riccarton Players proud history of quality, interactive and entertaining children’s shows suitable for children aged 4 to 94, and incorporates all that is good in children’s theatre – simple and fun storylines, recognisable music, and plenty of opportunity for the audience to get involved. Keeping in the nature theme there are lots of poems and songs – some songs and poems the kids will recognise and others they can easily learn and join in on. Playbox pride’s itself on showing even the youngest of patrons the joy of theatre. Everyone: $7.00. Buy Tickets – 3384 699. Website: Riccarton Players Inc

Friday, 26 April

CLUEDO The Ballet
Southern Ballet Theatre, 108 Carlyle Street in Sydenham; Wednesday 24th–Saturday 27th April 2013, 2 Performances daily 2pm and 6pm
It’s New Year’s Eve and a murder has occurred; WHO DUN IT. At the mansion of Colonel Mustard join Detective. Plum on his journey to uncover the truth behind strange happenings. Official Website: www.southernballet.co.nz, or ph. 03 379 7219, Pricing: $15.00 Adults, $12.50 Child

Harlequin Players Holiday Treat
Rangi Ruru Drama Theatre; 6:30pm
“SNOW WHITE and ROSE RED” at Rangi Ruru Drama Theatre Merivale and “The TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC” in the interval. Children bring your Teddy Bears to the show. Pricing: $8.00. Contact Phone: 03 3316162

Riccarton Players – The Pied Piper
The Open Stage, 510 Hagley Ave; 6pm – 7pm
Riccarton Players Inc – Playbox Theatre presents The Pied Piper, and other stories, songs, and poems. This latest production continues Riccarton Players proud history of quality, interactive and entertaining children’s shows suitable for children aged 4 to 94, and incorporates all that is good in children’s theatre – simple and fun storylines, recognisable music, and plenty of opportunity for the audience to get involved. Keeping in the nature theme there are lots of poems and songs – some songs and poems the kids will recognise and others they can easily learn and join in on. Playbox pride’s itself on showing even the youngest of patrons the joy of theatre. Everyone: $7.00. Buy Tickets – 3384 699. Website: Riccarton Players Inc

Saturday, 27 April

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 Grand Pumpkin Festival
On Green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald St. Lincoln; 10:00am – 1:00pm
This annual event hosted by Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market promises to be bigger and better than before with competitions for the whole family to enter. There will be the traditional Best Pumpkin Competition – Categories to include:- Biggest Pumpkin, Weirdest and Best Dressed. Not forgetting the children – A Pumpkin Inspired Colouring Competition – colouring sheets available from the weekly markets preceeding the event. All entries in by 10.30 am with winners announced at midday. To get those feet tapping whilst browsing our many local farm fresh produce, delicious food and unique craft stalls we have the Selwyn based Flying Dixies. So come join in the fun at this popular friendly community market. See website for more info. Contact Phone: 03 329 5757

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.

Riccarton Players – The Pied Piper
The Open Stage, 510 Hagley Ave; 11am & 2pm
Riccarton Players Inc – Playbox Theatre presents The Pied Piper, and other stories, songs, and poems. This latest production continues Riccarton Players proud history of quality, interactive and entertaining children’s shows suitable for children aged 4 to 94, and incorporates all that is good in children’s theatre – simple and fun storylines, recognisable music, and plenty of opportunity for the audience to get involved. Keeping in the nature theme there are lots of poems and songs – some songs and poems the kids will recognise and others they can easily learn and join in on. Playbox pride’s itself on showing even the youngest of patrons the joy of theatre. Everyone: $7.00. Buy Tickets – 3384 699. Website: Riccarton Players Inc

Harlequin Players Holiday Treat
Rangi Ruru Drama Theatre; 11am & 2pm
“SNOW WHITE and ROSE RED” at Rangi Ruru Drama Theatre Merivale and “The TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC” in the interval. Children bring your Teddy Bears to the show. Pricing: $8.00. Contact Phone: 03 3316162

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.

CLUEDO The Ballet
Southern Ballet Theatre, 108 Carlyle Street in Sydenham; Wednesday 24th–Saturday 27th April 2013, 2 Performances daily 2pm and 6pm
It’s New Year’s Eve and a murder has occurred; WHO DUN IT. At the mansion of Colonel Mustard join Detective. Plum on his journey to uncover the truth behind strange happenings. Official Website: www.southernballet.co.nz, or ph. 03 379 7219, Pricing: $15.00 Adults, $12.50 Child

Sunday, 28 April

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

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

Harlequin Players Holiday Treat
Rangi Ruru Drama Theatre; 1pm
“SNOW WHITE and ROSE RED” at Rangi Ruru Drama Theatre Merivale and “The TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC” in the interval. Children bring your Teddy Bears to the show. Pricing: $8.00. Contact Phone: 03 3316162

Riccarton Players – The Pied Piper
The Open Stage, 510 Hagley Ave; 2pm
Riccarton Players Inc – Playbox Theatre presents The Pied Piper, and other stories, songs, and poems. This latest production continues Riccarton Players proud history of quality, interactive and entertaining children’s shows suitable for children aged 4 to 94, and incorporates all that is good in children’s theatre – simple and fun storylines, recognisable music, and plenty of opportunity for the audience to get involved. Keeping in the nature theme there are lots of poems and songs – some songs and poems the kids will recognise and others they can easily learn and join in on. Playbox pride’s itself on showing even the youngest of patrons the joy of theatre. Everyone: $7.00. Buy Tickets – 3384 699. Website: Riccarton Players Inc