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The week ahead…


Animation For Kids – NZ Film Festival

10 August @ 10:15 // 11 August @ 11:15
Hoyts @ Northlands Shopping Centre, Papanui

This year’s programme is designed for the entertainment pleasure of audiences aged 7–10. Buy Tickets – 0508 4 HOYTS (0508 446 987). Official website: NZFF – Animation for Kids.


Parenting Week

11th – 18th August // Multiple times & venues

Find the whole breakdown of seminars, classes and events at the Parenting Week website or facebook page.


Family Fun Afternoon – Parenting Week 2013

11th August // 1:30-4:30pm
Papanui Youth Development Trust, 1a Harewood Rd, Papanui

Come along to for a fun afternoon trying out the climbing wall, craft activities and games. Everything free. Qualified instructors to help with the climbing wall. Try something different. Websites: Neighbourhood Trust & Te Koru.


Storylines Festival – Christchurch Family Day

11th August // 10-3pm
South ChCh Library, 66 Colombo Street, Cashmere

The 20th annual Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children’s Writers and Illustrators takes place 10-18 August 2013. Special events are being planned nationally to celebrate the Festival’s 20th anniversary. The 2013 Christchurch Family Day has moved venues! This year the Family Day will be taking place on Sunday 11 August from 10-3pm at the South Christchurch Library. As part of our 20th anniversary we have lots of activities, competitions and guests attending to help us to celebrate. Don’t forget to dress up as your favourite book character and you may win a spot prize! Website: Storylines Festival.


Outdoors Family Adventure Expo

Sunday 18th August // 11am – 3pm
Blue Skies, 12 Williams St, Kaiapoi

FREE event: Man vs Wild themed day of family fun exploring the great outdoors, learn survival skills, build a bridge, fire a catapult, visit the kitchen fire house, try out Gladiator Duel and much more.  The most fun outdoors for families. Official Website: www.nht.org.nz


Toons for Toots

Sunday, 18th August // 10:15am
So Hoyts Northlands (Shopping Centre), Main North Rd, Papanui

The best animated films are little doorways to worlds most grown-ups have forgotten how to access. The kind of films we go looking for connect with these vibrant, constantly questing little instincts in ways no other artform can. There must always be a scary film or two, a few special animals, plenty of giggles and truckloads of magic. We looked far and wide to find these animated little gems. We think we’ve done a pretty good job but there’s only so much we grown-ups can do – it’s over to the kids to decide. — Malcolm Turner.  The children’s animation programmes were curated by Malcolm Turner and Nic Marshall. The tots they have in mind this year are aged 4–7. Buy tickets – 0508 4 HOYTS (0508 446 987). Website: NZFF – Toons for Tots.