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The week ahead…


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.


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.


A Space Odyssey

Sunday, 18th August // 2:30pm
Villa Maria College auditorium

The Canterbury Philharmonia orchestra, with conductor Mark Hodgkinson, presents the second concert in its 2013 season: Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (excerpt), Holst: Jupiter and Mars from The Planets, Themes from Star Trek and Star Wars, Sousa: Beneath the Southern Cross, Farquhar: A Short Suite from Ring Around the Moon, Marshall: Hikurangi Sunrise. Also featuring guest group, the Heaton Intermediate Chorale. Pricing: Adult $15, Children under 18 $5. Official Website: www.canterburyphilharmonia.co.nz.


Christchurch Arts Festival

22nd August – 22nd September // various times/places 

The Festival this year is spread over five weekends and three main venues. Larger-scale shows are held at the Aurora Centre, Memorial Avenue. Theatre and some music will feature at the Rudolf Steiner School, Opawa. The main music programme and Ideas Festival will be held at the Fletcher Building Festival Club, Market Square, The Arts Centre (facing on to Worcester Boulevard). We’ve kept our prices low,  some events are free, some for adults and some for family. Come and celebrate the best of Christchurch, the best of  New Zealand and the best international shows we could bring. Find the family friendly events listed here.

Events include:

Fly Me Up To Where You Are

22nd August – 22nd September // Worcester Boulevard, Entrance to Christchurch City Council

Fly Me Up To Where You Are begins with Christchurch’s children and culminates in the heart of our city in a riot of colour. Artist Tiffany Singh explores the power of 
art to build a community. In this very special project, each child will create a flag expressing their personal hopes and dreams and a flag expressing their hopes and dreams for the city of Christchurch. Come, with family and friends, and contemplate under this canopy of dreams, made by the children of Christchurch.



For dates and times go here  // Fletcher Building Festival Club

Enter a magical, nighttime world; take a train ride through the jungle, and meet a friendly lion who sleeps under the stars… Scottish Opera’s SensoryO is a brand-new interactive performance for toddlers and their carers. Aimed at children aged 18 to 36 months, this wonderful show is rich in sound, rhythm and music. The set is inviting and tactile, and with its unique audience in mind, it introduces toddlers to live performance in a relaxed and intimate environment. Featuring a mixture of live and recorded vocal music, and percussive sounds, SensoryO also uses smells, textures, actions and simple but striking visuals to bring the adventure to life. Each toddler must be accompanied by a caregiver. Pricing: $25 for one adult and child, $25 for additional adults. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket Info: Dash Tickets (or ph. DASH TICKETS 0800 327 484). Contact Phone: 3652223