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The week ahead…


Spring Carnival

Saturday, 28th September // 9am
St Marks Church, 101 Opawa Rd, Opawa

Come to the St Mark’s Spring Carnival – fun, food, entertainment & bargains galore for the whole family. All the fun of the fair with sweet, book, craft, cake, toy, white elephant, china, tool, linen, flowers stalls and more! The Global Voices Choir will entertain you while you sip great coffee from Buzz Coffee, snack on terrific food and grab a bargain. And there are games and a bouncy castle for the children too. www.opawastmartins.com


Have-a-go Workshops

Saturday, 28th September // 10:30 – 4pm (3 sessions starting at different times)
Lyttleton Main School, 24 Oxford Street, Lyttelton

Have-a-go workshops include: Tap Dancing, Blues Dancing, and Maori Peforming Arts for Beginners. No previous experience required, just a willing attitude to learn. Gold coin donation. Part of The Body Festival 2013. More info found here.


Lyttleton Harbour Kura – festival of learning

Saturday, 28th September–Sunday, 6th October // Various Times
The Portal, 54A Oxford St, Lyttelton

Project Lyttelton has dreamed up the Lyttelton Harbour Kura – festival of learning. For ten days, the Lyttelton Harbour will become a hot spot for the sharing of skills, ideas and knowledge. Come and take a workshop in Cheesemaking, Stiltwalking, Foraging or Jewellery making. It’s the first week of the school holidays, so there are lots of options for kids, either with or without parents, to attend classes and workshops.

The full programme is available on their website. Some workshops (even the free ones) will only go ahead if they get enough bookings, so please call and indicate your intention to attend. Workshops will be held at various locations around Lyttelton Harbour. Contact Phone: 0211759845


Gut Busta – The Toughest, Muddiest Kids Race Ever

Sunday 29 September // 10 – 2pm
Mandeville Sport Centre (off Tram Rd)

Gut Busta is an adventure race for primary school aged children from years 5 – 8. (9 – 13 years) The concept is similar to the popular “Mud, Sweat & Tears” event but will include a run, bike and orienteering, finishing with the obstacle course and some problem solving challenges. The obstacle course will involve lots of mud, climbing, crawling, sliding, swinging, carrying and lots of fun. $25 entry fee. Contact email – gutbustachristchurch@gmail.com


Open Streets

Sunday, 29th September // 10 – 4pm
Christchurch City Centre – centred on Gloucester and Colombo Streets

Open Streets is a one-day event where people can explore Central City streets on bicycle, on foot, or skates and be entertained along the way. Join the Parade led by the Bicycle Band and Frocks On Bikes – starting 11.30am from Victoria Square. Free – bike pump track, bike tune-ups, skate hire & lessons, zumba & salsa classes. Spot prizes for bike bling and creative zest. Watch roller derby girls & bike polo demos. Music. Food stalls & markets. Streets within the event are closed to motor vehicles. Check Facebook Page for more info. See Cycling in Christchurch website for lots more info about what’s happening.


The Make Cafe – School Holiday Workshops

30th Sept – 11th Oct // Various Times & Workshops
The Make Cafe – 355 Riccarton Rd, Plenty of parking in back of shop

Preschool sessions 9:30 – 12:00 every day during the school holidays at The Make Cafe. $5 for a 30 minute fun session! Booking essential!

For school kids – workshops range from $12 – $15 a child, which includes a drink & biscuit and all materials. Classes book up quickly so don’t leave it until the last minute! For more info go online or call 03-348-6187


Kiwi Kids Fun Tour

Monday, 30th September  // 10 – 4:30pm
St Thomas of Canterbury College, 69 Middlepark Rd

Tuesday, 1 October  // 10 – 4:30pm
Parklands Baptist Church, 180 Queenspark Drive

A super fun interactive musical adventure for your little one! Join best selling children’s musician and author, Craig Smith aka Mr Wonky Donkey and New Zealand’s newest international Chart Topper, Dean O’Brien aka Mr Yipadee in a fun packed kids show. The Kiwi Kids Fun Tour is just $10 a ticket and coming to a venue near you in and around the September/October School Holidays. Tickets and further details are available now from www.funtour.co.nz or here.


Rock On – School Holiday Program

30th Sept – 11th Oct // Various times
Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave

Come along to Canterbury Museum’s ‘Rock On’ holiday programme and explore the wonderful world of rocks. Classes for juniors (4 – 7 years old) are on 3rd and 4th of October and 10th and 11th of October, 10:00am -11:30am and 1:00pm – 2:30pm each day. Numbers are limited to 15 children per session and cost $5.50 per child.

In this senior-student hands-on workshop, we’ll look at the world of rocks and find out how they form through experiments, models and simulations. These classes are for seniors (8 – 13 years old) and run on 30th September and 1st October and the 7th and 8th of October. They are 1 Day workshops from 10:00am – 3:00pm. These are limited to 16 people per workshop so book early. $10.00 per person. Don’t forget to bring your lunch! Contact: Ph: (03) 366 9429 ext 817 Email: education@canterburymuseum.com online at Canterbury Museum


Spring into Oxford

Sunday, 6th October // 9 – 2pm
Pearson Park, Oxford

The day will include an extravaganza of vintage and classic cars, which will be displayed around the ‘Oval’ for everyone to enjoy. Inside the ‘Oval’ we will have a huge amount of entertainment and family activities; including : Car Display, Village Market, Farmers Market, Live Music, Artisan Displays, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle, Street Performers, Food Stalls, Raffles, Children’s entertainment, Bucking Bull. Check website for more info.


Escape from the Zoo

6th – 10th October // 10am & 1pm
Botanic Gardens

A 45 minute fun-filled comedy walking tour for the family. Meeting at the Band Rotunda in Hagley Park. Contact Phone: 9418999.


The Body Festival 2013

27th September – 13th October // Various times & venues

The Body Festival is back for 2013! The Body Festival, Christchurch’s annual festival of dance and physical theatre, is a showcase and celebration of New Zealand’s dancing talent. Ranging from professional shows to amateur productions, the festival covers a variety of enjoyment for all audiences and participators. Focusing on the community aspect of dance, the Body Festival also incorporates a number of workshops and participation events. Find all the events on their website.


The Breeze Walking Festival 2013

Friday, 27th September – Sunday, 6th October // various times
Halswell Quarry Park

Put some spring in your step and boost your wellbeing at The Breeze Walking Festival 2013 with 25 walks plus walks over 10 days, the Festival explores the best locations Christchurch has to offer, including beaches, forests, ridgelines, wetlands and city streets, plus features a workshop on looking after your active feet.

It kicks off with an opening event on Saturday 28 September at Halswell Quarry from 10.30am to 2pm, with five walks to choose from including fun short walks for children plus scenic, more challenging walks up to the Quarry Rim and Kennedy’s Bush. Entertainment, spot prizes and other fun activities so bring your picnic lunch and make a day of it! The closing event on Sunday 6th October is Walk 4 Wellbeing at Hagley Park – a gentle ramble around Christchurch’s leafy heart. Official Website: www.walkingfestival.co.nz