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The week ahead…


Spring Day Out

5th October // 10am-2pm
Kaiapoi Community Garden, Hilton Street, Kaiapoi

‘Spring Day Out’ in the Kaiapoi Community Garden will have loads to do and see from interactive growing workshops to arts & crafts and garden activities. Have a taste of Kaiapoi and try amazing food prepared from the garden. A family day with a focus on healthy living – from the garden to the table. Market Stalls, Giant Games, Music, Garden Ideas, Demonstrations. Contact Phone: 027 241 9987.


Closing Event – The Breeze Walking Festival 2013

Sunday, 6th October
Halswell Quarry Park

 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


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.


Pegasus Fun Run

6th October
Pegasus Town

Time to dust off your running shoes and start training for the spring event. With three different course distances including 2.5km, 5.5km & 10km there is a track to suit every age and fitness level. Make it a fun day out for the whole family soaking up the event atmosphere with live music and entertainment for the children. Pricing: Adult $10, Child (Under 16) $5. For more information visit www.pegasusfunrun.co.nz


SCAPE 7 School Holiday Activities

7th – 11th October // 11am
SCAPE 7 Art Central

A great range of free, interactive art-based workshops for young people to focus on the work of the SCAPE 7 artists. Expect to partake in exciting art activities, from exploring the work of Ise through collage and photographic form to the legacy artwork by Julia Morison entitled Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers. Free, interactive art-based activities. 11.00am-12.00pm and1.00pm-2.00pm ; Monday – Friday from 30 September – 11 October 2013

Sign up for the school holiday art activity by filling in and submitting the online School Holiday Art Activities Booking Form at www.scapebiennial.org.nz/education


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.


Lyttleton Harbour Kura – festival of learning

Runs through 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


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


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


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.


Baby & Child Show

12th & 13th October // 9:30am-4pm
Pioneer Leisure Centre, 75 Lyttelton St, Somerfield

The Baby & Child Show is coming to Christchurch in 2013! With all you need for your baby, toddler and pre-schooler, parents won’t want to miss this great show. More than 80 exhibitors; a huge play space with kindy gym for the kids; kids’ entertainment; extra wide aisles for easy buggy access; a quiet baby feeding room; nappy changing room; and a big food court so you can relax and take the weight of your feet! Baby and Child Show website.


Rolleston Playcentre Book Fair

13th October // 10am-2pm
Rolleston Playcentre, in the Rolleston Reserve, entrance from Moore Street

Come along and buy, sell or swap your books. Ticket Info: Rachel (or ph. 347 2430). Pricing: $5 per stall to sell your books.


Take a Kid Fishing

13th October // Starts at 9am
The Groynes

A great, free, fun morning for children up to 12 years old.  The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust has once more generously donated hundreds of young salmon which will be released into the lakes at the Groynes, along with a small number of very large trout. Bring your family and enjoy a fun kids’ fishing day. No registration or fishing licence necessary (Fish and Game provide a whole-of-site licence for the day). Adults may assist but are not permitted to fish. There will be caravans on site with food and drinks for sale.The morning session is set aside for children 12 years and under, with one lake especially for the under-8s where each child has a short one-on-one session with an expert angler (there is sometimes a queue for this). There will be loan rods and tackle in the morning, and worms and artificial bait too, so don’t worry if you don’t have gear. Contact Phone: 027 295 4299


Community Market

13th October // 2pm
St Lukes Union Church, 438 Halswell Road

Halswell Community Project in conjunction with St Luke’s Church are holding 3 market days in 13th October 2013, 24th November 2013 and 16th February 2014 starting at 2pm and finishing around 5pm. Get ready to have some fun. As well as the market, there will also be games for the children, and some music. Contact info: communitymarket.halswell@gmail.com or 0211757645.