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The week ahead…

 

Sound story workshop for preschoolers

1st & 2nd March // 9:30am
Canterbury Museum

Sound Story Workshop – Pre-schoolers are invited to join educator and experimental guitarist, Greg Malcolm for fun sound based story sessions. 9.30 to 10.30 am on both Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 March. Free. More info on website.

 

Waltham Skate Jam

1st March // Noon – 3pm
Waltham School, Hastings Street East

Get on-board this Summer and Learn to Skate! This is a free event aimed at beginners with free gear hire plus coaching from the friendly Skate Skool team. This is a family friendly event including a bouncy castle and face painting for the youngsters! Free BBQ plus you can win prizes in a best trick competition! Official Website: www.skateskool.co.nz

 

Little River Summer Festival

1st & 2nd March
Little River

The Drum Festival. Little River Campground and Manaia Native Habitat, Okuti Valley. Riverside camping and native bush exploring & playground slippery slides ensures the weekend can be enjoyed by the whole family. 2pm Saturday 1 March to 3pm Sunday 2 March. Tickets from Eventfinder.co.nz or call 325 1014. $20/ day plus overnight camp fees. Kids under 14 free day pass. Official Website: www.littleriver.org.nz

 

Ice Sports, Give It A Go Day!

1st March // 12:15 – 1:30pm
Alpine Ice

Check out the world of ice sports FOR FREE at the Alpine Ice Give-It-A-Go Day! See demonstrations by top local skaters as they showcase their favourite ice sports; Ice Hockey, Speed and Figure  – then get your skates on! This is your chance to get on the ice to try our ice sports with top coaches on hand to assist. Bring the whole family along, get involved and be in to win a week of Learn to Skate lessons during the April School Holidays. Official Website: www.alpineice.co.nz

 

Swannanoa Country Fair

2nd March // 10am – 3pm
Swannanoa Domain, Tram Road (10 mins up Tram Road, opposite Swannanoa School)

With over 130 craft & trade stalls, monster white elephant, lots of kids rides and games, silent auction, petting zoo and a variety of food and drink, it’s a great day of fun and entertainment for the whole family! Only 10 minutes up Tram Road at Swannanoa Domain.  Plenty of free parking across the road at Swannanoa School. Come and have a fun day in the country, relax and be entertained. The Fair is a major fundraiser for Swannanoa School. Pricing: Adult $5 donation, Children (15 and under) Free. Official Website: www.swannanoacountryfair.co.nz

 

Rangiora International Children’s Family Funday

2nd March // 3 – 6:30pm
Rangiora High School Sports Grounds, East Belt, Rangiora

Bring the whole family down for tons of free family fun, food and live entertainment. There is something for everyone; Bouncy Castle, Face-painting, Rickshaw Rides, Motorised Sled, Clowns, Candyfloss, Sausage sizzle, Something special for the Parents, and much much more. Gates open at 3PM and concludes between 5:30 and 6:30 PM with a BYO Picnic, Live Entertainment and a Lolly Scramble. For more information check out www.rbc.net.nz or call Jason on 0210789203

 

Streets Children’s Day 2014

2nd March // 9am – 4pm
Ferrymead Heritage Park

The Streets Children’s Day Community event this year is being hosted at Ferrymead Heritage Park on the 2nd March 2014. The day is all about celebrating children and their many talents. Enjoy the free acitivites that event has to offer such as water walkers, bouncy castles and live performances. Gates will open at 9am and close at 4pm. This is a FREE event for the whole family! All acitivites on the day will have no charge. Contact Phone: 03-9418999

 

Kidz Karnival

2nd March // 2:30 – 4pm
Parklands Baptist Community Church – 180 Queenspark Drive, Parklands

Kidz Karnival – A family event to celebrate Childrens Day. Gold Coin Donation. Bouncy Castle, Face painting, Balloon Animals, Karnival Games for children to enjoy. Coffee and Cold drinks for sale, Mr Whippy. Fun for the whole family. Contact Phone: 03 383 1356

 

Festival of Flowers

Through till 2nd March // 10am – 3pm
Cathedral Square

“Love Our Garden City” is the theme for our 25th Festival of Flowers, to be held in Cathedral Square in the beautiful Garden City of Christchurch. We are heralding the return to the inner city with this celebration of stunning floral installations, gardens and displays. The Festival launches on Saturday 8th Feb, 10am-2pm with a dynamic opening ceremony which will include live music and entertainment by artists from many cultures. This will a great day out for all. Chinese Cultural Day, from 11am-4pm. Colour, music and of course, great food! Official Website: www.festivalofflowers.co.nz

 

Seaweek 2014

1st – 9th March // various venues

Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. Hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), Seaweek focuses on learning from the sea. It’s  time for everyone to get to know our ocean, its habitats, characteristics and inhabitants better. Seaweek 2014 will take place from 1-9 March 2014. The theme is “Our fragile, finite taonga – be alert to the fragility of the marine environment and its treasures. Kia mataara! Tiakina te au o te moana, he kōpīpī tōna“. Official Website: seaweek.org.nz

 

Christchurch Mum’s Gathering!

Thursday, 6th March // 10am // Botanic Gardens Playground

Come meet up with other mums and kids! Feel free to bring a blanket and your morning tea.

I will have a sign so that you can find us. We usually set up between the playground & pool fence or on the side of the pool away from playground. Feel free to RSVP and we can look out for you. Or just show up! Rain plan: Meet at the cafe in the Canterbury Museum. Will post on the facebook page if the weather isn’t good.

 

Cashmere Primary Twilight Fair

7th March // 4:30 – 7:30pm
Cashmere Primary School, 135 Hackthorne Road

Artisan Market, Foodstalls, Jewellery, Shabby Chic, Jam & Jar Stall, Farmers Produce Market, Clothing; make a dash for stylish clothes, racks of style ripe for reinvention.

 

The Science Alive Under 5 Fest

7th – 13th March // 9:30am – 4:30pm
Canterbury Table Tennis Stadium, 294 Blenheim Road

With a record 6000 visitors last year, the Science Alive Under 5 Fest is back! Come and learn, play, discover alongside your child. Ideal for parents, grandparents, uncles & aunts, friends and caregivers…and of course those under 5. Bring a camera to take advantage of the many photo opportunities. Entrance: $5, Under 2s Free. Activities include: * Over 40 hands on science exhibits * Animal puppet and story zone * The ever-popular pony parties with farm animals to pat * NEW – baby animal feeding times * Magnetic fishing * Construction zone * Play with air and sound * Story time sessions * Roaming balloon sculpturist * Refreshment area * Increased parking. Pricing: $5, under 2s free. Official Website: www.sciencealive.co.nz 0r ph. (03) 365 5199

 

Sumner Rocks Village Street Party

9th March // 11am – 6pm
Sumner Village

The Street Party is to bring Christchurch back to Sumner for a day of excellent music and entertainment with large market areasw, kids zones and local food and beverages. A day for all ages so head on out! Contact Phone: 021 980 661. Official Website: www.sumnervillage.co.nz

 

Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker

now through to 28th September // Every day
ArtBox (corner Madras and St Asaph Streets)

Christchurch Art Gallery’s latest exhibition explores the shape-shifting, experimental and seriously playful work of making art. Artists from near and far test the limits of their materials with morphing pencil sculptures, stretchy paint skins, gravity-defying stacks and videos of exploding paint-balloons. The exhibition is supported by a lively and engaging programme for both children and adults that includes floor talks, workshops and publications.

 

Summer of Fun events

Various Dates, Times, & Locations around ChCh

A variety of activities from bouncy castles to archery, face painting to balloon animals. The Summer of Fun events are happening across Greater Christchurch throughout the summer. There are a variety of free things at each event. You can find out which ones are happening this week by checking here. They are funded by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust (CEAT).