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The week ahead…

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

 

CPIT Great Art Giveaway

Saturday 8th–Sunday 9th March // from 9am
Botanic Gardens // Canterbury Museum

Win one of 36 original Milton Springsteen wood-block prints. During the weekend of Saturday 8 March and Sunday 9 March, 36 tokens will be hidden in the Botanic Gardens. Find a token, bring it into Canterbury Museum between 9.00am and 5.30pm, and exchange it for one original Milton Springsteen woodblock print at the CPIT Great Art Giveaway exhibit on Level 1. Don’t miss your opportunity to own a piece of original street art! For more information visit Oi YOU! Check out www.facebook.com/oiyoustreetart or www.cpit.ac.nz or www.canterbruymuseum.com for more information.Sponsored by CPIT. This event will take place rain or shine.

 

The Early Early Late Show – with The Court Jesters

6–9, 13–16 March // 7pm
The Court Theatre at The Shed, Addington

Comedy madness for the whole family! All the improvised hilarity of Scared Scriptless, but at an earlier, family friendly time. Now you can bring Grandma and little Timmy to see your favourite comedy troupe without having to pay for months of counselling afterwards… This show will play in the Pub Charity Studio at The Court Theatre; seating is General Admission. Contact Phone: (+64 3) 963 0870 or freephone 0800 333 100. All tickets $20. Official website: www.courttheatre.org.nz/shows/

 

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.

 

Tales@The Pallet Pavilion

14–16 March // Fri 7pm – Sun 4.30pm
Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion (Cnr Durham & Kilmore Streets)

Tales @ The Pallet Pavilion is Christchurch’s only story festival for all ages – adults and children – and using multiple story arts. There will be storytelling, books, writing, poetry, creative movement and dance, music and crafts. Come down and enjoy a rich variety of performances, workshops and displays from various cultural backgrounds. Friday’s opening night celebrates culture through story, spoken word, music and dance. Try your hand at a wide variety of workshops on Saturday, followed by a Writers’ Panel and readings. Then join in with the night’s festivites of Morris Dancing, Random Acts of Music and an Open Mic. Sunday is family fun day with fun and interactive story and musical performances and workshops for young, teens and adults. This is your last chance to experience Christchurch’s story talent in such a unique way as The Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion is coming down in April! Help create a Story Tree as thanks to the Gap Filler and Pallet Pavilion crews! And pick up a new book at the BookCrossing Zone! Contact Phone: 03 967 7888 or 022 121 3548. Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheStoryCollective

 

The Hawarden A&P Show

15th March // 8am onwards
Hawarden Showgrounds – High Street Hawarden 7385

A great day out in the country…something for everyone. Showcasing the best of the region from agricultural displays, equestrian, sheep, cattle, poultry,cooking, photography to an array of stalls, local food to live music and a community barbecue. The village green “Our Fare” section of the show will be bigger and better this year – further promoting our natural resources, Dr Steve Wratton, Professor of Ecology at Lincoln University will talk about making the most of a sustainable vegetable garden – Dr John O’Malley of the Alpha Omega Clinic will present his vast experience on healthcare and how to better look after ourselves for optimal well-being. Pricing: Adult $10, Cars $2, Kids under 16 free. Ticket and additional info: www.hawardenshow.co.nz

 

Paws in the Park

16th March // 11am – 3pm
The Groynes

Join SPCA Canterbury for a fun family day out with your four-legged friend at Paws in the Park on Sunday 16 March from 11am to 3pm at The Groynes. Stalls and entertainment include: dog agility display, dog behavious presentation, pampered pooch competition, ‘Five Freedoms’ dog walk, dog massage clinic, face painting, SPCA stall including OpShop sale tent and much more! Food and drink will be available. Entry free! Official Website: www.spcacanterbury.org.nz/

 

Kaiapoi Toy Library Community Fun Day

16th March // 10:30am
Kaiapoi Rugby Club Grounds, Smiths Street, Kaiapoi

The Kaiapoi Toy Library is pleased to be again hosting its  Community Fun Day! A free entry event with loads of entertainment for the family, a chance to browse a stall, have a coffee and enjoy some entertainment while the kids take advantage of our family play area. Contact Phone: 0211424422

 

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). This week’s locations: Woolston, Barrington, Central City.