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The week ahead…


Space Mouse/Underwater Mouse

19th April – 4th May // Weekends 11am & 1pm
The Malthouse, 71 Colombo Street, Beckenham

The latest show from the Canterbury Children’s Theatre. See more info here – http://www.malthouse.co.nz/


Autumn scavenger hunt

18th April – 4th May // 10am – 4pm
Botanic Gardens

Pick up Scavenger Hunt bags from the Botanic Gardens Information Centre and see how many autumn treasures you can find and collect. Aimed at families with children aged between 3 and 12 years looking at spending some time in the Botanic Gardens during the school holidays. Contact Phone: 9418999.


Cinderella Meets Aladdin

April 23–26, 29–30, May 1–3 // 10am – 4pm
The Court Theatre at The Shed, Addington

When a magic wish goes wrong, these two famous storybook characters come face-to-face in this fantastical maelstrom of glass slippers and flying carpets. Don’t miss the magical showdown between Fairy Godmother and Genie! Cinderella Meets Aladdin by Scott Koorey – the April school holiday show. 11am and 1pm weekdays, 11am Saturdays. ANZAC Day 1pm only. Pricing: All tickets $9.00. Caregivers Required. Contact Phone: (+64 3) 963 0870 or freephone 0800 333 100. Official Website: www.courttheatre.org.nz


Easter Carnival

17th April – 4 May // 11am – 6pm
New Brighton Beach, Marine Parade, New Brighton

Bringing all the big family fun these school holidays with our rides and new super side show games were everyone is a winner.


Raising Bilingual Kids

6 May // 5:30 – 6:30pm
South Christchurch Library, 66 Colombo Street, Cashmere

Free parents workshop – Raising Bilingual Children and The benefits of Learning a Second Language. Mandarin Stars and Speak Spanish will be offering a a free and informative workshop for parents who are raising bilingual children or parents who would like to learn more about the benefits of children learning a second language. Melissa Heyrick, from Mandarin Stars, and Laura D’Amico, from Speak Spanish, are going to guide you, give you tips on what to do at home and answer all of your questions about raising bilingual children. They will also share accounts of their students language learning and their own children too. Contact to book a spot or to find out more information laura@speakspanish.co.nz. More info at http://www.speakspanish.co.nz


Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk

11 May // 9:30am – 12:30pm
South Hagley Park, Hagley Ave

Join us this Mother’s Day for our annual Jennian Homes fun run/walk. This wonderful event supports the Heart Foundation’s Go Red for Women campaign and is a great way to spend a special day with your family or friends. This campaign celebrates the energy, passion and power women have to band together to beat heart disease and women of all fitness levels are invited to join in the fun. Registration opens 1st April. Single: $20.00, Mother Daughter Combo: $15.00, Senior (65+): $15.00, Group (10+): $14.00. Tickets: 0800 JENNIAN or jennian.co.nz


Native Plant Restoration Field Day

10 May // 9:30am – 3pm
Coes Ford Reserve

Te Ara Kākāriki is running a free event for anyone interested in planting natives. The day will have experts available to talk about examples of when restoration works, how to plan your restoration project, what funding is available, what species to plant and how to plant, how to prepare and maintain your planting, how to deal with predator and herbivores, and what monitoring can you do. Take this opportunity to learn how to effectively restore natives and how you can contribute to creating a greenway across Canterbury. Official Website: www.kakariki.org.nz. To register email register@kakariki.org.nz


Body in Action (ongoing)

18th April – 27th July // Doors open at 9am
Canterbury Museum

Body in Action opens at Canterbury Museum on Friday 18 April and promises to put your body to the test. Do you know that in one day your heart will pump all your blood around your body about 1000 times, or that every 30 days your body produces a totally new outer layer of skin? Body in Action at Canterbury Museum will explore how the body works from head to toe. Designed for children of all ages, Body in Action offers an amazing journey of discovery through the human body. The exhibition is full of highly interactive activities and amazing information on how the human body works. For example, children can venture through the giant human mouth and giant nose, have fun in the lungs and intestines, test their aerobic capabilities, explore how the brain works and learn about bones, blood, how we hear, taste and see plus much, much more. Toured by Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Body in Action opens at Canterbury Museum on Friday 18 April, entry is free; donations are appreciated. For more information see www.canteburymuseum.com