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The week ahead…

TV2 KidsFest

5th – 19th July // various times //  Christchurch & greater Canterbury

Entertain your kids these winter school holidays with TV2 KidsFest. This year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever with over 240 events in Christchurch and greater Canterbury. Official website:

SO many great events. We looked through our booklet yesterday and noted some of our favourites 🙂

  • Double the Bus, Double the Fun! Ride the dop deck of the bus for $5! (pg. 13 in booklet)
  • Scavenger hunt type of things at the Airforce Museum, again just $5 (pg. 26)
  • Art classes at The Colombo, $2 (pg. 29)
  • Kite Making at The KiteShop, $10 (pg. 35)
  • Photographic Print Art at Canterbury WEA, gold coin (pg. 40)
  • Sports activities & craft lesson throughout
  • Honk! A broadway junior collection
  • So many others plus others listed below…


MORE FM Lantern Parade

5th July // 4:30 – 6:30pm //  Central City, Christchurch

Come and celebrate the launch of TV2 KidsFest 2014 with the More FM Lantern Parade! Bring your own lantern, lights, or anything that glows! This year the parade will begin from outside the Christchurch City Council building on Worcester Boulevard with an exciting finish featuring performances and a surprise finale in Cathedral Square. Check for lantern making workshops in the last 2 weeks of June on

4.30pm- Parade to assemble outside the Christchurch City Council building on Worcester Boulevard. 5.30pm- Parade will begin, leaving from Worcester Boulevard and arriving in Cathedral Square, where an exciting finale to the parade will commence. 6.30pm- Event will finish. If wet postponed to Sunday 6 July. Contact Phone: (03) 941 8999. Official Website:


Psst… Professional Super Spy Training

5th July // 1-4pm //  Kaiapoi North School

Cool Stuff (Kids Fest Mascot) has disappeared – has he been dog napped or something more sinister… you are the detective to find out! Psst, our detective training agency has been asked if its training recruits can help to discover his location. All recruits welcome. $5 per spy trainee. Event Website


Tothill’s Mazes Kidsfest

5th – 19th July // various times //  Tothill’s Mazes, 493 Shands Rd, Hornby

Tothill’s Mazes is proud to be a part of Kidsfest these July holidays! The Kidsfest Mascot, Coolstuff, has travelled around the world and ended up at Tothill’s Mazes but he has got lost in the Kiwiana themed wooden maze. Come and help find Coolstuff in our maze! We have special Kidsfest entry prices and kids get to take home a small treat from Tothill’s Mazes. Open 7 days a week during the school holidays 10am-5pm. Website:


Mid-Winter Second Hand Book Fair

5th July // 10-1pm // On Green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald St. LINCOLN

Come and grab a bargain to read over the winter months, meet some talented local authors including Lincoln writers Billy Barnes, Lincoln University’s Heritage writer Ian Collins, Janet Wainscott, Clare Erasmus – author of the Kia Kaha Children Books and other writers. A great opportunity to buy some signed copies of their books and hear what inspires them. Plus simply enjoy the atmosphere of one of our special winter markets with roast chestnuts, mulled fruit drinks, award winning produce, confectionery, baking and great gift ideas including some cosy winter woollies to help keep you toasty warm. Website:


Night at the Museum!

8, 10, 15, 17 July // 6-8pm // Canterbury Museum

See bedtime stories come to life in our very own night at the Museum!  Grab your flashlight and take an after-hours walk around the dimly lit galleries of Canterbury Museum. You never know what you’ll discover! Canterbury Museum is a mobility accessible location. Bring a torch and dress in costume if you fancy! Free event. Donations appreciated. Contact Phone: 366 5000.


The Emperor’s New Clothes

9 – 19th July (Monday – Saturdays) // 11am & 1pm // The Court Theatre

We all like to look good, however the Emperor likes to look great. But when he fires his tailor and has nothing to wear, he turns to two scoundrels to plan his new wardrobe. Warning: This show features horrible underwear. All Tickets $9.00The Court Theatre (or ph. 963 0870 or freephone 0800 333 100). Official Website:


Kaiapoi Adventre Race

12th July // 10am-2pm // i-SITE, Charles Street, Kaiapoi

Trivia, mental and physical challenges, and awesome adventures. Record each adventure on a digital device.
Starting with a list of clues, racers get to must each mystery location then complete a mini adventure, get a photo on any digital device, then move onto the next adventure. $5 per child. Website: