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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…


The Christchurch Brick Show presented by The Press

12th & 13th July // 9am – 5pm //  Air Force Museum

This show features amazing LEGO models for all age groups in the new hangar of the Air Force Museum. Enthusiasts and collectors will display their designs, collections and contraptions. Children will also have the opportunity to get hands on with a LEGO play area. For children of all ages. Pricing: $2 per child, $4 per caregiver. Contact Phone: (03) 941 8999. Gold coin donation for parking. Official Website & Ticket Info:


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:


Scoot and Skate

13th July // 10am-11am, 11am-Noon, Noon-1pm //  Washington Way Skate Park

Roll on down to the flash new Washington Way Skate Park for this fun event as part of TV2 KidsFest. Featuring performers, prizes and demos there is plenty of space for all skill levels. This event is suitable for kids of all ages. Cancelled if wet. Free Event. Contact Phone: (03) 941 8999. Official Website:


Flat Man’s Superhero Training Academy

14th July // 11am-11:45am, Noon-12:45pm, 1pm-1:45pm, 2pm-2:45pm //  Cowles Stadium

Join Christchurch’s famous Flat Man and learn what it takes to be a superhero! Come along and hang out with him, test yourself on the inflatable obstacle course and grab 15 seconds of fame! Entry is free if you come dressed as a superhero. Pricing: Gold coin donation. For children aged 5-12 years. Contact Phone: (03) 941 8999. Official Website:


Kids Market

14th July // 10am-2pm //  Addington Raceway, Wrights Road

Learn how to set up shop, handle money, negotiate with customers, create crafts and make some extra pocket money with the Kids Market as part of TV2 KidsFest. Collect your old toys, clothing and sports gear, or get creative by making your own arts, crafts or baking. Parents come along to supervise only. Bring one table per family and remember to bring warm clothing and a money belt. No cooking is to take place on site. Come along to this event and find a bargain or buy some yummy treats! For children aged 6-13 years. Pricing: $5 per child (stallholder). Contact Phone: (03) 941 8999. Official Website:


Josh Grimaldi’s Toy Land

15th – 17th July // 11am & 1:30pm //  Multiple locations

A show full of magical wonder and excitement. The show will enchant the whole family as the toys come to life to amuse and delight all with their crazy illusions and skilled acrobatics. Child/Adults, $10.00 each or Concession (4 people) $35, Plus booking fee. Children under 3 yrs are free. Door sales are $12 per Child/Adult. Online Tickets at

Tues 15th July; Rangiora High School Hall, 125 E Belt, Rangiora
Weds 16th  July; Aurora Centre, Burnside High School, 151 Greers Road Burnside
Thurs 17th July; Kaiapoi Borough School Hall, 20 Hilton St Kaiapoi

Entertain your KidsFest Little Red Riding Hood

19th July // 11:30 & 2pm //  Heaton Intermediate School

Who doesn’t love a good story…especially when it’s a fairytale classic? Don’t be fooled by the nursery rhyme Little Red Riding Hood. The piece, based on Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’, is a fun piece with a twist at the end, and suitable for all ages! Resonance Ensemble, Christchurch’s newest and only chamber orchestra, performs an interactive family concert.

Families will have the opportunity to attend a workshop prior to the concert, making masks of the main characters, and learning more about the story in preparation for the concert. The masks will be incorporated into the performance, showcased by a parade. Come and meet the players at the end. Ticket Info: KidsFest.

Workshop 1: 9.30-10.45am CONCERT 1: 11.30-12.30pm

Workshop 2: 11.45-1pm CONCERT 2: 2-3pm

Concert: $10 adults, $5 children. Workshop $5 per child (caregiver required, but adults only need to book for the concert). Booking:


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:


Night at the Museum!

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: