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The week ahead…

 

NZFF: Animation for Kids 2014

17th August // 9am //  Hoyts Northlands

NZIFF recommends this programme for children aged 7–10 years (and up). The best animation is a colourful, oddball kind of vehicle capable of the most unlikely journeys. There are plenty of animators who see kids less as an audience and more as a band of fellow travellers on these expeditions of the imagination. The very best of these excursions will encounter worlds that blend the fantastical, the apparently impossible and the audaciously improbable with clever animals, magical ideas, pure fun and just maybe a couple of slightly rude bits. Responding to the vivid imaginations of children is what makes putting these two programmes together such an inspiring challenge for us. If we got it right, there is likely to be laughing, finger pointing, silent ‘wow’ moments and even a few moments of thoughtful contemplation – followed by more laughing, finger pointing and noisy ‘wow’ moments. — Malcolm Turner 

Various pricing. Check website for more details: www.nziff.co.nz/2014/christchurch/animation…

 

Disney On Ice

15th – 17th August // Various times //  Horncastle Arena, Jack Hinton Dve, Addington

This magical Disney On Ice show that kiwi families have come to know and love is back to our shores this year and is better than ever! Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove opens in New Zealand in July 2014 and will take audiences on a magical journey spanning 50 years of Disney’s famous well-loved animated films. Tickets – 0800 842 538. Prices from $29.50. Official website: Disney On Ice

 

TAKUMI Japanese Drum Group Concert

16th August // Doors open at 6pm //  Aurora Centre Auditorium

Doors open from 6pm for ticket sales and for entering venue. Concert commence time is 7pm. Door sales only. $10 per ticket. Official Website: www.facebook.com/events/1450974701818161/?s…

 

NZFF: Toons for Tots

16th & 24th August // Various times //  Hoyts Northlands

A variety of short clips. NZIFF recommends this programme for children aged 3–6. Contact Phone: 0276838555. Official Website: www.nziff.co.nz/2014/christchurch/toons-for…

 

Oxford Speedway

17th & 18th August // first race: 11am //  Oxford Speedway. Carleton Road, off South Eyre Road

C Grade Challenge. $10 (kids under 15 free when with a paying adult). Official website:  www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz/events

 

Scruffs Dog Show

17th August // 10:30-2pm //  Cust Domain

A fun family day out! There will be puppy classes, junior handlers, best tricks, best eye brows, fancy dress, most like owner, waggiest tail and loudest bark competitions! There will also be a Police Dog display. Free face painting and bouncy castle for the kids. Food stalls and coffee available. $20 per dog. Humans are free! www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz/events

 

Orienteering: schools training at Cashmere

20th August // 4-5pm //  Cashmere High School carpark (near Rose St)

Come along to the after-school training leading up to the Canterbury Schools Orienteering festival. Each week training is on a different night. Check out the two Sunday club events 10 August and 7 September which are great family practice for the festival. Pricing: $2 per child. Contact Phone: 384 7911. Official Website: www.papo.org.nz

 

South Island Ice Figure Skating Championships

22nd – 24th // Alpine Ice Sports & Entertainment Centre, 495 Brougham Street, Opawa

Come and see many of New Zealands top figure skaters performing their routines.   Ice Dance, Free-skating, Synchronised Team Skating and Theatre on Ice. Friday 11:45am – 7pm; Saturday 11:45am – 1:30pm; Sunday 10am – 1pm. Session Prices: $2 Adult, $1 Child , Family Day Pass $5 (2 adults & 2 children). Check website for full details. Dress Warm – Gloves, Beanies, Scarfs warm jackets/coats. Bring a rug and a cushion. Hot food and drinks available from the Cafe. Contact Phone: 385 2261.