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The week ahead…


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.


NZFF: Toons for Tots

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:…


Storylines Free Family Day

24th August // 10am – 3pm //  Upper Riccarton Library, 71 Main South Road

The Storylines Festival Family Days are a breeding ground for this generation’s Margaret Mahy or Joy Cowley, or indeed for the next Eleanor Catton! The place where NZ authors, illustrators and storytellers share the magic of NZ stories. New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2014 winners Vasanti Unka (The Boring Book), Rachel Stedman (A Necklace of Souls) and Joy Cowley (Dunger) and finalists Juliette MacIver, Brian Lovelock, Melinda Szymanik and Philippa Werry are amongst the homegrown participants. The Festival also welcomes a whizzbang group of performers to the Family Days: former APRA Children’s Song of the Year winner Mr Roberelli, swashbuckling pirate Captain Festus McBoyle, children’s musical play expert Julie Wylie and storyteller Kaitrin McMullan. Website:


Orienteering: schools training at Bottle Lake

28th August // 4 – 5pm //  Bottle Lake Forest Park

Come along to our after-school training leading up to the Canterbury Schools Orienteering festival. Each week training is on a different night to give as many as possible the chance not to have it clash with your other events. 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:


“Just for Fun” Day

30th August // 10am – 2pm //  Roy Stokes Hall at Central New Brighton School

Is your gambling still just for fun? Whether you gamble or not, come join us for some family time!  Bring the whanau and enjoy some free entertainment and activities! Sausage Sizzle * Musical Performances * Community Stalls * Bouncy Castle * Family Fun * All Free! Brought to you by the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, the Oasis Centre for Problem Gambling, the Canterbury Family Violence Collaboration, and others!


Monster Wars

31st August // 2-3pm & 4-5pm //  Hohepa Hall – 23 Barrington Street

NO Productions Theatre and La Errante Troupe present MONSTER WARS – a joyful and adventurous theatrical fantasy tale with a touch of circus! This show is aimed at audience of all ages: it is a delightful, funny and spectacular story of love, hate, revenge and forgiveness. …The kingdom is threatened by The Destroyer, a giant spider-like creature. Will the mysterious Hunter, a wanderer between the worlds, help the Queen and her people with his army of monsters?… Contact Phone: 027 2069311. Tickets: $10 Bookings by email:


Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker

Goes through 28th September // 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. Featuring works by Rebecca Baumann, Mark Braunias/Jill Kennedy, Judy Darragh, Steve Carr, Lionel Bawden, John Hurrell, Tony Bond, Helen Calder, John Nicholson and Miranda Parkes, the exhibition is supported by a lively and engaging programme for both children and adults that includes floor talks, workshops and publications. Official Website: