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The week ahead…


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

1 – 11th October // celebrating 7:30pm  // The Court Theatre

‘G’ prefers baseball caps and skateboards to bows and pretty dresses, but she still thinks nothing of sneaking into strange houses uninvited. When the house belongs to three large bears… Well, the outcome might not be what you expect! October school holiday show… GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS adapted by Georgia-Kate Heard. All tickets $9.00 (Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver).

The Palms School Holiday Fun

1-3, 6-10th October // The Palms

Check out to see all that’s on. Melanie Poppins – Magician; 1st – 10th of October; Centre Court (outside Kmart); Performing 2 shows every weekday 10.30am & 12.30pm. Canterbury Rugby Team; 10th of October; Arena Carpark; 2pm – 3.30pm. Come and visit a few of the Canterbury Rugby players and join in a skills session!

Walking Festival

27th September – 5th October

38+ Walks – 9 Days. Beaches, forests, ridgelines and city streets. Walks for everyone – children, strollers, striders, families, people in wheelchairs, people with buggies, art and city interested people, AND a walk for dogs! A downloadable programme is available. Some walks require bookings and have limited numbers. Official website:

Rotary Book Fair

3-4th October // Fri 8.30am – 9pm. Sat 8.30am – 4pm // Rangiora Borough School Hall, King Street

Hundreds of books to choose from. Why buy an eBook when you can buy the real thing? The book sale offers books, magazines and puzzles donated from the Waimakariri District Libraries and from the public. Cash or cheque sales only. Sorry, no EFTPOS available.

Canterbury Masters Figure Skating & Open Invitation Championships

4-5th October // 4:30 – 7:15pm  // Alpine Ice Sports Centre 495 Brougham Street

Come and watch Canterbury’s top figure skaters in action.  Guests skaters from Dunedin also. Adult Grades and Youth grades. Solo and Partner Ice Dancing, Freeskating, Synchronised Team skating. Let them dazzle you with their spins, jumps, & speed over the ice. Dress Warm – Jackets, Gloves, beanies, blanket. Hot food available at the Cafe. Pricing: Gold Coin Donation. Contact Phone: 385 2261. Official Website:


All Right? Amble

5th October // 11am-3pm  // Botanic Gardens

Part treasure hunt, part orienteering this is a walk with a difference. Pick up your map from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and find five hidden delights. Collect a stamp at each one and return for a prize! Last map available at 2.30pm. Official Website:…


U.S Antarctic Program Air Day

5th October // 10am-4pm  // Christchurch International Airport

How do you fly home from a continent that’s so cold it freezes aircraft fuel? Here’s your chance to find out. Thanks to NZ IceFest, you now have your chance to get up close and personal with some of the largest aircraft at our U.S. Antarctic Program Air Day. Every October, Scott Base and McMurdo Station personnel are flown down to Ross Island, Antarctica, by the United States Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and others – and they want your help to inspect the planes before take-off! Join these crews as they take you inside some of the world’s largest aircraft. Christchurch International Airport plays host to 100 departures a season, with aircraft like the US C-17 Globemaster, the LC-130 Hercules and the Kiwi P3 Orion embarking on the 5–8 hour journey south. Please be aware that weather and operational conditions in Antarctica may mean that planes are not available as advertised. Pricing: Free entry. $2 parking fee. Official Website:


Week #2 Kidz Live Holiday Activities!

10th October // 10am -2pm  // St James Church Cnr. Barrington & Bewdley Streets, Spreydon

Spring in to action! We’re walking to a local playground for a fun filled day of races, games and challenges. If wet we will hold the activities inside the church hall. +5yrs only. $2 per child. Lunch provided. Caregiver optional. Bookings essential. Limited spaces available. For more information & bookings contact Amanda. Please include your child’s name, age and any allergies. Email: Mobile: 02102476027. Contact Phone: 02102476027


Rutherford – Full Steam Ahead!

9th September–19th November // 9am to 5pm  // Canterbury Museum

In 1935, when only eight-years-old, Patrick Fowler was given a model locomotive as a surprise gift after taking part in a train-naming ceremony at St Pancras Railway Station, London. The train was named after his world-famous grandfather, New Zealand physicist and chemist Ernest Rutherford.

Prior to the Canterbury earthquakes, the Rutherford’s Den Trust was housed in the 19th century buildings of the former Canterbury College (now the Arts Centre) and this was where Rutherford had studied and undertaken many of his early experiments. As work on this building is not due to be completed until 2015, Canterbury Museum are exhibiting this historic locomotive until it can be returned to the refurbished Rutherford’s Den. Contact Phone: 366 5000. Official Website:

NZ IceFest 2014

27 Sept – 12th October // celebrating 7:30pm  // Horncastle Arena

NZ IceFest celebrates New Zealand’s unique relationship with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. New Zealand is a gateway to Antarctica with Christchurch acting as a logistics hub for both national and international programmes. NZ IceFest showcases the scientific, heritage and cultural importance Antarctica has to our country and the festival captures this through its strong programme of Antarctic-themed activities. From scientific speakers to sled dog racing, NZ IceFest has something for everyone, most of it free! Get along and experience the magic for yourself. Official website:


Antarctic Time Travel Exhibition

1 – 12th October // celebrating 7:30pm  // NZ IceFest Hub, 33 Cathedral Square

NZ IceFest makes time travel easy! Zap through geological time, from 50 million years in Antarctica’s past to generations into the future in our very own Antarctic Time Travel exhibition. You’ll be surprised and intrigued by the climatic conditions Antarctica has experienced in the past and what it’s projected to be in the future. This exhibition is creative, interactive and educational, showcasing NZ-led Antarctic research, particularly in the area of climate change.

We’re making climate change accessible and interesting to everyone. Hope you’re as excited as we are to take this journey through time. And don’t worry, we’ll deliver you back safe and sound to 2014! Developed with GNS Science, Victoria University of Wellington, Lincoln University and NIWA. Supported by Lion Foundation and The Canterbury Community Trust. Pricing: Gold Coin Entry

The Trucking 2014 Show

11th October // 10am – 5pm  // Wigram Air Force Museum

The Trucking 2014 Show is on the 11th October at Wigram. There is going to be a “Show and Shine” so all the big trucks will be polished up and parked up along either side of the runway. It will be an awesome opportunity for kids to see big trucks up close and cheap family day out. Gold coin entry and all proceeds go towards Child Cancer Foundation and Ronald McDonald House. More info here.


The Body Festival

19th September – 12th October

Quantity but not in any way a compromise on quality: check out the vast collection of opportunities to see some of the best dance and performance events New Zealand has to offer; together with numerous opportunities ‘to give dance a go’ at a broad range of dance workshops available throughout the festival. Official website: