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The week ahead… 


Christchurch Street Heritage Trail

10th Jan – 8th Feb  // Canterbury Museum; Rolleston Avenue

Rediscover the magic of the museum and take a journey down the streets of the past. Collect a free trail map when you arrive at the museum and step back in time to ‘’thee olde tyme’’ Christchurch. See the vintage displays and wonder at the goods sold in the shops from long ago. This heritage trail is a self-directed and fun exploration perfect for the whole family to enjoy. More info on their website:


Welcome Back Waltham

18th Jan  // 12-2pm // Waltham Summer Pool

Waltham Summer Pool is coming back! Join More FM for fun games and summer fun at “Welcome Back Waltham Pool”.
For opening hours and admission prices visit city councils website


Alice and the White Rabbit in Wonderland

11 – 17th Jan  // Avebury House, Evelyn Couzins Avenue

Harlequin Players is proud to present Alice and the White Rabbit in Wonderland, adapted by Glenys Lloyd-Smith, the late Patron of Harlequin Players. Come along and join in the madcap shenanigans and antics following Alice’s journey down the rabbit hole, meeting some old and new wondrous and strange characters. Is the Mad Hatter really as mad as they say? Is the Queen of Hearts as fierce as you think? And who is Louie Lost? You will have to come along to find out the answers! Showcased in the stunning grounds of Avebury House, Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond, Christchurch. Bring a picnic, dress up as your favourite character. Great fun and entertainment for people of all ages. Refreshments available. Price: $8 per person, cash only. Weekends 11am & 2pm, Weekdays 6:30pm.


January Holiday Programme

12 – 23rd Jan  // Christchurch City Libraries Learning Centres

Christchurch City Libraries Learning Centres hold innovative and fun technology based holiday programmes. Our theme for this holiday is Family Fun. From creating cool stuff using 3D printing to compiling your latest holiday photos into a memorable movie! Come with your family and check it out. Check out website for more info.


Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant

14 – 24th Jan  // 11-1pm //The Court Theatre at The Shed in Addington

Mrs McGinty longs for friends to share her cheese and crackers. When the nasty children who live next door discover the giant cucumber plant growing in her garden, it changes all of their lives. Check out website to get all the info.


The Owl and the Pussycat

15 – 24th Jan  // Thursday & Friday 6.30pm, Weekends 11am & 2pm // Elmwood Auditorium, 31 Aikmans Road

Elmwood Players Children’s Theatre presents: The Owl and the Pussycat. How did the Owl and the Pussycat meet? How did they fall in love? What do the Piggywig and the Turkey on the Hill have in common? And why is a Parrot running a Travel Agents? Adapted by Tim Bray from Edward Lear’s much loved poem this is a charming quirky story that fills in all the gaps behind the cutest love story ever written. Suitable for all ages. Thursday to Sunday only. Price: $7.50. Get all info on website.


Script World Buskers Festival

15 – 24th Jan  // Hagley Park

Fifty amazing street performers, comedians, fringe artists, musicians and visual artists left everyone mesmerised and in awe. Whether you’re a fan of highly skilled acrobatics, hoola-hoopers, trapeze artists, musicians, dancers, circus and vaudeville skits, burlesque or you’re simply out for a good belly laugh – the 2015 SCIRT WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL has it all! See official website for more info.


St Albans Skate Jam

24th Jan  // 12-3pm // St Albans Park Madras Street

If you haven’t tried skateboarding or inline skating then head down to the St Albans Skate Jam and give it a go! The Cheapskates Skate Skool runs a series of community skate jams around Canterbury this summer. These events are aimed at encouraging youth into skating with free gear hire and coaching from experienced skaters. All events include a best trick competition where participants can show off their best moves for a chance to win prizes. Official Website: Click here


Streets Kite Day

24th Jan  // 1-4pm // New Brighton Beach, South of the Pier

Flying a kite is an exhilarating feeling as you see it take to the sky in a whoosh, and control its dips and dives as it catches the air.
Spectacular kites of all varieties, from beautiful hand-painted tapa cloth to monstrous flying beasts and every shape and size in between, will again flutter and soar over New Brighton Beach on Streets Kite Day, delighting children and adults alike. Kite makers from around the world travel to attend this impressive event. Why not try making and decorating your own kite and test it out on the sea breeze or buy one from The Kite Shop on the day. Spot prizes will be given to some kite-flying kids. Even if you don’t have a kite to launch, you can watch while enjoying an ice cream or fish and chips on the beach. New Brighton Silver Band will perform beside the promenade and buskers will entertain in the amphitheatre. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen. Catch a bus to avoid parking hassles. See Facebook event info page.


St Albans Skate Jam

24th Jan  // 12-3pm // St Albans Park, Madras Street

The St Albans Skate Jam is a family friendly skate event. Learn to Skate with the friendly instructors from the Skate Skool with free gear hire available for beginners plus a competition with prizes up for grabs! This event is proudly supported by the Shirley/Papanui Community Board. Check website for more info.


Ongoing events…


Ingham Lazy Sundays

Every Sunday through 22 Feb // 3-4:30pm  // Archery Lawn, Botanic Gardens

A chance to wind down on a Sunday afternoon, spread out a picnic rug and enjoy some local performers. More info found on the Summertimes website.


The Great Museum Santa Search

6th Dec – 18th Jan // 9am – 5pm  // Canterbury Museum

The Great Museum Santa Search is on once again. Every year our Santas hide somewhere new and they are well hidden so the little ones need to keep their eyes open. From 6 December 2014 to 18 January 2015 the hunt is on. Each Santa is different, with many of the figurines and models from the late Laurie King’s collection. Laurie was well known locally as “King Santa” a role which spanned some 56 years, with him bringing joy to many hospital patients, playcentres and other community charities, including 16 years in the Christchurch Santa Parade. To enter this competition, count the Santa’s you find, fill in an entry form and post it in the box provided in the Museum foyer. The first correct entry drawn after the closing date will win a great prize. Contact Info: 366 5000. Official Website: Click here.  


Summertime Reading Club

8th Dec – 23rd Jan  // Christchurch City Libraries

Complete a series of exciting digital, reading and creative challenges and then bring your completed adventure sheet into any Christchurch City Library between 19 December and 23 January 2015. You’ll receive sticker and badge rewards and be entered into the online draw for major prizes! Our prize giving party will be held on 31 January! Open to all Christchurch residents between 5-12 years inclusive. Visit for more information


Sculpture on the Point

28th Dec – 22 Feb //Godley House

A fantastic Sculpture Trail from the ferry wharf to the Godley site  – 7 prominent New Zealand artists including Graham Bennett, Hannah Kidd and Aaron Te Rangiao present installations on the point for the summer. View the sculptures as you make your way to the music for a Sunday Session or choose any day of the week to view. Catch the Black Cat Ferry from Lyttelton for a 10 minute cruise across beautiful Lyttelton Harbour, or enjoy the 35 minute scenic drive from Christchurch. Official Website: Click here