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The week ahead… 


Final shows for… 

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.


On this week…

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.


Summer of Fun – Rawhiti School Community Fun Day

25th Jan  // 10-3pm // Central New Brighton School, Seaveiw Road

Inviting the people in the New Brighton Community along to a family fun day before the start of the new school year, as a chance to meet with, and get to know parents, students and teachers of Rāwhiti School; created from the merger of Central New Brighton, Freeville and North New Brighton schools. There will be lots of family friendly activities including bouncy castles, sports and games and plenty of food and coffee. Any enquiries please contact Steph on 021-136-5391


Summer of Fun – Malvern Pool Party

25th Jan  // 2-5pm // Darfield Swimming Pool, Ross Street, Darfield

Come along families and friends for a BBQ tea, bouncy castle and fun in the pool, including organised games.

Summer of Fun – Opawa & St Martins Community Fun Day

31st Jan  // 10-1pm // St Marks Church, 101 Opawa Road

A free fun for the whole family! Activities on the day will include a BBQ, a bouncy castle, candyfloss, a balloon twister, ice blocks and much more.


Summer of Fun – Community Fun Day & Health Expo

31st Jan  // 10-12 noon //  Linwood Union Church, 378 Linwood Avenue

Come along for a BBQ, bouncy castle, jazz band, live entertainment, games, morning tea, face painting, book stall and health expo!

Jellie Park Skate Jam

31st Jan  // 12-3pm // Jellie Park

The Jellie Park Skate Jam is a family friendly community 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 Fendalton/Waimairi Community Board. Check website for more information.



31st Jan  // 7:30-10pm // Hagley Park North

Movie themes from Harry Potter to the Godfather will reverberate around North Hagley Park at this year’s Sparks. Pre-show entertainment starts at 5.30pm with the Justice Brass Band, Christchurch Youth Orchestra comprising some of our best musicians between the ages of 16 and 25, and Japanese drumming group Takumi who will reveal the Japanese culture through heart-pounding beats and stunning visual performances. More performances throughout the night. Bring a picnic, family and friends. Sing along, dance, or just let the music wash over you. The spectacular closing fireworks display will be accompanied by the Superman theme.Rain date Sunday 1 February. Parking is available for $3 at Carlton Mill corner, entry off Harper Ave or catch a bus to avoid the parking hassles. For all the details go to event page.


Forget Me Not Family Farm Day

31st Jan  // 10-3pm // Wee Dram Farm Park – 492 Oxford Rd, Rangiora

Wee Dram Farm Park supports Alzheimers Canterbury. Creating fond memories to support those who cannot remember. Feed the animals, meet baby animals, pony rides, bouncy castle, food trucks, picnic tables. $7 ($5 per ticket will go to supporting people living with dementia). Check website or FB event page 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.


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