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The week ahead…  


Autumn Discovery Trail – Te Wao Nui a Tane

3rd – 19th April  // 8:30am – 5pm // Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave

These school holidays, from Good Friday (3 April) until Sunday 19 April, pick up a free discovery trail booklet from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and explore Te Wao Nui a Tane (the Great Forest of Tane). We recommend that kids under 7 have grown-up assistance for the tasks involved. The Visitor Centre is open daily from 8.30am – 5pm.


Autumn Art

14-18th April  // 10:30am – 2:30pm // Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave

All the fallen autumn leaves will certainly come in handy these holidays! Kids can get creative with our Autumn Art programme from Tuesday 14 April to Saturday 18 April between 10.30 and 2.30pm. Activities include creating leaf art, a leaf sun catcher or a leaf bandana (by pummelling leaves onto fabric!). Venue is the old Information Centre near the Armagh car park entrance to the Gardens. Sessions are 25 minutes long and the cost is $2 to cover materials. Bookings can be made on the day. For more info go to: Christchurch Botanic Gardens


The Wizard of Oz

15-18th April  // 3pm to 4:15pm and 6pm to 7:15pm // Southern Ballet Theatre, 108 Carlyle Street Christchurch

Southern Ballet Theatre – A fun filled spectacle, featuring our three Jazz Companies; Perfect school holiday entertainment for the whole family. Performances:  Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th April 2015, 3pm and 6pm daily. Adults $15.00, Children & Seniors $12.50. Book: Phone 03 3797219 or email


Cupcake Day

23rd April  // 10-11:30 // Beulah Church, 140 Springfield Rd, Christchurch City

Come & have some fun decorating your own cupcakes & have a play, while your parents enjoy a barista coffee. Gold coin entry.


Family Fun Run/Walk and Gala

26th April  // 10am – 1pm // Hagley Park North

The Tourette’s Association of New Zealand, in association with Kelly Sports, is holding a family-orientated fun run/walk with three distance options to suit all members of the family. Choose from 2.5km, 5km or 10km and enter as an individual or a two-person team (for the 10km only). Earlybird prices are available and all those who enter before April 22 go in the draw to win an iPad Mini. Once you’ve finished your run/walk stay and enjoy some of the entertainment, the kids games, the food stalls and the coffee. Take the opportunity to learn more about Tourette Syndrome and how it affects kiwi kids. Fancy-dress costumes are encouraged. This is a fundraising event for the Tourette’s Association of New Zealand Registration is open now. Please email Kelly Sports to register: Pricing: Early bird prices: child $5, adult $10, family $25. On the day entries: child $8, adult $13, family $30. Under fives are free. Two-person teams pay the individual fee each. Official Website: Click here


Halswell Community Market

26th April  // 1-4pm // St John of God Chapel, 26 Nash Road, Halswell

Our markets provide a venue for local clubs, schools and businesses to highlight their activities and to fundraise. This is a real community event with a variety of stalls offering handmade crafts, local produce and amazing food. There is something for everyone at the Halswell Market: Fresh Organic Coffee, a wide variety of food trucks; Live music and beautiful award winning grounds to relax in; Stalls covering fresh Local Produce to Shabby Chic; Entertainment for the kids in the form of a bouncy castle and face painting. For enquiries phone or text Kate on 027 370 0344. For more information and updates, find us on Facebook – Halswell Community Market. Funded by the HalswelL Community Project. Official Website: Halswell Community Project


Ongoing events…


Spectrum Street Art Festival

14th Feb – 10 May  // YMCA

Featuring: The largest Banksy collection in the southern hemisphere. Who: Cope 2, Sofles, Adnate, Owen Dippie, Flox, Buff Monster, Dcypher & Jacob Yikes. Admission is free, and there are rumored giant spray cans adorning the venue, customized by selected artists. All the major players in spray paint manufacturing are set to contribute, and we imagine this event will undoubtedly cement Christchurch’s reputation as one of the country’s great street art advocates. Official Website: Click here