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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.

 

Steam Train Running this Easter

5th & 6th April  // 10am – 4:30pm // Ferrymead Heritage Park

Ferrymead Heritage Park features an Edwardian township complete with picture theatre, school house, church, bakery, jail and railway station. There are a fascinating array of museum and heritage collections. A tram runs daily or a steam train runs on public holidays, school holidays and on the 1st Sunday of each month March to November and every Sunday December to February. When operating, unlimited tram and train rides are included in the entrance price. For the opportunity to experience a slice of our colonial past, visit Ferrymead Heritage Park today. Open every day but Christmas day. Ph 03) 384-1970. Official Website: Click here

Imagination Station

Monday – Sunday // 10am – 6pm // Imagination Station, 113 Worcester Ave

Entrance is free, but donations are welcome. Open for extended hours during the April Holidays – From the 6th-19th we will be open from 9AM until 6PM daily. That is an extra 14 hours of LEGO goodness these holidays! Closed the 3rd, 4th, and 5th April for Easter weekend. See HERE for class schedule for this time. You can and your children can come in and play in our large LEGO play areas during our opening hours. No reservation is necessary for the play areas. There’s a standard LEGO play area suitable for children three years and older and a Duplo play area suitable for children three and younger. Parents need to actively supervise their children at all times – there is no upper age limit on LEGO play!

 

School Holiday Workshops

School Holidays  // 10:30am – 2:30pm // Westfield Riccarton, 129 Riccarton Rd

Free Workshops At Westfield During School Holidays. Looking for ways to keep your little ones entertained these school holidays? Westfield Shopping Centre has you covered with free workshops across the two-week break to make sure shopping remains a breeze! Whether your kids want to extend their crafty mind or ignite creativity, Westfield has free events nationwide from Monday 6th April to Friday 17th of April to suit all ability levels. These popular sessions fill up quickly; to secure a spot book in on the day to avoid missing out! For more information, please visit westfield.co.nz.

 

Isaac Theatre Royal Open Day & Restoration Tour

8th April  // 9am – 12pm // Isaac Theatre Royal

The Isaac Theatre Royal opened its doors to the public at the beginning of March, for its first open day since the completion of a $40million restoration. Thousands turned out to show their support. Due to overwhelming demand, we are pleased to announce a second open day and tour of the Isaac Theatre Royal. This time, thanks to Showbiz Christchurch, you will also have the opportunity to see the full Phantom of the Opera set up close. Come and see the theatre and take part in this extra special Restoration Celebration Tour. With Newstalk ZB broadcasting live from the theatre and the chance to see the theatre in full production mode, this is a unique opportunity not to be missed! A suggested donation of $5 or more to the theatre’s fundraising campaign will go toward securing the future of the theatre. Doors open at 9:00am and tours will continue throughout the morning until midday. Make your donation on the door. Please bring correct change. Bring the whole family, and experience this beautiful historic theatre first hand. Official Website: Click here

Alice in Wonderland – In the Attic

8 – 18th April  // 11am – 1pm // The Court Theatre at The Shed in Addington

Join Alice, Jimmy and their Uncle Lewis in the attic for a magical story that transports you to Wonderland. Have a tea party with Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter, all the while trying to find the Queen of Heart’s missing tart. Official Website: Click here

 

The Ballet Competition

9 – 12th April  // 11am & 2pm 9th , 3pm & 6pm 10,11 & 12th April // Southern Ballet Theatre

A tale of mystery and intrigue; a young ballerina goes missing at an international ballet competition. Be entertained as the curious inspector solves the question: Where is Odette? Presented by the Senior Ballet Company. Performances:  Thursday 9th April 11am and 2pm, Friday 10th – Sunday 12th April 3pm and 6pm. Adults $15.00, Children & Seniors $12.50. Book through Southern Ballet Theatre’s Office, 108 Carlyle Street, Sydenham. Phone 03 379 7219, email southernballet@xtra.co.nz

 

Pet Expo

11th & 12th April  // 10am – 5pm // Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre

Come and experience New Zealand’s largest and most popular Pet Expo on April 11 & 12 at the Pioneer Leisure Centre. The 2015 Pet Expo is New Zealand’s premier event for all things pet related. This includes nutrition, health, training, responsible ownership, play, discipline and everything in-between. Tickets are valid for one entry on either Saturday or Sunday. There will be a separate queue for ticket pre-sales for preferential entry. Family Pass is for Two Adults and up to 3 Kids. Children Under 8 Can pay their age on the day – to speed this process up please bring exact change. If you require EFTPOS transactions for a child entry you will need to go to the Gate Sales queue. Official Website: Click here

 

Celebration of Light Festival

11 – 17th April  // 9am // CPIT Madras Street

Science Alive and CPIT present a week long festival celebrating the UNESCO Year of Light and Light Technologies. 30 Hands-on Light Based Science Exhibits, Live Science Shows presented by Dr Graham Walker ‘Bright Ideas’, Workshops for Children ages 5 -12 years old, 3 Day Workshop for Year 11 and 12 Students ‘Light it Up’, Family Stardome Sessions, Photo Exhibition, Live Webcast to Rochester Science Centre and Museum, New York, USA. $6 per person. Official Website: Click here. Facebook Event: Click here

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

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