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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.


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

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


Mini Monet’s – Kids Painting Session

9-17th April  // 11am – 1pm // Paint ‘n’ Sip Studio, 136 Ilam Road, Christchurch City

Bring the kids to a fun, social painting party at the studio, no experience is needed in painting only a positive attitude! Book a seat through our online calendar! Includes: step by step painting instruction (acrylic on 16 x 20inch canvas); all painting materials; one-of-a-kind piece of ART to display at home; best of all we clean up! Recommended ages 6 and up – if younger kids want to join we ask a parent stays with them throughout the session. Kids can paint the featured painting or pick from other kids paintings we have. Adults can join in on the fun as well! $25.00. To book or for more information: 03 351 0879 or Facebook page.


Going On a Bear Hunt – Great Value School Holiday Fun

9 – 19th April  // Check website for times // Addington School, 22 Brougham St, Addington

Riccarton Players Playbox Theatre presents: Going on a Bear Hunt & other Stories, Poems & Songs for the upcoming April School Holidays. This latest production continues Riccarton Players proud history of quality children’s shows suitable for kids aged 4 to 94 and incorporates all that is good in children’s entertainment – simple and fun storylines, recognisable music and plenty of opportunity for the audience to get involved. Bring a cushion to get up close to the action and bring your favourite Teddy or Toy. At just $7.50 per ticket across all ages for an hour long show, Playbox Theatre represents excellent value for money this school holidays. For more info and times go to: Riccarton Players Inc or call 3384 699.


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


Cycle to Your Library Day

14th April  // Library hours // Your local library

Grab your kids, co-workers, friends and neighbours and cycle to your local library on April 14 2015! Cycling is a fast, healthy and cost-effective way of getting to where you need to go – including your fantastic local library! Cycle to any Christchurch City Library on April 14 and receive a free reflective backsack to carry your books! (While stocks last. All cyclists must show their safety helmet to staff to receive the backsack.) While you’re there, take time to talk to staff about the exciting range of cycling resources, books and information the library has for all types of cyclists!


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


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