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4-18 July // Various times and places

KidsFest is back from Saturday 4 to Saturday 18 July, to help keep the kids entertained over the winter school holidays. Celebrating the Year of Light, KidsFest will launch in style with the More FM Lantern Parade on Saturday 4 July (see below). Experience the magical Botanic Gardens under the cover of darkness at The Press Night of D’Light. Perfect for the whole family, walk an amazing illuminated route and discover the Gardens’ as you’ve never seen it before. With over 250 awesome events in Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri, the kids will be spoilt for choice these school holidays. Visit for the most up to date information on all of the events.  All ticketed events will go on sale at 9am, Monday 2 June. KidsFest is proudly produced by the Christchurch City Council on behalf of the KidsFest Charitable Trust. 


KidsFest : More FM Lantern Parade

4 July // 4:30-6:30pm // Re:START Mall

Join the party atmosphere of the More FM Lantern Parade to launch KidsFest 2015. We’ll be celebrating everything to do with lights with amazing lanterns, search lights, projections on buildings, illuminated bridges and light sculptures. Bring along your own creations whether it’s wearable light art, lanterns, glow sticks or torches. The parade will begin in the Re:START Mall and wind its way around the Avon River towards a finale in Victoria Square. Dress up warm, caregiver required.Access and parking: Free parking on Kilmore street by the Town hall. Closer car park : Wilson car park corner St Armagh and Colombo street. Cancelled if wet. Official Website: Click here


Dance Masters International

4 July // 6pm // Mairehau High School, 440 Hills Road, Mairehau

Dance Masters International performs in their mid year Gala July 4th, 6.00pm at Mairehau High School, 440 Hills Road, Mairehau 8052. Tickets are $15 per adult or child and available at the door or can be purchased by emailing A magical evening for the whole family filled with beautiful dancing, captivating costumes, music and a tribute to the 100yr Anzac celebrations. Come and join us for a night to remember.


Kaiapoi Advenutre

5 July // 10-2pm // Starting point Kaiapoi i-SITE, Charles St

Come on down to the Kaiapoi i-site and collect your adventure map. Each map lists adventure points around Kaiapoi where we have set up fun stuff for you to try. Suitable for all ages. The Kaiapoi Adventure is a great way to try something new. We don’t want to give it away but adventures could include; obstacle courses, climbing towers, fun at the fire station, crazy bikes and more. Lots of different challenges that are suitable for all ages. $5 per child. Caregiver required. Event Website: Bookings essential –


Performing Arts Winter Camp

6-9 July // 10:30am – 4pm // DHSSD Studio, 62 Ashley St, Rangiora

4 days of classes combining Acting, Singing & Dance for ages 8-9yrs /10-12yrs / 13-15 yrs at the Dale Hartley School of Speech and Drama. Each day will be different with 3 sessions including dance, singing and acting. Students will work with different tutors covering a range of topics like improvised theatre, musical theatre dance and pop singing to name a few. Includes a back stage tour of the new Town Hall. Sessions run Monday – Thursday with a discount price for attending all 4 days. $30 per day or $100 for all 4 days. Bookings to or phone 021 899 440. Event Website.


KidsFest : Scoot and Skate

7 July // 11am // Washington Way

Roll on down to Washington Way Skate Park for this fun event featuring performers, prizes and demos. There’s plenty of space for all skill levels. Mai FM will also be on-site with cool giveaways! This event is part of the KidsFest programme and is suitable for all ages.Please note there are two sessions, 11am-12noon for juniors (5-8 years) and 12noon-1.30pm for seniors (9-12 years). Official Website: Click here


Creepy Crawly Night at the Museum

7, 9, 14, 16 July // 5:30pm // Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave

It’s back and bigger than ever! See creepy crawlies take over the building in our very own Night at the Museum! Poke around after hours – who knows what you will find lurking in the shadows. Bring a torch and dress up as a bug, spider or creepy crawly!
Fun for the whole family. Visit website for more information. Supervision is required for children under 14yrs. Canterbury Museum is a mobility accessible space. Free event, donations appreciated.


Chalk Art Competition

8 July // 10am – 2pm // Entry & Chalk Packs at Kaiapoi i-SITE, Charles St

Come down to show us your talent- Kaiapoi is having a chalk art competition! Get your chalk pack on the day and get assigned a square in which to show off your skills. Bring a picnic, create some art. Come down show us what you can do. See the talented artists. Vote for your favourite. Food stalls, entertainment and more. Get your entry and chalk pack from the Kaiapoi i-SITE on Charles St. Chalk Art takes place at Trousselot Park on Charles St. Wet weather plan – Thursday 9 July. Free entry, chalk packs $2 each. Event Website:


CSO Kids

7 July // 9:30am & 11am // Charles Luney Auditorium

The hugely popular CSO Kids is a must for the concert calendar. This forty five minute performance is full of Fun, Dance and Music. Take a magical journey around the instruments of the orchestra and meet the players of the CSO. Sing along with well-known nursery songs, join the grand procession through the orchestra and boogie down to classics like The Hall of the Mountain King and Flight of the Bumblebee. Specifically programmed for 2-6 year olds, CSO Kids is a great introduction to the world of music. And it provides a wonderful opportunity to see, hear, take part and explore the wondrous world of the symphony orchestra. Children are encouraged to bring a soft toy to the concert. General Admission $9. Free for children under 2 on laps, but tickets must be booked. Website info here.


The Early Early Late Show – Comedy for the whole family

8 – 18 July // The Forge at The Court

This show will feature guest appearances from What Now hosts Ronnie TaulafoChris Kirk and Bianca Seinafo. Price: $12 each. Website link:


The Cat in the Hat

8-18 July // Tonkin & Taylor Main Stage

Presented by special arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY). Price: $10 each. Website Link:


Psst! Professional Super Spy Training

10-11 July // 10-1pm & 2-4pm each day // Kaiapoi North School, 278 Williams St.

Learn how to be a Super Spy in our secret training day and stop NOFUN (the Network Organisation For Undercover Naughtines) from spoiling the holidays. Get a spy ID badge, spy code name, and have fun. The Network Organisation For Undercover Naughtiness (NO FUN), is causing more trouble! PSST, our Spy Training Agency, has been asked to train recruits to stop NO FUN from ruining the holidays. Get special ‘Super Spy’ training to work out what NO FUN are up to and stop them. Create your own ID badge, train on the obstacle course, crack secret codes and follow the clues. All the training you need to become a super spy! Bookings via website or email $5 per child.


Have A Go Day

11 July // 10-2pm // Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre

Have a go at some of the fun activities that Christchurch City Council offers to preschoolers! Bubbletimes – a fun splash and play session; Tumbletimes – Gymnastics, fun and music; Storytime – Stories and play with Christchurch City Libraries; The Southern Centre – An amazing, interactive, sensory experience. All activities on the day are FREE! Register on arrival and be in to win an exciting preschooler prize pack.


The Christchurch Brick Show

11-12 July // 9am – 5pm // Horncastle Arena

This event is the biggest LEGO based show in New Zealand! The show will exhibit amazing LEGO models for all age groups in over 2500 sqm of space at the Horncastle Arena. Enthusiasts and collectors will show their designs, collections and contraptions. Children will have the opportunity to go hands on with various LEGO focused activities in a dedicated LEGO play area. This year all visitors to the show on the Saturday will get the opportunity to vote for the best display. There will be an incredible model of the Auckland Sky Tower on display. And our exclusive show set this year available to purchase only at the show is a beautiful model of the iconic Christchurch Cathedral. Make sure you come prepared for sales, there will be everything from traditional LEGO sets, LEGO stationary, minifigures, put together your own minifigures, prints, greeting cards and more on sale! Pricing: $5 per person. Children under 2 FREE. Official Website: Click here




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Whole House Reuse -the unique challenge of reusing an entire home to save it from waste

05 Jun to 23 Aug // Canterbury Museum

The unique challenge of reusing an entire house to save it from waste has formed the basis for a new and inspiring exhibition called Whole House Reuse to open at Canterbury Museum on 5 June 2015. The project involved reusing every single piece of 19 Admirals Way – a 1920’s weatherboard home in New Brighton, Christchurch – which was scheduled for demolition in 2013. Since then, over 250 people from around New Zealand and the world have invented ways of reusing these resources and the result is a huge collection of objects from a delicately carved taonga puoro (flute) by master carver Brian Flintoff, to a finely crafted backyard studio by artist Nic Moon and architectural designer Lyn Russell. Visit for more information and tickets to this unique opportunity. Further exhibition and public programme information can be found at