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Featured Event

Baby and Child Expo

18 & 19 July // 9am-4pm // Pioneer Stadium

Pregnancy, Babies, Toddlers & Children up to 7 we have it all covered! The Baby & Child Expo is the only Christchurch & South Island consumer show geared towards Pregnancy, Birth, Newborn, Toddler, Parenting and Families. Covering a wide variety of categories, including but not limited to: Natural Products, Car & Travel Products, Strollers, Buggies, Carriers and similar Products, Products for the Parents to be, Nursery Products, Feeding Products including High Chairs, Bathing and Changing Products, Clothing & Accessories, Activity and Playtime Products, Safety Products, Family Orientated Products, Health & Beauty Product + much more. A huge range of products and services will be on show, along with seminars, demos and workshops and of course a “babysitting” /“child care” service. Kids Free , Adults $5. We look forward to seeing you at the Baby and Child Expo. Event Website:



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 : The Press Night of D’Light in the Botanic Gardens

8-12 July // 5.30pm – 8.30pm // Christchurch Botanic Gardens

A night time lighting experience for the whole family not to be missed in our magical Botanic Gardens. Walk an amazing illuminated route, experiencing the gardens in a new light under the cover of darkness. Food and drink available as is limited merchandise. Begin at Rolleston Avenue next to the museum or Armagh Street car park footbridge. Please note access to Botanic Gardens car parking is via Riccarton Avenue. The Armagh Street vehicle bridge entrance will be closed due to repairs. Allow time for parking. Pedestrian and cycle access is still open. Gold coin donation to the Botanic Children’s Garden, caregiver required. This event is part of the KidsFest programme. Latest suggested entry 8pm to allow time to explore. Please bring a torch. Be in to win Photo Warehouse vouchers and Selfie Sticks by entering the Night of D’Light photo competition! Gold coin donation. Official Website: Click here


Creepy Crawly Night at the Museum

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.


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


KidsFest: Kids Market

13 July // 10-2pm (set up from 9am) // Addington Raceway

Learn how to set up shop, handle money, negotiate with customers, create crafts and make some extra pocket money! Collect all your old toys, clothing and sports gear or get creative by making your own arts, crafts or baking. Parents come along to supervise only. Bring your own tables and remember warm clothing and a money belt. No cooking to take place on site. Come along to this event to find a bargain or buy some yummy treats! Cancelled if wet. Official Website: Click here


Little Red Riding Hood

15-18 July // 11am – 12.00 and 2-3pm Daily, 5-6pm Friday and Saturday // Southern Ballet & Dance Theatre

Ballet of the classical story of Little Red Riding Hood. Suitable for all ages. All tickets $12.50


The Wiggles – Rock & Roll Preschool Tour

16 July // Doors open at 2pm; Runs 2:30-3:30pm //  The Charles Luney Auditorium, Winchester Street

Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon have declared the Rock & Roll Preschool is open now and the lesson for today is to have some fun! The Rock & Roll Preschool tour will be in New Zealand in July of this year and will feature songs from their new Rock & Roll Preschool CD and DVD. You’ll shake to That’s the Sound of Rock & Roll, rise and shine with Wake Up!, swing along as you Dance with Emma and be the coolest kid in preschool with I Want a Leather Jacket. The Rock & Roll Preschool tour will get you all shook up, mixing some of these new hits with Wiggles classics such as Hot Potato!, Rock–a–Bye Your Bear and Do the Propeller. The fab four of fun for under-fives will of course be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus. Tickets available to 2.30pm show only. Other shows allocation exhausted. Official Website: Click here


Oxford Observatory Open Night

17 July // 7-10pm //  Oxford Area School Observatory, Bay Road

A great opportunity to view the night skies through big telescopes at the Observatory in Oxford. Open Nights are on selected Friday evenings with an option for the Saturday night if weather postpones primary date. Please check on the viewing conditions before travelling to Oxford if you travelling more than 30 minutes as conditions may be different where you live. Skies can be clear in Oxford and cloudy in Christchurch/Rangiora and vice versa. To confirm conditions, call or text James on 022 364 1959. Cloud/weather updates will be placed on the home page at 7pm. Gold coin donation. At this time the Open Night will either go ahead or be postponed to the next evening.

Toddlers Big Day In

19 July // 10:30am-2:30pm // Rangiora New Life School Gymnasium, Denchs Rd

The Toddlers Big Day In features a live pirate band, puppet show, face painting, enchanting fairy entertainment, stalls by local preschools and this is just to name a few. If you are interested in having a stall at the Toddlers Big Day In, please contact Belinda Topp on or phone 021 191 0103. A fun filled, affordable day out for toddlers and their families.

Oxford Speedway

19 July // Racing starts at 11am // Carleton Road, off South Eyre Road

Double Club Points All Grades. $10pp (kids under 15 free with a paying adult). Event Website:



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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