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Featured Event :: Fun Palaces

3 & 4 October // 9am – 4pm // Various locations throughout central Christchurch

Whizz! Bang! Pop! Fizz! Celebrate creativity in the city centre between 3 – 4 October 2015. Across the weekend, a number of free, pop-up ‘Fun Palaces’ will be hosting exciting arts, science and culture activities for people of all ages and abilities. Join in and discover your inner artist or scientist! Activities include: Draw like Michelangelo, Lego mosaic making, Cyanotype prints, Opera sing-a-long, Minecraft and much more!

Let your friends and family know how much fun you’re having and go in the draw to WIN a bicycle worth up to $2,000!  Simply snap a selfie at any of the Fun Palaces and upload to your social media accounts with #funpalaceschch – Official Website: Click here

Psssst beat the traffic across the weekend and think about coming into town by bicycle or public transport! There is also an all day road closure on Gloucester St outside the Isaac Theatre Royal 3 October.

Proudly produced by Christchurch City Council.


A Gypsy Extravaganza

25-27 September // Starts 9am // Richmond Park Stanmore Road

Another Roadside Attraction presents: A Gypsy Extravaganza. Live entertainment all day day music, puppet show, Hoola hoop workshops. Loads of kids fun such as a free giant kaleidoscope, face painting, hair braiding, merry go round, candle dipping and more. Art, craft and cool stalls, food trucks, readers, unique tiny homes plus heaps more. Entry is is free and ALL WELCOME. Official Website: Click here


The Breeze Walking Festival

26 September – 10 October

This year the festival has been extended to cover the duration of the October school holidays with plenty of choice. From child-friendly jaunts to a more energetic trek for the experienced walker, some include activities which will cater for all interests and ages. 16 days of 37 free walks for all terrains, ages, and interests. The walks take in areas within Christchurch city, the Port Hills, and parts of the Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts, including coastlines, forests, ridgelines, river ways, wetlands, gardens and city streets. The Breeze Walking Festival is a chance to discover new places, learn more about old haunts, try fun activities, and above all to enjoy fresh air, spring sunshine and good company. Whether you’re a fan of the outdoors, local history, art, wildlife, socialising, or keeping fit, there’s a walk for you. You can download the programme to browse the 37 walks on offer. A programme can be requested by calling (03) 941 8999 or picked up at a Council Library, Service Centre or Rec & Sport Centre. Official Website: Click here


Ken the Kiwi Challenge

26 September – 11 October // 10am-5pm // Tothill’s Mazes, 493 Shands Road, Hornby

Can you complete the school holiday challenge? If you can find “Ken the Kiwi” in our wooden maze, you can enter the draw to win a prize! Great fun for the family and there are special school holiday family packages! 2 adults and up to 3 children – $49; 1 adult and up to 3 children – $35. Open 7 days a week during the school holidays 10am – 5pm. Come on out to Tothill’s Mazes and see if you can complete the challenge!


School Holidays at The Palms!

28 Sept – 2 Oct // 11:30am // The Palms

Join Melanie Poppins for a daily Magic Show at 11.30am followed by Face Painting at 12 noon. * Please note Face Painting is limited to first 15 children – Melanie will register names from 11am.

5th – 7th October // 11:30am // The Palms

Join Ronald McDonald for an amazing Magic Show at 11.30am

All shows held outside Kmart. Official Website: Click here


Little Red Riding Hood

30 Sept – 10 Oct // 1pm // The Court Theatre at The Shed in Addington 

Adapted by Brendon Bennetts. Directed by Daniel Pengelly. This production of Little Red Riding Hood is a playful retelling of the traditional story with all of the well-loved characters: daring and adventurous Red, her safety conscious mother, the serious and responsible woodcutter, the kind hearted grandma, and of course the mischievous wolf. Come and celebrate the power of imagination as we use song, slapstick and stagecraft to help Red learn when to take risks… and when to stay on the path. Price: All tickets $10. Limited free on-site parking is available during performances. Please allow plenty of time if parking is a priority. Show infoTickets.


Children’s Book Sale

1 & 2 October // 10am // Fendalton Library, 4 Jeffreys Rd

Grab yourself a bargain with Christchurch City Libraries! We’re holding another Children’s Book Sale to help you keep the kids (or grandkids!) busy these holidays. Get in quick – all children’s books will be sold for just $1! Payment available by cash and EFTPOS. Quality picture books and story books will be available.