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The week ahead…


Featured Event

Summertime Reading Club

December 18 – January 18 // Christchurch City Libraries

Christchurch City Libraries’ annual Summertime Reading Club is back and better than ever! The school holidays are the perfect time for fun, play and sweet summer stories! Keep track of how many minutes you read (or are read to) each day between 18 December 2015 – 18 January 2016 and be in to WIN! Prizes include iPads, books, pool passes and movie vouchers!* For more information, or to get a special Challenge Card, drop into any Christchurch City Library or visit

*Open to all Christchurch City Libraries members aged between 0 – 16 years. 


Free Outdoor Cinema

8 January // 6pm and 8pm // Arts Centre

Bring the family and join us for a free outdoor cinema screening in Market Square, on the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street. Movies will feature on the second Friday of the month over summer. Future dates are February 12 and March 11.  Each month features two movies on the big screen – first one for the kids, then something for the grown-ups. Prizes and giveaways! Bring something to sit on and cash for drinks, ice cream and popcorn. 8th January – 6pm: Frozen, 8pm: Heavenly Creatures. Official Website: Click here


101 Dalmations

9 – 16 January // Times Below // Merrin Primary School

Set in Christchurch and Canterbury follow Pongo, his wife, Missis and their idyllic life with their human pets, Mr and Mrs Dearly. An inopportune meeting with the evil Cruella de Vil leads to the stealing of the families puppies by two dastardly but somewhat dim villains. The twilight bark goes out! 15 Puppies stolen! Saturday and Sunday shows, 11am and 2pm. Monday to Friday shows, 6.30pm. All Canterbury are on the lookout for the missing puppies. As this is an outdoor event please ensure that you are sun smart. $8pp. Children under 3 free. Family concession $25.00 (2 adults & 2 Children). Contact Info: 0210431108.


New Brighton Christmas Carnival

26 Dec -10 Jan // 11am-7pm // New Brighton Village Green

Come down and check out the all new American “Super Trooper” a ride for all ages. They also have kids rides, side shows, and the white knuckle ride the “SideWinder”. Show special $25 for 6 rides of your choice.


Experience Christmas at Canterbury Museum with a Victorian Christmas and Santa Search

7 Dec – 10 Jan // Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue

From early December to 10 January 2016 Canterbury Museum will bring to life the magic of the festive season in A Victorian Christmas at Canterbury Museum. The much-loved Christchurch Heritage Street will be adorned with festive decorations and a decorated tree will set the scene in the Museum foyer. The Great Museum Santa Search is on again this year. Santas will hide all over the Museum and children are invited to enter the competition to find them. The winner will receive a fabulous prize from the Museum Store. Christmas entertainment will take place from 19 December, including Victorian music, and carols from The Plainsmen, a family craft activity as well as a daily appearance by a very special guest. A Victorian Christmas at Canterbury Museum – including The Great Museum Santa Search. Supported by: The Christmas Hut, Malthouse Costumes, The Plainsmen and Canterbury Embroiderers Guild. See specific activity dates and times online at


Mary Poppins

21 November – 23 January // The Court Theatre at The Shed in Addington

Mary Poppins is bringing her trusty umbrella to The Court Theatre stage in this Disney-rific smash-hit musical for fans of all ages. Mary Poppins is based on the beloved books by P.L. Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film. The practically perfect Mary Poppins arrives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane after George and Winifred Banks’ wild and out of control children, Jane and Michael, have driven away yet another nanny. With some help from the chimney-sweep Bert, Mary Poppins leads the family through a series of magical encounters and adventures that they will never forget. With spectacular songs A Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cher-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, it is a must-see musical for the entire family! Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes, New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles & Anthony Drewe, Co-created by Cameron Mackintosh, Directed by Ross Gumbley & Stephen Robertson, Musical Direction by Richard Marrett. By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia PTY Ltd exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY). Official Website: Click here


Lego Technics FUN!

Mondays & Wednesdays; 28th December – 27th January // Imagination Station // 4-5:30pm

Are you fascinated by how things work and think you can figure out the mechanics behind how Technic contraptions function by building them yourselves? This 90 minute session will introduce you to all the different Technic parts and how show you how to use them to make contraptions such as the Squeeze Claw Grabber, Paper Shredder, Gearing Up and Down, Catapult and the Trap Ball. Whether you have built with Technics or not before, this session will develop your understanding of how each piece aids in the function of the contraptions and further your building skills. Pricing is $15. To get all the details and to go to the official website: Click here


Ongoing Events 

For the details on all the ongoing events – including Summer Pool Parties, Summer of Fun Events, Ingham Lazy Sundays, Cricket Season, Da Vinci Mechanics, SPECTRUM Street Art Festival, and Friday Night Food Trucks – go here.