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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. 


BMX South Island Titles

9 & 10 January // 11am start // Rangiora BMX Club, Milton Ave

North Canterbury BMX Club is proud to be hosting the BMXNZ South Island Titles – the premiere BMX event in the South Island. Come and see top riders and some great action. Spectators free. Event Website:


Waikuku Sand Castle Competition

10 January // 12pm – 3pm // Waikuku Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Great day out for the whole family. Free entry. Prizes for all categories. Sausage sizzle. Free registration at 10.30am outside the Waikuku Surf Club. Judging will take place at 3pm. Event Website:


Little Kiwis Nature Play Holiday Programe

11th, 13th, 15th January // 9-12noon // Varied locations

Are you looking for something different for you little people to do these holidays? Come along to little kiwis Nature Play where your little Kiwis will develop confidence using nature as their teacher to learn, play, discover and explore. Our instructors will be there to guide, encourage and support your little kiwis keeping them safe within the natural environment. This is a drop off service but parents are most welcome to spend some time with us. Sessions are 3 hours from 9am-12pm on 11th Jan at the Botanic Gardens, 13th Jan at Riccarton Bush and 15th Jan at Bottle Lake Forest. For children aged 2.5-5years old. $15 per child per session – spaces limited . Contact: 0221582113 or or find us on Facebook


Maker Space – Family Time (All ages)

Various dates within 13-27 January // 10-12noon // South Learning Centre & Te Hāpua: Halswell Learning Centre

Come and check out this cool maker space!  There will be arts & craft, Lego, 3D colouring, clay, robots and more. The Make Company will be the running the arts & craft activity at our Te Hāpua Learning Centre sessions, click this link to book into these sessions: .  So, get down to the Library and have a go! Bookings required. Official Website: Click here


Teddy Bears Picnic

13 January // 11am – 1pm // Rolleston Reserve

Kids dress up your favourite teddy, pack a picnic and come along to a great family event full of activities including bouncy castles, toddlers obstacle course, prize for the best dressed teddy, face painting, House of Bricks, free sausage sizzle, Fun on Wheels trailer, colouring-in fun, prizes and more. Come and enjoy the community for a day of colour, energy and adventure! 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.



SCIRT World Buskers Festival

14 – 24 January // various times and locations

For over 23 years now the SCIRT World Buskers Festival has been a highlight of the summer months and the events calendar in Christchurch and this year is no different. With over 60 performers, 650 shows, the return of some old favourites and the introduction of some of the most wild and wonderful performers we could find from all over the globe. Kicking off daily at 11am the Kids Pitch moves into the main events area, along with the return of the SCIRT Stage, L&P Stage, a new boutique stage for the intimate performances and Le Tigre. Market Square and the Art Gallery forecourt get a turn too. Black out the ten days now and get ready to experience it all! Official Website: Click here.

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.