School holidays – September / October 2014

IMG_6888School (and kindy) holidays start after Friday 26 September, and kids are back on Monday 13 October.


Check out our Learning Centre school holiday programmes (Minecraft! Antarctic animation!)

Linwood Library at Eastgate has a range of cool events for kids – this week it is poetry, stained glass butterflies, and making picture frames (the sessions run from 10am to 11am). Next week – from 6 October – the sessions run from 2pm to 3pm and include tangrams, spiderweb making and more.

Shirley Library has a jewellery workshop on Thursday 2 October.

Here are some more kid-tastic events to enjoy.


Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu is introducing kids to Foil art.

The Art Gallery is also popping Out of the box on Saturday, 27 September 2014. 10.00am, at the ArtBox area on the corner of St Asaph and Madras streets. It’s a party to say goodbye to the fab exhibition Burster Flipper Wobbler Dripper Spinner Stacker Shaker Maker. Out of the box is a free fun day with kids’ art activities, face painting, live music and popcorn. Test  building skills at the Imagination Playground.


This school holidays, the kids can explore Cultural constellations and Robotics.


Cover of FrozenNew Zealand IceFest has a slew of events for kids and families including:


The Breeze Walking Festival is on, including the Pukeko Stomp on 1 October – A perfect outing for babies in buggies, young walkers and their families. Experience Travis Wetland including surprise guests, story telling and fruit kebabs along the way.

Gut Busta is a kids adventure multisport race for primary and intermediate students, year 1 through to year 8.
Check out our Walking Festival picks.


Goldilocks and the three bears at the Court Theatre.

The Body Festival features some stuff for all ages including Double Derelicts “top notch physical theatre and dance”
Fri 3 and Sat 4 October at 7.30pm, Sun 5 October at 2.00pm

Monster Wards 5 October. NO Productions Theatre present a joyful and adventurous theatrical fantasy tale with a touch of circus. The show is aimed at audience of all ages: it will delight young and old alike.


At the Airforce Museum the theme is Survivor at Wigram. This Oscar-endorsed holiday programme involves some secret missions, team games, Museum hunts, obstacle courses, sports and crafts.

Super senses discovery trail is one of the activities at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Collect a free trail booklet from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre and use your senses to explore the Gardens on this self-guided family discovery trail.

Find out more about other Christchurch activities and holiday programmes for the September/October holidays.

Heathcote contingent at Peace Procession : Picturing Canterbury

Heathcote contingent at Peace Procession. Photograph was taken in Cathedral Square, looking along Colombo Street North. To the right is the Colonial Mutual Life building, at was what was then known as Broadway’s Corner. The event was the children’s procession on the morning of Monday, 21st of July, 1919 (the peace celebrations did not take place in 1918 because of the flu epidemic). Christchurch City Libraries,  CCL-Gimblett-041

Talk like a Pirate, me hearties

Today is International talk like a pirate day.  Our Storytimes for kids at Spreydon  (10.30am) and Halswell (11am) will have a pirate theme.

Enjoy some piratical rambustifications:

Cover of The man whose mother was a pirate Cover of Blacklung

Plus when you use our check out machine, blow your barnacles off by doing it like a pirate. Yo ho ho!

Pirate libraryIssue your stuff pirate style
Talk like a Pirate