Calling all preschool scientists

In a way, all children are scientists. Always enquiring of mind, pushing the boundaries of what is possible (can I climb/eat/destroy this?), always trying out new ways of interacting with the world around them.

Under 5 Fest posterThe Science Alive Under 5 Fest harnesses these inquisitive impulses and sends them off in daring (but actually pretty safe) new directions.

For several days in March the Canterbury Table Tennis Stadium on Blenheim Rd will be converted into a whistling, waving, spinning, whooshing, bleating hive of activity. Numerous “stations” around the venue demonstrate through colourful, interactive fun, the effects of gravity, wind, light, magnetism and more. There is also a petting zoo, puppet show, building with giant blocks and other cool toys to play with.

The details

Under 2s get free entry ($6 per person for everyone else)
1-7 March 2016

Table Tennis Canterbury Stadium
294 Blenheim Road, Christchurch
9:30 – 4:30 every day

Travelling by bus? Jump on the Route 80 bus and get off at the stop by The Warehouse. Table Tennis Canterbury is on the opposite side of Blenheim Road.

For more details visit the Science Alive website or the Under 5 Fest Facebook event page.

Science Alive at Libraries

Science Alive imageFor older kids Science Alive also offer an after school science programme in ten of our libraries across Christchurch

Programmes run during term time except the first week and no bookings are required.

More resources for young scientists

Cover of Once there was a raindropInspired to introduce more science-themed fun to your child? Try these resources –

Under 5 Fest

Under 5 Fest PosterThe much-anticipated Under 5 Fest is coming up. It is a special event for young children run by the excellent educators of Science Alive. Kids get to experience fun hands-on science activities and exhibits. There will be a petting zoo and storytimes. Kids can play with air and sound, amazing mirrors, and giant building blocks. Our own librarians will be there  – providing a storytelling session at 10:30 am on the weekdays.

Under 5 Fest runs from 6th to the 12th of March 2015, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily and will be held at the Table Tennis Canterbury Stadium, 294 Blenheim Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch. The cost is $6 per person, but the under 2s get in for free. For group bookings or more information phone 03 365 5199 or you can email

Science Alive also have a cool after school science programme in ten of our libraries across Christchurch.

Science Alive imageExcellent Science Alive educators lead children through interactive activities to stimulate their interest in science, and there is something to take home every week!

Programmes run during term time except the first week and no bookings are required.

For more sciencey goodness for kids, check out the following library resources:

Here are some pics and the poster, kindly supplied to us by Science Alive.