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Fill the school holidays with autumn fun

Thursday, April 12, 2018   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: activities, children, physical activity, arts, environment, Film

Christchurch City Council Newsline: 12th April 2018

School holidays are almost here so here is our guide to what’s on to entertain, energise and get your kids out and about in their city.

Discover superhero plants

Find out about plants with superpowers in the Botanic Gardens Plant Power Discovery Trail from Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th April. Kids can follow clues to discover how plants defeat their enemies and use fire to grow, they can also learn about carnivorous plants.

Pick up your free booklet from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.

Get creative with collage

Christchurch Art Gallery is encouraging kids to be inspired by its current exhibition British artist John Stezaker’s Lost World and get creative with collage.

The education centre is hosting Collage Zoo for five to eight year olds at 11am on 16th to 18th, 20th and 23rd to 27th April.

My Paper Universe sessions for older children aged eight to 13 will happen at 1pm on the same dates. They’ll get the chance to collage their own surreal landscapes using vintage magazines.

Have some fishy fun

Come and celebrate World Fish Migration Day at the Margaret Mahy Playground on Friday 20th April from 10am until 2pm.

Freshwater fish experts will be on hand to talk about how fish need to move within our rivers, and to and from the sea, and there will be games, and activities along with inanga, trout/salmon and fish passage stations set up inside gazebos.

Hop to a free ANZAC Day movie

Head to the Christchurch Art Gallery for a free family evening at the movies.

The gallery is screening Aardman Animations’ The Curse of the Were-Rabbit at 6pm on Wednesday 25th April at the Philip Carter Family Auditorium.

Wallace and his loyal dog Gromit set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest, in this installment of the popular series.

Bring your own movie snacks and drinks, no bookings required. The auditorium will be open from 5.30pm so arrive early for the best seats.

Find indoor action at the libraries

Get in early for the Christchurch City Libraries’ popular programme of fun creative activities at their three learning centres: Te Hapua (Halswell) Library, Upper Riccarton Library and South Library.

There's Minecraft entertainment on offer at the libraries. The workshops on offer include; Lego Animation, Minecraft Game Zone, and Robo Fun. There are also sessions teaching Traditional Maori Games and Earth Smart STEAM events focused on sustainability and recycling.

Contact the Christchurch City Libraries team to book your places (03 941 7923 or learningcentre[at]

Check out the Libraries' events calendar for dates and times for drop-in holiday activities at your local library. There’s no charge or booking required for these sessions which include making paper suncatchers, book cover bookmarks, a 3D printing demo, and maker space family time.

Climb into the sun at the museum

On a grey day, Canterbury Museum could be the spot to bask in some sunlight. Sunlight – Ihi Kōmaru explores the science behind the sun in a hands-on exhibition designed to appeal to all ages. There’s the chance to climb inside a giant inflatable to find out what the sun sounds like, and to make vibrant shadows in the colour mixing game. There’s also an ultraviolet scavenger hunt competition with the chance to win a prize.

Sunlight was developed and toured by Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North.

Let them build with lego

Get the kids creating and building at the Imagination Station - open daily from 10am until 6pm in Cathedral Junction.

It offers holiday programmes and workshops including Stop Motion Animation, Eco Powered Technic Contraptions and LEGO Mindstorms.

Book online to guarantee entry during busy times.

Head to the theatre

A Paintbox of Clowns is a silent show for children written and directed by Dan Bain. It's filled with slapstick, clowning and physical comedy, and stars a mischievous trio of clowns (Red, Green and Blue).

The performances run at the Court Theatre from Monday 16th to Saturday 28th April and are recommended for children aged three to seven. All tickets are $10.

The Malthouse Theatre presents Witch's Cat Wanted - adapted and directed by Nickie Wellbourn. These performances by Canterbury Children’s Theatre run from Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th April.

Hit the pool

Having a splash around is a great way to burn off some energy and the indoor pools at Jellie Park and Graham Condon Recreation and Sport Centres are open throughout the holidays. Work on the spa, steam room and sauna at Jellie Park will be finished on Saturday 14th April, restoring normal access to the pools.

Pioneer Recreation and Sport Centre’s main pool remains closed while repairs and upgrades are carried out but the outdoor Waltham Pool will remain open until Sunday 29th April to provide extra swimming opportunities.

Go for gymnastics

Graham Condon has Tumbletimes sessions for pre-schoolers if the littlies need some fun and challenging exercise. These sessions are at 9.30am every weekday during the holidays except ANZAC Day (25th April).

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