Children’s Day is the first Sunday in March. It is a special day to spend time as a family. In 2020, it was held on Sunday 1 March 11am to 3pm. It included the performing arts, crafts, demonstrations, sports, activities and games.
Christchurch City Libraries on Children’s Day
Visit one of our great libraries which are open on Sunday:
- New Brighton and Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre by the sea
- Tūranga in the centre of the city
- Handily located by malls - Shirley, beside the Palms, Linwood Library at Eastgate and Papanui across the road from Northlands.
- South Library, which has a play area
- Upper Riccarton
Family friendly suburban libraries are open from 10am to 4pm, and Tūranga will be open from 10am to 5pm at weekends. Borrow great books, DVDs, and CDs for the whole family to enjoy.
Joining the library
Find out about joining the library and getting a card for your child — it’s free and gives them a passport to a world of fun and information.
You can start from day one … libraries are for babies too. Each year about 5,000 Books for Babies packs are distributed to parents and babies through hospitals, midwives and the Homebirth Association. In 2011 Books for Babies celebrated its 20th year.
Visiting your library
We have sessions at our libraries with songs, games and stories especially tailored for preschoolers.
When a child turns four they can come into any Christchurch City Library and pick up a Ready for Reading pack. The pack contains a purpose written book Right on Time, a jigsaw, a birthday card, and a pamphlet with tips on how parents can help their child get ready for reading.
Children’s collections include books for older and younger readers, reference books, picture books, jigsaws and more.
Our children’s DVD collection has over 1500 items. The catalogue shows if they are based on older or younger fiction, picture books or are non-fiction.
Our digital collection has lots of images of children throughout Christchurch history.
Online resources for children
The Kids section of our website will give you more details about the range of resources we have for children.
There is fun stuff like quizzes, our New Zealand children’s authors interviews and stories and If you like… reading ideas.