School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities – October 2017

Find out what's on this school holidays for Christchurch children.Check out the holiday programmes and activities at our libraries and learning centres, and shows and performances for kids.

Library and Learning Centre holiday programmes and activities

Our libraries and learning centres offer a variety of accessible, safe and affordable activities for children during their school holidays. Programmes and activities are aimed at children between the ages of five and 15 years:

Antarctic Holiday Fun at Christchurch City Libraries

The Christchurch City Libraries will have a range of Antarctic-themed activities during the October school holidays including Antarctic Storytimes, Penguin bookmarks, 3D print your favourite Antarctic animal, Beebots, Make a cardboard Scott Base, Aurora Australis Chalk Art and more!

In October, the Antarctic Office will be bringing Joanna Grochowicz, author of Into the white: Scott's Antarctic Odyssey to Christchurch to run a series of talks with young adults. She will talk about the value of teamwork, curiosity and resilience in the context of Antarctic exploration through interactive play and the use of props. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to share what they know about Antarctica while learning about the characters and events that made Scott’s expedition so remarkable.

Tuesday 3 October, 2pm – New Brighton Library
Wednesday 4 October, 10am – Orauwhata: Bishopdale Library and Community Centre
Wednesday 4 October, 2pm – Shirley Library
Thursday 5 October, 10am – Te Hapua: Halswell Centre
Thursday 5 October, 2pm – South Library
Recommended for ages 7-12 years.
FREE, no bookings required

See our booklist of books about Antarctica for kids

Christchurch holiday programmes and workshops

The following organisations are running holiday programmes or workshops for kids or teens in the October 2017 holidays:

Search CINCH, our Community Information Christchurch database, for more Canterbury holiday programmes.

Find an OSCAR programme (Out of School Care and Recreation).

Shows, movies, and performances

Kid friendly movies on in the holidays include Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, The Emoji Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie, and Richard the Stork.

What's on in Christchurch

Streets for People

Streets for People is a whānau friendly street party in Cathedral Square, Sunday 1 October 10am to 5pm. There will be a pop-up library.

Come to Streets for People in Cathedral Square and visit our pop-up library with bean bags, books, and an outdoor...

Posted by Christchurch City Libraries on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Akaroa French Festival

The Akaroa French Festival is on from 6 to 8 October. At Akaroa Library, there is a French Flavour Storytimes & Craft. Friday 6th October 11am to 12pm. Stories & Rhyme (in French & English), followed by French craft activity. Suitable for ages 3-7. Presented by Rémy Barbier

Other family-friendly events at French Fest include the Friday night street party, and a whānau day at Onuku Marae.

The Breeze Walking Festival

The Breeze Walking Festival is on from 30 September to 15 October and includes events targeted at kids and families. The library will be telling stories at these two events:

Going on a bear hunt - Monday 2 October
Time: 1pm–1.30pm, 2pm–2.30pm
Meet: Walter Park Playground,
Innes Road (parking on Hills Road), Mairehau
Approx distance: 1km
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! We’re not scared! Bring the children down to the park for a swishy swashy, splashy sploshy, squelchy muddy, experience. Great outing for the younger walkers and their families. Gumboots essential.

Gruffalo explorer - Wednesday 4 October
Time: 9.30am–10.30am and 1.30pm–2.30pm
Meet: Bottle Lake Forest Park Information Centre, Waitikiri Drive,off Prestons Road, Burwood
Approx distance: 1.7km or 2.5km
Young walkers become mice, to explore the forest and to meet all his friends including snake, fox, owl and the Gruffalo plus a few special NZ species. Enjoy storytelling and some special Gruffalo activities. A perfect outing for babies in mountain buggies, young walkers and their families. Rain date Thursday 5 October.

SCAPE Public Art

SCAPE Public Art Season runs from 7 October to 18 November. The Scape Season Opening Day: Heller's Family Event is at the Margaret Mahy Playground on Saturday 7 October from 10am to 2pm. There will be free art activities, giveaways, Heller's sausages on the BBQ, entertainment from the NZ Secondary Students Choir and you will get the first glimpse of Scape's new artworks.
Subscribe to the Facebook event.

Beca Heritage Week 

Beca Heritage Week is on from 13 to 23 October. 

City of Cycles is on Sunday 15 October, the last Sunday of the holidays. Enjoy a family fun day at the Christchurch Arts Centre with music, entertainment, films and an exhibition. Visit our library display in the Classics building and children can travel through the dark star tunnel for storytime sessions. Suitable for 3–7 years, every half hour until 3pm.
Bookings on the day. Jump on your bike and come along. Dress up your bike and be in to win!

Games from the past is on at Ferrymead Heritage Park on Friday 13 October.

Things to do, and places to go in Christchurch

Most of these venues are free but some have a entry fee. There is more information on their websites.

Margaret Mahy playground

For more events and activities, search Be There and Eventfinda.