School holidays! Holiday programmes, events, and activities – October 2019

Find out what's on this school holidays for Christchurch children.

Holiday programmes and activities at the library

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. Visit our page showing all library and learning centre holiday programmes.

SCAPE Public Art - Touchstones (free, bookings required)

The SCAPE Season 2019 opens with the Hellers Family Fun Day at Margaret Mahy Playground on Saturday 5 October from 10am to 4pm. Artist Audrey Baldwin will be on hand to launch the start of an interactive community engagement project Touchstones. Located in two different locations across two days, young people are invited to create their very own wearable touchstone piece with Audrey. Using a simple making process involving coloured cord and semi precious stones, they will create their own adornment to take with them. This activity is suitable for young people aged 8 years old and above. Subscribe to the Facebook event.

  • The Maker Workshop, The Arts Centre, Corner of Rolleston Avenue & Hereford Street Monday 7 October 10.30am to 11.30am, 1pm to 2pm
  • Tūranga Ngā Purapura / Activity Room Hapori | Community, Level 1, Tuesday 8 October 10.30am to 11.30am, 1pm to 2pm
  • Reserve a place in this workshop by completing this booking form.

Imagination Station at Tūranga

Imagination Station Holiday Brick School ($39 per day)

Drop off your children for a day of LEGO fun with the Imagination Station team. This is a day programme for children aged 5 to 13 years of age (recommended age 6 to 11). There will be a variety of activities, play in the LEGO pit, ongoing challenges and learning new things. We will have a balance of structured and unstructured time throughout the day, with different themes and challenges to keep the kids focussed and having fun. Brick School is on from 9.30am to 3.30pm weekdays, Monday 30 September to Wednesday 9 October, and Friday 11 October.
Find out more and make a booking.

Renewable Energy with LEGO and Genesis School-gen $10

In partnership with Genesis School-gen, Imagination Station is running a special programme to help kids explore renewable energy with LEGO. Children will work in pairs to build LEGO Technic contraptions powered by renewable energy sources. Wind power? Solar power? Muscle power? Where there is energy, we harness it! Participants will have instructions to follow in order to build their model, but once they feel confident with building, we'll give them extra challenges to improve the design. They'll modify their machine to make it one of a kind!
Find out more and make a booking.

Movie making with LEGO 2.0: Classic Special Effects Friday 4 October 4pm to 5.30pm

$22.00 for one student working by themselves on one computer/movie. $33.00 for two students working together on one computer/movie. This session will be run in the computer labs on Auahatanga | Creativity (level four).
Find out more and make a booking.

Introduction to Robotics: LEGO Mindstorms for Juniors Tuesday 8 October 2.30pm to 3.30pm

$12.00 for one student working by themselves on one computer/robot. $18.00 for two students working together on one computer/robot. This session will be run in the computer labs on Auahatanga | Creativity (level four).
Find out more and make a booking.

Introduction to Robotics: LEGO Mindstorms for Juniors Friday 11 October 2.30pm to 3.30pm

$12.00 for one student working by themselves on one computer/robot. $18.00 for two students working together on one computer/robot. This session will be run in the computer labs on Auahatanga | Creativity (level four).
Find out more and make a booking.

Movie making with LEGO 2.0: Classic Special Effects Friday 11 October 4pm to 5.30pm

$22.00 for one student working by themselves on one computer/movie. $33.00 for two students working together on one computer/movie. This session will be run in the computer labs on Auahatanga | Creativity (level four).
Find out more and make a booking.

More holiday events and activities

Tūranga Fun Palace - Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October

Kia ora! Tūranga will be a total Fun Palace on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019 (the middle weekend of the school holidays)! We have our thinking caps on and are planning lots of spectacular things to do for everyone to enjoy. Ka pai! You’ll be able to create cool stuff on our 3D printer and laser printer, have a go on our VR equipment and in our recording studio, bring out your inner artist with art and craft activities, enjoy pop-up Storytimes, make some music and more. Watch this space!

The Breeze Walking Festival - 28 September to 13 October

The Breeze Walking Festival provides a chance for all Cantabrians to put some spring in their step and explore their region, from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October 2019.

Among this year’s festival highlights are several family-friendly feature walks, including:

Antarctic Season Opening - October

Christchurch is celebrating the Antarctic Season Opening with events celebrating Christchurch's role as one of five Antarctic Gateways in the world. See the full programme of Antarctic Season Opening events.

Explore Antarctica - Saturday 5 October 11am to 4pm, Cathedral Square

Explore Antarctica is a family fun day to welcome the international programmes and showcase the city’s wealth of Antarctic connections.

Things to see:

  • Get your hands on snow in the central city and build your own snowman!
  • Crowd-favourite Huskies.
  • All-terrain Hagglund vehicles
  • Antarctic footage.
  • Scavenger hunts for young explorers.
  • Antarctic heroes come to life.

Children are encouraged to dress up like their favourite explorer (past or present) to be in to win a major prize pack of Antarctic themed goodies.

Subscribe to the Explore Antarctica Facebook event.

BECA Christchurch Heritage Festival - 7 to 28 October

Whānau-focused events in the BECA Christchurch Heritage Festival include:

More holiday fun in Ōtautahi

Christchurch holiday programmes and workshops

The following organisations regularly run holiday programmes or workshops for kids or teens:

Find a school holiday OSCAR programme (Out of School Care and Recreation).

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

Shows, movies, and performances

Escape from Haunted House The Court Theatre 2 to 12 October
Interactive kids play, perfect for little ones aged 5 to 8.

Fairytale Magic Malthouse 28 September to 13 October

Kid-friendly movies on in the holidays include: The Angry Birds movie 2, Abominable, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Uglydolls, Mosley, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Things to do, and places to go in Christchurch

Some of these venues are free, but others have a entry fee. There is more information on their websites.

  • For more events and activities, search Eventfinda.
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