School Holiday Programmes and Activities – September / October 2019

Libraries and Learning Centres offer holiday programmes including a variety of accessible, safe and affordable activities for children during their school holidays. Our programmes run at various locations. We also connect you with more ideas for holiday events and activities in Christchurch.

October 2019 holiday programmes and activities

During school holidays our libraries and learning centres offer a mix of:

Free, drop-in holiday activities

Free, drop-in holiday activities - there is no charge or booking required for these sessions. Some of these sessions are all-ages.

Butterfly craft

Design and make a beautiful butterfly using a variety of craft materials. Multi-level activity with options for beginner crafters through to intermediate level.
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Bees and Ladybirds

Come and create a mini bee and ladybird finger puppet using a variety of materials. Bee as creative as you want to be!
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mBots

Like solving puzzles? Then come along and have fun with our friendly little mBots and have a go at some of the challenges.
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Ozobots

Create your own basic coding pattern using special markers to guide Ozobots around a path. This is an informal drop-in session to have a look at how Ozobots work.
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Creative Family Time

There will be craft, 3D colouring, interactive games and more at this cool makerspace.
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Celebrate Antarctica

Join us in celebrating our connection with Antarctica. Help us build a model of New Zealand’s Scott Base and also send messages to the team there. Ages 7 plus.

  • Shirley Library Wednesday 9 October, 10.30am to 11.30am

Find out more in the events calendar.

Laser Craft Pop Up

Join in this family fun orientated technology craft session. Ages 8 years plus.

  • Tūranga Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4 Wednesday 2 October, 1pm to 2.30pm
  • Tūranga Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4 Wednesday 9 October, 1pm to 2.30pm

Find out more in the events calendar.


Free activities, bookings required

The following events and activities are free, but you will need to book a spot. Phone (03) 9417923 or email library@ccc.govt.nz.

Taonga Uku - Māori Clay Art

Looking for something to do during the October holidays? Then come learn about the Māori clay art through story, games and craft – there’s something for everyone. Have you got what it takes? Are you up for the challenge? Then make sure you book your place. Phone (03) 9417923 or email library@ccc.govt.nz.

  • Tūranga Ngā Pounamu Māori Collection Area, Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2 Wednesday 2 October, 10am-12pm (FULLY BOOKED), 1-3pm (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Tūranga Ngā Pounamu Māori Collection Area, Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2 Wednesday 9 October, 10am-12pm (FULLY BOOKED), 1-3pm (FULLY BOOKED)

Find out more in the events calendar.

Philippines Parol-Making

Come and join us to create your own traditional Filipino lantern. Take part in this fun activity designed for 9-12 years old, although adults can join in too! The making of Parol or Filipino lanterns is an important Filipino tradition, especially around Christmas time. Phone (03) 9417923 or email library@ccc.govt.nz.

  • Upper Riccarton Library Monday 30 September, 10am to 12noon
  • Ōrauwhata: Bishopdale Library Thursday 3 October, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Papanui Library Monday 7 October, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Tūranga Taupuni Auaha / Creative Space, Hapori | Community, Level 1, Thursday 10 October, 10am to 11.30am (FULLY BOOKED)

Find out more in the events calendar.

SPCA Happy Tales

Stories, songs and interactive fun for preschool pet lovers. The SPCA will be here to share some of their happy tales, along with their adorable animal friends.

  • Tūranga Tautoru TSB Space, Hapori | Community, Level 1 Thursday 3 October 10am to 11am (FULLY BOOKED)

Find out more in the events calendar.


Bookable holiday activities

Bookings and payment are required for the following programmes - call (03) 9417923 or email library@ccc.govt.nz (conditions apply).

Robot Adventures $7

Want to have some fun with robots? Come and find out for yourself. During this time, hear some great stories about what robots get up to. You will even have a chance to play with a robot and do some other fun activities too. Ages 5 to 7 years. Phone (03) 9417923 or email library@ccc.govt.nz.

  • Upper Riccarton Library Monday 30 September, 10am to 12noon (FULLY BOOKED)
  • South Library Monday 7 October 10am to 12noon (FULLY BOOKED)

Find out more in the events calendar.

Stop Motion Animation $20

Come along and get creative using LEGO and discover the process of producing animated movies. Plan a story around our theme of being kind to your world. Create a set and craft your own movie using stop motion photography. Special instructions: Don't forget to bring your drink bottle, snacks and lunch for this full day programme. Ages 8 to 12 years. Phone (03) 9417923 or email library@ccc.govt.nz.

  • New Brighton Library Monday 30 September, 9.30am to 3.30pm (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Upper Riccarton Library Wednesday 2 October, 9.30am to 3.30pm (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre Friday 4 October, 9.30am to 3.30pm (FULLY BOOKED)

Find out more in the events calendar.

Minecraft 3D Paper Design $15

Minecraft is a virtual world where you can discover and create interesting things. Learn how to use a selected range of tools in a graphics programme to design and build your own paper 3D Minecraft character. Ages 7 to 10 years. Phone (03) 9417923 or email library@ccc.govt.nz.

  • South Library Tuesday 1 October, 9.30am to 3pm (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Tūranga Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4 Thursday 3 October, 9.30am to 3pm (FULLY BOOKED)
  • New Brighton Library Tuesday 8 October, 9.30am to 3pm (FULLY BOOKED)

Find out more in the events calendar.

Minecraft Game Zone $7

Join our Minecraft game zone, this is a 3D gaming experience that involves interacting with others in our own virtual world. Book in for a two hour session and play to your heart's content.  A basic understanding of the game is required. Ages 6 to 10 years. Phone (03) 9417923 or email library@ccc.govt.nz.

  • New Brighton Library Wednesday 2 October, 10am to 12noon (FULLY BOOKED)
  • South Library Friday 4 October, 10am to 12noon (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Tūranga Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4 Monday 7 October, 10am to 12noon (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre Wednesday 9 October, 10am to 12noon (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Upper Riccarton Library Thursday 10 October, 10am-12pm

Find out more in the events calendar.

Sound Treks $7

Do you love music and like the idea of making your own, using an iPad? Pitched at a beginner level and using Garageband, you can make your own adventurous soundtracks to match our awesome themed video clips of space, nature and cats. Ages 9 to 12 years. Phone (03) 9417923 or email library@ccc.govt.nz.

  • Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre Tuesday 1 October, 9.30am to 12.30pm (FULLY BOOKED)
  • Tūranga Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4 Thursday 10 October, 9.30am to 12.30pm (FULLY BOOKED)

Find out more in the events calendar.


More school holiday info

Conditions for bookable Learning Centre holiday programmes

Note: A Learning Centre Consent Form is required to be completed by the child and a parent/caregiver for all learning centre after school and holiday programmes. Please ensure this is completed when you call in to pay the course fees or drop your child off for the programme.

  • Payment is required 48 hours prior to the start of the programme – if payment is not made prior to this, the Learning Centre reserves the right to cancel your booking.
  • Please pay at the library where the programme is held or by credit card over the phone to the Fingertip Library, (03) 941 7923.,
  • A minimum of 48 hours’ notice is requested for cancellations. After this time the programme cost in non-refundable.
  • Consent Form is required to be completed by the child and a parent/caregiver. Please ensure this is completed when you call in to pay the course fees or drop your child off for the programme.
  • Drop off and pick up times are 10 minutes prior to the advertised programme times. We are not responsible for your children outside of these hours.
  • If your child is absent or running late, please telephone us.
  • Please do not bring along an unwell child to the programme.
  • You are obliged to inform us at registration if your child has medical or behavioural conditions. Your child will not be excluded, but we require accurate information.
  • Children outside the recommended age range will not be placed on the course.
  • Children may be enrolled in two programmes only. If you would like to enrol your child in more than two programmes he/she will be placed on a waitlist and notified closer to the start date as to whether or not there is place available.

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