School Holiday Programmes and Activities at Libraries

School Holiday Programmes and Activities - Summer 2022-2023

Join us for bookable holiday programmes and a range of drop-in activities.
Ticket sales start Thursday 8 December 7pm excluding Make your own Fabric Wrapping,

School Holiday drop in fun

These programmes are free, and you can just drop in to take part.

Handmade holidays

DIY a designer gift bag.

Cost: $FREE

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Tutti Frutti bookmarks

Keep track of your summer reading with a fun fruity bookmark.

Cost: $FREE

South - Holiday Whānau Creative Time

Create a stamp, a plushy or your own creations with your whānau. Our team will help you to access our Auahatanga - Creative Space technologies.

Cost: Material costs only

Build a Badge for Rangatahi / Teens

Join us for a DIY badge making workshop.

Cost: $FREE

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Comic Corner for Rangatahi / Teens

Create your own cool comic, great graphic novel or magical manga!

Cost: $FREE

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Free Programmes

These programmes are free, but bookings are required.

Art on the Rooftop

Join us for three summer evenings of art exploration in charcoal, pastel and watercolour

Sessions:  We are running 3 sessions, each focussing on a different medium.  You are welcome to book one session, or as many as you wish.  Please note each session requires a separate booking

Skill level: Beginner to advanced

Ages: All Welcome
Cost: FREE

Tūranga

  • Charcoal Workshop
  • Thursday 12 January 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Pastel Workshop
  • Thursday 19 January 6pm to 7:30pm
  • Watercolour Workshop
  • Thursday 26 January 6pm to 7:30pm

Ticket sales start, Thursday 8 December 7pm

Fantastical Field Guide

Join us in creating your own Fantastical Field Guide, based on the Spiderwick Chronicles! Learn how to create environments, design your creatures and create your own journal based on your beautiful creations.

Ages: 8 to 12 years
Cost: $FREE

Redwood

  • Friday 10 February 3:30pm to 4:30pm - Term 1

Shirley

  • Tuesday 17 January 2pm to 3pm

Ticket sales start, Thursday 8 December 7pm

Librarian for a Morning

Want to be a librarian for a morning? Love books and reading? Come and see what happens behind the scenes at your local library. Learn how to sort and shelve, use the catalogue, share stories and many other wonderful things our librarians do!

Ages: 7 to 9 years (Junior); 10 to 12 years (Intermediate)
Cost: $FREE

Fendalton

Intermediate 10-12 years

  • Friday 27 January 10am to 12noon

Ōrauwhata Bishopdale


Intermediate 10-12 years

  • Friday 20 January 10:30am to 12:30pm - Very limited numbers!

Ticket sales start, Thursday 8 December 7pm

Lunar New Year Lion Dance Storytelling

Come to join the Lion Dance storytelling and learn how to dress up the Lion Dance costumes and basic movement, and participate in a casual lion dance performance for fun.

Ages: 7 to 12 years
Cost: $FREE

South

  • Thursday 26 January 10am to 12noon

Ticket sales start, Thursday 8 December 7pm

Lunar New Year Lion Dance Workshop

Come and find out how Lion Dance works! This workshop will be delivered jointly by the well-known Qiao Yi Lion Dance Team and Christchurch City Libraries staff. You will learn how to make a lion head with recycled materials and the basic movements and participate in a casual lion dance performance for fun.

Ages: 10 to 16 years
Cost: $FREE

Upper Riccarton

  • Friday 27 January 10am to 12noon

Ticket sales start, Thursday 8 December 7pm

Make Art, Not Marks

Learn about graffiti art and give it a go yourself with the help from a local graffiti artist.  Have your art displayed in the library for all to enjoy.

Special information: Wear clothing that you can get paint on

Ages: 13 years +
Cost: $FREE

Shirley

  • Tuesday 24 January 3pm to 5pm

Ticket sales start, Thursday 8 December 7pm

Make your own Fabric Wrapping

Have scrap fabric? Come along to this free event and learn how to turn your scrap fabric into reusable Christmas wrapping.

Special information: Sewing machine experience required. Please bring your own scrap fabric

Ages: All Welcome
Cost: $FREE

New Brighton - Tickets on sale NOW!

  • Thursday 8 December 2pm to 4pm - Term 4
  • Sunday 18 December 10:30am to 12:30pm

Parklands - Tickets on sale NOW!

  • Tuesday 13 December 10am to 12pm

Tickets on sale NOW!

Pirates Play Find the Treasure!

Ahoy, Me Hearties! I have hidden me treasure ‘n I don’t think ye can find it. I need ur help! Follow th’ clues tellin’ whar I have been, solve the puzzles, and complete th’ pirate challenges ‘n maybe you’ll find me treasure! Can ye rise to the challenge?

Ages: 8-13 years (Team of 2-5 persons per session)
Cost: $FREE

Lyttleton

  • Tuesday 17 January 10:30am to 12pm
  • Tuesday 24 January 10:30am to 12pm

Spreydon

  • Monday 16 January 2:30pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 17 January 10:30am to 12pm
  • Friday 20 January 2:30pm to 4pm
  • Monday 23 January 2:30pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday 24 January 10:30am to 12pm
  • Friday 27 January 2:30pm to 4pm

Ticket sales start, Thursday 8 December 7pm

Paid Programmes - Bookings Required

Libraries FC

Real Madrid. Inter Milan. Liverpool FC. Iconic clubs with countless league titles and champions league trophies but now it is your turn to create history!

Create your own club badge, personalise your jersey and create your own trading card using the technology at the library. Bring your own sports shirt and we will supply the rest.

Special information: Bring your own sports shirt

Ages: 10 to 12 years
Cost: $31.99, includes booking fee

South

  • Friday 20 January 9am to 12noon
  • Friday 27 January 9am to 12noon

Ticket sales start, Thursday 8 December 7pm

Make a tote-ally awesome unique bag

Come along and let yourself be creative. Make yourself a funky tote-ally awesome bag using our pattern and materials. Be the envy of all you see with your one-off design.

Special information: Basic sewing experience required

Ages: 16+ years
Cost: $16.24, includes booking fee

Tūranga

  • Saturday 21 January 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Saturday 21 January 2pm to 4pm

 

Ticket sales start, Thursday 8 December 7pm

Featured

Bilingual Story Cards

Ignite imagination and improve literacy with our bilingual story cards for tamariki - at libraries for $19. Great stocking stuffer gifts.

Imagination Station holiday activities

Explore Imagination Station Holiday Brick School & other great STEAM-based holiday activities at Tūranga, Aranui, and New Brighton.

STEAM Club Online

Library after school tutors have set STEAM challenges to do at home. Tinkercad, animated GIFs, coding, and more!

Terms and Conditions for bookable Learning Centre holiday programmes

Note: A Consent Form is required to be completed by the child and a parent/caregiver for all learning centre after school and holiday programmes.

  • Please make sure your child meets the age range/restrictions for the programme. Bookings received that do not meet these restrictions will be cancelled and refunded.
  • Sold Out? Some programmes have a limited waitlist. To check if waitlist places are still available, click the "Book online link".
  • Payment is required at the time of booking, using a debit or credit card.
  • A minimum of 48 hours’ notice is required for cancellations. After this time the programme cost in non-refundable.
  • A Consent Form is required to be completed by the child and a parent/caregiver.
  • 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 03-941-7923.
  • Please do not bring along an unwell child to the programme.
  • Children must meet the advertised age range/restrictions. Bookings received outside of theses advertised age range/restrictions will be cancelled and refunded.

Programme Evaluation

In order to continually improve our service and the programmes that we offer, your evaluation of the sessions that you have recently attended is invaluable to us. Please complete our online form to provide us with feedback.

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