School Holiday Programmes and Activities – December 2018 to February 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:

December 2018 and January 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.


Operation Santa Paws

Create and wrap up a special gift for your cat or dog to put under your Christmas tree this year!
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Christmas Cards and Crafts

Have fun creating Christmas cards and crafts for your loved ones this festive season.
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CSM Christmas at Tūranga - Saturday 8 December 11am to 3pm

Celebrate Christmas as the students from the Christchurch School of Music activate spaces all over Tūranga!

Pūtoi – Family Learning Time at Tūranga. E iti ana nā te aroha - Gifts for Christmas - Sunday 16 December 1pm to 3pm

Gifts for Christmas based on traditional Māori Toi (art). Learn more about Māori traditional visual arts and performance art such as poi. Make Christmas gifts from natural materials while learning ways of protecting our environment. Waruwarutū / Ngā Pounamu Māori Collection, Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga.

A Christmas Story at South Library - Tuesday 18 December 5pm to 5.45pm

Come and enjoy an interactive Christmas storytime at South Library. Wear your pyjamas, dress in your favourite costume, or just come on down and enjoy some Christmas fun with the family. BYO rug and picnic – fun for all ages! South Library, outside (weather permitting).

Christmas in the Library at Shirley Library - Thursday 20 December 2pm

A Christmas celebration for all newcomers to the Shirley area! Everyone welcome. Please bring a plate to share and come along for some Christmas cheer.

View our Christmas and New Year holiday hours.

3D Printing Demo

Come and see what spring surprises get 3D printed at your library! This is an informal drop-in session to have a look at how 3D printing works.
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Help your Beebots find their way around using entry level coding. An informal drop-in session to have a look at how Beebots work.
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Do you 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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eSports - 2019 CCL Rocket League Tournament


Show off your high-flying rocket booster skills in our 2019 Rocket League Tournament! This year, players can compete in a knockout/elimination style tournament held at participating libraries with the goal of competing in the finals held at Tūranga using the MEGA screen in the youth space!
Ages: 10 years plus

  • Linwood Library
  • Shirley Library
  • Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre
  • Tūranga, Hapori | Community, Level 1
    9 January, 16 January and 23 January, 2pm to 3.30pm
  • FINALS Tūranga, Hapori | Community, Level 1 Wednesday 30 January, 2pm to 3pm

Playstation 4 Tournament

Come and test your gaming skills these holidays. Highest score on the day will win a mystery prize!
Ages: 7 to 12 years

  • New Brighton Library Tuesday 22 January 12noon to 4pm

Stories in the sun!

Join us for summer stories in the sun, then make a paper fan to take home.
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Summer paper crafts

Get creative with paper, and make some simple and fun summer crafts. Materials provided and instruction sheets will be available, so drop in and have a go!
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Free activities, bookings required

Family Quiz Night at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre - Thursday 6 December 6.30pm to 8pm

Fancy a family night out? Want to wow your neighbours/parents/kids with your awesome knowledge of trivia and random facts? Get the family together and enter a team in our quiz night at Matuku Takotako: Sumner Library. Prizes for winners and remember No Devices!! Refreshments will be served but feel free to bring snacks for your table.

Kite Making Workshop

Let’s go fly a kite! Come along to this workshop, and learn how to make your own kite. All materials provided. Just in time to celebrate Kite Day at New Brighton Beach later in the week!
Ages: 8 to 12 years

Te Waka Huruhurumanu - the magical mōkihi (reed boat)

Come journey with us on our magical mōkihi (reed boat) visiting some cool places around Te Waipounamu (the South Island). Learn about these places through story, games and craft – there’s something for everyone!
Ages: 7 to 12 years

  • Tūranga, Waruwarutū / Ngā Pounamu Māori Collection, Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2 Tuesday 22 January 10am to 12noon or 1pm to 3pm
  • South Library Wednesday 23 January 10am to 12noon or 1pm to 3pm
  • Tūranga, Waruwarutū / Ngā Pounamu Māori Collection, Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2 Wednesday 30 January 10am to 12noon or 1pm to 3pm
  • Shirley Library Thursday 31 January 10am to 12noon or 1pm to 3pm

Bookable holiday activities

Bookings are required for the following programmes - call (03) 941 5140 or (conditions apply).

Stop Motion Animation

Get creative using Lego and discover the process of producing animated movies. Plan a story themed on being kind to our world, create a set and craft your own movie using stop motion photography.
Ages: 8 to 12 years
Cost: $20

Minecraft Game Zone

Minecraft Game Zone is a 3D gaming experience that involves creating your own virtual world and interacting with others online. To really enjoy this programme, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of Minecraft. Book in for a two hour session and play to your heart’s content.
Ages: 8 to 13 years
Cost: $7

Sound Treks

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
Cost: $7

3D Tinker workshop

Calling all Tinkerers! Come along to our 3D Maker workshop and use 3D design software to create your very own masterpiece.
Ages: 10 years +
Cost: $30

My first book

Creating books is exciting, fun and a great way to develop a lifelong love of reading! This is a programme for the beginning writer, where children will create their own story in a simple, fun way using “Creatales” app on the iPad. This will all be bound into their own personal storybook to take home.
Ages: 5 to 7 years
Cost: $7

Books & Robots

What is a robot? 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
Cost: $7

Minecraft 3D Paper Design

Minecraft is a virtual world where you can discover and create interesting worlds. This event takes it to the next level! Learn how to use graphic design tools to create your own paper 3D Minecraft character.
Ages: 7 to 10
Cost: $15

Conditions for bookable Learning Centre holiday programmes

  • 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.