School Holiday Programmes and Activities at Libraries

School Holiday Programmes and Activities - July 2022

Join us for bookable holiday programmes and a range of drop-in activities.

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  • Bookings open Monday 30 May at 9am!

Free Programmes

These programmes are free, but bookings are required.

  • Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

Tuna Toi - Eel Art

Māori Library Services are pleased to offer Tuna Toi school holiday sessions at a library near you!

Come and learn about Tuna - an important food source for Kāi Tahu - with Tuna Games, Tuna Storytelling and Tuna Craft making!

Ages: 7- 12 years (recommended) Under 7 years (when accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $FREE

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Tuesday 12 July 10am to 12noon Tūranga
  • Tuesday 12 July 1pm to 3pm Tūranga
  • Thursday 14 July 10am to 12noon Lyttelton
  • Thursday 14 July 1pm to 3pm Lyttelton
  • Tuesday 19 July 10am to 12noon Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
  • Tuesday 19 July 1pm to 3pm Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
  • Thursday 21 July 10am to 12noon Tūranga
  • Thursday 21 July 1pm to 3pm Tūranga

Librarian for a Morning at Fendalton, New Brighton and South - KIDSFEST

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: 6 to 8 years (Junior); 9 to 12 years (Intermediate)
Cost: $FREE

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Thursday 14 July 9:30am to 12:30pm (Intermediate - ages 9 to 12) at Tūranga
  • Friday 15 July 9am to 12noon (Junior - ages 6 to 8) at Fendalton
  • Friday 15 July 9am to 12noon (Junior - ages 6 to 8) at South
  • Monday 18 July 9am to 12noon (Junior - ages 6 to 8) at New Brighton
  • Thursday 21 July 9:30am to 12:30pm (Junior - ages 6 to 8) at Tūranga
  • Friday 22 July 9am to 12noon (Intermediate - ages 9 to 12) at Fendalton

Shadow Puppet Storytelling at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre - KIDSFEST

This fun programme shows you all about shadow pupperty with fun, hands-on activities. Learn all about shadow puppetry and the history and stories behind them.  You will get to make your own shadow puppets and write their stories.  Finally, you will get to take turns telling the story you have written with a fun shadow play.  You can work by yourself or in a group.  Help with story writing and shadow puppet making is provided.

Ages: 7 to 12 years
Cost: $FREE

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Tuesday 12 July 10am to 12pm
  • Monday 18 July 2pm to 4pm

Sherlock Holmes Investigates at South

Do you want to be a detective?

Celebrate Sherlock Holmes with forensic science experiments and see if you can solve the crime!

Ages: 8 to 13 years
Cost: $FREE

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Tuesday 19 July 2pm to 3:30pm

Pirates Play Find the Treasure! - KIDSFEST

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 to 13 years - 1 Team per session (max of 5 persons per team)
Cost: $FREE

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Use the button below to book your session -  you will be prompted to choose from dates & times available 
  • All sessions are at Spreydon Library
  • Monday 11 July 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Tuesday 12 July 10:30am to 12:00noon
  • Tuesday 12 July 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 13 July 10:30am to 12:00noon
  • Wednesday 13 July 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Friday 15 July 10:30am to 12:00noon
  • Monday 18 July 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Tuesday 19 July 10:30am to 12:00noon
  • Tuesday 19 July 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 20 July 10:30am to 12:00noon
  • Wednesday 20 July 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Friday 22 July 10:30am to 12:00noon

Build your Vaka - KIDSFEST

Pacific Islanders were extraordinary explorers, navigating across the ocean in great canoes. There are many stories, designs, and names for these canoes. In some Pasifika languages they are known as vaka. Come along to learn about and build your own vaka!

Ages: 9 to 12 years
Cost: $FREE

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Wednesday 20 July 1:30pm to 3:30pm Tūranga

Frankenstein Accessories at New Brighton & South- KIDSFEST

From badges to bling, breathe new life into your trinkets and treasures.

Ages: 10 to 15 years
Cost: $FREE

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Tuesday 12 July 2pm to 3:30pm at South
  • Wednesday 13 July 2pm to 4pm at New Brighton
  • Friday 22 July 2pm to 3:30pm at South

Make a Designer Tote Bag Workshop - KIDSFEST

Make your own designer tote-bag. We'll use the vinyl cutter, heat press and sewing machine to help you create a bespoke bag so you can rock on in style!

Ages: 10 to 16 years
Cost: $FREE

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Tuesday 12 July 10:00am to 12:00noon at New Brighton

School Holiday drop in fun

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

Dinosaur Holidays at Tūranga

Have a dinomite time at Tūranga these holidays. Mystery Movies, scavenger hunt. crafts, and more.
Cost: $FREE

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Frankenstein Accessories

From badges to bling, breathe new life into your trinkets and treasures.
Cost: $FREE

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Finger Puppet Friends

Fashion a finger puppet family for whānau fun!
Cost: $FREE

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Autumn Illusions

Do your eyes deceive you?
Cost: $FREE

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Autumn leaves to frame your photos

Come and check out our cool cameo cutters and make some Autumn leaves.
Cost: $FREE

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Peg Monster Magnets

Create a wooly peg monster to manage the mayhem!
Cost: $FREE

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Paid Programmes - Bookings Required

  • Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

Make your own Stamp at South - KIDSFEST

Design, cut and create your very own personalised stamp. Children draw their design using the iPad and use the laser cutter to make the pieces of the stamp. They also make stamping accessories and collect and share their designs with their friends.

Ages: 5 to 10 years
Cost: $25 (excluding $1.74 booking fee)

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Wednesday 13 July 10am to 12noon
  • Friday 15 July 10am to 12noon
  • Tuesday 19 July 10am to 12 noon
  • Friday 22 July 1pm to 3pm

Hot Wheels Frenzy! at Aranui, New Brighton & Upper Riccarton- KIDSFEST

Learn about construction and physics while playing with mini cars!
Children will build their very own Hot Wheels carry case and take turns building tracks to challenge and race their friends on the day.

Ages: 5 to 9 years
Cost: $20 (excluding $1.49 booking fee)

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Wednesday 13 July 1pm to 3pm at Aranui
  • Monday 18 July 10am to 12noon at New Brighton
  • Friday 22 July 10am to 12noon at Upper Riccarton

Minecraft Fun at  New Brighton, South, Tūranga,Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre & Upper Riccarton - KIDSFEST

Minecraft is a 3D gaming experience that involves creating your own virtual world and interacting with others online. To really enjoy this programme, you will need a basic understanding of Minecraft.

Book in a two hour session and play to your hearts content.

Ages: 7 to 12 years
Cost: $10  (excluding $0.99 booking fee)

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Wednesday 13 July 1pm to 3pm at South
  • Thursday 14 July 10am to 12noon at Tūranga
  • Friday 15 July 1pm to 3pm at Upper Riccarton
  • Monday 18 July 1pm to 3pm at New Brighton
  • Thursday 21 July 1pm to 3pm at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Minecraft MEGA! at South - KIDSFEST

Harness your excitement about Minecraft and use our technology to design and print your own Minecraft T-shirt.

In the afternoon, complete build challenges or play with your friends. The day will include craft activities and outside games. You will need to BYO lunch and snacks for the day. A T-shirt to print on will be supplied.

Ages: 7-12 years
Cost: $55 (excluding $3.24 booking fee)

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Monday 11 July 9am to 3pm
  • Tuesday 12 July 9am to 3pm
  • Monday 18 July 9am to 3pm
  • Wednesday 20 July 9am to 3pm
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Build, paint, play!

Join us for 3 afternoons of building, painting and playing with Games Workshop table-top gaming miniatures from the Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar tabletop universes! No experience required, we will provide all you need and guide you through the process with building and painting tips. You will get 2 miniatures to keep and an info pack! Sponsored by Toyworld Tower Junction.

Ages: 10 to 16 years
Cost: $5 (excluding $0.74 booking fee)

Bookings open Monday 30 May, 9am

  • Event is completed over 3 sessions/days - You will be booked to attend all 3 sessions
  1. Wednesday 13 July 1pm to 2pm at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
  2. Thursday 14 July 1pm to 3pm at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
  3. Thursday 15 July 1pm to 3pm at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Imagination Station holiday activities

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

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Wā Kōrero: Storytimes

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Holiday Activities

Librarians have put together crafts & fun activities you can do at home.

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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