School Holiday Programmes and Activities at Libraries

School Holiday Programmes and Activities

Join us for holiday fun in October 2021! Term 3 holidays go from Saturday 2 October to Sunday 17 October 2021.

Please note: these programmes will only proceed at COVID-19 Alert Level 1. 

Due to the nature of the DELTA variant, our interactive face to face programming, the close proximity of customers in our spaces and the management of the sign in, masking and social distancing requirements, all Library programming will remain cancelled in Level 2. We will contact you if we are unable to proceed and organise refunds where applicable.

Important information:

*Age range/restrictions - 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.

Consent Form (required) - We require an online consent form to be completed for every child attending our programming. We only require one form per child per calendar year. Please complete your required Consent Form or follow the link during the booking process.

Cancellations/refunds - Cancellations are available at any time. Refunds are only available if requested 48 hours prior to the event commencing.

Sold Out? - Join Waitlist
Some programmes have a limited waitlist.  To check if waitlist places are still available, click the "Book online link".

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.

Holiday Activities

Our librarians have put together crafts and fun activities you can do at home for the school holidays - or any time!

Paid Programmes

Box Heads

A fun hands-on workshop where you'll get to work with cardboard and paper to create a big box shaped mask.

Extra awesome if you're planning on a fun Halloween costume!

5 to 10 years
Book online
$21.49 per child, includes booking fee

Tūranga
Tuesday 12 October, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Mask

Make your Own Stamp

Design, cut and create your very own personalised stamp, using and iPad and laser cutter. You'll also make stamping accessories and get to collect and share designs with your friends.

5 to 10 years
Book online
$26.74 per child, includes booking fee

Tūranga  
Tuesday 12 October, 10am to 12noon

stamp

Wall Art Wonder

Wow your friends and family with your very own masterpiece! Using our digital equipment, you'll draw and print your own design onto fabric and make a magnetic hanger to display if from0

5 to 10 years
Book online
$26.49 per child, includes booking fee

South
Wednesday 13 October, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Art-supplies-pencils-and-paints

Hot Wheels Frenzy

Learn about construction and physics while playing with mini cars!  You'll get to reverse engineer your very own Hot Wheels equipment and take turns building tracks to challenge and race your friends.

6 to 9 years
Book online
$21.49 per child, including booking fee

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Tuesday 12 October, 10am to 12noon

car

Minecraft Fun

Learn through play as you explore, build and interact with others inside a virtual world. To really enjoy this programme you'll need to have a basic understanding of Minecraft.

8 to 12 years
Book onlin
$10.99 per child, includes booking fee

Upper Riccarton
Tuesday 14 October, 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Book online

South Library
Friday 15 October, 10am to 12noon
Book online

Minecraft

Minecraft T-Shirt Design

Create your very own Minecraft skin to use in-game, then print and apply it onto a t-shirt. Bring your own t-shirt, we'll provide the rest.

8 to 12 years
Book online
$26.74 per child, includes booking fee

South Library
Wednesday 13 October, 9am to 12noon

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Sound Trek

Do you love music and like the idea of making your own using an iPad?

Pitched at beginner level and using GarageBand, you can make your own soundtracks to match our awesome themed video clips of space, nature and cats.

9 to 12 years
Book online
$16.24 per child, includes booking fee

South Library
Monday 11 October, 1pm to 3:30pm
Book online   

Upper Riccarton Library
Thursday 14 October, 10am to 12:30pm
Book online

YA-studio-time teen AV studio

Imagination Station holiday activities

Explore Imagination Station Holiday Brick School & other great STEAM-based holiday activities at Tūranga, Fendalton, Aranui, Upper Riccarton

Free Programmes

These programmes are free, but bookings are required.

Librarian for a Morning - Junior - 5-8 years

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!

5 to 8 years
Book online
$FREE

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre 
Wednesday 13 October, 9am to 12noon
Book online

Fendalton
Friday 15 October, 9am to 12noon
Book online 

South 
Friday 15 October, 9am to 12noon
Book online

Librarian

Tuna Toi - Eel Art- 7-12* years

In support of Whakaata mai te kūkūwai - Reflections for the Wetlands Exhibition at Tūranga, Māori Library Services are pleased to offer this fun holiday programme.

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

7 to 12 years recommended

Under 7 years, require parental supervision

Book online
$FREE

New Brighton 
Tuesday 12 October, 9am to 12noon
Book online  
Tuesday 12 October, 1pm to 3pm
Book online 

Tūranga
Thursday 14 October, 9am to 12noon
Book online  
Thursday 14 October, 1pm to 3pm
Book online

TUNATOI

Sherlock Holmes Investigates

Do you want to be a detective?  Celebrate Sherlock Holmes with forensic science experiments and see if you can solve the crime!

8 to 13 years
Book online
$FREE

South Library
Tuesday 12 October, 2pm to 3:30pm
Book online  
Wednesday 13 October, 2pm to 3:30pm
Book online

Sherlock

School holiday drop-in fun

Macramé Pot Holder
Master macramé and jazz up your space!
Find out where and when

Peg Monster Magnets
Create a woolly peg monster to manage the mayhem!
Find out where and when

Spring Blossoms
Join us for a bloomin’ good time!
Find out where and when

Paper Penguin
Join us and make your own paper penguin parade.
Find out where and when

Penguin Mask
Celebrate Days of Ice by masquerading as a penguin!
Find out where and when

 

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.

  • 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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