School Holiday Programmes and Activities at Libraries

School Holiday Programmes and Activities

Join us for holiday fun in April 2021! Term 1 holidays go from Saturday 17 April to Sunday 2 May 2021.

Ōtautahi Go Wild! - Holiday Trail

Pick up a copy of the Ōtautahi Go Wild! holiday trail from 1 April from:

Aotearoa New Zealand is a great place to explore wildlife. And you don’t have to go far to see it! Follow the map and explore four of the city’s favourite places.

You may need more than one day. Complete the activities, get a stamp and finish the picture on the back page.

Download the Ōtautahi Go Wild! holiday trail [9MB PDF]

Bookable programmes

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 Sold Out - Waitlist Full
$FREE

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre 
Thursday 22 April, 9am to 12noon
Book online   Sold Out - Waitlist Full

Librarian for a Morning - Intermediate - 9-12 years

9 to 12 years
Book online Sold Out -   Waitlist Full
$FREE

South Library
Friday 23 April, 9am to 12noon
Book online  Sold Out - Waitlist Full

 

Tangaroa Whakamautai – Sea Art

Looking for something to do during the April holidays? Then come learn about the sea 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!!! FREE, bookings ARE essential.

Recommended for ages 5 – 15, children younger than 5 welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

5 to 15 years (recommended)

Children younger than 5 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult

Book online
$FREE
  • South Library
    Wednesday 21 April, 10am to 12noon
    Book online Sold Out 
    or
    Wednesday 21 April, 1pm to 3pm
    Book online
  • New Brighton Library
    Wednesday 28 April, 10am to 12noon
    Book online Sold Out 
    or
    Wednesday 28 April, 1pm to 3pm
    Book online
  • Turanga
    Thursday 22 April, 1pm to 3pm
    Book online  Sold Out 
    or
    Thursday 29 April, 10am to 12noon
    Book online 
    or
    Thursday 29 April, 1pm to 3pm
    Book online Sold Out 

 A limited number of extra tickets have been released. Get in quick!

 

Bots and Bugs Adventures 

What is a robot? Come and find out! Hear some great stories about what robots get up to. There’s a chance to play with a robot and consider some robots which are inspired by real world creatures. You’ll also do some other fun activities which run alongside our city natures challenge programmes.

5 to 7 years
Book online
$10.99 per child (including booking fee)
  • South Library
    Tuesday 27 April, 10am to 12noon
    Book online Sold Out
  • Tūranga
    Wednesday 28 April, 9:30am to 11:30am
    Book online
  • Upper Riccarton Library
    Tuesday 20 April,10am to 12noon
    Book online Sold Out - Waitlist Full

Sold Out? - Join Waitlist - There is a limited waitlist available for this programme.  To check if waitlist places are still available, please click on the programmes Book online link above.

 

Exploring Nature with Minecraft

Learn about native New Zealand flora and fauna through exploration and play inside a custom Minecraft world. To really enjoy this programme you need to have a basic understanding of Minecraft.

6 to 13 years
Book online
$10.99 per child (including booking fee)
  • New Brighton
    Monday 19 April, 10am to 12noon
    Book online Sold Out - Waitlist Full
  • Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
    Thursday 22 April, 10am to 12noon
    Book online  Sold Out - Waitlist Full
  • Tūranga
    Friday 23 April, 1pm to 3pm
    Book online Sold Out - Waitlist Full
    Thursday 29 April, 9:30am to 11:30am
    Book online Sold Out - Waitlist Full
    Friday 30 April, 9:30am to 11:30am
    Book online Sold Out
  • Upper Riccarton Library
    Tuesday 27 April,1pm to 3pm
    Book online Sold Out
  • South
    Thursday 29 April, 10am to 12noon
    Book online  Sold Out

Sold Out? - Join Waitlist - There is a limited waitlist available for this programme.  To check if waitlist places are still available, please click on the programmes Book online link above.


Take a Walk on the Wildside

Explore wildlife and discover nature living in your neighbourhood. Join us for a walk on the wildside, taking photos along the way that will contribute to biodiversity research. Please bring jackets as we will still go outside in light rain. If the weather is more severe, we will search for New Zealand flora and fauna in Minecraft during the photography section while still learning about how to contribute to citizen science in the rest of the session.

8 to 12 years
Book online
$16.24 per child (including booking fee)
  • Tūranga
    Wednesday 21 April, 9:00am to 11:30am
    Book online
  • Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
    Wednesday 28 April, 9:00am to 11:30am
    Book online

Sold Out? - Join Waitlist - There is a limited waitlist available for this programme.  To check if waitlist places are still available, please click on the programmes Book online link above.

 

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.

Drop-in Activities

Korean Crafts

Join us to create traditional Korean crafts! Enjoy making Bucahe (traditional Korean fan) and Korean paper hat making.
Find out where and when.

Korean paper crafts

Owls and Hedgehogs

Create a woodland creature from paper and autumn leaves.
Find out where and when.

Autumn Tea Lights

Upcycle a jar and create some autumn ambience. Please bring your own glass jar for this craft.
Find out where and when.

Stained Glass Leaves

Catch the sun with a colourful leafy craft to hang in a window.
Find out where and when.

Autumn Bunting (teens)

Jazz up your space! Come along and create a string of beautiful paper leaves made from recycled materials. Add notes and photos to brighten up your room!
Find out where and when.

Honour your Anzac

Honour your Anzac this April, create a poppy in commemoration of your whānau member and add it to the remembrance display.
Find out where and when.

Book Nooks

Book Nook Dioramas for Families

Apr 29th | 9:30am - 11:30am
Spend some family time creating a magical world to display on your bookshelf. For ages 5+ years with an adult. Free, no booking required.

The first nurses of WWI

In the lead up to Anzac Day Alison looks at how the first nurses joined the war effort, including Christchurch nurse, Sister Louie McNie.

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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