School Holiday Programmes and Activities at Libraries

School Holiday Programmes and Activities

Join us for holiday fun in July 2021! Term 2 holidays go from Saturday 10 July to Sunday 25 July 2021.

Holiday programmes

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 here 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".

KidsFest Paid Programmes

KidsFest events

Atoms, Lasers, & Nanoworld - 13-17 years ($10 + booking fee)

Jul 14th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
In collaboration with the University of Canterbury, explore Physics and the nanoworld: from manipulating atoms in VR to experiments.

Minecraft T-Shirt Design - 8-12 years ($25 + booking fee)

Jul 15th | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Create your very own Minecraft skin to use in-game, then print and apply it onto a t-shirt. Bring your own t-shirt.

Create in Virtual Reality - 8-12 years ($20 + booking fee)

Jul 20th | 10:00am - 12:30pm
Build your dream world, and then step inside. Choose from a library of objects and use them to create your own dream world.

Tūranga - Dreamscapes - 9-12 years ($20 + booking fee)

Jul 21st | 9:30am - 11:30am
Adventure into the city and photograph a space that captures your interest. Use computer software to collage photos and add illustrations.

Minecraft T-Shirt Design - 8-12 years ($25 + booking fee)

Jul 22nd | 9:00am - 12:00pm
Create your very own Minecraft skin to use in-game, then print and apply it onto a t-shirt. Bring your own t-shirt.

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, includes booking fee

New Brighton Library
Tuesday 20 July, 1 to 3pm
Book online  Sold Out

Upper Riccarton Library
Monday 12 July,10am to 12noon
Book online  Sold Out -Waitlist Full

Beebot

Minecraft Game Zone

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 online
$10.99, includes booking fee

South Library
Tuesday 13 July, 10am to 12noon
Book online  Sold Out 
Wednesday 14 July, 10am to 12noon
Book online  Sold Out 

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Thursday 15 July, 1 to 3pm
Book online  Sold Out 
Monday 19 July, 12:30 to 2:30pm
Book online  Sold Out 

Tūranga
Monday 19 July, 9:30 to 11:30am
Book online  Sold Out 

Minecraft

Augmented Reality Creature Cards

Design and build your own 3D modelled creature on the computer and then see it appear in the real world through the power of Augmented Reality. Some experience with 3D modelling is beneficial, but not necessary.

10 to 14 years
Book online
$21.49, includes booking fee

New Brighton Library
Tuesday 13 July, 9am to 11.30am
Book online 

South Library
Monday 19 July, 9.30am to 12noon
Book online 

Tūranga
Wednesday 21 July, 9am to 11.30am
Book online

KidsFest Free Programmes

These programmes are free, but bookings are required.

KidsFest free events

Spreydon Escape Space (Free, bookings required)

Mon 12 July to Fri 23 July, various
Based on the popular Escape Room experiences, come and enjoy the Spreydon Escape Space. Book in a session with up to 5 friends.

Tūranga - Science Fun drop in (Free, no bookings required)

Jul 14th, All day
Experience the amazing world of SCIENCE with live demonstrations by the University of Canterbury's School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.

Te Ara o Te Toa (Free, bookings required)

14, 15, 21, 22 July
Aranui, Bishopdale, & Tūranga
Celebrate the school holidays through fun, traditional Māori games that are sure to get you thinking and moving!

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

South Library
Friday 23 July, 9am to 12noon
Book online  Sold Out

Tūranga 
Tuesday 13 July, 9am to 12noon
Book online Sold Out - Waitlist Full

Librarian for a Morning - Intermediate - 9-12 years

9 to 12 years
Book online 
$FREE

South Library
Friday 16 July, 9am to 12noon
Book online  Sold Out

Tūranga
Friday 23 July, 9am to 12noon
Book online  Sold Out - Waitlist Full

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Thursday 15 July, 9am to 12noon
Book online  Sold Out 

 

Librarian for a Morning

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
Wednesday 14 July, 2pm to 3:30pm
Book online  Sold Out 
Monday 19 July, 2pm to 3:30pm
Book online  Sold Out 

Sherlock Holmes Kidsfest

More School Holiday activities

Dinosaur Day

Join us for awesome Jurassic fun! Enjoy crafts, story time, scavenger hunt, LEGO Jurassic World video game, and more.

Paper Fan Medallions

Join us and make your own Paper Fan Medallion as decoration for that special occasion or simply to brighten your room!
Free, no bookings required. Everyone welcome.

Find out where and when.

School Holiday Drop In Fun

Check out these drop in activities happening around our network during the school holidays.

Woolly Monsters

Wind a whimsical woolly monster to warm up your winter.

Sheep on a Stick

Craft a Baa-rilliant paper puppet.

Snowflake Wool Art

Embrace the season and create a beautiful snowflake.

DIY Phone Amplifier for Rangatahi

Amp up the volume and get the party started.

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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