School Holiday Programmes and Activities – April 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:

April 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.

Easter Fun at the Library

Join us for an Easter themed fun morning. Hop on in for a cracking good time — where we will share stories, create crafts, and have an Easter egg hunt.
Find times and locations.

Autumn craft

Create your own tiny village using recycled materials.
Find times and locations.


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.
Find times and locations.


Create your own basic coding pattern using special markers to guide Ozobots around a path. An informal drop-in session to have a look at how Ozobots work.
Find times and locations.

Creative Family Time

Come and check out this cool makerspace. There will be craft, 3D colouring, interactive games and more.
Find times and locations.


Design your own stickers, get creative, and use our vinyl cutters to create awesome designs. Come and chill out, and get creative in our space. 

Fun for ages 12 to 17.
Tūranga, Taupuni Waihanga / Production Studio, Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4 Tuesday 16 April, 4pm to 6pm
Find out more in the events calendar.
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International Tabletop Games Day

Come along and celebrate International Tabletop Games Day with us at Tūranga! We’ve got a selection of board and card games — from Catan to Exploding Kittens — for you to try. Staff will be around throughout the day to teach you how to play so no worries if you’re new to tabletop gaming. If you’ve got your own collection of games at home, you’re welcome to bring them in to play. Whether you’re a boardgamer or cardgamer, let’s come together to celebrate the fun of rolling dice and drawing cards.

All ages.
Tūranga, Ngā Purapura Activity Room, Hapori | Community, Level 1 Saturday 27 April, 11am to 3pm
Find out more in the events calendar.
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Free activities, bookings required

Dungeon Dwellers

Grab a sword, wave a wand and let your imagination run wild in this introduction to the wonderful world of tabletop roleplaying games. Don't miss your chance to be the hero in a fantastical shared story where anything is possible and the outcome of everything daring and dangerous rest on a roll of your dice.
Ages: 9 to 12 years

New Brighton Library Wednesday 10 April, 10.30am to 12noon, and Wednesday 17 April 10.30am to 12noon FULLY BOOKED

Taonga Puoro: Kōauau — Māori Musical Instruments: Māori flutes

Have you ever made a wooden kōauau (traditional Māori flute)? Have you ever played one? Well now is your chance to come along, make your own, learn how to play it or show us your styles at our holiday programme this April. Have you got what it takes? Are you up for the challenge? Then make sure you book your place.
Ages: 7+ years

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 12 years
Cost: $7

  • Te Hāpua Learning Centre Monday 15 April, 10am to 12noon
  • Upper Riccarton Learning Centre Thursday 18 April, 10am to 12noon
  • South Learning Centre Tuesday 23 April, 10am to 12noon
  • Tūranga, Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4 Wednesday 24 April, 10am to 12noon
  • New Brighton Learning Centre Friday 26 April, 10am to 12noon
  • Find out more in the events calendar.

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

Earth Smart

A STEAM holiday programme with an emphasis on sustainability and recycling. Children will explore environmental issues with a focus on connecting to the planet around them using books, interactive activities, digital media and craft. Come along to listen, participate and create.
Ages: 5 to 7 years
Cost: $7

  • South Learning Centre Tuesday 16 April, 10am to 12noon
  • Tūranga, Auahatanga | Creativity, Level 4 Tuesday 23 April, 10am to 12noon FULLY BOOKED
  • Find out more in the events calendar.


Working with various robots, you will learn the basics of how robots work and how to programme them to use sensors to complete a set of challenges.
Ages: 10 to 13 years
Cost: $15

  • South Learning Centre Monday 15 April, 9.30am to 3pm.
  • New Brighton Learning Centre Tuesday 16 April. 9.30am to 3pm.
  • Upper Riccarton Learning Centre Wednesday 24 April, 9.30am to 3pm.
  • Find out more in the events calendar.

Conditions for bookable Learning Centre holiday programmes

Note: A Learning Centre Consent Form is required to be completed by the child and a parent/caregiver for all learning centre after school and holiday programmes. Please ensure this is completed when you call in to pay the course fees or drop your child off for the programme.

  • 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.