KidsFest

KidsFest

KidsFest is Christchurch's festival for kids that takes place in the winter school holidays. KidsFest 2021 is on from 10 to 25 July. Tickets are on sale now.

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

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

bugs

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 SOLD OUT (Free, bookings required)

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

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

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

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

 

Librarian

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

More school holiday info

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.

More KidsFest fun

Check out the KidsFest website for games, puzzles and downloads.

All about KidsFest

KidsFest is New Zealand’s biggest annual children’s festival. It is aimed at kids up to the age of 12. Christchurch City Libraries supports KidsFest by hosting a range of events for kids — from special storytimes sessions to writers’ workshops and treasure hunts — at our libraries and learning centres.

KidsFest took place for the first time in 1992, beginning as an idea from the then Mayor, Vicki Buck.

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