Easter and School Holidays 2017 – what’s happening in Christchurch for the kids?

  • Easter School Holidays Christchurch 2017

The April School Holidays and Easter are just around the corner. If you’re going to be in the Garden City, here’s our list of kid-friendly events… 

Holiday Botanical Designing with Terrariums, Artistic Flowers Gallery and Florist, 20 April 3-5pm, 27 April 11-1pm and 3-5pm 2017

Let your kids become a Botanical Designer for the afternoon. Classes are held by a qualified Floral Stylist. They will get to create their very own hanging or shelf Terrarium and will receive a Certificate of attendance. There will be a choice of specially crafted Easter rabbits, glow in the dark dinosaurs, gorgeous fairies and more. Plants will be provided.

Kids over 8 years old can attend. Children younger than 8 may attend with an older sibling, but parent’s discretion is asked for. Booking is essential to secure a place. Gluten free and nut free snacks will be included for those who want a snack, with chilled water.

On the Stage Performing Arts Residency, St Margaret’s College, 19-21 April 9am-5pm

If you have an 11-14 year old who loves dancing, singing and acting, what better way to make their holidays by giving them the chance to learn from internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Rina Chae. She has performed with some of the big names, including Beyoncé, Justin Beiber and Neyo.

School Holiday activities at the Christchurch Art Gallery, Montreal Street 

Check out the range of fun things to do and watch for all ages at the Christchurch Art Gallery, including the Jealous Saboteurs workshop, a free family showing of The Wrong Trousers (a Wallace and Grommit classic), Pop Art creations, and join in the creation of a massive Kaleidoscope on the front windows of the art gallery over the weekend of 29 anbd 30 April (entry is free).

Summer Skate Jam, Glentunnel School, Selwyn, 29 March and 12 April 4-6pm

Get you kids involved in the 2017 Summer Skate Jam series at the local Selwyn skate park. All abilities are welcome. There will be free gear hire and coaching from experienced skaters.

Plus, music and prizes up for grabs!

Imagination Station Brick School, Imagination Station, 18-21 April, 24 April, 26-28 April 10am – 4pm

Imagination Station is running a holiday programme. Drop them off for a day of LEGO fun. For children aged 5-15 years. They will have a balance of structured and unstructured learning, with different themes and challenges to keep them busy and having fun. Find out more about a typical day at Brick School.

Technic Motors: Build a remote-control car, Imagination Station, 17 April, 3-4.30pm

Does your child love cars and LEGO? Let them build their own remote control car using LEGO Technic and motors. They will get to navigate their car around a series of obstacles using remote controls.

Imagination Station are holding a bunch of other LEGO related events, including Creating Stop Motion Animation Movies, LEGO Mindstorms Robotics for Juniors, LEGO Mindstorms Battlebots and more.


Drop the kids off at the movies, or join them. All movies below are showing at Hoyts Cinema in Riccarton Mall and Readings Cinema in the Palms.

Beauty and the Beast (PG), Released 23 March

An adaptation of the Disney fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love.

The Lego Batman Movie (PG), Released 2 April

Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

The Boss Baby, Released 13 April

A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

Smurfs: The Lost Village (G), Released 6 April

A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures.