Somehow it is almost that time of year again and the mid-year school holidays are fast approaching. Fortunately there's lots of activities on in Christchurch over July to keep the whole family entertained and appease the calls of "there's nothing to do" around your house.
KidsFest kicks off on Saturday the 4th and your biggest problem is going to be trying to figure out which events to attend. There's events on every day of the holidays and there's something for all ages, no matter what the age of your kids. We've listed a couple of the key events below to get you started but make sure you check out their website and have a look through the more than 250 events that will be happening across the city.
- MORE FM Lantern Parade - This one's free and it's part of the launch of KidsFest on Saturday the 4th of July. There will be lanterns, search lights, projections on buildings, illuminated bridges and light sculptures. The parade will begin at the Re:START Mall.
- Scoot and Skate - Taking place at the Washington Way Skate Park on Tuesday the 7th, there will be performers, prizes and demos. There are two free sessions, one for juniors (5-8 years) and one for seniors (9-12 years) so get out your helmets and knee pads and get along.
- The Press Night of D'Light in the Botanic Gardens - From the 8th - 12th of July you can take the kids to explore the Botanic Gardens via an illuminated route. Rug up warm, pack the torch and experience the gardens in a new light!
- Disco Light Ball - Three different sessions for kids of all ages over the 11th and 12th of July. Take the kids to find their inner groove child - there will be a DJ and prizes for best dressed and best moves.
- Kids Market - A good way to sneak some education in the holidays without the kids noticing. Learn how to set up a shop, handle money, create crafts and make some pocket money. Under parental supervision kids can set up stalls to sell some old toys, gear or even get crafty or bake.
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra
CSO Kids is a hugely popular concert which is full of fun, dance and music. Aimed at 2-6 year olds, kids can meet the players and see all the instruments. It's a fun opportunity to sing along with some well-known nursery songs and be introduced the world of symphony orchestra.
The CSO will also be playing the live soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest at Horncastle Arena on Saturday the 4th. This one's a must see for the movie buffs as well as the music lovers.
Dr Suess's The Cat in the Hat
Everybody's favourite cat is back...in his hat...on stage at the Court Theatre. Showing between the 8th and the 18th, the play will have plenty of games and tricks and will make a great inside activity if the weather doesn't play along for the holidays. Check out the Court Theatre website for more information and to buy tickets.
The Christchurch Brick Show
The Christchurch Brick Show will be the biggest LEGO based show in New Zealand. This ones for everyone, whether you're a kid or a kid at heart. Using over 2,500 sqm of space at Horncastle Arena, Lego enthusiasts will be exhibiting their designs, collections and contraptions on the 11th and 12th of July. There is even a dedicated LEGO play area if you (or your kids) would like to get a bit more hands on.
Some of the displays this year include a rugby stadium, farm and city scene displays and the Re:START Mall. The southern hemisphere's only LEGO Certified Professional, Ryan McNaught will also be the special guest at the show. Being a Certified Professional means Ryan is officially licensed to work with both public and businesses to use LEGO in new and interesting ways so it might be worth going along just to ask him how to get that job!
Circotica is back for the July school holidays! If you missed it in April, there is a whole new line-up of international acts coming back to perform in Christchurch. Bring the family along for acrobatic acts, contortionists, juggling, unicycling and aerial feats. It's a fun chance to watch the professionals perform these feats as opposed to the 'Hey, watch this!' acrobatics that happen in your own home over the holidays.
All Blacks vs Argentina
All Blacks vs Argentina is the only test match in the country for 2015 and it's being played in Christchurch on the 17th of July. It's the first Friday night test match in 12 years so get along and support the boys in black!