Posts tagged things to do in Christchurch

Summertime Reading Club Challenge – Week 2

This is the second of our weekly Summertime Reading Club challenges.  Each week we’ll set you a challenge and you have to comment on the challenge post to go in the draw for the weekly prize, a $50 PaperPlus voucher and a Hoyts movie pass.  We’ll draw the winner on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday when the next challenge is posted.

Congratulations to last week’s winner – Ben.

Week 2 Challenge

Leave a comment telling us: 

Which author would you most like to meet? 

If you could ask them one question what would it be?

Make sure you leave your name and email address as well so that we can contact you if you win. 

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Join the Summertime Reading Club

Join the Summertime Reading Club in 2012. This very popular summer activity starts again on 21 December and runs to 18 January 2013. Complete the Summertime Reading Club challenge and you’ll be in to win some awesome prizes including Paper Plus vouchers, an iPod, a digital camera and an iPad!

Simply take a challenge card, complete four of the challenges and then return the card to the library to be in to win.
There are two levels to choose from:

  • Easy (for 5 – 8 year olds)
  • Hard (for 9 – 12 year olds)

Each week on the Christchurch Kids Blog we’ll also have a Sumertime Reading Club Challenge.  You can enter each week for your chance to win Paper Plus vouchers and Hoyts movie vouchers.

Keep your eyes peeled next week for the Summertime Reading Club challenge card that you can download from the Kids page of the library website.

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Celebrate International Ivy + Bean Day these holidays

At the library on Friday 12 October (the last Friday of the school holidays) we’ll be celebrating International Ivy + Bean Day.  If you don’t already know who Ivy and Bean are, they’re two very cool characters who get up to all sorts of fun and games.  The books are written by Annie Barrows and illustrated by Sophie Blackall and we have all of their books in the library.

To celebrate International Ivy + Bean Day we’re having special Ivy + Bean parties in some of our libraries.  You can bring a friend along and enjoy activities, games, giveaways and a reading of the latest Ivy + Bean story.  It’s all FREE and there is no need to make a booking, so just come along.  Here’s where the parties are on Friday 12 October:

  • Shirley Library, 10:30-11:30am
  • Upper Riccarton Library, 10:30-11:30am
  • Diamond Harbour Library, 3:00-4:00pm

Look out next week for our interview with Ivy and Bean.  You’ll laugh your socks off!

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Win a Winter Reading Book Pack

 The school holidays are the best time to read as much as possible, especially when it’s cold and wet outside.  Any time you need something new and exciting to read or a DVD to watch you can come into the library.  A really cool activity that we have in the library these holidays is the Winter Reading Club.  You can choose the challenges that you’d like to do and if you’re one of the lucky ones you might even get a mini prize pack.

Here on the Christchurch Kids Blog we’re giving you the chance to win a stack of books to keep you busy during the holidays.  Each week during the holidays you can enter to win a Winter Reading book pack, containing 7 great books.

Last week’s winner was Connor.  Make sure you enter this week for your chance to win some great books!


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Explore the library at home

You’re stuck inside with no school, and the libraries are closed.  You can still explore heaps of interesting library resources from the comfort of your warm house.  The Kids page is one of the best places to explore on the library homepage because you can find quizzes, games and stories to keep you entertained.  Check out these pages:

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The BEST school holiday ideas

Summer readingYay – holidays! The only problem with the holidays is figuring out what to do, so we’re here to help fight boredom with the BIGGEST list of ideas.  You can help us add to the list as well by telling us what you’re doing.


  1. Go to the library.  You can get books to read when you’re wrapped up warm inside, DVDs to watch on a rainy day, audiobooks to listen to in the car, plus heaps more.  Find out about the libraries that are open.
  2. Enter our Make-a-monster, invent-a-demon Star Author Competition here on the blog.
  3. Walk around the Botanic Gardens and have fun in amongst the trees.  There are lots of great places to hide or you could have a leaf fight.
  4. Go to your local park and play on the playground or have a game with your friends.  Take a ball or a frisbee and use up all your energy.
  5. Go swimming at one of the Christchurch City Council pools –  Pioneer Leisure Centre and Jellie Park are still open.
  6. Go and see some of the cool movies on these holidays.  There’s the last Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part 2, Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, or Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  7. Play some board games or card games with your friends and family.  You can even make your own and challenge your friends.
  8. Make your own book trailer for your favourite book.  All you need is PowerPoint, Movie Maker and a bit of creativity.  Here are some instructions to get you started.
  9. Write a story or a poem and send it through to us and we could publish it on the blog.
  10. Bake something yummy like a cake or some biscuits.  Check out our books on baking.
  11. Learn a new skill like  magic tricks, juggling, skateboarding or knitting.
  12. Go to a KidsFest activity.  There are heaps on around the city and we have some great FREE events in the library, including Pandemonium at the Library and The Adventures of Tintin story readings.

If you have any other cool ideas, especially ones that are free, add a comment and let us know.

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Be part of The Erin Simpson Show these holidays

logoWant something to do in the school holidays? Have you always wanted to be on TV?  The Erin Simpson Show wants you to be part of their live studio audience on Tuesday 19 July.

It’s for ages 10 – 18 only and there are five different times available:

  • 19July – 8:45am – 10:30am
  • 19 July – 10:30am – 12pm
  • 19July – 12:15pm – 1:30pm
  • 19July – 2:45pm – 4:15pm
  • 19July – 4:30pm – 6:15pm

Time slots are limited so head 0ver to and book your space!

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