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Saturday 7 – Saturday 21 July 2018.
Entertain your kids over the winter school holidays with KidsFest. With hundreds of cool events and activities, there is plenty of fun stuff to keep the kids amused. KidsFest is an annual two-week festival designed especially for children age 0-13 and has entertained thousands of children and families over the past 26 years. Running since 1992, with events in Christchurch, Banks Peninsula, Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts, KidsFest is excited to be back in 2018!
The Waimakariri Libraries are hosting events in Oxford, Rangiora, and Kaiapoi. KidsFest Booklets are available in all three libraries. The libraries are bringing back some of their popular events such as the perennial favourite: Mystery Trails, where kids can come along to the libraries and become a detective, using hidden clues to solve a caper; and the famous Family Quiz Nights are also returning – perhaps your family can take out the number one spot this year?
New activities this year include daytime, and evening activities to give kids the chance to get creative in the school holidays. Children and their families will have an opportunity to travel the world at fun international craft nights. Kids will learn how to create new crafts, be inspired by other cultures, and take their creations home with them.
Young Writers will have four opportunities to work with real writers as tutors, to engage and excite young people in the writing process. The School for Young Writers has been inspiring young writers for 25 years, and their tutors are all practising writers and skilled teachers. These Workshops are designed for Year 5-8 young writers, and all workshops are free to participate. The tutors are grateful for the kind assistance from a Creative Communities Waimakariri grant.
The majority of the libraries KidsFest events are free, except for one key event called: Stig Live.
The libraries are thrilled to be able to present this must see performance, as Stig Wemyss is a renowned audiobook narrator, best known as the narrator of Andy Griffiths’ Treehouse series. His vibrant and high energy live shows have become well-known throughout Australia and New Zealand in schools and libraries. With a background in acting, including appearances in numerous TV shows, feature films and live theatre productions, Stig’s experience brings a unique and dynamic energy to performances.
Stig’s shows are aimed at children who are 7-12 years old, however, his performances have a habit of capturing the full attention of staff and even older children. The shows are exciting and educational, with a focus on the benefits of audiobooks for reading and literature. This event takes place at the Rangiora Baptist Church on: Friday, 20 July, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, $5 per child, $5 per caregiver (required). Tickets are available at all three Waimakariri Libraries.
Families can register for these events at any Waimakariri Library. For more information check out the KidsFest booklet, available in all three libraries, or go to: http://www.kidsfest.co.nz/
For more details about the Waimakariri Libraries KidsFest events go to: libraries.waimakariri.govt.nz
Christchurch City Council proudly produces KidsFest for the KidsFest Charitable Trust. KidsFest couldn’t happen without the amazing sponsor: More FM, and special thanks go to PMP, and Mai FM for their support.