Children's University

Learning destinations are places and organisations to which children can ‘travel’ with their passport to learning.

Learning destinations are places and organisations to which children can ‘travel’ with their passport to learning.

Learning Destinations provide high quality learning activities and experiences with a ‘wow’ factor and have passed the Children’s University own quality assurance process, Planning for Learning. A Learning Destination can range from a museum to a farm to an airport to a corporate business or anything in between, as long as the activity connects with Children’s University learning and has realistic links to a university program.

 

Becoming a Learning Destination can be a powerful way to engage with the community and contribute to the success and achievement of young people in your region. Being a Learning Destination is a great way to promote your organisation to the local community and to engage with young people in your service delivery.

Learning Destinations can enrich communities and build valuable networks that help support children and their families in their educational journey.

Where are you?

Afternoon Art for Kids

Afternoon Art for Kids

Unit 3, 136 Ilam Road
Christchurch

P 03 351 0879
E Email

Let your creative juices flow with painting and drawing classes.

  • Ages 6 – 13
  • Check website for times and prices – www.paintnsip.co.nz
  • Get a stamp from the teacher for 2 hours if you do a weekend art class, or 10 hours if you do a term of after school classes.
  • Bonus – kids that do a term of classes will receive a free weekend workshop and kids that do a weekend workshop will receive a free kids drink.
  • Let them know if you are a Children’s University member when you book

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in Visual Art and Fine Art

  • art
  • Christchurch
  • creative
Click here for events

Air Force Museum

Air Force Museum

45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram
Christchurch

P 03 343 9532
E Email

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand is the National museum for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and the New Zealand military aviation, and stands on the site of the former air base at Wigram, Christchurch. The aim of the museum is to preserve and present the history of the RNZAF for commemoration, inspiration, learning and enjoyment.

Links to Higher Education – Armed Forces, History, Science

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • Military
  • museum
Click here for events

Akaroa Library

Akaroa Library

2 Selwyn Avenue, Akaroa

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Amplify School of Music

Amplify School of Music

11 Seaview Road
New Brighton

P 03 388 1001
E Email

Ever wanted to learn an instrument? Amplify offers instrument lessons for youth aged 5-17. It gives young people the opportunity to experience and engage in musical arts at affordable rates.

Music Lessons

  • Ages 6 and over
  • See the website for details include times, dates and costs
  • Get a stamp from your tutor after you lesson

Kids Fest Activity

  • Want to give music a try? This activity gives you the chance to try two musical instruments, singing or try your hand at being a DJ.
  • Book in for a 1 hour lesson from July 16-19 between 9am-5pm
  • $26 per lesson and bookings are essential
  • Get a stamp from your tutor at the end of the activity
  • See the website for more information

http://www.youthalivetrust.org.nz/amplify-music-school/amplify/

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in music and performing arts

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • DJ
  • music
  • school holidays
  • singing
Click here for events

Amuri Community Library and Service Centre

Amuri Community Library and Service Centre

Amuri Area School, 8 School Road, Culverden

P 03 315-3008
E Email

Hurunui District Libraries provide access to books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs and audio books. Membership is free.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library to recieve stamps all through summer. Collect a bingo car from the library and complete each activity. You’ll get 30 minutes for each activity you complete. You can also win great prizes through the library!

  • Check the website for opening hours – https://www.hurunui.govt.nz/library
  • Librarians will stamp your passport when you show them your bingo card
  • The challenge runs from December 2019 to January2019
  • All ages
  • Free

Links to Higher Education will vary depending on the type of reading material you choose.

  • free
  • holidays
  • Hurunui
  • reading
  • summer
Click here for events

Aranui LIbrary

Aranui LIbrary

109 Aldershot Street, Christchurch

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Botanic Gardens | Te Māra Huaota o Waipapa

Botanic Gardens | Te Māra Huaota o Waipapa

Rolleston Avenue
Christchurch City

P 03 941 8999
E Email

Christchurch has over 740 parks and gardens. From neighborhood parks with family playgrounds to wilderness walks on the Port Hills you are never too far from a place to play, relax or be adventurous.

Validated Children’s University activities include:

  • Botanic Garden’s Trails and Activities – collect a trail map at the Visitors Centre, complete it and bring it back to the Visitor Centre reception desk to receive a stamp for 1 hour

Please visit the website for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, bookings, dates and times – https://ccc.govt.nz/childrensuniversityparks/

Links to Higher Education include – Degrees in Science, Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, and Biodiversity.

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • outdoors
  • Science
Click here for events

Canterbury Museum

Canterbury Museum

Rolleston Avenue, Christchurch

P 03 366 5000
E Email

Explore New Zealand’s rich cultural and natural heritage. Learn about the past, present and future of Canterbury.

Suitable for all ages

Free entry, donations are appreciated

Open 9am – 5pm, 7 days a week

www.canterburymuseum.com

Links to Higher Education – History, Science and Arts qualifications

General Visit

  • Receive a stamp for 1 hour for visiting the museum
  • You can get a stamp from staff at the front desk

Hidden History Trail

  • Pick up the trail sheet from the front desk and complete it to get 30 minutes in your passport
  • You can get a stamp from staff at the front desk

Discovery Centre

  • Enjoy a hands-on museum experience in the Discovery Centre
  • $2 entry
  • Get a stamp for 30 minutes from staff in the centre
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • history
  • museum
Click here for events

Cheviot Community Library & Service Centre

Cheviot Community Library & Service Centre

39 Hall Street, Cheviot

P 03 319 8134
E Email

Hurunui District Libraries provide access to books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs and audio books. Membership is free.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library to recieve stamps all through summer. Collect a bingo car from the library and complete each activity. You’ll get 30 minutes for each activity you complete. You can also win great prizes through the library!

  • Check the website for opening hours – https://www.hurunui.govt.nz/library
  • Librarians will stamp your passport when you show them your bingo card
  • The challenge runs from December 2019 to January2019
  • All ages
  • Free

Links to Higher Education will vary depending on the type of reading material you choose.

  • free
  • holidays
  • Hurunui
  • reading
  • summer
Click here for events

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

58 Gloucester Street
Christchurch

P 03 941 7300
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Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū is home to one of New Zealand’s most important public art collections. The art on display ranges from old masters to modern art.

  • Free entry
  • All ages
  • Open 10am – 5pm daily and until 9pm on Wednesdays
  • Receive a stamp for 1 hour for visiting the gallery. Show your passport to reception staff to get your stamp.
  • Attend a school holiday programme to receive a stamp in your passport. Time recorded will depend on each activity and staff running the activity will stamp your passport. Check the website for details.

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in Art History, Classics and Fine Arts

  • art
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • culture
  • free
  • history
Click here for events

Christchurch City Council Parks

Christchurch City Council Parks

Various

P 03 941 8999

Christchurch has over 740 parks and gardens. From neighbourhood parks with family playgrounds to wilderness walks on the Port Hills you are never too far from a place to play, relax or be adventurous.

Validated Children’s University activities include:

  • Family Planting Days – receive a stamp for 2-3 hours from the Park Rangers or CCC staff at the event.
  • Park Ranger Events – receive a stamp for 2 hours from the Park Rangers.

Please visit the website for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, bookings, dates and times – https://ccc.govt.nz/childrensuniversityparks/

Links to Higher Education include – Degrees in Science, Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, and Biodiversity.

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • outdoors
  • Science
Click here for events

CompuTech Club

CompuTech Club

Various

P 02108342854 / 0212059641
E Email

Do you like robots? Have you ever put together a computer? Do you want to try coding?

CompuTech Club has a vision to support and empower children to fully participate and succeed in our ever advancing digital world. They run after school and weekend clubs and Children’s University members can get stamps for attending!

  • Ages 5 – 12
  • Get a stamp from staff after each session
  • Various locations and times across Christchurch
  • Check their website for details on locations, times and cost – www.haddac.co.nz

Links to Higher Education – Computer Science and Engineering

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • engineering
  • robotics
  • technology
Click here for events

Darfield Library

Darfield Library

1 South Terrace, Darfield

P 03 3187 780
E Email

The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, including KidsFest.

All of the children’s events, activities and programmes listed in the current Selwyn Activity Programmes Brochure are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp in your passport for each activity. The number of hours you get will depend on the activity you do. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Please visit the website for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times.

https://www.selwynlibraries.co.nz/whats-on/eventsandprogrammes

Links to Higher Education – This will vary depending on the type of activity.

  • Canterbury
  • free
  • school holidays
  • Selwyn
Click here for events

Diamond Harbour Library

Diamond Harbour Library

Waipapa Avenue, Christchurch

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Digital Future Aotearoa - Code Club New Brighton

Digital Future Aotearoa - Code Club New Brighton

213 Marine Parade
New Brighton

E Email

Code Club meets for an hour a week to work through free coding projects, which are step by step guides to help students create games, animations and webpages. The Club leader and volunteers are on hand to support, encourage and help participants.

  • Free
  • Ages 9-13
  • Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Get a stamp from volunteers at the Club
  • https://codeclub.nz/

Links to Higher Education – Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics

If you belong to a different Code Club please let your coordinator know and they can contact Children’s University staff to get them signed up.

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • Coding
  • computer
Click here for events

Down by the Liffey Gallery

Down by the Liffey Gallery

1 James Street, Lincoln

E Email

Down by the Liffey Gallery in Lincoln is run by the community, for the community. Exhibitions showcase local artists, emerging artists, community events and exhibitions. There is a new exhibition every month!

Visit the gallery and complete the activity sheet to receive a stamp for 30 minutes in your passport.

  • All ages
  • Free
  • Open Wednesday to Thursday 11:30am – 2:30pm
  • Open Friday to Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Get your stamp from staff on the day

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in fine arts, visual art and design.

  • art
  • Canterbury
  • free
  • Selwyn
Click here for events

Environment Canterbury Regional Council (ECAN)

Environment Canterbury Regional Council (ECAN)

Various

P 0800 324 636
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Environment Canterbury Regional Council (ECAN) supports children and young people in the community by providing opportunities for them to engage around issues that matter to them and Canterbury’s future.

Poems on Buses

ECAN is running a Poetry on Buses competition during the month of August. there are great prizes to be won and winning entries will be displayed on buses from mid-September.

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in Environmental Science and Sustainability, Degrees in Art and Literature.

  • Canterbury
  • christchruch
  • competition
  • free
  • Writing
Click here for events

Ferrymead Heritage Park

Ferrymead Heritage Park

50 Ferrymead Park Drive
Heathcote
Christchruch

P 033841970
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Ferrymead Park features an early 1900s Edwardian township. The park has a variety of restored cottages as well as a school house, church and a variety of businesses that reflect the period and allow visitors the opportunity to experience life similar to that of the early residents of Christchurch.

  • All Ages
  • Opening times and admission costs can be found on the website www.ferrymead.org.nz
  • Children visiting the park outside of school holidays will receive a stamp for 1 hour
  • Children visiting the park during school holidays will receive a stamp for 2 hours
  • Show your passport to reception to get your stamp

Links to Higher Education – Bachelor of Arts majoring in History, Anthropology or Sociology. Graduate Diploma in teaching and Learning

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • history
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Free Theatre Christchurch

Free Theatre Christchurch

35 Hassals Lane
Waltham

P 0210 256 1384
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Free Theatre’s Education Programme introduces audiences and the wider public to our theatre practice. Public workshops and classes are specifically focused around movement, voice, mask and puppetry, and acting for camera.

Workshops and School Holiday Programmes

  • Visit the website or Facebook page for more details and to book in.
  • Receive a stamp for the length of the activity from staff or volunteers on the day.
  • Ages 8 and over

Performances

  • Attend a Free Theatre performance to receive a stamp.
  • Tell your school coordinator about the performance and get a stamp for the length of time it ran for.
  • All ages

http://www.freetheatre.org.nz/education.html

www.facebook.com/FreeTheatre

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Music

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • school holiday
  • theatre
Click here for events

GirlGuiding New Zealand

GirlGuiding New Zealand

Various locations
Check website for details

P 0800 22 22 92
E Email

Community Programme

Community Programme events popping up in your community are a great way to try some awesome new activities and experiences, gain new skills and have fun and friendship. New events are being regularly added to our calendar, so check the GirlGuiding New Zealand website and Facebook page for more details about some awesome events happening near you.

  • Girls only
  • Ages 5 and up
  • Various themes, locations, dates, times, cost
  • Check the website for details – https://girlguidingnz.org.nz/events/
  • Get a stamp from staff at the conclusion of the event

Group Meetings

  • Girls who join up to attend a regular meeting with a group of girls can count 10 hours towards their Children’s University passport.
  • Ask your school coordinator for a Review Form, complete it and return it to your coordinator for a stamp.
  • More information about the classic programme can be found here – https://girlguidingnz.org.nz

Links to Higher Education – A range of degrees depending on what activity is chosen

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • Girls
Click here for events

Greta Valley Community Library

Greta Valley Community Library

Greta Valley School, Greta Valle

P 03 314 8980
E Email

Hurunui District Libraries provide access to books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs and audio books. Membership is free.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library to recieve stamps all through summer. Collect a bingo car from the library and complete each activity. You’ll get 30 minutes for each activity you complete. You can also win great prizes through the library!

  • Check the website for opening hours – https://www.hurunui.govt.nz/library
  • Librarians will stamp your passport when you show them your bingo card
  • The challenge runs from December 2019 to January2019
  • All ages
  • Free

Links to Higher Education will vary depending on the type of reading material you choose.

  • free
  • holidays
  • Hurunui
  • reading
  • summer
Click here for events

Hanmer Springs Community Library and Service Centre

Hanmer Springs Community Library and Service Centre

3 Cheltenham Street, Hanmer springs

P 03 315 7912
E Email

Hurunui District Libraries provide access to books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs and audio books. Membership is free.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library to recieve stamps all through summer. Collect a bingo car from the library and complete each activity. You’ll get 30 minutes for each activity you complete. You can also win great prizes through the library!

  • Check the website for opening hours – https://www.hurunui.govt.nz/library
  • Librarians will stamp your passport when you show them your bingo card
  • The challenge runs from December 2019 to January2019
  • All ages
  • Free

Links to Higher Education will vary depending on the type of reading material you choose.

  • free
  • holidays
  • Hurunui
  • reading
  • summer
Click here for events

Harts Creek - Waihora Ellesmere Trust

Harts Creek - Waihora Ellesmere Trust

31 Timber Yard Road
Leeston

P 021 052 9720
E Email

Follow the path and boardwalk to the Harts Creek Bird Hide. Explore the diversity of plants, animals and birds at Lake Ellesmere Te Waihora. Print the Activity Sheet and bring a pencil along with you to complete it. Show it to your coordinator for 1 hour in your Passport.

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in Science, Environmental Sustainability and Conservation.

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • outdoors
Click here for events

Hawarden Community Library

Hawarden Community Library

9 Tenterden Street, Hawarden

P 03 314 4652
E Email

Hurunui District Libraries provide access to books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs and audio books. Membership is free.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library to recieve stamps all through summer. Collect a bingo car from the library and complete each activity. You’ll get 30 minutes for each activity you complete. You can also win great prizes through the library!

  • Check the website for opening hours – https://www.hurunui.govt.nz/library
  • Librarians will stamp your passport when you show them your bingo card
  • The challenge runs from December 2019 to January2019
  • All ages
  • Free

Links to Higher Education will vary depending on the type of reading material you choose.

  • free
  • holidays
  • Hurunui
  • reading
  • summer
Click here for events

Hurunui Memorial Library

Hurunui Memorial Library

111 Carters Road, Amberley

P 03 314 8980
E Email

Hurunui District Libraries provide access to books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs and audio books. Membership is free.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library to recieve stamps all through summer. Collect a bingo car from the library and complete each activity. You’ll get 30 minutes for each activity you complete. You can also win great prizes through the library!

  • Check the website for opening hours – https://www.hurunui.govt.nz/library
  • Librarians will stamp your passport when you show them your bingo card
  • The challenge runs from December 2019 to January2019
  • All ages
  • Free

Links to Higher Education will vary depending on the type of reading material you choose.

 

  • free
  • holidays
  • Hurunui
  • reading
  • summer
Click here for events

Imagination Station

Imagination Station

Turanga
60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011
Hapori Community, Level 1
Auahatanga Creativity, Level 4

P 0274 382 106
E Email

Imagination Station’s mission is to build creative, lifelong learners.

We do this by providing an environment aligning with our four key values: Creativity, Engagement, Accessibility, and Exploration.

We provide a range of programming using the LEGO Education resources and methodology. Course topics include Movie making, Robotics, Technical design, Renewable energy, and more. Check out their website for details.

Links to Higher Education include STEAM degrees and developing critical thinking which is a key skill required for study at a tertiary level.

Current Learning Opportunities:

Show your Passport to staff / volunteers onsite to receive a stamp for the times allocated below.

  • Complete the Challenge Zone Activity = 30 minutes (free)
  • After School Programmes = 2 hours ($15 per session)
  • School Holiday Programmes = for the duration of the session attended. There are various options available.

Check their website out here for dates and times for these learning opportunities.

Imagination Station learning opportunities are recommended for children aged 6 – 12 years old.

 

 

 

  • Christchurch
  • Christchurch CBD
  • Lego
  • movie making
  • robotics
  • STEAM
  • Turanga
Click here for events

International Antarctic Centre

International Antarctic Centre

38 Orchard Road
Christchurch Airport

P 03 357 0519
E Email

Experience real snow and ice as you survive an indoor Antarctic storm! You’ll learn about life at Scott Base and see what it takes to work on the ice. You’ll hang out with Little Blue Penguins and snuggle in with huskies. There is also to exciting Hagglund ride, an awesome 4D theater, a massive HD screen and lots, lots more.

  • All ages
  • Check the website for ticket prices www.iceberg.co.nz
  • Open 9am – 5:30pm everyday
  • Receive a stamp for 3 hours for visiting the Centre
  • Receive a stamp for 3 hours for attending a school holiday programme
  • Get your stamp at the reception desk

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, tourism and history

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Isaac Theatre Royal

Isaac Theatre Royal

145 Gloucester Street
Christchurch Centre

P 03 366 6326
E Email

Unforgettable Experiences

The Isaac Theatre Royal is the spiritual heart of Canterbury’s arts scene; an iconic theatrical venue that has played host to spectacular shows and spellbound audiences for more than a century.

Attending any show held at the Isaac Theatre Royal can count towards Children’s University. The time value of the passport stamp with be the length of the performance they attended. To gain a stamp, present your ticket stub to your school coordinator.

Links to Higher Education include Art History and Visual Culture, Drama Studies, Engineering (stage Design), History, Theatre Studies.

  • arts
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • history
  • theatre
Click here for events

Kids Challenge

Kids Challenge

Roto Kohatu Reserve
Sawyers Arms Road
Harewood

E Email

Are you ready to try a sporting challenge that’s a little bit different? Take on our Kids Challenge! You will kayak, bike, run/walk your way around a course in two-person teams. You’ll complete the whole race together, working together and encourgaing each other on the way. You don’t have to have any expereinceand the kayaking equipment is supplied.

  • Ages 5 and up
  • March 2020 (final date is yet to be confirmed)
  • Check the website for more details closer to the date – www.kidschallenge.con.nz
  • You’ll get a stamp from staff on the day for 2 hours.

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in Sport Science, Health Science and Enviromental Science

  • adventure
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • sport
Click here for events

Kiwi Conservation Club Hakuturi Toa

Kiwi Conservation Club Hakuturi Toa

Various

P 0800 200 064

For 30 years, Forest & Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club Hakuturi Toa (KCC) has been connecting Kiwi kids to New Zealand’s amazing wildlife and wild places. Together we learn, explore and take action! https://www.facebook.com/kiwiconservationclub

Events

  • Sign up as a KCC member and attend events throughout New Zealand
  • $24 per year
  • 5 – 13 year olds
  • Check the website for more details www.kcc.org.nz
  • You’ll get a stamp for the length of the event.
  • Take your passport to your school coordinator with details of the event for a stamp.

Activities

  • Check out the huge range of activities on the KCC website www.kcc.org.nz
  • All ages
  • Free
  • Every activity you complete counts for 30 minutes in your passport
  • Show your work to your school coordinator to get a stamp

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in science, environmental science and sustainability.

  • Canterbury
  • conservation
  • environment
  • free
  • Hurunui
  • New Zealand
  • Science
  • Selwyn
Click here for events

Leeston Library

Leeston Library

19 Messines Street
Leeston

P 03 3472 871
E Email

The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, including KidsFest.

All of the children’s events, activities and programmes listed in the current Selwyn Activity Programmes Brochure are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp in your passport for each activity. The number of hours you get will depend on the activity you do. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Please visit the website for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times.

https://www.selwynlibraries.co.nz/whats-on/eventsandprogrammes

Links to Higher Education – This will vary depending on the type of activity.

  • Canterbury
  • free
  • school holidays
  • Selwyn
Click here for events

Leithfield Community Library

Leithfield Community Library

Old Main North Road, Leithfield

P 03 314 8980
E Email

Hurunui District Libraries provide access to books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs and audio books. Membership is free.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library to recieve stamps all through summer. Collect a bingo car from the library and complete each activity. You’ll get 30 minutes for each activity you complete. You can also win great prizes through the library!

  • Check the website for opening hours – https://www.hurunui.govt.nz/library
  • Librarians will stamp your passport when you show them your bingo card
  • The challenge runs from December 2019 to January2019
  • All ages
  • Free

Links to Higher Education will vary depending on the type of reading material you choose.

  • free
  • holidays
  • Hurunui
  • reading
  • summer
Click here for events

Liffey Cottage

Liffey Cottage

James Street, Lincoln

P 03 325 3320

Liffey Cottage was built in 1875. The Cottage has been restored and furnished as a working man’s cottage to a period no later than 1915. The cottage sits next to the Lincoln Union Church (originally Presbyterian and the first in Lincoln) and opposite the primary school (first building c1873).

Visit the Liffey Cottage to receive a stamp for 30 minutes in your passport.

  • All ages
  • Donation
  • Open First Sunday of month 2pm-4pm
  • Get your stamp from staff on the day

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in History

https://www.facebook.com/LincolnandDistrictsHistoricalSociety/

https://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/collections/3049/liffey-cottage

  • Canterbury
  • free
  • history
  • Lincoln
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Lincoln Envirotown

Lincoln Envirotown

Various locations in the town of Lincoln and surrounding areas

P 03 423 0445
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Lincoln Envirotown Trust – Taking responsibility for a sustainable future

We work with the community to promote the long term environmental sustainability of the Selwyn District with the understanding that this is also the basis for social, cultural and economic sustainability in the future.

Current validated activities include:

Focus for Future Film Competition

  • Launch in May for awards ceremony in September
  • Create a 5 minute short film based on an environment theme
  • A stamp for 6 hours of learning will be provided by a staff at the Awards Ceremony for submission of a film
  • A stamp for 1 hour of learning will be provided by staff at the Awards Ceremony for attending the film viewing.
  • This activity is suitable for ages 7 – 14 years old
  • FINAL-poster-focusforfuture-2019
  • Information & Entry Pack Film Competition 2019

Links to Higher Education include Science, Environment, Sustainability and Creative Arts.

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • craft
  • environment
  • film
  • Lincoln
  • making
  • New Zealand
  • STEAM
  • sustainability
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Lincoln Envirotown Community Garden

Lincoln Envirotown Community Garden

James Street, Lincoln
(behind the Lincoln Maternity Hospital)

P 0210 074 3905
E Email

The purpose of the Community Garden is provide a place for people to learn about all aspects of vegetable gardening, fruit tree maintenance as well as sustainability.

Attend the monthly workshops to learn more about different aspects of gardening:

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in Science, Environment, Sustainability, Creative Arts

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • gardening
  • Lincoln
  • outdoors
  • Science
Click here for events

Lincoln Event Centre

Lincoln Event Centre

5 Meijer Drive
Lincoln

P 03 347 2983

The Selwyn District Community Centres run programmes and events year round, including school holiday activities.

Get Your Skates On (with Phatsk8)

After school fun for all the family. Join this interactive learn to skate class catering for all abilities. Adult supervision required for children 11 years and under.

  • Time and day change depending on the venue, check the website for details.
  • $7 per session, including skates and safety gear
  • All ages’.
  • Show your passport to staff at the venue for a stamp for 1 hour.

Kids Fest

An annual Canterbury wide holiday programme that has been running for over 25yrs, and Selwyn District Council facilities are involved as hosts of programme activities.

  • Various times and venues during Term 2 holidays each year, check the KidsFest website for details from the beginning of June each year.
  • Coast will vary, some activities are free
  • Ages 5 – 12 years
  • Show your passport to staff at the host venues mentioned above for a stamp for 1 hour.

https://www.selwyn.govt.nz/recreation-And-facilities/halls,-event-And-community-centres

https://www.facebook.com/SelwynDistrictCouncil/

Links to Higher Education – This will vary depending on the type of activity.

  • Canterbury
  • school holidays
  • Selwyn
  • sport
Click here for events

Lincoln Library

Lincoln Library

22 Gerald Street

P 03 347 2876
E Email

The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, including KidsFest.

All of the children’s events, activities and programmes listed in the current Selwyn Activity Programmes Brochure are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp in your passport for each activity. The number of hours you get will depend on the activity you do. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Please visit the website for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times.

https://www.selwynlibraries.co.nz/whats-on/eventsandprogrammes

Links to Higher Education – This will vary depending on the type of activity.

  • Canterbury
  • free
  • school holidays
  • Selwyn
Click here for events

Lincoln University | Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki

Lincoln University | Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki

University Drive
IIam Christchurch, New Zealand


Lincoln University Te Whare Wanaka o Aoraki provides an exceptional learning and research experiences for students from all over the world.

Self-Guided Campus Trail

  • Explore the University’s expansive green spaces and some of our historic campus sites
  • Free
  • All ages
  • Download the Self-Guided Campus Tour Map by clicking here or download the APP SAFELU
  • Print the Lincoln University Trail Activity Sheet and complete the questions
  • Bring the activity sheet to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport for 1 hour of learning.

Biodiversity Trail

  • Explore the University’s new biodiversity trail.
  • Free
  • All ages
  • Print the Biodiversity Trail Activity Sheet and complete the questions
  • Bring the activity sheet to your CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport for 1 hour of learning.

These activities links to degrees in Recreation, Environment Society and Design, Agribusiness and Commerce, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Arts, Education and Human Development.

  • Christchurch
  • exploring
  • free
  • Lincoln
  • plants
  • Science
  • Tour
  • trail
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Lincoln Wetlands

Lincoln Wetlands

790 Ellesmere Road
Lincoln,Canterbury 7672 New Zealand


Explore the diversity of plants, animals and birds at Lincoln Wetlands. Adventure across the stepping stones, but be careful they can be slippery when wet and you don’t want to fall in!

Print off the Lincoln Wetland Field Report Activity Sheet here: Lincoln Wetlands Field Report Activity and bring a pencil along with you to complete it as you go around. Allow 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete the walk. Once you have completed the Activity Sheet take it to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp in your Passport for 1 hour.

Higher Education links to science, environment, sustainability and biology.

This FREE activity is suited to ages 7 -12 years old and is open to the public anytime.

For more information on the Lincoln Wetlands visit their website here.

  • Animals
  • biology
  • Canterbury
  • exploring
  • free
  • Lincoln
  • parks
  • Science
  • Tour
  • wetlands
  • wildlife
Click here for events

Linwood Library

Linwood Library

1st Floor Eastgate Shopping Centre
Buckleys Road, Christchurch

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • christchuch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Little River Library

Little River Library

State Highway 75, Little River

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Mahoe Reserve

Mahoe Reserve

30 Boundary Road, Lincoln

P 021 100 1009

The Mahoe Reserve project started in 2002 by year 9 students at Lincoln High School who name the reserve after a small tree that would have grown under the larger canopy of trees of the lowland forest. Since then community members, including schools, kindergartens and other local groups have planted thousands of native trees, shrubs and grasses. The reserve has been developed as a living classroom where the community have the opportunity to participate in a regeneration project.

Activity Sheet

  • Print off one of the activity sheets, complete it on a visit to the Reserve and show it to your school coordinator for a stamp for 30 minutes.
  • Activity Sheet
  • Ages 7 – 14
  • Free
  • Anytime
  • Invertebrates / Biodiversity / Plants and Birds

Working Bee

Links to Higher Education – Science, Environment, Sustainability, Creative Arts

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • Lincoln
  • outdoors
  • Science
Click here for events

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre

14 Wakefield Avenue, Sumner

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Mega Air Trampoline Arena

Mega Air Trampoline Arena

106A Carmen Road
Christchurch
New Zealand

P 03 344 2446

The fantastic variety at New Zealand’s largest trampoline park is truly impressive. Unique in its design, Mega Air offers  an exhilarating freedom of flight for all ages and abilities.

  • Regular trampoline exercise encourages motor skill development and spatial awareness.
  • Suitable for all ages
  • $15 admission
  • Get a stamp from the reception desk for 1 hour when you visit Mega Air.
  • https://megaair.co.nz/

Links to Higher Education –  Sports Science

  • Christchurch
  • sport
  • Trampoline
Click here for events

New Brighton Library

New Brighton Library

213 Marine Parade, New Brighton

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

NZ Pop-Up and Go Learning Opportunities

NZ Pop-Up and Go Learning Opportunities


Children’s University encourages members to explore a wide variety of extra-curricular community based learning experiences, and we are aware that not all of these take place in validated Public Learning Destinations. We will highlight any such opportunities as ‘Pop-Up and Go Learning Opportunities’ via this webpage.

Credit for this type of learning can be added to your passport by providing evidence of learning to your school coordinator who will determine the time allowed based on the evidence provided, up to a maximum of two hours. Evidence of learning could be, but not limited to:

  • a video diary
  • a photo collage of the experience
  • a written or oral recount
  • a piece of art or craft created as part of the experience
  • a poster demonstrating the learning
  • a presentation
  • a worksheet provided at the experience
  • a completed Visit Diary (ask your coordinator for a copy of this form)
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Orana Wildlife Park

Orana Wildlife Park

793 McLeans Island Road
Christchurch New Zealand

P 03 359 7109
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Orana Wildlife Park provides the ultimate animal adventure, where you can get up close and personal with the animals. The Park is home to New Zealand’s only gorillas and orangutans, and is internationally renowned for its involvement in zoo-base breading programmes for endangered exotic and native species.

Validated activities include:

  • Keeper Talks – listen to a talk and ask the keeper a question to get a stamp for 30 minutes in your passport. The volunteer at the talk will stamp your passport.
  • Scavenger Hunt – pick up the Scavenger Hunt brochure from the reception desk, complete it and bring it back to the desk for 1 hour in your passport. The staff at the reception desk will stamp your passport.
  • Entry to the park is $9.50 per child
  • Please check the website for opening hours and times of keeper talks by clicking here.
  • Suitable for all ages.

Links to Higher Education – Science, Biology and Environmental Science.

  • Animals
  • Christchurch
  • hunt
  • keeper tallk
  • New Zealand
  • scavenger
  • Tour
  • wildlife park
  • zoo
Click here for events

Papanui Library

Papanui Library

35 Langdons Road, Papanui

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Parklands Library

Parklands Library

46 Queenspark Drive, Christchurch

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Pīki Kids Club

Pīki Kids Club

7 McLean St, Linwood, Christchurch 8062

P 0221648940
E Email

Pīki Kids Club provides a place for children to come to after school hours, where they can feel like they can relax, wind down, spend time with other children that they normally wouldn’t during the day and have some fun in the process. They run after school (Pīki Haututū) and school holiday programmes featuring a range of activities and excursions.

  • Ages 5 – 12 years
  • Check out the Facebook page or email for details including time and cost
  • Kids can get a stamp for 1 hour for attending Pīki Haututū activities
  • Kids can get a stamp for 3 hours for attending school holiday activities
  • Get your stamp from staff on the day

Links to Higher Education vary depending on the activity

  • after school
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Pioneer Hall

Pioneer Hall

Kildare Terrace, Lincoln

P 03 325 3320

Pioneer Hall 1874 opened as a library in James St. Replaced in 1912 by Coronation Library, 1913 relocated to Kildare Tce. Now used by Lincoln Districts Historical Society for display of photographic history.

Visit the Pioneer Hall to receive a stamp for 30 minutes in your passport.

  • All ages
  • Donation
  • Open 1st Sunday of the month 2pm – 4pm
  • Get your stamp from staff on the day

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in History

https://www.facebook.com/LincolnandDistrictsHistoricalSociety/

https://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/collections/3049/liffey-cottage

  • Canterbury
  • free
  • history
  • Lincoln
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Puzzling World

Puzzling World

188 Wanaka-Luggate Hwy
(Hwy 84), Wanaka 9382

P +64 (03) 443 7489
E Email

Welcome to Wanaka’s Wonderful World of Weirdness!

Puzzling World is an iconic, unique & award winning attraction that since 1973 has fascinated people of all ages keen to engage in a fun, challenging and sensory experience.  With the world’s first 3-D maze, a huge Puzzle Café and five incredible Illusion Rooms your notion of reality will be tested!

  • Ages 5 to 15
  • Free entry for Passport holder (with paying Adult)
  • Bring your passport along to get a stamp for 2 hours from staff at reception.
  • https://www.puzzlingworld.co.nz

Skills developed at Puzzling World can assist students in all degrees.

  • Puzzles
  • Queenstown
  • Wanaka
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Quake City

Quake City

299 Durham Street North, Christchurch

P 03 366 5000
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Quake City charts the aftermath of the 4 September and 22 February 2011 earthquakes, the extraordinary response to them and the incredible resilience of Canterbury’s communities.

Suitable for all ages

Free entry for children under 15 when accompanied by an adult. Adult entry is $20.

Open 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week.

https://www.canterburymuseum.com/whats-on/quake-city/

Higher Education links – History and Science qualifications

General Visit

  • Receive a stamp for 1 hour for visiting the museum
  • You can get a stamp from staff at the front desk
  • Christchurch
  • earthquakes
  • history
  • New Zealand
  • Science
Click here for events

Redwood Library

Redwood Library

339 Main North Road, Christchurch

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • Fre
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Riccarton Bush

Riccarton Bush

16 Kahu Road, Riccarton

P 03 341 1018
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Riccarton Bush Pūtaringamotu is a unique New Zealand heritage site consisting of two historic buildings, flanked by beautiful open parkland and ornate gardens, bordered by Ōtākaro / Avon River and set against extensive native bush forest featuring kahikatea trees up to 600 years old.

Stroll through the Bush and complete this activity sheet to get a stamp for 1 hour. Show your activity sheet to your school coordinator to get a stamp.

 

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in Environment, Conservation, Māori and Indigenous Studies

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • environment
  • free
  • Māori
Click here for events

Rolleston Community Centre

Rolleston Community Centre

94 Rolleston Drive
Rolleston

P 03 347 2882

The Selwyn District Community Centres run programmes and events year round, including school holiday activities.

Get Your Skates On (with Phatsk8)

After school fun for all the family. Join this interactive learn to skate class catering for all abilities. Adult supervision required for children 11 years and under.

  • Time and day change depending on the venue, check the website for details.
  • $7 per session, including skates and safety gear
  • All ages’.
  • Show your passport to staff at the venue for a stamp for 1 hour.

Kids Fest

An annual Canterbury wide holiday programme that has been running for over 25yrs, and Selwyn District Council facilities are involved as hosts of programme activities.

  • Various times and venues during Term 2 holidays each year, check the KidsFest website for details from the beginning of June each year.
  • Coast will vary, some activities are free
  • Ages 5 – 12 years
  • Show your passport to staff at the host venues mentioned above for a stamp for 1 hour.

https://www.selwyn.govt.nz/recreation-And-facilities/halls,-event-And-community-centres

https://www.facebook.com/SelwynDistrictCouncil/

Links to Higher Education – This will vary depending on the type of activity.

  • Canterbury
  • school holidays
  • Selwyn
  • sport
Click here for events

Rolleston Library

Rolleston Library

94 Rolleston Drive
Rolleston

P 03 347 2880
E Email

The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, including KidsFest.

All of the children’s events, activities and programmes listed in the current Selwyn Activity Programmes Brochure are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp in your passport for each activity. The number of hours you get will depend on the activity you do. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Please visit the website for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. www.selwynlibraries.co.nz/whats-on/eventsandprogrammes

Links to Higher Education – This will vary depending on the type of activity.

  • Canterbury
  • free
  • school holidays
  • Selwyn
Click here for events

Rutherford's Den

Rutherford's Den

The Arts Centre
Clock Tower Building, 2 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch

P 03 363 2836
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Television, radio, sonar and telephones – just some of the great inventions we enjoy today thanks to the scientific discoveries made by Ernest, Lord Rutherford and his peers. Step inside Rutherford’s Den and enjoy fun, hands-on activities as your learn about science in the actual rooms where Rutherford studied.

  • Get 1 hour stamp for visiting the Den. Show your passport to the reception desk to get your stamp
  • All ages
  • Open 10am – 5pm, seven days a week
  • Free entry for passport holders and one accompanying adult until 1st September 2019. This is a $15 discount.
  • https://www.artscentre.org.nz/rutherford-den/about-the-den/

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in Science, Engineering and Mathematics

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • history
  • museum
  • Science
Click here for events

Shirley Library

Shirley Library

26 Marshlands Road (by the Palms Mall), Christchurch

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

South Library

South Library

66 Colombo Street, Cashmere

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Spreydon Library

Spreydon Library

266 Barrington Street, Spreydon

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Tai Tapu Community Centre

Tai Tapu Community Centre

722 Old Tai Tapu Road
Tai Tapu

P 03 347 2983

The Selwyn District Community Centres run programmes and events year round, including school holiday activities.

Get Your Skates On (with Phatsk8)

After school fun for all the family. Join this interactive learn to skate class catering for all abilities. Adult supervision required for children 11 years and under.

  • Time and day change depending on the venue, check the website for details.
  • $7 per session, including skates and safety gear
  • All ages’.
  • Show your passport to staff at the venue for a stamp for 1 hour.

Kids Fest

An annual Canterbury wide holiday programme that has been running for over 25yrs, and Selwyn District Council facilities are involved as hosts of programme activities.

  • Various times and venues during Term 2 holidays each year, check the KidsFest website for details from the beginning of June each year.
  • Coast will vary, some activities are free
  • Ages 5 – 12 years
  • Show your passport to staff at the host venues mentioned above for a stamp for 1 hour.

https://www.selwyn.govt.nz/recreation-And-facilities/halls,-event-And-community-centres

https://www.facebook.com/SelwynDistrictCouncil/

Links to Higher Education – This will vary depending on the type of activity.

  • Canterbury
  • school holidays
  • Selwyn
  • sport
Click here for events

Tai Tapu Library

Tai Tapu Library

846 Old Tai Tapu Road

P 03 3296 021
E Email

The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, including KidsFest.

All of the children’s events, activities and programmes listed in the current Selwyn Activity Programmes Brochure are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp in your passport for each activity. The number of hours you get will depend on the activity you do. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Please visit the website for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times.

https://www.selwynlibraries.co.nz/whats-on/eventsandprogrammes

Links to Higher Education – This will vary depending on the type of activity.

  • Canterbury
  • free
  • school holidays
  • Selwyn
Click here for events

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

341 Halswell Road, Halswell

P 03 941 6606
E Email

The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • School Activities
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Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities

Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities

The Arts Centre
3 Hereford Street, Christchurch New Zealand

P +64 3369 5025
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The country’s only museum of classical antiquities, the Teece Museum is home to UC’s James Logie Memorial Collection, one of the most significant teaching collections of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern Artefacts in the Southern Hemisphere.

The latest exhibition is called Fantastic Feasts. Complete the Fun Food Facts Booklet to receive a stamp for 1 hour and complete the What’s on the Menu Booklet to receive a stamp for 30 minutes.

Higher Education links include Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Digital Humanities, Languages and Education.

  • activities
  • art
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • history
  • holiday
  • museum
  • school
  • STEAM
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The Arts Centre | Te Matatiki Toi Ora

The Arts Centre | Te Matatiki Toi Ora

2 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch

P 03 366 0989
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held in trust for the people of Canterbury and its visitors, the Arts Centre has long been renowned as a place for arts, culture, education and creativity. with its post-earthquake restoration now past the half-way mark, it is reclaiming its place once again in the cultural landscape of Christchurch.

The Great Hall Activity

Get a stamp for 1 hour for visiting the Arts Centre and completing this activity sheet. Show your passport to the reception desk of Rutherford’s Den to get your stamp.

The Great Hall Activity Sheet

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in art and history

  • art
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • history
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The Creative Workroom

The Creative Workroom

780 Weedons Road, Rolleston

P 027 278 7974 / 03 347 4144
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The Creative Workroom encourages young people to explore their creative side through a range of art and craft activities including book binding, jewellery making, dream catchers, miniature gardens, printmaking and more.

Kids Fest

  • Ages 6 years and older
  • 1 to 2 hour classes
  • Get a stamp for 1 hour in your passport from staff on the day
  • Check the Facebook page for activity details including cost and times – www.facebook.com/pg/thecreativeworkroomnz/

Links to Higher education – Degrees in Art, Visual Art & Design, Bachelor of Creative Enterprise

  • art
  • Christchurch
  • craft
  • Selwyn
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The Organics Store - How Does Your Garden Grow

The Organics Store - How Does Your Garden Grow

Online Resource

P 03 325 3684
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The Organics Store is a retail arm of the Biological Husbandry Unit Organics Trust. The Trust is dedicated to providing education, training and research in organic, ecological, permanent and related agricultures and horticultures.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Learn about bees, earthworms and soil through a range of fun experiments you can do at home. Visit the website and pick one of 13 different activities to complete. Once you have completed the activity, take some evidence of what you did to your coordinator and get a stamp for 30 minutes in your passport. You can get 30 minutes for each activity.

www.theorganicsstore.org.nz/how-does-your-garden-grow

Activities are free and suitable for all ages, however some activities require equipment and you can purchase this through the website.

Higher education links include Biology, Agriculture, Horticulture and Environmental Science.

  • Christchurch
  • free
  • gardening
  • Lincoln
  • New Zealand
  • Prebbleton
  • Science
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Tram City Tour

Tram City Tour

Cathedral Junction
109 Worchester Street
Christchurch

P 03 366 7830
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Enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board our beautifully restored heritage Trams. Our friendly and knowledgeable drivers will inform you about the city, its landmarks, history and local sights. Your day-long ticket allows you to get on and off the Tram as often as you please!

  • All Ages
  • Day ticket – Adults $25, free for children under 15 years old
  • The full circuit takes 50 minutes but you can hop on and off as many times as you like
  • Open Summer 9am-6pm, Winter 10am-5pm
  • Show your ticket to your school coordinator to get a stamp for 1 hour in your passport.

Links to Higher Education – degrees in history and tourism

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • history
  • Tourism
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Tramping

Tramping

Various


Canterbury has some wonderful walking and tramping trails. Get out and explore the trails with your family. Complete the Tramping Activity Sheet to receive a stamp in for 1 hour in your Passport!

https://www.christchurchnz.com/walk-canterbury/christchurch-short-walks/

When preparing for a walk, no matter how long, make sure you follow the Department of Conservation (DOC) Outdoor Safety Code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip

    Ask locals about the walking track and how long you can reasonably expect it to take or visit the nearest DOC visitor centre for the latest information about facilities and conditions of DOC tracks.

  2. Tell someone

    Tell someone your plans, especially if you’re heading out alone. Leave a time that you will be back.

  3. Be aware of the weather

    New Zealand’s weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Metservice.com is a good tool but also ask at your accommodation provider or the local DOC / i-SITE Visitor Centre.

  4. Know your limits

    It’s good to challenge yourself, but only within your physical limits and experience.

  5. Take sufficient supplies

    Even if you’re just going for a couple of hours, make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • Lincoln
  • outdoors
  • Tramping
  • walking
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Tūranga

Tūranga

60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch

P 03 941 6606
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The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

University Drive
IIam Christchurch, New Zealand

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The University of Canterbury Te Whare Wanaga o Waitaha provides an exceptional learning and research experience for students from all over the world. This Self-Guided Campus Trail will allow you to explore the University’s expansive green spaces and modern learning facilities.

This activity links to degrees in Arts, Business and Law, Education, Health and Human Development, Engineering and Science.

  1. Download the free Self-Guided Campus Tour Map by clicking here.
  2. Print the University of Canterbury Trail Activity Sheet and complete the questions.
  3. Bring the Activity Sheet to your in-school CUA Coordinator for a stamp and 1 hour of learning.

The Campus is open to the public between 8.30am – 9.00pm. Buildings such as the library are open from 10.00am – 9.00pm on the weekend.

The Campus Trail should take 1 hour to complete and is suitable for ages 7 – 12 years old.

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • Self-guided
  • trail
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Upper Riccarton Library

Upper Riccarton Library

71 Main South Road, Sockburn

P 03 941 6606
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The Christchurch City Council operates 20 libraries across the city as well as two mobile library vans, which support neighbourhoods currently without library services. The libraries run programmes and events year round including events that support local and national celebrations, for example KidsFest and Heritage Week. In addition to annual and one off events we have ongoing classes and programmes for all ages.

All of the events, activities and programmes listed in the current Huraina publication are Children’s University learning opportunities. You will get a stamp for 1 hour of learning for each activity.

Please visit the website by clicking here for specific details including appropriate ages, location, cost, dates and times. Staff running the activities will stamp your passport.

Examples of links to higher education:

  • Stop Motion and Animation – Media and film degrees
  • Robotics – Engineering degrees
  • Summer Paper Crafts – Art and design degrees
  • Lunar New Year Tradition Games – Anthropology and Civic and International Relations
  • Introduction to Family and Local History – History degrees
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • school holidays
Click here for events

Waiau Community Library

Waiau Community Library

Waiau Community Hall, Waiau

P 03 314 8980
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Hurunui District Libraries provide access to books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs and audio books. Membership is free.

Participate in the Summer Reading Challenge at your local library to recieve stamps all through summer. Collect a bingo car from the library and complete each activity. You’ll get 30 minutes for each activity you complete. You can also win great prizes through the library!

  • Check the website for opening hours – https://www.hurunui.govt.nz/library
  • Librarians will stamp your passport when you show them your bingo card
  • The challenge runs from December 2019 to January2019
  • All ages
  • Free

Links to Higher Education will vary depending on the type of reading material you choose.

  • challenge
  • free
  • Hurunui
  • reading
  • summer
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Wanderble

Wanderble

Various

P 021 126 8524
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Wanderble is location-specific mindfulness that will take you places. All you need is a smart phone/device and a pair of headphones.

Jump on the website and find the location ‘Christchurch’. Visit one of the Christchurch locations and bring with you a device and some headphones. Follow the instructions on the website and listen to some of the mindfulness experiences. Complete the activity sheet and bring it back to your coordinator to get a stamp for 1 hour in your passport.

Links to higher education – degrees in computer science, technology and health and well being.

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
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West Melton Community and Recreation Centre

West Melton Community and Recreation Centre

1163 West Coast Road
West Melton

P 03 347 1804

The Selwyn District Community Centres run programmes and events year round, including school holiday activities.

Get Your Skates On (with Phatsk8)

After school fun for all the family. Join this interactive learn to skate class catering for all abilities. Adult supervision required for children 11 years and under.

  • Time and day change depending on the venue, check the website for details.
  • $7 per session, including skates and safety gear
  • All ages’.
  • Show your passport to staff at the venue for a stamp for 1 hour.

Kids Fest

An annual Canterbury wide holiday programme that has been running for over 25yrs, and Selwyn District Council facilities are involved as hosts of programme activities.

  • Various times and venues during Term 2 holidays each year, check the KidsFest website for details from the beginning of June each year.
  • Coast will vary, some activities are free
  • Ages 5 – 12 years
  • Show your passport to staff at the host venues mentioned above for a stamp for 1 hour.

https://www.selwyn.govt.nz/recreation-And-facilities/halls,-event-And-community-centres

https://www.facebook.com/SelwynDistrictCouncil/

Links to Higher Education – This will vary depending on the type of activity.

  • Canterbury
  • school holidays
  • Selwyn
  • sport
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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

60 Hussey Road, Northwood
Christchurch

P 03 359 6226
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The Willowbank Experience tells the story of our country’s natural heritage. Using pioneering and innovative display techniques, with an emphasis on creating a natural environment and an up-close and personal interactive experience, Willowbank showcases one of New Zealand’s best displays of native species.

  • All ages
  • Open from 9:30am – 5pm, 7 days a week
  • Free entry to passport holders when accompanied by an adult
  • Show your passport to staff on your way out to get your stamp
  • www.willowbank.co.nz

Links to Higher Education – Degrees in Science, Environmental Science and Conservation

  • Animals
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • outdoors
  • Science
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YMCA 4C Centre

YMCA 4C Centre

12 Hereford Street
Christchurch

P 03 366 0689
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The YMCA 4C Centre is a youth technology hub for people ages 15-25. It is a place where young people can come and explore, tinker and experiment with state-of-the-art technology such as 3D Printers, laser cutters, Virtual Reality and more.

Open Day

On 18 May they are hosting an Open Day to show our community what is going on in this innovative space. We invite all ages to come participate in our activities and see what exciting gadgets are out there for this event!

  • Saturday 18 May 2019
  • 12pm – 4pm – drop in anytime
  • Free
  • All ages
  • Get a stamp for 1 hour from staff or volunteer at the centre

The 3D Basics – Introduction into 3D design, modelling and printing

  • Saturday 25 May 2019
  • 10am – 12pm
  • $10 per person
  • Book tickets here – www.techweek.co.nz
  • Get a stamp for 2 hours from staff or volunteers on the day
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • free
  • technology
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Youth Alive Trust

Youth Alive Trust

111 Seaview Road
New Brighton

P 03 388 1001
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Youth Alive Trust (YAT) has been supporting youth in New Brighton since 1989! In school, out of school, weekdays, weekends, holidays…you name it they’ve got something on. YAT run a range of after school clubs, holiday programmes and camps that count as Children’s University activities.

Clubs

  • Get a stamp from staff for 1.5 hours at the end of each session
  • See the website for details including dates, locations and costs

Holiday Programmes

  • Get a stamp from staff for 3 hours at the end of each session
  • See the website for details including dates, locations and costs

Camps

  • Get a stamp from staff for 10 hours at the end of the camp
  • See the website for details including dates, locations and costs

http://www.youthalivetrust.org.nz/programmes/

Links to Higher Education – A range of degrees depending on what activity is chosen.

  • after school
  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • school holidays
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Youth Town

Youth Town

Vrious locations

P 0800 004 566
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Youth Town empowers young New Zealanders to be the best they can be by delivering programmes that develop skills and knowledge. Youth Town ensure children have tonnes of fun with their peers!

They offer programmes before school, after school and in the holidays. They have locations across Christchurch include schools, community centres, club rooms as well as their own sites.

  • Check the website for upcoming opportunities
  • You’ll get hours for each programme you attend, up tp a maximum of 10 hours
  • Staff will stamp your passport at the end of each programme
  • Check the wesbite for further details including times, costs and age groups

Links ot Higher Education will vary depending on the activity

  • Canterbury
  • Christchurch
  • school holidays
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