Ideas for the school holidays

COMPILED BY VICKI ANDERSON
Last updated 09:00 19/04/2013

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Carnival time

The school holidays are upon us again and if you're looking for all the fun of the fair check out the School Holidays Carnival at New Brighton Pier from Saturday to May 5. This weekend it's open Saturday and Sunday noon-6pm and offers rides, including a ghost train, and a variety of games.

Beautiful and beastly

These school holidays the Court Theatre presents a classic fairytale with some unexpected twists. Featuring performers from The Court's summer musical Grease, Beauty and the Beast is full of magic, mystery, adventure and fun. In her journey to see beyond the Beast's appearance and discover his true heart, Beauty is faced with a magic mirror, a big scary storm, a collection of silly sisters and a Marmite-loving Sea Captain.

Beauty and the Beast will feature new music by Luke Di Somma and will also incorporate the use of stage revolves and special lighting effects. It runs from Wednesday to May 4 and shows at 11am and 1pm daily on weekdays and 11am on Saturdays. All tickets are $9. See courttheatre.org.nz.

Lest we forget

An Anzac Commemoration takes place on Sunday from 11am-12.30pm at Linwood Cemetery. This annual event commemorates those people who gave their lives or their youth for our freedom and ensures that they are remembered at least once a year. At the Air Force Museum on Thursday, Woolston Brass will present Anzac Remembered. This year the programme has a naval theme and a traditional sing-along. Doors open 1.30pm. Adults $20, children free.

Grandparents rock

The Grandparent's Rock! Concert is on Wednesday at Lyttelton Main School hall. Doors open at 9.45am and the concert starts at 10.30am. Kath Bee, on tour in the South Island with her band, has written a special song for grandparents. $10 door sales. See songs4kids.co.nz.

Skating on ice

Alpine Ice Give-It-A-Go Day and Ice Sports Demonstration is on Saturday from 12.15-1.30pm and is a chance to take to the ice at Alpine Ice Sports Arena, 495 Brougham St, Opawa, for free. A free demo and trial of all ice sports including speed skating, ice hockey and figure skating - with coaches and equipment provided - although it is recommended you bring a bike helmet or similar. Open to all ages.

Go to the ballet

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The Southern Ballet Theatre senior ballet company presents Cluedo the Ballet from Wednesday to Saturday at the Southern Ballet Theatre, 108 Carlyle St, Sydenham. Join Detective Plum to find out whodunnit. Two performances daily, 2pm and 6pm. Adults $15, child $12.50. Phone 03 379-7219 or see southernballet.co.nz.

A day in Akaroa

The Akaroa Harvest Festival is on Saturday from 10am-4pm at the Akaroa Recreation Ground, Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula. A celebration of local produce, wine and food plus a scarecrow competition followed by an auction with all proceeds going to the Akaroa Integrated Family Health Centre. Competitions on offer include food photography and best jam and the Akaroa Cooking School will hold an Autumn Harvest cooking class on Sunday using produce from the festival.

See akaroa.com.

It's a bit chilly in here

The Canterbury Museum is offering an Antarctic experience, where you can try your hand at hauling a loaded sledge and follow in the footsteps of famous explorers of the southern-most continent. April 22-24, 26, 29-30, May 1-3. Ages 8-13, 10am to 12pm, ages 4-7 1pm to 2.30pm. Bookings are essential, and entry is $5.50 a child. Call 366 9429 ext 804 or email education@canterburymuseum.com. See canterburymuseum.com

Calling all plane enthusiasts

For aeroplane enthusiasts, take a look behind the scenes at the Wigram Airforce Museum. Tours are 11am, 1.30pm, and 3pm daily, and last for 45 minutes to an hour. Tours go until May 14. School kids $5, adults $10, family group (2 adults, 3 children) $30.

Have you ever considered flying your own plane? Now you can give it a go from the safety of the ground at the Airforce Museum's Airforce Adventure tour, daily at 11.15am. See part of the museum you don't normally get to see, and children get their own pilot's log book. Children $8, Adults $5.

A Japanese experience

Want to experience Japanese culture but don't want to pay for a flight to Tokyo? Check out the Japan Market on April 20, 10am to 1pm at Ilam School. There will be food and activities. See facebook.com/jscnz.

Pumpkins galore

Pumpkins are the ultimate harvest vegetable. Celebrate pumpkins at Lincoln's Grand Pumpkin Festival 10am to 1pm, Saturday April 27, at the green beside Hillyers Cafe, Gerald St, Lincoln. See the best dressed pumpkins, the largest pumpkins, and there will be pie. Entry is free. See facebook.com/lincolnmarket

Or for another pumpkin celebration, check out the Little River Pumpkin Festival, 12pm to 4pm, Awa-Iti Domain, Western Valley Rd, Little River, Banks Peninsula. There will be entertainment, food, pony rides, races, and more. Entry is by donation and all proceeds go to Little River School. See littleriverpumpkinfest.co.nz.

Characters come to life

Margaret Mahy's colour characters come to life at the Margaret Mahy Tribute Concert, 2pm to 3pm, Saturday May 4. Adults $25, Children $15. The pieces, composed by Philip Norman, will be performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. See cso.co.nz.

Teeing off

Introduce the kids to golf at the Kids Golf session at Coringa Golf Club. Sunday May 5, 680 McLeans Island Rd.

Filling the gap

Join Gap Filler's volunteers to repopulate the CBD. On Wednesday April 24, Gap Filler will be running a school holiday workshop to paint people onto vinyl signs at the Pallet Pavilion, corner of Durham and Kilmore Sts.

Painting will take place from 10am to 12pm, and then volunteers will be putting them up until 2pm. Bring paint-appropriate clothing and lunch.

Gap Filler will supply the paint, brushes, and vinyl signs. Cost of entry is a donation to the Gap Filler Charitable Trust. Registrations close April 22. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

A wet weather activity

Join the world's first family in their prehistoric adventure as they trek across an unfamiliar fantastical terrain. Dreamworks' animated adventure The Croods, with Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone voicing the lead characters, is now showing at Hoyts Riccarton, Hoyts Northlands and Reading Cinemas.

Win win win

Calling all Lego enthusiasts. Lego New Zealand, in conjunction with Toyworld, is searching for the nation's best Lego brick builder. Until April 30 join in the fun and build your dream Lego model for the chance to win a family holiday to Legoland California. Plus spend $50 on Lego at Toyworld and you could win an exclusive building day with Lego certified professional Ryan McNaught.

Get entry forms at any Toyworld store or download from toyworld.co.nz. Conditions apply. Head down to Toyworld Tower Junction on April 27 from 10am-4pm to get into some school holiday building fun and win prizes.

GO has a Lego Fun With Vehicles pack (worth RRP$59.99), Straight and crossroad plates ($19.99), Stephanie's Cool Convertible ($29.99), 10 Star Wars Anakin Skywalker mini-figure key rings ($7.99 each) and 10 Superman mini-figure key rings ($7.99 each) to give away to lucky readers.

To enter the draw, email go@press.co.nz with "Build Me" in the subject line before 5pm on Monday with your age and contact details. Winners will be notified.

- The Press

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