Get out and about this weekend

05:08, Jul 19 2013
Light Up the Leafy Night
150 YEARS: The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are being brightened this month, with a "magically lit trail".


The overall theme for KidsFest this year is reuse, recycle and renew. More than 220 events are on offer as part of the Christchurch City Council-run event - from being a zookeeper for a day to skiing to hip-hop and talent quests, see Listen to 92.1 More FM for reports and cancellation notices. Book at


Josh Grimaldi presents his Ooky Spooky Spectacular magic show at the Aurora Centre on Tuesday from 11am-12 noon and 1.30pm-2.30pm. Part of KidsFest, the show offers lots of mysterious spine-chilling magical fun for the whole family. Illusions, juggling, circus, magic and mystery for all ages. Tickets $8 from


Lots of live music on offer this week. Sunday night sees a second show for the Veils at Dux Live while over at the CPSA Building at CPIT, the Bedford presents P Money with David Dallas, 8pm.



Tonight at Cowles Stadium, Pages Rd, the Dead End Derby Roller Girls present: Super Heroes vs Villains. 6.30pm doors open, starts 7.30pm, $12 pre-sales from Cosmic, $15 door. No stilettos please.


On Saturday night at Alvarados, 77 Stevens St, Waltham, comedians and musicians combine for a fun night of laughter and great tunes. The lineup includes Ewen Gilmour, Guy Williams, Assembly Required and Thomas Coffey, 8pm, $25 pre-sales, $30 door.


The National Bear and Doll Show is on tomorrow and Sunday at the Canterbury Horticultural Centre, 57 Riccarton Ave, 10am-4pm daily. Adults $5, children under 12 $3, under 5s free. No eftpos.


As part of their national tour for new album Fandango, The Phoenix Foundation are at the CPSA Building, CPIT, Madras St tonight. Tickets $30 plus booking fee from Cosmic.


The biggest Lego show in New Zealand is at the Air Force Museum, Wigram, tomorrow and Sunday, 9am-5pm. Enthusiasts and collectors will show their designs, collections and contraptions. Children can have a go with activities in a Lego play area. Ryan McNaught will showcase his creations which include a 5-metre-tall Lego Saturn V Rocket. Adult $4, children $2, door sales only.


Hairy Maclary and all his friends from Donaldson's Dairy will be at the Aurora Centre on Wednesday, noon-1pm and 2pm-3pm. The stage show of Lynley Dodd's classic has had sold-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Sydney Opera House.

Timed to coincide with Hairy Maclary's 30th birthday celebrations, it is packed with music, singing, colourful costumes and your favourite Hairy Maclary stories and characters such as Hercules Morse - as big as a horse, Bottomley Potts - covered in spots, Schnitzel von Krumm with the very low tum and Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town.

Tickets $30, phone 0800 842 538, booking fees may apply.


Dora the Explorer, Live! sees Dora's Pirate Adventure land in Christchurch on Monday at the Aurora Centre. Boots may even be sporting an eyepatch. Tickets are $25 each; book at Ticketek. Booking fees may apply.


The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are celebrating 150 years with a variety of fun events for the whole family these school holidays. As part of KidsFest, there is a Hidden History Hunt. A family activity following the trail of giant postcards and finding clues to what is hidden in an old chest. Pick up treasure hunt maps from the Botanic Gardens Information Centre.

Drop-in weaving workshops are on from Tuesday to July 27. Learn how to make stars, flowers and kites from native plants. Free 20-minute workshops for children aged between 5 and 12 years start every half hour from 11am. Last workshop at 2.30pm. Bookings taken on the day at the weaving bungalows behind the closed tea kiosk.

As part of the 150th celebrations, tomorrow a fire sculpture of a bird will light up as the finale of More FM's Grand Parade, part of the Light Up the Leafy Nights Series, from 5.30pm in the Armagh St car park.

Dress up and take lanterns and torches to explore and see the gardens in a different light.


Who's Afraid of Musical Theatre? is a solo show by Nic Kyle at the Court Theatre. This is a fundraising event for Kyle who wishes to secure the Lilian Baylis Studio in London to perform a 45-minute showcase.

Kyle was selected by Elaine Paige to support her on a recent New Zealand/Australia tour, and she is actively supporting his career.

Tickets are now on sale for Who's Afraid of Musical Theatre?, which is two 50-minute halves with an intermission, at The Court Theatre, Bernard St on July 28.

Tickets, $29, available from


GO has a double pass to give away to see Strassman at the Aurora Centre on November 29. If you're wondering why we're giving these tickets away now, the first show has already sold out, but tickets to the second show, 10pm on November 29, are still available from Ticketek.

To enter, email with "Someone Has Their Hand Up A Ted E Bear" in the subject line before 5pm on Monday. Winners will be notified.

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