KidsFest 2021

The lineup for KidsFest 2021 is out and there are some fantastic events for kids of all ages throughout the district. 

Check out the schedule below and remember to book (where required) in advance so that you don't miss out!

Knowledge & Discovery 


Family Quiz Night 

Do you have a mind full of trivia - or random facts? Why not gather the family and enter a team in one of our three quiz nights across Waimakariri. No devices - you'll need your memories for this one! A Golden Book of Knowledge will be awarded to each winning team!


Dino Mystery Trail 

Who says Dinosaurs are extinct? Come and search amongst our shelves to find these marvellous creatures on our Dino Mystery trail. Roarsome fun for all.



So do you want to be a Train Driver?

Join the North Canterbury Railway Club with their fantastic Thomas and Friends model trains. Stop at the station, wait for the passengers to get on and off, then move around the town.


The Great Fairy Hunt 

Don't be cooped up indoors this winter, have some family fun and explore our great parks and recreational spaces along the way.
Join us on a hunt for the fairies hiding places in North Canterbury. Come along for some face painting and be in to win a prize draw.

Sports, Games & Adventure 


Elements: Wild Adventures

This Elements programme has our favourite experiences - team challenges and icebreakers, active and creative play. Think making huts, climbing trees, bug collecting, mud and water play and more! Great for child development and FUN!
Our therapeutic activities and enriched natural environments are designed to ignite creativity, problem solving and imagination in children. We encourage children to take age appropriate risks, try new things and challenge their body and mind in new ways in a safe environment.


Roller Disco 

2*4*6*8 Who wants to roller skate? Grab the kids and some friends and hit the floor for a 1.5 hours of rolling fun. All skates and safety gear included, but feel free to bring your own. Great music, games and prizes. Suitable for all ages and abilities.


Waimakariri Aquatics Pool Party

We are having a PARTY!!

We have music, games, dancing, prizes and more.

Tickets can be purchased through our reception staff onsite!

We cant wait to see you there.


Plays, Shows & Young Performers 

 A Midsummer Nights Dream - Rewritten

 modern language adaption of Shakespeare’s tale of magic and mayhem in the forest. Complete with Fairies, magic, song dance, lots of drama and even some skateboard tricks!! Presented by the Intermediate & Senior students of HSPA
The Shakespearean comedy of four lovers eloping to the forest to escape an arranged marriage only to encounter the tricks of a mischievous sprite whose King & Queen are currently at odds. This royal fairy unrest also causes much hilarity when a band of hapless performers also happen to venture into the forest to rehearse their play for their noble leader’s up-coming wedding.
Misunderstandings, mistaken identities and mischief all have their part to play, but in the end everyone lives happily ever after and even the fairy King & Queen mend their ways.
Musical Theatre entertainment for the whole family.


Performing Arts Winter Camp 

Four days of classes combining Acting Singing and Dance for students ages 6-13yrs.
Age groups 6-8yrs / 8-10yrs/ 11-13yrs
Each day consists of three sessions including one each of dance, singing and acting with a lunch break and snack break. (afternoon tea provided) Students will get the chance to work with different tutors covering a range of topics like improvised theatre, musical theatre, dance and pop singing to name a few. The classes will cover different things each day so students may opt to attend one day or several. Students will not be expected to have previous experience, tutors will happily work with those who have never performed before as well as extend those with previous experience.

  • Monday 19 July - Thursday 22 July, HSPA Studios, 10.30am - 4.00pm 


Brendan Dooley Magic Show

Brendan Dooley is fast becoming one of the World's Top Young Magicians and is described by The Press as "A New Generation Of Talent Already Snapping The Heels Of Established Acts."

Along with constantly touring, Brendan has been awarded as the youngest recipient of "NZ's Top Comedy Magician" and a finalist for "NZ's Top Children's Entertainer" and most recently he performed a headline run at the prestigious "World Famous Magic Castle" in Hollywood, CA where he became one of their youngest featured performers.

With his kid show he combines mindblowing magic, quick wit comedy, plenty of shenanigans and a ton of audience participation to create the ultimate entertainment experience for the young and young at heart!


Dino Puppet Show

Professor Punchinello has performed his unique puppet shows all over New Zealand, as far north as Whangarei, and as far south as Bluff. With performances at: The World Buskers Festival, Summertime’s, Kids Fest, Teddy Bears Picnic, Whangamata Rock and Roll Festival, Akaroa French Festival, Dunedin Fringe Festival, Wellington Fringe Festival, as well as performing at schools, libraries, charity events, children’s hospitals, and A&P shows extensively throughout New Zealand.

Join Professor Punchinello for a fun filled puppet show, full of jokes, tricks, dinosaur stories, and songs. Find the answer to the most ancient of questions: What came first the Dinosaur, or the Egg?


Dino Story Time

Stomp into Rangiora Library to hear our dinotastic librarians read and sing all about Dinosaurs. Herbivore and carnivores welcome :)


Arts, Craft & Creativity 


Dino Craft 

Come along and get in touch with nature! Design your own nature collage, or try your hand at designing your own pet rock! All materials provided.


The Great Rangiora Kid's Market 

Kids Market is a great place to have a stall to sell those clothes you no longer wear or toys that no longer get played with or come to check out the bargins. There will be a sausage sizzle, bake stall, coffee cart and other fun things