Spin a Sphero, make music, code a cart, and rock with a robot! These April school holidays, your children can get to be an engineer, architect, or scientist at your local library. There are eight different robot and coding events happening across Wellington City Libraries: we have some of the latest programmable toys, gadgets and robots, or they can get creative with Lego and coding games. Best of all, they are open to all ability levels.
Here’s where and when the activities are happening:
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 17th April, 10.30am
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 18th April, 10.30am
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 19th April, 10.30am
Karori Library: Friday 20th April, 2.30pm
Johnsonville Library: Monday 23rd April. 2.30pm
Newtown Library: Tuesday 24th April, 10.30am
Khandallah Library: Thursday 26th April, 10.30am
Central Library: Friday 27th April, 10.30am
These free events are for children aged 6+ and run for 1 hour. No need to book – just turn up! Contact your library to find out more information – or follow our Kids Blog or our Facebook page for updates.
Wondering how a Moa could land in a library? Welcome to the world of augmented reality!
Wellington City Libraries and Kāpiti Libraries have partnered with local tech startup ScimitAR who have developed a fun, interactive Augmented Reality ScavengAR Hunt for kids.
It will take place in the second week of the October school holidays at libraries in Wellington and on the Kāpiti Coast.
Being able to give kids the opportunity to be part of the new technological world we live in is an important part of what we like to offer in libraries today, and the ScavengAR Hunt will also allow kids to explore our non-fiction area of the children’s collection.
Augmented Reality layers a computer generated image on top of the real world environment – in this case, a range of interactive activities which come to life around you. All you need is an Android device to join in the ScavengAR Hunt. Haven’t got one? We will provide devices that can be used so no one will miss out on the fun!
So, bring the kids/grandkids down to the libraries, look for the “Kia Ora” sign, ask a librarian for the instructions and away you go into another realm! And just in case you were wondering about Mahi the Moa…. you’ll just have to start hunting (in the nicest possible way!)
Where: Wellington City and Kāpiti Libraries
When: 9th to 14th October
Time: During library opening hours
School holidays are upon us and you’ll find the Beyond the Page literary festival taking place 8-23 July 2017 at libraries across Wellington and the Hutt Valley region. Local children and youth are invited to journey through different aspects of storytelling — creating experiences for them to immerse themselves in the literary world and express their creativity. Join one of the over 113 festival events and activities happening across the region – creating local spaces for innovation, and encouraging exploration of participants’ own stories, helping them embrace new ideas along the way.
Help us celebrate the opening of the festival with Poetry and Pancakes on Saturday 8th July at 11am. If your child contributes a poem they’ll get a pancake for their efforts! Plus they can discover all the different sorts of poems there are – acrostic, haiku, magnetic blackout anything goes. Listen to poet Michael Howard reading some of his poetry and your kids can have a go at reading their own.
In the first week of the festival we have the wonderful Sir John Trimmer bringing us Tales from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He will be telling stories from some of the best loved ballets using voice, music and mime. This is definitely one not to be missed!
Johnsonville Library: 2.30pm Monday 10th July
Karori Library: 10.30am Saturday 15th July
Central Library: 2.30pm Saturday 15th of July
Meet the Robots! Red and Blue – our Nao robots have arrived and are awaiting command. Their humanoid shape and body movements give them life and show the possibilities of robotics and how useful learning coding languages can be. Plus these robots even dance Thriller and Gangnam style!
Central Library: 2pm Monday 10th July
Miramar Library: 2pm Tuesday 11th July
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 2pm Wednesday 12th July
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 2pm Thursday 13th July
This is just a sample of some of the great events happening. Like all our holiday activities, these events are free to attend – and you’re welcome to attend any of the events throughout the Wellington region. The full list of what’s happening can be found at www.beyondthepage.nz – or here’s a printable version for those at Wellington libraries.
Did you know that dragonflies have been around for 300 million years or that our native snail, the Powelliphanta, can live for up to 20 years? What do you know about bugs and other creepy crawlies? Love them or hate them bugs are fascinating! In fact at Wellington City Libraries we think bugs are so awesome we put beehives on the roof of Central Library.
These school holidays we are going to be worming our way into the world of bugs, through games, fun facts, microscopes and crafts. So fly down to your local library with your kids and join in with some of the fun, free activities we have on offer, during the April school holidays.
Mervyn Kemp Library – Tawa: Wednesday 19 April at 11am
Karori Library: Wednesday 19 April at 2pm
Ruth Gotlieb Library – Kilbirnie: Thursday 20 April at 10.30am
Cummings Park Library – Ngaio: Friday 21 April at 11am
Miramar Library: Wednesday 26 April at 10.30am
Wellington Central Library: Thursday 27th April at 11am
Johnsonville Library: Thursday 27th April at 11am
Khandallah Library: Thursday 27 April at 6pm
Newtown Library: Friday 28 April at 6pm
Start planning now because the next school holidays are not very far away at all! During the October holidays we will be running lots of free, fun activities around science, technology and engineering.
The activities will vary by venue, but kids will be able to have a go at some new apps and tech, build something amazing with Lego and Meccano, create a video clip… and more! It’s all free, and perfect for 6-12 year olds. There’s no need to book, just come along to one of the venues below.
Here’s the when and where:
Island Bay Community Centre: Wednesday 30 September, 1pm
Johnsonville Library: Wednesday 30 September, 2pm
Ruth Gotlieb Library (Kilbirnie): Thursday 1 October, 2pm
Newlands Community Centre: Tuesday 6 October, 2pm
Karori Library: Tuesday 6 October, 10am
Central Library: Wednesday 7 October, 11am
Mervyn Kemp Library (Tawa): Thursday 8 October, 11am
Newtown Library: Thursday 8 October, 2pm
These July school holidays we have plenty on offer around our libraries! For full details of what’s on, where and when, visit the Kids’ What’s On page.
Musical Madness! Get loud in the library during the July School Holidays
Have a go at making and playing your own instruments and creating musical magic. Learn about how music is made and how it has changed over time. Perfect for 6-12 year olds
Mrs Mo’s Monsters with Paul Beavis
Join author and illustrator Paul Beavis for these incredible library talks with interactive story reading and live drawing sessions. Watch out though – there could be monsters about… Perfect for 3-6yr olds.
Tales from the Ballet with the Royal New Zealand Ballet
Legendary dancer and performer Sir Jon Trimmer introduces Tales from the Ballet – six great stories that have inspired generations of dancers around the world. Suitable for primary school aged children, this is a chance to learn about ballet steps and positions, and to try them out, explore the art of mime and gesture, and hear some of the wonderful stories of the world’s greatest ballets, from an icon of New Zealand dance who has performed them all. These events are free and bookings are not required.
First Aid skills – have a go!
The St John in Schools programme aims to develop confident young New Zealanders who care for the health and well-being of their communities. St John Community Educator Suzi Bowen will be visiting the Wellington City Libraries over the July school holidays to provide a snapshot of the school programme to children visiting the library. Children will be able to learn about the roles of the emergency services, how to respond in an emergency and practice some first aid skills including bandaging and CPR. Find the St John stand in your local library.
Mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli beach landings by ANZAC forces in 1915 at your local libraries and community centres during the April school holidays. Your kids can discover New Zealand’s ANZAC heritage through activities that let you experience life as a solider, or what it was like on the homefront during war time. They’ll explore fascinating stories of World War One.
Where and when:
Ruth Gotlieb Library – Kilbirnie: Wednesday 8th April at 2pm
Cummings Park Library – Ngaio: Monday 13th April, at 11am
Johnsonville Library: Monday 13th April at 2pm
Karori Library: Tuesday 14th April at 11am
Wellington Central Library: Wednesday 15th April at 11am
Mervyn Kemp Library and Tawa Community Centre: Thursday 16th April at 11am
Island Bay Community Centre: Friday 17th April at 1pm
Contact the libraries and community centres above to find out specific activity details. You can find our children’s event listings here.
All activities are free, and bookings are not required. These events are ideal for 7-12 year olds and last for approximately 1 hour.
Grab your test tubes, clipboards and lab coats and get ready for mad science mysteries these school holidays! Hands on science experiments and stories that are perfect for 7-12 year olds. These fun events are free, and bookings are not required.
When and where:
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: Tuesday 30 September 11am – 12pm
Central Library: Wednesday 1 October 11am – 12pm
Karori Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm
Miramar Library: Thursday 2 October 2pm – 3pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Wednesday 8 October 11am – 12pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: Thursday 9 October 11am – 12pm
Khandallah Library: Friday 10 October 11am – 12pm
Contact your local library for more information.
Would your kids like to learn how to paint like a renaissance artist?
If so, head along to your local library in the school holidays to find out how artists in the Middle Ages created their masterpieces, and then there’ll be an opportunity for your kids to have a go themselves. They might even find themselves painting upside down just like Michelango – so lots of creative messy fun will be had (tell them to wear their old clothes!).
These events are for 7–12 year olds – bookings are not required.
Here’s where and when these activities are happening:
Wednesday 9th July, 11am – 12noon
Island Bay Community Centre:
Tuesday 15th July, 10.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday 16th July, 11am – 12noon
Thursday 17th July, 11am – 12noon
Thursday 17th July, 11am – 12noon
The April school holidays are almost here and we’ve planned some awesome activities for kids all about comics! Read on…
1. Holy creative comic capers! Your kids could become comic crusaders, making and playing with their own ‘comic dice’ during the April school holidays. Costumes are welcomed! These free events are perfect for 6-10 year olds, and bookings aren’t required.
Where and when:
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: 11am 28th April
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: 10.30am 29th April
Karori Library: 11am 29th April
Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library: 2pm 29th April
Central Library: 11am 30th April
Miramar Library: 2pm 30th April
2. Join us at the Central Library on 3rd of May for ComicFest and celebrate International Free Comic Book Day – a day of workshops, costume competitions, and free comics to give away for all ages!