What’s on these school holidays!

Looking for fun for your kids these school holidays? Look no further – we have some awesome free activities planned. Here’s what’s happening:

school holiday posterMonday 22nd April:
10.30 am, Johnsonville Library: Join us for an interactive story-time where we read and act out ‘Down the Back of the Chair’ by Margaret Mahy. Take part in other ‘Kiwiana’ activities during this fun-filled hour.
11 am, Central Library: Wellington author and illustrator duo, Lucas and Jutta Chisholm will show off their latest creation and teach you how to draw and create your own character from the book. Prepare for hands-on fun with books, drawing and plasticine!

Tuesday 23rd April:
10.30 am, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library:  Slip on your jandals and join us for holiday fun at the library to celebrate Kiwiana! We will be reading stories by New Zealand authors, playing New Zealand bingo, and holding a rock-stacking competition called Tu Kohatu. Sweet as!

Wednesday 24th April:
11 am, Miramar Library:
Meet a tuatara! Sue Keall from Victoria University of Wellington is visiting with a living fossil – an amazing part of our country’s natural history. Learn how to protect them. Bookings essential – phone 388 8005

Friday 26th April:
11 am, Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library
: Meet a tuatara! Sue Keall from Victoria University of Wellington is visiting with a living fossil – an amazing part of our country’s natural history. Learn how to protect them. Bookings essential – phone 479 2344

Monday 29th April:
11 am, Karori Library: Special Kiwiana story time. Come along for fun stories with a New Zealand twist.

Tuesday 30th April:
10.30 am, Newtown Library: Slip on your jandals and join us for holiday fun at Newtown Library to celebrate Kiwiana. We will be reading stories by New Zealand authors, playing New Zealand bingo, and holding a rock-stacking competition called Tu Kohatu.

Wednesday 1st May:
11 am, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Meet a tuatara! Sue Keall from Victoria University of Wellington is visiting with a living fossil – an amazing part of our country’s natural history. Learn how to protect them. Bookings essential – phone 232 1690

Thursday 2nd May:
11 am, Central Library: What do ANZAC biscuits have to do with ANZAC day? What’s it like being a soldier away from home, missing your family, friends and favourite food? Explore the great ANZAC biscuit and its place in history.

Wonderful and Grimm school holiday activities at your local library

Over the school holidays we’ll be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm and the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with stories and activities at participating libraries.

You can find a full schedule of activities on at our libraries on our Kids’ What’s On page — come along for Wonderland croquet, special themed storytimes, scary Halloween stories, dressing up, and more!

These free fun activities are suitable for 5-12 year olds, and no bookings are required.

School holiday activities at your library

We’re going nutty about the Olympics and have something very cool and unusual for you to try out at your library during the July school holidays.

We are very lucky to have paralympians visiting to tell us all about their experiences and to show you how to use some of their special sporting equipment. Try out a rugby wheelchair, learn how to play Boccia and Goal Ball and more!

We also have sporting story sessions and Olympics quizzes – see how much you know about the Olympics!

Here’s the where and when:

Paralymics – Come to the library to meet a Paralympian and try out their special sporting equipment.

4 July 11.15am at Karori Library

5 July 11am at Newtown Library

6 July 11am at Johnsonville Library

6 July 2pm at Miramar Library

10 July 11am at Tawa Library

11 July 11am at Central Library

12 July 2pm at Kilbirnie Library

13 July 11.15am at Cummings Park Library

Olympics holiday quiz – earn your place on the finishers’ podium!

3 July 11am at Island Bay Library

4 July 2pm at Brooklyn Library

Olympics stories and activities

11 July 11am at Khandallah Library

12 July 2pm at Wadestown Library

All sessions are free and suitable for 5-12 year olds. Don’t miss out -see you there!

School holiday fun

There are loads of activities in our libraries these school holidays, starting Wednesday 11 April.  Will it be Sink or Swim or Angelina Ballerina?

Sink or Swim? Find out by taking part in our fun stories and activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic!

Mervyn Kemp, Tawa Wednesday 11 April 10:30- 11:30am
Miramar Wednesday 11 April 11am- 12pm
Karori Wednesday 11 April 11:15am- 12:15pm
Brooklyn Wednesday 11 April 2-3pm
Khandallah Thursday 12 April 10:30- 11:30am
Ruth Gotlieb, Kilbirnie Thursday 12 April 11am- 12pm
Johnsonville Thursday 12 April 11am- 12pm
Wadestown Thursday 12 April 2- 2:45pm
Newtown Thursday 12 April 2- 3pm
Cummings Park, Ngaio Friday 13 April 11- 11:45am
Island Bay Friday 13 April 2-3pm
Central Library Wednesday 18 April 11am-12pm

Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition! Dance with a member of the Royal New Zealand Ballet Dance Explorer Team at special storytimes

Central Library Friday 13 April 10:30 – 11:30am
Ruth Gotlieb, Kilbirnie Monday 16 April 10.30am – 11.30am
Cummings Park, Ngaio Monday 16 April 2-3pm
Johnsonville Tuesday 17 April 10:30 – 11:30am
Karori Tuesday 17 April 2-3pm
Mervyn Kemp, Tawa Wednesday 18 April 10:30 -11:30am
Newtown Wednesday 18 April 2-3pm
Miramar Thursday 19 April 10:15 – 11:15am
Khandallah Thursday 19 April 2-3pm