A Very Welly Christmas 2019!

Tis the season for festive fun… and it’s all free in Lambton Quay!image courtesy of averywellychristmas.co.nz

A Very Welly Christmas comes to town… again during the weekend and is jam packed full of Christmas cheer and fun for the whole family!

What is A Very Welly Christmas? It is an annual 2 day Christmas festival in the Wellington CBD. Each day starts with Santa’s Arrival a short walking parade, so you can still line the footpaths and wave to Santa – just like the old days!

This year is will be held on:

Saturday 23 November, 12 noon–6pm
Sunday 24 November, 12 noon–5pm

and followed by…

Carols in Midland Park – Saturday 23 November, 6pm–8pm

Click here to find out more about the history of the event.

Click here for the schedule of events.

Click here to find out how to get there.

While you’re in town that weekend, why don’t you call into Arapaki Manners Library and He Matapihi Molesworth Library and borrow a book or two… or a dozen. 😉

Arapaki Manners Library will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am until 5pm and He Matapihi will be open from 9am until 1pm on Saturday and closed on Sunday.

 

 

 

Kids’ Club Review by Aadarsh: Father Christmas and me

Father Christmas and meFather Christmas and me, Matt Haig ; with illustrations by Chris Mould

This book is about a human girl called Amelia. Her mother died when she was little and was left alone. Amelia had once saved christmas so she was allowed to stay in Elfhelm.

My favourite character is Amelia because one of the elves in Elfhelm started to make a newspaper that said bad things about humans but Amelia still stayed strong. My favourite part of the book is where the easter bunny’s and the elves made up their friendship. I recommend this book to children who are 7-9. I give this book a rating of 5 out of 5.

5 stars

Reviewed by Aadarsh from Johnsonville and Churton Park School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: One Christmas wish

One Christmas wishOne Christmas wish, Katherine Rundell ; illustrated by Emily Sutton

This book is about a boy called Theo on Christmas Eve. He is left with a babysitter. Theo opens a box of decorations and they all come alive. Theo’s adventures begin. I loved this story. We read it at school and my entire class was so quiet as we wanted to know how it ended. It was full of magic and Christmas cheer. I loved it.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old

More! Top 5 must-see Christmas DVDs for Children

It’s coming close to Christmas Day, have you picked up a Christmas themed DVD to watch during the holiday season? Check this weeks (and final) Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs blog post for the year!

image courtesy of amazon.com1) My Little Pony : A very Minty Christmas.

For all you Little Pony fans, check out their Christmas themed movie. The “Here Comes Christmas Candy Cane” is an important part of Ponyville – it’s the beacon that shows Santa Claus the way to the town during the holiady rounds each year. But when Minty accidentally breaks it, Minty is determined to do anything tov save Christmas, and together with all of her friends, they discover that Christmas can come any way.


image courtesy of amazon.co.uk2) Get Santa.

It looks like Santa (Jim Broadbent) has got himself in a bit of a pickle when he crashes his sleigh in a garden shed, his reindeer are found running loose through the streets of London, and to top things off he is wanted by the police! Desperate to return to Lapland in time for Christmas, Santa asks Tom (Kit Connor) and his dad Steve (Rafe Spall) for help. Overall, a hilarious and heartwarming Christmas adventure for the whole family.


image courtesy of syndetics3) Barbie. A Perfect Christmas.

Join Barbie and her sisters Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea as their holiday vacation plans turn into a most unexpected adventure and heartwarming lesson. After a snowstorm diverts their plane, the girls find themselves far from their New York destination and their holiday dreams. Now stranded at a remote inn in the tiny town of Tannenbaum, the sisters are welcomed by new friends and magical experiences.


image courtesy of syndetics4) Frozen in Time.

Young siblings Eric and Pattyare about to take off on a thrilling, and chilling, adventure! After damaging their grandfather’s most treasured possession, a strange clock, they throw the whole world into a crazy time continuum, where Christmas Day is repeated over and over. The only way they can restore order is to travel to the North Pole and repair the clock in Santa’s workshop. With less than a day to go, Eric, Patty, and Grandfather frantically zip off to the frozen wonderland. All they have to do is figure out the complicated solution, carefully mend the clock, and get back home in time to fix Christmas!


IMAGE COURTESY OF AMAZON.COM5) Santa’s Apprentice.

“We follow Nicholas, a 7 year old Australian boy on his adventure as he struggles with the ups and downs of being the next Santa Claus. It’s a big responsibility that would scare the bravest boy. Nicholas wants to be the best Santa ever and will learn a few lessons along the way. But Christmas has a way of making even the biggest mishaps alright and thanks to his loving mentors, Santa and Waldorf, Nicholas learns, as we all do, the true meaning of Christmas”–Container.


Check out the trailer for “Mary Poppins Returns“, an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Released on New Year’s Day!


And as a final Christmas gift… Check the official teaser trailer for the live action movie, The Lion King, based on the original animated movie… and one of my favourite films! It is scheduled to be released on July 18th 2019, which marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the original film. Exciting! While you’re waiting, why not come on down to your local library and rent the original film! As a recap, The Lion King, tells the story of Simba, a delightful lion cub who is heir to the throne of the pride lands. However, when Simba’s father is killed… by Simba’s treacherous uncle, Scar, poor Simba, feeling guilt ridden lion cub flees into exile until the moment where he must confront his uncle and reclaim his identity , as well as destiny as the future King.

On behalf of the Children’s team at Wellington City Libraries, we would love to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year!

Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs for Children.

Hey Kids!

Here’s another round of “Top 5 Christmas DVDs” for this week!

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndetic1) The Naughty List.

A very cute story about two elves and a reindeer that land themselves on the dreaded “Naughty List.” But when the entire the North Pole comes down with food poisoning, they must redeem their Naughty List status by finding a way to save Christmas. This film will make you think again about doing anything naughty during Christmas.


image courtesy of amazon.co.uk2) Nativity!

What started as a simple school nativity play turns into a royal fiasco of quarrelling parents and over-excited children, when primary school teacher Paul Maddens boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood Producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. (Major lie!). Maddens’ only hope is to get back in touch with Jennifer and lure Hollywood to town so that everybody’s Christmas wishes come true.


image courtesy of amazon.com3) Ice Age : A Mammoth Christmas.

Join Manny, Sid,  Diego, Ellie, Peaches and Scat during this holiday season in Ice Age : A Mammoth Christmas. When Sid accidentally destroys Manny’s heirloom Christmas rock and ends up on Santa’s “naughty list,” he leads a hilarious quest to the North Pole to make things right – and ends up making things much worse. Now it’s up to Manny and his prehistoric posse to band together and save Christmas for the entire world! Over 25 minutes of humour, laughter and holiday cheer from start to finish.  Anyone who is a fan of the Ice Age movies will love this!


image courtesy of amazon.co.uk4) Santa Claws : it’s a holiday cat-astrophe!

If you are a cat lover, this is one movie to snuggle up with your kitty and some popcorn to watch! When Santa suffers a major allergic reaction where he  can’t fly the sleigh or deliver presents anymore, it’s up to a litter of  kittens to deliver the rest of the presents to all the boys and girls before sunrise and save Christmas.


IMAGE COURTESY OF AMAZON.COM5) The Cat in the Hat knows about Christmas.

‘Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard. When the party was over, and the guests all departed one poor baby reindeer was left broken-hearted! Can the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and the Fish help make come true little Ralph’s Christmas wish? To be with his family, in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. Will you help see him home? Come be our guests, please!


Check out the trailer for “Elliot the littlest Reindeer“, and another Christmas themed movie to watch on the big screen this holiday season.

When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21st, a miniature horse has 3 days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa’s team at the North Pole try-outs.

Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs for Children.

Hey Kids!

Check out this weeks Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs!

Enjoy!

IMAGE COURTESY OF AMAZON.CO.UK1) It’s a very merry Muppet Christmas movie.

Join Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Miss Piggy and the entire Muppet gang in this heart-warming holiday classic, where  the Muppets discover what matters most is their love for each other, even when things go wrong. This movie also features a celebrity cast including David Arquette, Joan Cusack and Whoopi Goldberg, and a show-stopping musical numbers like ‘Moulin Scrooge!’ Overall a funny, uplifting, heart-warming holiday classic that will bring joy to the world every Christmas season! You can’t go wrong with a Muppets movie!


image courtesy of syndetics2) Barbie in The Nutcracker.

If you love Barbie and ballet, then check out, Barbie, the lady herself, starring as Clara, relives the classic tale of the Nutcracker. The story is enhanced with computer-animated dance sequences. A great movie to watch this festive season.


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3) Home alone : the holiday heist.

In the fifth and final instalment in the Home Alone franchise, Ten-year-old Finn Baxter thinks his family’s new house in Maine is haunted. But the truth might be even scarier. A trio of thieves are after a priceless painting hidden in a secret room by the previous owner. So when Finn and his sister find themselves home alone, Finn rigs up an elaborate array of techno-gadgets and booby traps to protect his pad from the bumbling criminals trying to break inches. Overall a great film that can be enjoyed by all ages and an even greater finish to the Home Alone franchise.


4) Hook.

An oldie, but a goodie! A high-flying adventure from the magic of Steven Spielberg, Hook stars Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the infamous Captain Hook.


5) image courtesy of syndeticsBeethoven’s Christmas Adventure.

Christmas has gone to the dogs with Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure. “When Henry, a wayward elf, crash-lands Santa’s sleigh and thieves abscond with Santa’s toy bag, it looks like Christmas won’t be coming this year — until the amazing Beethoven and his young human boy pal, Mason, join forces with Henry to save the holiday”–Ezydvd website.


Check out the trailer for “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms“, another retelling of the classic tale of The Nutcracker, and another Christmas themed movie to watch on the big screen this holiday season.

Clara, (Mackenzie Foy) enters a magical world, she meets a soldier named Phillip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms, and must enter a fourth realm to retrieve a magic key and restore harmony to the unstable land.

Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs for Children.

Hey kids!

It’s less than four weeks until Christmas. In the mood for a Christmas themed DVD to watch during the holiday season? Check this weeks Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs!

Stay tuned for more “Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs for Children.” from now until Christmas.

Enjoy!

  1. The Grinch.

On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town.  Based on the book “How the Grinch stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss and the second screen adaptation of this story. A mixture of humour and Christmas cheer.

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Also check out the trailer to the upcoming release of  the third screen adaptation of The Grinch, in cinemas on the 29th of November. Looks hilarious!


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2) The Swan Princess Christmas.  

Princesses and Christmas’ rolled into one with The Swan Princess Christmas. “Princess Odette, Prince Derek and their trusted woodland friends reunite in this all-new adventure for their first Christmas celebration together! As the kingdom prepares for a festive holiday, the villainous Rothbart plots to destroy Christmas. Will the castle friends be able to stop Rothbart and save the day?” — container.


3) Home Alone. image courtesy of amazon.com

An oldie but a goodie!…  and one of my favourite movies from childhood. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without youngest son, 8-year-old Kevin, (Macaulay Culkin) uses being ‘home alone’ to his advantage, by doing all his favourite things, eating his favourite food and finally being ‘the man of the house.’ But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home. A Die Hard movie for kids!


4) Abominable Christmas. image courtesy of amazon.com

After two abominable snowkids are chased from their mountain hideaway by a scientist determined to capture them, they’re forced to spend Christmas with the most feared animal of them all–humans.


 

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5) The Polar Express. 

Based on the beloved book by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express is about a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

It’s Christmas Storytime Time Again!

Deck the Halls with Books of Jolly! Fa la la la la….

Christmas Storytimes are back!

Dust of your jingle bells, catch a sleigh ride, and follow the reindeer footprints into your local library for fun family storytimes to get your into the festival Christmas spirit.

These storytimes will be filled with stories and songs for the Christmas season, and are suitable for families with children of all ages. Come along in a Christmas costume, or your coziest pyjamas!

All storytimes start at 6pm and run for 45mins.

 

When and Where:

Monday 17th December

Brooklyn, Cummings Park (Ngaio), and Miramar Library,

Tuesday 18th December

Central Library, Children’s section

Thursday 20th December

Wadestown, Karori, Khandallah, Mervyn kemp (Tawa) and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Libraries, and Island Bay Community Centre

Friday 21st December

Newtown and Johnsonville Libraries

 

These are free events, and bookings aren’t required.

Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs for Children

Hey Kids!

Brace yourself this week for another round  “Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs!” to watch over the Christmas break!

Enjoy!

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Home Alone 2. Kevin McCallister is back this holiday season and is embarking on another ‘Home Alone’ journey where he accidentally boards the wrong plane and ends up in New York City instead of Florida, where the rest of his family has gone. He has plenty of cash and credit cards to enjoy a nice stay at a posh hotel and turns the Big Apple into his own personal playground. There he meets up with the Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, who are plotting a huge holiday heist. It is up to Kevin to save the day die-hard style with a battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget.

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Arthur Christmas. On Christmas at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission. Overall a very humorous and heart-warming story. A great one to watch with the entire family. 
image courtesy of amazon.comMiracle on 34th Street.  The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentleman with twinkling eyes, an ample belly and a snowy beard is hired as Macy’s department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle and soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit… except for his boss, Doris Walker, who’s raising her daughter to not believe in Santa. But when Kringle is declared insane put on trial, everyone’s faith is put to the test as young and old alike face the age-old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?

The Muppets’ Christmas Carol. Based on Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s named Scrooge’s, (played brilliantly by Michael Caine) path to redemption on Christmas Eve. Another childhood favourite featuring talented actor and the Muppets.

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Sesame Street : Once Upon a Christmas. Travel back to the nineteenth century, when humans and monsters didn’t get along, as Elmo and his friends learn how Christmas and the holiday spirit came to Sesame Street!

As an added bonus and pre-Christmas treat, here’s a trailer of the 2018 movie, The Grinch. Enjoy!

Kids’ Club Review by Eleanor: The fish in the bathtub

The fish in the bathtubThe fish in the bathtub, by Eoin Colfer

Mr Fishy came in a bucket.Then he went into the bath.Now Grandpa Feliks plans to put him in the oven.Grandpa Feliks can’t wait to eat the carp he has bought for Christmas.But little Lucja loves Mr Fishy.It was an awesome story.I loved it.If you read it you will think it all happened!

5 stars

Reviewed by Eleanor from Karori and , 8 years old