October School Holidays – Free Children’s activities

98730-Libary Mad Science Mysteries 150 x 113The school holidays are next week! Looking for something fun to do? How about…

Free school holiday activities: get mad about science during the October School Holidays!

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, bookings 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.

SPCA Storytimes in the North

Make sure you come along to the SPCA storytimes at

Tawa Library on Monday 14th April @10.30


Johnsonville Library on Tuesday 15th April @ 10.30am

Along with our usual storytime we are going to be visited by some cute and cuddly furry animals.

We will lean how to care for and look after our pets and we will also hear all about what the SPCA does.

See you there!

The Great Scavenger Hunt.

Looking for a huge weekend free family event?

Then come along to Capital E’s Great Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, 25th January from 10am to 4pm on Wellington’s waterfront. You will be in for a fun-filled adventure with clues to solve, challenges to complete,  a host of fascinating characters along the way and heaps of cool prizes to be won. There are completion certificates for every scavenger and automatic entry in the draw to win some exciting prizes. As an added bonus, you can also score spot prizes, (goodies from Costume Cave & the New Zealand Festival!), if you dress up on the day. There is a chance to win the best fancy dress  and the best nautical costume.

You can expect a day of face painting and bonus clue activities, pop-up surprises, new destinations to explore and the return of the lunchtime stage Extravaganza. The family can enjoy lunch-time discounts at restaurants and cafes along the route will provide the perfect pit-stops.

For more information, visit Capital E’s website and Facebook Page.


What’s on today? Wednesday 24th April

Day 3 of the school holidays – It seems like the hols are going too fast! Here’s some free entertainment for you.

Special Event: Meet a Tuatara!

Miramar Library, 11am: Have you ever met a dinosaur? No? Here’s your chance! Sue Keall from Victoria University is bringing along Spike the Tuatara to Miramar Library.

Find out about why Tuataras are so special and learn how we can protect them and make sure they survive for many more generations.

This free event is suitable for 5-12 year olds. Places are limited and bookings are essential. Phone Miramar Library on 388 8005 to secure your place.


Baby Rock & Rhyme: Perfect for parents and bubs aged 0-2yrs old.

Central Library, 9.30am

Johnsonville Library, 9.30am


Storytimes: fun stories and songs for toddlers, preschoolers and their families. Older siblings are welcome.

Cummings Park Library (Ngaio), 10.30am

Karori Library, 10.30am

Newtown Library, 10.30am

Kilbirnie Library, 10.30am


Find out what’s on at the Kids’ Events page.

Children’s Day 2013

children's day

Children’s Day is all about treasuring the children in our life. This means supporting parents and encouraging positive family time.

This year Children’s Day falls on Sunday 3rd March.  The theme is ‘Treasure our Children.” So join in the fun and do something special for the small people in your life.

Events happening in Wellington on the day include Treasure Our Children Beach Day at Lyall Bay Beach and Reach for the Stars at Carter Observatory.

Check out more Children’s Day events in Wellington.

Here are some amazing activities and images for that you can color in for downloading.

For information visit the Children’s Day website.

Chinese New Year Celebration 2013

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy New Year!

Chinese New Year celebration runs from Sunday February 10 – Sunday February 24 this year. Now not only people in China can have colourful and dynamic performances and activities to mark this special occasion, people in New Zealand can also participate and enjoy them.


In Wellington, there will be exiting celebrations for the Year of of the Snake held on the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24.


Here are some details:

There is a New Clothes for New Year Fashion Show on Saturday 23 February at the TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf from 7pm-8.30pm.

On Sunday 24 February, Chinese New Year Festival Day, you can come and taste the delicious food at the Asian Market at the TSB Arena as well as enjoying the crafts and performances from10.30am-4.30pm.

– Cultural Entertainment will be held at Frank Kitts Park from 3pm-4.30pm.A colourful Street Parade will start at Courtenay Place at 2pm.

There will be performances from Shenzen Song and Dance Ensemble from 7pm-8.20pm (tickets from Ticketek)

The festival will finish with a Firework Display.

You can visit the Wotzon and Chinese New Year websites for more details.

Have fun!


Christmas Baby Rock & Rhyme and Preschool Storytimes

Over the Christmas and New Year holiday period and throughout January there will be some temporary changes to the Preschool Storytime and Baby Rock & Rhyme schedule.


Preschool Storytime

Branch Libraries: There will be no Preschool Storytimes in branch libraries during the week of Christmas 24-28 December. Regular Preschool Storytime session will start again from Monday 31st December onwards.

Central Library: will continue running Preschool Storytimes through Christmas with a session on Friday 28th December at 10.30 as usual.


Baby Rock & Rhyme

Branch Libraries: there will be no Baby Rock & Rhyme sessions in branch libraries from Monday 24th December to Friday 25th January. Baby Rock & Rhyme will start for 2013  from Monday 28th January.

Central Library: will not run Baby Rock & Rhyme over the weeks 24th December to 4th January, but will continue as usual with their weekly Wednesday 9.30am session from 9th January onwards.


Check out the Wellington Libraries events calendar for daily session dates and times over Christmas, New Year and January.


Celebrate Christmas with us at special evening storytimes for 3-8 year olds at participating Wellington City Libraries. Check out where and when here


We Are Aliens!

A new show will be on at Carter Observatory starting on November 21st.

We Are Aliens explores the possibility of life existing elsewhere in our universe through a new 360 degree digital planetarium show. Find out about what we are doing to search for alien life and whether scientists think they will find life on other planets or not. Visit this site to watch the show’s trailer.

For Harry Potter fans you’ll be pleased to know that the show is narrated by Rupet Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the HP movies.

Sit back in Carter Observatory’s indoor planetarium and enjoy the show!

Ticket and more info here.


Happening this week

More activities are on in your local libraries this week:

Monday 8 October, 11am Tawa Library: Come along and experience Gruesome and Gory Grimm. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Brothers Grimm Fairytales with stories and fun activities. Don’t forget your costume.

Tuesday 9 October, 11am Island Bay Library: Funtastical fairytales and fables. Join us in celebrating the Brothers Grimm 200th anniversary with a special storytime.

Tuesday 9 October, 11am Johnsonville Library: Come along and experience Gruesome and Gory Grimm. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Brothers Grimm Fairytales with stories and fun activities. Don’t forget your costume.

Tuesday 9 October, 11am Central Library: Celebrate the Grimm 200th anniversary with a Hansel and Gretel bonanza! Follow the trail, but beware of the witch

Thursday 11 October, 11am Miramar Library: Get ready for Halloween. Come along for witches’ tales, scary stories and spell making ideas! And don’t forget to dress up in your favourite Halloween costume


All activities are free and perfect for 5-12 year olds. No bookings required – just turn up! All our events are listed here – check it out.