Spring school holiday activities

Enjoy arts, crafts, music, singing, fudge-fun, films and a special taonga hunt through The Arts Centre and its neighbours.

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Welcome to The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

Dating back to 1877, The Arts Centre has a rich history and an exciting future.

Located in the heart of Ōtautahi Christchurch, The Arts Centre is an Aotearoa New Zealand landmark – home to galleries, museums, cinemas, boutique retailers, artisan eateries and bars, engaging events, stunning venues and much more.

Spring school holiday activities

28 September – 11 October 2020 Arts Centre wide

Spark your creativity these school holidays at The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora.

Sonic Room

24 September to 3 October Engineering

A unique, live listening experience behind the construction fences where Cloisters Cinema once was.


What’s on in the Maker Workshop

Community led activities

July to September Workshop

Over the next three months individuals and community groups will be undertaking a range of creative events and workshops

AE Expo

21-25 September Boys’ High

Art by Christchurch Alternative Education students

Holiday fun zone

28 September – 11 October 2020 North Quad

Outdoor activities for families that will make you smile.


The Arts Centre Mākete

Market Square

At The Arts Centre Mākete you’ll find local artisans showcasing their quality, handmade goods – arts and crafts, freshly made delicacies, and more.


Taonga hunt

14 September – 11 October 2020 Rutherford’s Den

Follow the map and go on a taonga hunt around the cultural precinct in Ōtautahi. Titiro! Look for kupu in te reo Māori and check your skills.


Glow paint!

Wednesday 30 September School of Art

Let your creative juices glow and create a one-of-a-kind fluorescent paint masterpiece run by Paint 'n' Sip Studio.

Monster flower art

Sunday 4 October Market Square

Be inspired by Sarah Fisk’s monster flower illustration featured on our Monster Spring Clean Mākete poster and have fun creating watercolour flowers with attitude.


New Zealand-made homewares and gifts.

Frances Nation is a store specialising in Aotearoa New Zealand-made homewares and gifts of quality craftsmanship, authenticity and longevity.

Frances Nation

First floor, Boys’ High,

Worcester Boulevard

Open 7 days, 10:00AM - 5:00PM