Kids in the City

Its been great to see so many kids out and exploring the city this year. Earlier in the year the giraffes lured them in with Christchurch Stands Tall.  This term schools funding for transport through the Kids2Town initiative  (CCC/TCCT) brought kids into town by their bus load. Schools are regularly updated with information about what is on in the city and places they can visit in the central city including Gap Filler projects; the Dance-O-Mat, Retro-Sports Facility and the Sound Garden.  There is still funding available, so we hope to see more schools bring their kids to town next term.

Getting Kids Into the City through Urban Adventures

The University of Canterbury’s Community Engagement Hub, Gap Filler, and Imagination Station partnered to organise and facilitate the Urban Adventure Project with students and staff of Sumner, Te Waka Unua, and Discovery Schools.

Twelve University of Canterbury students from the Community Engagement Hub’s CHCH101: Rebuilding Christchurch course guided 245 Year 4-8 students through 4 stations:

  • Lego Tower Building at Imagination Station
  • Hip Hop dance lessons at Gap Filler’s Dance-o-Mat
  • Problem-Solving Activities in Victoria/Latimer Square
  • Mural painting in the Green Frame and at the Commons

Everyone involved had a great time and students (and teachers) were excited to have so many cool things to do in the heart of our ever evolving city!  One of the outcomes from this project is that the kids have come back into town with their friends and whanau after visiting with their school.


Hornby Highschool Yr 10’s helped out with building a stage and making Sound Garden more accessible.



School holiday workshops 

Last school holidays we ran a junk percussion instrument-making workshop at the Sound Garden. Coming up in the next school holidays we are holding a Tiny House workshop during KidsFest.