Christchurch city parks are a great learning destination and offer a wide-range of activities to log in your Passport to Learning including discovery trails, days out with rangers, scavenger hunts and planting days.


About Children's University

Welcome to the exciting world of Children's University!

This international organisation offers educational experiences and activities for children aged 7 to 14 years old.

These activities take place at Learning Destinations - local educational organisations specialising in out of classroom education. Each child involved is issued a Passport to Learning to record each activity and how many hours learning took place. Children are rewarded with formal certificates and graduations.

Find out more about Children's University.(external link)

Family planting days

You can get a sticker from the event organisers on the day. These events are worth between two to three hours.

West Broken Run family planting days

Plant trees, grasses and spread mulch to help improve the quality of the Ōpawaho Heathcote River that runs through the reserve. BBQ sausages afterwards to reward everyone's efforts.

  • Saturday 16 June, 1pm to 3pm
  • Saturday 20 July, 10am to 12pm

Meet at 247 Wigram Road - parking limited, please park on side streets and walk to the site.

Contact for more information.

Matariki dawn and family plantings

Celebrate Matariki with a dawn karakia and planting ceremony at the rongoā garden at 303 Radcliffe Road, followed by a family planting.

  • Sunday 30 June, 7am
  • Sunday 30 June, 10am

Find out more.(external link)

 Halswell Quarry Park planting days

Bring the whole family along to help restore native plants to Haslwell Quarry.

  • Saturday 22 June, 10am to midday
  • Saturday 27 July, 10am to midday
  • Saturday 28 September, 10am to midday

Find out more.

KidsFest events

Guardians of the Gardens
(external link)
Become an eco-hero these school holidays! Join the Guardians of the Gardens and learn all about healthy waterways, insect superheroes, recycling, pests and nature craft.

Free event, collect a map from the Kiosk or the Visitors Centre. Parent/guardian/caregiver required.

See the team at the Visitor Centre for a sticker for your passport.

 All of the following KidsFest events cost $5 per child. Free for parents/guardians/caregivers who must attend the event with their child.

Tickets can be purchased from eventfinda using the links below.

You can get a sticker from the ranger or organisor on the day. These events are worth between one and two hours.

A Day out with Park Rangers: Victoria Park(external link)
Victoria Park Visitor Centre
Monday 10 July, 10am to 12pm

A Day out with Park Rangers: Halswell Quarry(external link)
Halswell Quarry Visitor Centre/Singlemen's Quarters
Thursday 18 July, 10am – 12pm

A Day out with Park Rangers: Bottle Lake Forest(external link)
Bottle Lake Forest Visitor Centre
Thursday 11 July, 1pm – 3pm

A Day out with Park Rangers: The Groynes(external link)
Meet by the KidsFest flag
Wednesday 17 July, 1pm – 3pm

A Day out with Park Rangers: South Brighton(external link)
Meet in South Brighton Domain (Beatty Street entrance)
Friday 12 July, 10am – 12pm

Building a Mini Worm Farm(external link)
EcoDrop, 40 Metro Place, Bromley - look for the KidsFest flag
Monday 15 July, 10am to 11am and 1pm to 2pm

From Green to Gold(external link)
Organics Processing Plant, 21 Metro Place, Bromley - look for the KidsFest flag
Monday 8 July, 10am to 11am

Christchurch Botanic Gardens events

You can get a sticker for your passport from the staff in the Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre. Activities worth one hour each.

Discovery trails

Every autumn, winter and spring school holidays, there is a self-guided discovery trail at the Botanic Gardens. Collect your free booklet or map from the Visitor Centre.

Seasonal scavenger hunts

Print a seasonal scavenger hunt from the website.

Agents of Discovery

This self guided mobile app offers a seasonal trail through the Gardens all year round.
Download and play for free from Google Play or the App Store.

Find all Learning Destinations and activities on offer.(external link)