Kidsfest Under the Stars with Canterbury Astronomical Society

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per child
per caregiver (required)
Knowledge & Discovery
Ages: 5+

Explore the Universe at the Canterbury Astronomical Society’s observatory in West Melton. Members of the society will be on hand to help unlock the secrets of the night sky through the wide range of telescopes at the observatory.

The observatory will be open every night of Kidsfest, weather permitting. A status update will be posted every night by 6:30pm on the society website at as to whether we are open or closed. Please be sure to check there before travelling to the observatory.

The observatory is around 30 minutes drive from Christchurch at 218 Bells Road, West Melton. See for maps and directions.

Bookings are essential. Numbers are limited.

Book on our website at

General enquiries:

Phone: 021 122 9483

This event takes place on:

Every day of KidsFest (including weekends)
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cancellations are posted on our website at 6:30pm. Bookings can be refunded or re-booked in the event of a cancellation. Please dress warmly, with good shoes and a hat. Beware of ice on the road and slippery grass. No flashing shoes! Check our website for further information.
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