FAQs

When is KidsFest 2019?

KidsFest 2019 runs from Saturday 6th – Saturday 20th July during the Winter school holidays.

Where is KidsFest held?
KidsFest is based in Christchurch, New Zealand and in the adjoining districts of Selwyn and Waimakariri.  Events are held in many venues both indoor and outdoor throughout Canterbury.

When will the brochure be available?
The KidsFest brochure will be available from May 27th 2019. The brochures are distributed throughout primary, intermediate and pre-schools in Christchurch and Central Canterbury. Additional copies will also be available at Christchurch City Libraries, Service Centres and selected retail stores and cafes around the city.

When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets go on sale for all KidsFest events at 9am, 4th of June 2019!

Where can I purchase tickets?
KidsFest events are run by many different event providers using different ticketing methods. It is up to the individual event providers how and who they choose to ticket their event. Booking details for each individual event are specified in the event info for each event listing in the brochure and on the KidsFest website. If you have any queries regarding ticketing you will need to directly contact the event provider for the event you are interested in.

Booking Fees
Most tickets will have a booking fee added which can increase depending on your method of purchase.  Online booking using E-tickets is usually the cheapest. Phone bookings, outlet purchases and couriered tickets can incur extra fees. It is up to the event providers how and who they choose to ticket their event.

Does KidsFest happen during other school holidays?
KidsFest is only held every year during the winter school holidays.

Who is Coolstuff?
Coolstuff is KidsFest’s fun loving yellow mascot dog dude. He (or she?) has been seen out and about during KidsFest since 1996. Coolstuff loves to dance and drum but is not so flash at singing. He can also ride a scooter.

How do I register as an event provider for 2020?
Event registrations for KidsFest 2020 will be open January 31st to March 13th. If you would like to apply as an event provider for 2020 contact us via email and we’ll add you to our mailing list and provide further information.

Who produces KidsFest?
KidsFest is proudly produced by the Christchurch City Council. The majority of the events within the KidsFest programme are independently produced and run by many different event organisations, businesses and groups within the Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts. Christchurch City Council also produces a few key events within the programme.