FAQs

Is KidsFest going ahead this year?
Yes, KidsFest 2020 will go ahead with a modified approach and changes to ensure the health and safety of participants and those running events. For the first time ever in the event’s history, there will be some online activities for kids to do.

When is KidsFest 2020?
KidsFest 2020 will run from Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 July.

What is KidsFest?
KidsFest is on the Council’s annual events programme, produced for Canterbury children and families. The festival offers a number of fun events and activities through the winter school holidays.

Where is KidsFest based?
KidsFest is based in Christchurch, New Zealand and now reaches out to the Waimakariri and Selwyn Districts. Events are hosted in many different venues, both indoors and outdoors throughout Canterbury.

Who produces KidsFest?
KidsFest is proudly produced by Christchurch City Council. However, most events and activities within the KidsFest programme are run independently by a variety of event organisations, businesses and groups within the Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts.

What activities will there be this year?
The event has been adapted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be some online activities and many of the favourite KidsFest activities held in previous years will be held, but this will be within the parameters of Government direction regarding events at the time.

There will not be any of the large-scale Council-produced events usually held as part of KidsFest this year, such as the opening or closing event, The Big Chill or KidsFest at the Movies.

When will tickets go on sale?
Tickets go on sale here at kidsfest.co.nz from 9am, Friday 5 June 2020.

Where can I purchase tickets?
Tickets to KidsFest events can be found here, at kidsfest.co.nz Event providers often use different ticketing methods, so please see event listings for the specific booking details. If you have questions about your booking, please contact the event provider directly.

Booking fees
Most tickets will have a booking fee added, which can increase depending on your method of payment. Online bookings using e-tickets are usually the cheapest. Phone bookings, outlet purchases and couriered tickets can incur extra fees. It is the event provider who decides how their event is ticketed.

Will you provide a KidsFest events booklet?
No, this year KidsFest will not be producing an events booklet. However, all events and activities will be listed and available here on the KidsFest website, kidsfest.co.nz.

Will there be an opening or closing event?
No, unfortunately there will be no opening or closing event this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions around events.

Is KidsFest at the Movies going ahead?
No, unfortunately our KidsFest at the Movies event has been cancelled.

Is The Big Chill going ahead?
No, unfortunately The Big Chill event in Linwood Park has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current restrictions around events.

How is the Council ensuring that proper health and safety protocols will be in place at KidsFest 2020 activities?
KidsFest is asking all event providers to follow the relevant COVID-19 health and safety guidelines from Government for events. Events will not proceed if the provider is unable to guarantee the safety of those attending, and themselves.

Please be aware your details may be recorded for contract tracing purposes.

What should we know before attending a KidsFest event?
KidsFest events require children under eight years to be accompanied by a caregiver. Please contact the event provider directly to discuss caregiver options.

If your attendance is not required at an event, please ensure your child is happy and comfortable before you leave. Make sure the event provider has your contact details should they need to get hold of you, and vice versa.

When your child attends an event, please make sure they come prepared, wearing appropriate clothing and with a water bottle and small snack.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic and winter season now here, it’s important we all do our best to look after ourselves and others. We ask that if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, and are not feeling well, please do not attend KidsFest events. For more information please visit, health.govt.nz.

Please be aware your details may be recorded for contract tracing purposes.

How will I know if an event has been cancelled?
Watch our KidsFest Facebook page for the latest information on cancelled events, or check the event listings here, at kidsfest.co.nz

Where can I keep up to date?
Keep checking back here, at kidsfest.co.nz, and follow KidsFest on Facebook for the latest news and updates.