Quick FAQs

What is KidsFest?
Created in 1992, KidsFest is New Zealand’s largest and longest-running winter school holidays festival. It is a collation of event providers within the Canterbury region that produce events aimed at 0-17 year olds and includes a broad range of community groups, businesses and organisations. It is based in Christchurch and includes the adjoining districts of Selwyn and Waimakariri.

Who runs KidsFest?
KidsFest is proudly produced by the Christchurch City Council. The majority of events within the KidsFest programme are independently produced and run by many different event providers from within the Canterbury region.

What does KidsFest offer Event Providers?
KidsFest is an amazing marketing opportunity for event providers of the Canterbury region to get their events noticed during the winter school holidays.

When is the event application period?
The event application period is open NOW until May  3rd.

Health & Safety
All KidsFest event providers are fully responsible for managing and running their event(s) including Health & Safety responsibility. You must agree to the KidsFest Event Criteria and Terms and Conditions and are required to provide an Event Safety Plan or similar to submit your application. If you do not provide this documentation you will not be able to complete your application. Once you are registered you can refer to the Event Provider Resources page on the website for further information.

All KidsFest event providers are responsible for their own ticketing. It is up to you how you would like to ticket your event, and who you use to manage your event bookings. There are plenty of ticketing options and providers available that may suit your event and chosen venue. Ticket sales for all KidsFest events go live at Monday 9am, 7th June 2021. This is the official launch of KidsFest 2021 and all your ticketing systems must be ready.

Being a part of KidsFest is free, what do I have to give in return?
The main aim of KidsFest is to benefit the children, families and communities of Canterbury. We love seeing happy kids! Once your event is accepted all we ask is:

  • You familiarise yourself and adhere to the KidsFest Criteria and Terms & Conditions
  • You operate your event safely and in the best interests of the event attendees
  • You agree to include the KidsFest logo on any of your KidsFest marketing material
  • All children have FUN at your event, feel SAFE and ENJOY!