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Family Events Not To Be Missed At Days Of Ice

Days Of Ice

Family Events Not To Miss

Days of Ice is an annual event series which celebrates all things Antarctica. As an Antarctic Gateway City, Ōtautahi Christchurch has a myriad of connections to the frozen continent.

Take your whānau on an icy adventure from 29 September to 9 October 2022. Meet Huskies, win prizes, learn from the Antarctic experts themselves. With 42 events to choose from, family time has never been so ‘cool’.

Here is the list of the top family events not to be missed at Days of Ice.

Explore Antarctica Family Day

Explore Antarctica Family Day

1 October 2022

This is the must do event for families this Days of Ice season. It's your chance to meet and interact with local Antarctic experts and scientists at The Arts Centre Market Square. There will be fun activities and competitions for all ages. The day includes the “Dinosaurs of Antarctica” movie, Husky dogs, interactive exhibition stalls from local Antarctic organisations, food trucks and Antarctic ice-creams.

Explore Antarctica Family Day
Far From Frozen

Far From Frozen

2 October to 9 October 2022

Far From Frozen - Going to Extremes is a must see for everyone. Visit Tūranga or Explore Antarctica Family Day to learn how climate change is impacting Antarctica and Aotearoa New Zealand. Otago Museum’s hands-on science showcase brings the reality of climate change to life offering demonstrations, VR fun, and other kiwi-made technology.


Explore Far From Frozen
Antarctic Office Lyttleton Port

Lyttelton Antarctic Window Hunt

29 September to 9 October 2022

To celebrate Days of Ice and Lyttelton’s rich Antarctic history, pick up an entry form from Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre or Lyttelton Library and using your powers of observation, hunt out items with an Antarctic theme in shop and business windows in Lyttelton.


Explore Lyttelton Antarctic Window Hunt
Antarctica Day At Turanga

Gateway Antarctica Day at Tūranga

8 October 2022

A day of fun at Tūranga, pop in for one or all the events throughout the afternoon. Meet Professor Adrian McDonald and University of Canterbury's Gateway Antarctica team for a day of science, discovery, and storytelling. Start off the day by watching a weather balloon launch from Cathedral Square. If you are in between events take a stroll down by the Ōtākaro Avon River before heading back to the library to learn how to spot a penguin from space. Events to check out include - Launching A Weather Balloon, I See Science, Antarctic Book Story Telling, Spot The Penguin From Space.

Head To Tūranga
Science On Ice

Science On Ice

29 September to 9 October 2022

Take the whānau to your local library to learn about our favourite icy continent with Antarctica New Zealand’s Science on Ice! Each session will follow Sonny Ngatai’s journey as he explores Antarctica, meets scientists, and many animals. Join the expedition for one or all five of these sessions to learn about this amazing place.

Explore Science On Ice
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