All posts by Rachel Brodrick

Potting glitz

This painting project will bring colour and sparkle to your outdoors, and the kids will love getting involved.  You’ll need:  Terracotta pots – ours were supplied by Potteryworld Resene testpots Paintbrushes Cotton buds FOR BASECOATS, THE KIDS CHOSE:  Resene Timeout Resene Riptide Resene Wham Resene …

Destination Aotearoa

Punting on the Avon See the Avon River and Botanic Gardens from a different perspective with Punting on the Avon! Departing from the historic Antigua Boat Sheds, this guided 30-minute tour glides along the river into the heart of the Botanic Gardens.  See the river’s …

Magical metamorphosis

Caterpillars start as small wiggly creatures, go into a chrysalis, and then emerge as beautiful butterflies. But what happens in the chrysalis? Here is an experiment from the Otago Museum that illustrates this amazing science. What you need a plate or a tray playdough  vinegar …

Matilda –The Musical

Featuring an all-local cast, including some of New Zealand’s most talented child performers, Showbiz Christchurch promises Matilda will be THE show to see in Christchurch 2022!  Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Matilda tells the story of a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and …

Birth order & my baby

NATHAN WALLIS explains that those all-important ‘first 1000 days’ are different, significantly so, for firstborns and later babies. By KATE BARBER The ‘birth order effect’ fascinates us. We talk authoritatively about the traits of firstborns or middle children or ‘the baby of the family’, especially when …

Playing it safe

Around 80 per cent of children aged 8 to 17 years have played online games at some time. The games are entertaining, and kids are drawn to the challenge, but there are some very real risks. Online safety experts, Netsafe, share the practical steps you …