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Open ChCh: Children's Activity: What's Behind the Door?

Open ChCh: Children's Activity: What's Behind the Door?

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  • Sat 15 May, 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Sat 15 May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • Sat 15 May, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sun 16 May, 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Sun 16 May, 12:00pm – 1:00pm


The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch


All Ages

Venue: Maker Space, Christchurch Girls’ High/School of Art
The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora formerly known as Canterbury College, has always been a place of history, architecture, and creativity. Our new architecture programme explores the neo-gothic style at The Arts Centre and other architectural design across the world.

For the first time, we are allowing students behind the fences and into the stonemason’s tent, where most of the intricately carved stonework that graces The Arts Centre’s walls is created. Students will be able to talk to an expert in their field about stonemasonry, one of the oldest professions and art forms in human history.

Students will learn what makes a building neo-gothic and embark upon a scavenger hunt trying to find these unique design features. They will come away with a glossary of neo-gothic vocabulary and their own take home hands-on activity. They will also learn about key individuals that are historically linked with The Arts Centre and its buildings.

Bookings essential – $5 koha

Use ‘Architecture’ as the discount code. Suitable for children in years 5-8.

Publicly accessible restrooms, wheelchair/walking aid/pram accessible, service animals allowed, assistive listening devices, child friendly.

Join Open Christchurch on 15 & 16 May. With 46 open buildings, two guided central city walks and dozens of special activities (from children’s workshops to performance as well as expert talks and tours), Open Christchurch 2021 is a celebration of our architecture. Discover new spaces or get up close to buildings you love, for free.

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