Get lost in a world of bricks

Brick lovers unite! New Zealand’s largest LEGO-based show is about to open in Christchurch. To say that The Christchurch Brick Show is bigger and better than last year is no understatement. Not only are they bringing one of the world’s most creative brick building teams …

A wild time

Having grown up with adventures at Orana Wildlife Park, KATE BARBER introduced her kids to the wonders of New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Set on 80 hectares, within 15 minutes of Christchurch Airport, Orana is home to over 70 species of animals, ranging from …

Epic adventures

As KINETA BOOKER discovered, Christchurch Adventure Park is more than just mountain biking. Nestled among the gloriously majestic pine trees on the Port Hills, Christchurch Adventure Park is like a whole other world. It’s a base for epic adventures, but also a tranquil spot for …

Coolest fun in town

The International Antarctic Centre really is one of the best attractions in town, as KINETA BOOKER found out. It’s the authentic, interactive experiences that make the International Antarctic Centre such an exciting place to visit for the whole family. See Little Blue Penguins up close, …

Coming home to autism

TARA LENISTON shares her journey after son Dylan was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). By KATE BARBER In her book Coming Home to Autism, Tara writes openly and intimately about the distress and fear that she and husband Andrew experienced when they discovered something …

Building brains

KATE BARBER talks with well-known neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about how children’s brains develop, and why ‘we need to stop treating our four-year-olds like they are seven’. Talking about the brain development of 2-7-year-olds, Nathan provides a crash course on the neurosequential model of the …

Childs play

So much more than mucking about and making a mess, play is fundamental to children’s learning and development, explains JUDE SOPER from BestStart Educare. WHY IS PLAY SO IMPORTANT? Play, with its limitless possibilities, helps children to: – make sense of their world – understand …

A gutful of milk

Mother and international postnatal educator, PHILIPPA MURPHY delves into the causes of Gastroesophageal Reflux, and offers solutions for healing reflux naturally. DOES MY BABY HAVE REFLUX? I’d like to make it clear that I am talking about Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER/GOR), not Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD/GORD). …