Spring into the Library these School Holidays!

We have a great range of fun activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays! Check out some of the featured events below, and see the bottom of the page for the full timetable!

General Activities 🤪

Colouring Competitions!

Scavenger Hunt!

Featured Events 🤩

Put our robots through their paces, driving around objects and along paths.

Put our robots through their paces, driving around objects and along paths.

Come and be entertained with this puppet show and then make your own sock puppet to take home. All materials supplied.

Come and be entertained with this puppet show and then make your own sock puppet to take home. All materials supplied.

If Minecraft is your thing or you like inventioneering instead we have a digi game for you on our i-papa (tablets).

If Minecraft is your thing or you like inventioneering instead we have a digi game for you on our i-papa (tablets).

If Minecraft is your thing or you like inventioneering instead we have a digi game for you on our i-papa (tablets).

Do you love board games like Chess, Checkers or Snakes and Ladders? Come and play with other tamariki for hours of funa.

Do you love board games like Chess, Checkers or Snakes and Ladders? Come and play with other tamariki for hours of funa.

Do you love board games like Chess, Checkers or Snakes and Ladders? Come and play with other tamariki for hours of funa.

Teen Events 🏄

Dive into an immersive rhythm experience and slash your way through the beats of adrenaline-pumping electronic music. Ages 13+.

Dive into an immersive rhythm experience and slash your way through the beats of adrenaline-pumping electronic music. Ages 13+.

Create cool and wonderful slime in a variety of colours. Glitter is optional.  Ages 12+.

Create cool and wonderful slime in a variety of colours. Glitter is optional.  Ages 12+.

School Holiday Timetable 🏋️

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30sep10:30am11:00amSpring into Storytime10:30am - 11:00am Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Family,Kids

30sep1:00pm4:00amBoard Game Extravaganza1:00pm - 4:00am Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Family,Kids

01oct10:30am11:00amActive Rhyming10:30am - 11:00am Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Kids

01oct1:00pm4:00pmLEGO Build1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Family,Kids

02oct10:30am11:00amSpring into Storytime10:30am - 11:00am Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Family,Kids

02oct11:00am11:30amStorytime in Bluff11:00am - 11:30am Bluff Public LibraryAudience:Family,Kids

02oct1:00pm4:00pmDigi Games1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Kids

02oct2:00pm4:00pmBeat Saber (Ages 13+)2:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public Library: Teen SpaceAudience:Teens

03oct10:30am11:00amBabytime10:30am - 11:00am Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Kids

03oct1:00pm4:00pmRegistrations RequiredRobot Springtime1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Family,Kids

04oct10:30am11:00amStorytime in Queens Park10:30am - 11:00am Queens ParkAudience:Family,Kids

04oct1:00pm4:00pmSpring Art1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Kids

07oct10:30am11:00amSpring into Storytime10:30am - 11:00am Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Family,Kids

07oct1:00pm4:00amBoard Game Extravaganza1:00pm - 4:00am Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Family,Kids

08oct10:30am11:00amActive Rhyming10:30am - 11:00am Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Kids

08oct1:00pm4:00pmLEGO Build1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Family,Kids

08oct1:00pm4:00pmDigi Games1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Kids

09oct10:30am11:30amPuppet Show and Puppet Making Workshop10:30am - 11:30am Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Family,Kids

09oct1:00pm4:00pmBig Games1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Kids

09oct2:00pm4:00pmSlime Time (Ages 12+)2:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Teens

10oct10:30am11:00amBabytime10:30am - 11:00am Invercargill Public LibraryAudience:Kids

11oct10:30am11:00amStorytime in Russell Square10:30am - 11:00am Russell SquareAudience:Family,Kids

11oct1:00pm4:00pmSpring Art1:00pm - 4:00pm Invercargill Public Library: Learning and Activity SpaceAudience:Kids

Library showcase! Celebrate our building refurbishment and 30th anniversary!

Invercargill City Libraries & Archives staff and management invite you to attend the blessing and opening ceremony of our newly refurbished building. We are also celebrating 30 years at our Dee Street location.

  • Friday 19 July
  • 4:00 - 7:00pm
  • All ages

There will be live music, cake, and fun for all ages! The festivities will begin at 4:00pm with the ribbon cutting and blessing featuring honoured guests His Worship the Mayor, Sir Tim Shadbolt and Library kaumatua Michael Skerrett. Performances from Russ Dear, Ken Wellington, Jo Cooper and Emma Wells.

Evening Timeline

  • 4:00pm: Blessing & Ribbon Cutting
  • 4:15pm: Showcase Begins!

Featured Events

Virtual reality!

Make-your-own

GIF Booth!

Live music performances!

Cake! Cake! Cake!

Event Map

Build a fort at the Library and read stories with your whanau!

Would you love to be in the Library after it closes? Do you love stories and fort building? Then this event is perfect for you – a fun evening for families with young children (or grandchildren)!

Bring your whanau and listen to the best stories we have handpicked by our librarians! Then, once the Library is closed, use all of our props to make your very own fort and enjoy reading by torchlight together as a family.

Event Details

  • Friday 17 May
  • 6:30 - 8:00pm
  • Families with kids aged 2-7
  • Free, registrations required

Our Harry Potter Escape Room is back by popular demand!

Due to popular demand our Harry Potter Escape Room has returned! Can you escape Professor Snape’s Potion Study before time runs out? You and your fellow Hogwarts students have just 35 minutes to escape before You-Know-Who arrives.

This escape room is aimed at those aged 12 to 100 years, though younger participants are welcome as part of a group. Maximum group size of 6. Registrations required.

This event is now full.

The Great Escape Launch Party! A fun, free event for kids!

The Great Escape is our summer reading challenge, for all ages! This year, we will be hosting a fun, free launch event for kids! 

We will have face painting, a photo booth, and lucky dip prizes for kids present on the day! The Santa Parade starts at 2:00pm so come in early and have some fun at the Library before securing a great spot to watch the parade out front!

Key Info

  • Fun and free!
  • Saturday 1 December
  • 12:00 - 1:30pm
  • Before the Santa Parade!

What to expect

Lucky Dips!

(while stocks last!)

Photo Booth!

Face painting!

Family Fun!