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Your high-five for Wednesday 18 July

Five affordable suggestions for (largely) family activity in Wellington today.

Five favourite Margaret Mahy stories are brought to life with animation during a 11:00am screening today of The Magical World of Margaret Mahy at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki Street, in partnership with the Square Eyes Film Foundation. Tickets are $5:00, and free for under-threes on the knee, and the stories are The Three Legged Cat, The Great White Man-Eating Shark, The Witch in the Cherry Tree, Keeping House, and The Boy with Two Shadows.

From 2:00pm to 3:00pm to Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, 10 to 13-year-old aspiring writers can learn how to shape a powerful piece of writing and find the unique character voice to express it, during Writing with Mandy Hager with the acclaimed local writer and author. Free admission, but spaces are limited and bookings are essential ( s part of Beyond the Page, a literary festival for tamariki and their whānau throughout Wellington until 22 July. Find more events on their website:

The Alliance Française Café Scientifique, which explores the latest in French-related science and technology, has a sweet free talk at the Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, 39 Abel Smith Street, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. In The World of Food Safety & Quality at Whittaker’s, take a behind the scenes look into how the chocolate from New Zealand’s Most Trusted Brand is produced, and what controls are in place to ensure that physical, microbiological, chemical and allergen risks are kept at bay during production. The talk is held in English in a relaxed atmosphere, though some French may occur. And you’ll get the chance to discover Whittaker’s two newest Destination products in “Avant Premiere”.

Acclaimed all-ages theatre show Duck, Death and The Tulip returns to Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki Street every evening through to Saturday 21 July. In the stage adaptation by Peter Wilson of Wolf Erlbruch’s award-winning children’s book (Kim Hill’s favourite!) a Duck meets a character called Death, and they strike up an unlikely friendship. The puppetry show will equally delight toddlers and their parents and won an Outstanding Theatre Award at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It runs from 6:00pm to 6:45pm; tickets are $12.50 with family discounts available.

Wellington’s first independent, digital-effects heavy sci-fi feature film, Event 16, receives a return screening at Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki Street from 7:00pm to 8:15pm. In Derek Pearson’s vision of Wellington as you have never seen it, a young inventor engineers access to the city’s past (1893) and future (2038), and soon has police, a Victorian era serial killer, and mysterious undercover agents hunting for him in a race, not only against, but through time. Tickets are $10:00, concession $8:00.