Birthday Parties

Birthday Boy

Looking for an exciting and educational birthday party for your child?

Te Manawa offers themed parties for kids up to 8 years of age. We offer the following science-related party themes:

  • Friendly Frogs
  • Dynamic Dinosaurs
  • Brilliant bugs (butterflies, ladybugs, wÄ“tÄ, etc.)
  • Fascinating Fish

Each party is one and a half hours in duration, and includes:

  • a visitor host to run the party
  • a personalised tour of Te Awa to look at our live and preserved animals
  • crafts and games around the theme
  • a large decorated party room exclusively for your party

We offer you the opportunity to bring your own food, or we can cater the party for you. It's great value for money, and fun for adults and children. After your party ends, your child and their friends are welcome to play in Kids TM for as long as they like (within normal opening hours), but parental supervision is required for this.

Within each of the themes, the party activities are tailored to the age and needs of the children. In general, the themed parties involve the following:

Fascinating Fish - afternoon parties are timed to include watching the fish being fed in the main aquarium.

Friendly Frogs - this ‘hopping good time' includes the construction of a frog puppet.

Brilliant Bugs - focuses on butterflies, ladybugs, spiders - a visit to the wÄ“tÄ cave is part of this party.

Dynamic Dinosaurs - children create their own Jurassic fossils using dry clay.

  Te Manawa Birthday Party

What will it cost?

$18 per child if you supply your own food $25 per child, catered by Te Manawa.
Birthday cakes are not provided, but parents are welcome to bring their own.


A deposit of 50% Is required at least one week before party day, with the balance paid on arrival,on the day.


All enquiries should be made to the front desk at Te Manawa Museum in person, or to the Booking Officer by phone on 352-8716, or email to in order to complete a booking enquiry form.

Once the activities schedule has been checked, your booking will be confirmed by the booking officer, or alternate times offered. Party bookings are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

The minimum party size is 7 children, with 12 being the maximum number able to be accommodated.