Rā Whānau! Happy Birthday!

Please note that our birthday party spaces are fully booked until September. 

Have an awesome birthday party at Te Manawa with a Museum experience tailored just for your party-goers!

  • Fully hosted – with activities from $200.00
  • Venue only from $130.00

When you book a fully hosted party, you’ll choose one of four unique themes centered around exploration, discovery and creativity. Our hosts will help you select an appropriate activity from the theme of your choice, making it as easy as possible. You’ll have the venue for 90 minutes – plenty of time for cake and curiosity!

Pick a date

When you make a birthday party enquiry, please choose two preferred dates and our team will check availability and get back to you.

Please note – the completion of this form does not constitute a confirmed booking. You will receive written confirmation once a room and a host has been booked. A 50 per cent deposit is required one week prior to party date.

Terms and conditions

*Minimum number of 8 children refers to minimum fee of $200. Additional children are $20.00 per child (up to 12 children). You are welcome to book for fewer children but the minimum fee still applies. Deposit is non-refundable if cancellations are made less than 48 hours prior to party date. Your party time starts at the time booked, not the time you arrive. Please ensure all guests arrive to enjoy the maximum allocated time as refunds/discounts for lateness will not be given. If you require set up time prior to party please discuss this with one of our hosts at the time of booking.

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Party Themes

Tots (2-4yrs)

Tailored activities for the little ones:

  • BLUE BLOCKS – Explorative play with the Imagination Playspace
  • ACTIVE TOTS – Self-directed play and exploration
  • ROBO TOTS – Free play with the blue bots

Creative (4-12yrs)

Get creative with a group of friends and make a birthday to remember:

  • ARTY PARTY – Art parties in the gallery
  • BLOCK PARTY – Build with LEGO, DUPLO or K’NEX
  • MESSY PARTY – Experiment with OOBLECK. (Optional: Water play in the Water Room)

Discovery (4-12yrs)

Go on a birthday quest, make discoveries and solve mysteries:

  • DINO RANGERS – Unearth a set of special fossils from the Dino Dig (Optional: crack your own fossil to take home!)
  • CRITTER SAFARI – Find out more about the wildlife at Te Manawa and make your own bugs!
  • SPACE EXPLORERS – Build your own rocket or navigate around a moon base using the blue bots!

Party Quest (4-12yrs)

Go on a scavenger hunt, explore and solve puzzles with one of these fun activities:

  • DINO TRACKERS – Search the museum for the hidden footprints!
  • TREASURE HUNTERS – Find the secret treasure!
  • SECRET SPY – Solve secrets and puzzles!

Decorations: Hosted parties will be decorated with a banner and balloons and/or bunting. If you wish to bring your own decorations, please deliver these 48 hours prior to party if you would like our hosts to set these up – or please call us if you want to come in early on the day to decorate the space yourself.

Food and Drink: Te Manawa does not supply party food and beverages but you are welcome to bring your own. Please remember that food and drink is not permitted in galleries and must be limited to the party room.

Supervising children: Our hosts will help facilitate your party (fully-hosted option) but appreciate your cooperation with supervising children both in the party room and wider Museum complex.

Parking: Pay and display public car parks are located directly in front of the main entrance of the Museum building on Main Street, and on Main Street itself.

From 3 December, visitors to Te Manawa must present their valid 'My Vaccine Pass' at point of entry.