Family Festival
Te hui taurima whānau

Centrepoint Theatre, Te Manawa, Palmerston North City Library and the Manawatū Youth Theatre present an exciting programme of events and activities for July 2018!

Puppet Portraits

  • Sunday 1 July 2018, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
    Te Manawa
  • 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
  • Free Admission*

Have your portrait painted by Enid, a small marionette with big dreams of being an artist.

Enid and puppeteer Anna Bailey will be roaming Te Manawa and sitting portrait sessions for an hour at a time at 11am, 1pm and 3pm to mark the opening of The Secrets of Mona Lisa.

The Secrets of Mona Lisa is open to the public from Sunday 1 July.
(*Mona Lisa exhibition charges apply)

Jerome Kavanagh

  • Thursday 5 July 2018, 6 – 7pm
    Te Manawa
  • 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

Grammy-winning taonga pūoro artist and musician Jerome Kavanagh leads a unique “sound journey”.

Experience the mystery and beauty of traditional Māori instruments such as the nguru, putātara and koauau toroa.

Jerome will also run two hands-on workshops for the under-5s, from 10.15 to 11.15am on the mornings of 4 and 5 July. Children will be able to try out some of the many taonga pūoro in his collection.

The Sound Journey is $20 per person; each workshop is $8 per child; call 0800 4 A MUSEUM, or drop in to front desk to make your bookings for either. (Bring a yoga mat or cushions)

Centrepoint: Peter Pan

  • 7 – 29 July 2018
    Centrepoint Theatre
  • 280 Church Street, Palmerston North

Adult • Full $45Early Bird $40
Senior • Full $37Early Bird $35
Concession* • $25
Child (under 15) • $15
Pick’n’Mix • $35

Click here to book your tickets!

When the Darling children receive a visit from the mischievous Peter Pan, the group are spirited away to a magical world free of grown-up rules. But their exhilarating new life soon turns dangerous when Wendy and her brothers find themselves caught in a battle between “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” and the notorious Captain Hook.

Join us as we adventure to Neverland to meet J.M. Barrie’s most adored characters wildly reimagined. Featuring a hilarious turn from The Naked Samoans’ David Fane as Hook with a chorus of characters played by Centrepoint’s Basement Company, this modern retelling is a fresh and fast-paced ride. It’s filled with sly in-jokes for the adults and a whole lot of heart for everyone else – fun for the whole family!

Kuki Koori
In The House

  • This event has unfortunately been cancelled. If you have bought tickets already, please bring them to front desk to be refunded. We will keep you posted about when we bring Kuki Koori back in the new year and apologise for the inconvenience.

Kuki Koori is a live audio-visual spectacle, bringing together the music of Iain “Kuki” Gordon (keyboardist, Fat Freddy’s Drop, the Yoots, the Ebb) and the live animations of Mick Finn. “In The House” includes collaboration with Will Ricketts, percussionist for the Phoenix Foundation.

Kuki Koori have brought audiences to their feet from the Performance Arcade on the Wellington waterfront to Meow Bar and the big stage of Splore Festival in Auckland.


Centrepoint: The Messy Magic Adventure

  • 10 – 21 July 2018
    Centrepoint Theatre
  • 280 Church Street, Palmerston North

General Admission • $15

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Spray and Wipe are two cleaners who have been hired for their most exciting job ever, cleaning a magician’s house! But when they accidentally let the magic out of its box, everything is turned topsy-turvy… Now, the audience must help Spray and Wipe think of a plan to get the magic back in the box before the magician comes home, as her house gets messier and messier!

The best of circus, slapstick and magic combine in a special adventure for primary school aged children and families.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

  • Tuesday 10 July 2018, 11 – 12noon
    Te Manawa
  • 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
  • Free Admission

If you go to the Museum today you’re sure of a big surprise!
If you go to the Museum today you’d better go in disguise;
For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain because
Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic!

10 July is the international day on which Teddy Bear’s Picnics are commonly observed, so grab your teddy and head to Te Manawa for story-telling and activities.

As a special treat for mums and dads, see the original Play School spinning calendar they’d have grown up with on telly and watch them give it a twirl!!

Best suited to ages up to 7 years. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

Rag Doll Workshops

  • Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 July 2018, 10am to 3pm, Te Manawa
  • 326 Main St, Palmerston North
  • $62pp

A two-day workshop in which you will make your very own rag doll in a classical style. Take inspiration from the dolls in the Te Manawa collection as you stitch, sew and snip your way through planning, assembly and finally decorating.

Te Manawa will provide the machines and materials, you bring the enthusiasm!

Limit 15 participants; children participating with adults do not count against this limit.

Children 9 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Globe: Seussical Jr

  • 11-21 July 2018, 1pm and 6.30pm, Globe Theatre
  • 312 Main Street, Palmerston North
  • $10pp Click here for tickets

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony Award-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers.

Evening performances from 6.30pm on 14, 20 and 21 July. All other shows begin at 1pm.

The Mermaid’s Song

  • Fridays 13 and 20 July 2018,
    11am, 1pm and 3pm, 

    Te Manawa
  • 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
  • Free Admission

A whimsical adventure for the whole family emerges from a well travelled suitcase, and a fishing trip takes a magical turn when a lonely fisherman reels in a mermaid… The Mermaid’s Song is performed by puppeteer Anna Bailey.

The show starts at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on July 13 and 20 in the Heritage Education Room, and lasts about 20 minutes.

Freaky Friday: Fairy Tales Grim and Grimmer

  • Friday 13 July 2018 6-7pm
  • Palmerston North City Library
  • Free Admission

A series of most unfortunate stories at the Library – hot chocolate too!


Matariki Winter Fashions

  • Tuesday 17 July 10am-2pm
  • Palmerston North City Library
  • Free Admission

Learn to make Matariki themed Winter garments and t-shirts.

World Emoji Day

  • Tuesday 17 July 2018, 11am – 12noon 
    Te Manawa
  • 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
  • Free Admission

It’s World Emoji Day!

Come to Te Manawa and join in our free emoji-inspired activities to celebrate everyone’s favourite smilies. Design your own emoji using art and craft – and draw from the world’s most famous smile – The Mona Lisa, for inspiration! Stick around and play some emoji bingo, and make a face to match!

Suitable for all ages. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian. (The Secrets of Mona Lisa exhibition charges apply). 

Matariki Wakahuia (treasure box) workshop

  • Wednesday 18 July, 10am-2pm
  • Palmerston North city Library
  • Free Admission

Make your very own wakahuia to keep your treasures in

Matariki Star Making Workshop

  • Thursday 19 July 10am-2pm
  • Palmerston North City Library,
  • Free Admission

Make your own beautiful star constellation just like Matariki!

Lounge Sounds 2.0

  • Friday 20 July 6-8pm
  • Youthspace, George St, Palmerston North

Showcase your talents on the Youthspace stage. Check out the Facebook event for signup details!

Matariki PJ Party

  • Friday 20 July 2018, 6.30-8.30pm
    Te Manawa
  • 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
  • $5pp

End the holidays with a special late night at Te Manawa. With activities and Disney’s Moana on the big screen, it’ll be a fun night out.

Some age restrictions apply, please note children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

The Mona Lisa Heist

  • Friday 27 July, 6-8pm
    Te Manawa
  • 326 Main Street, Palmerston North
  • Ages 14+ (Please note under 18s must be supervised by a parent or guardian).
  • We recommend teams of 5-6 people for the best experience.
  • $30pp (up to 6 members)
  • $20pp (groups of 10+ max 30, groups will be split into teams)

Te Manawa’s new exhibition The Secrets of Mona Lisa puts the spotlight on one of the world’s most famous paintings. Soon there will be the opportunity to gain fame and fortune by joining the exclusive list of those who have ‘pinched’ it.

Recruit your friends or colleagues and see if you’ve got what it takes to become notorious super-sleuths in a fun set of after-hours team challenges.

But beware, the task will not be easy. Infiltrate the museum, and solve a series of puzzles to escape undetected. Our mysterious shadow agents will challenge your dexterity, problem-solving, teamwork and art knowledge. The more missteps you make, the closer Interpol will draw to uncovering your plan.

Succeed or fail, you’re going into the history books!