Family Festival
Te hui taurima whānau

Te Manawa, Globe Theatre, Centrepoint Theatre and the City Library present a range of family-friendly events and activities in July 2020


  • 29 June – 5 August
    City Library

Borrow 5 comics over at least 5 weeks to collect a set of 5 fabulous comic cards.

Te Manawa After Dark

  • Saturday 4 July, 6pm – 8.30pm
  • Gold coin entry, children under 4 free
    Te Manawa Museum

Enter a museum transformed with lights and lasers and spend the evening absorbed in fun activities, this time with a superhero theme to celebrate the science and healthcare heroes of the lockdown, so feel free to dress up! There’ll be a variety of food trucks there too if you want to get some kai.

Dr Rafea Naffa will be hosting another of his famous chemistry shows, sponsored by the New Zealand Leather & Shoe Research Association. Watch him create fizzes, bangs and pops with fun for all ages – children must be supervised by an adult.


Brick By Brick

  • Every Sunday, 5 July – 30 August, 10.00am – 3.30pm
  • Free entry
    City Library

Drop in Lego construction sessions, for builders of all ages. All Lego is supplied – all you have to do is bring your best ideas and create what you want.

School Holiday Programmes

  • 6 – 19 July
    Te Manawa Museum

There’s a lot to choose from in our July Holidays programme – a mix of science, art, and going behind the scenes at the museum. Download a copy today!

Centrepoint Theatre Holiday Programme

  • 6 – 10 July, 9am-3pm daily
  • Ages 8-13, $200 per child
    Centrepoint Theatre

Experience a thrilling week of physical storytelling based on Hansel and Gretel! Explore mime, group movement, balance, slow motion and more, in a fun and welcoming environment that’s perfect for newcomers and experienced performers alike. At the end of the week, students will perform a retelling of Hansel and Gretel in a special showcase for friends and family. Sign up now to make this July holiday the most magical one yet!

Book tickets at Centrepoint Theatre or by clicking here.

Imagine A Story

  • Tuesday 7 July, 1 – 2pm
  • All ages, free entry
    Te Pātikitiki (City Library, Highbury branch)

A community storytelling experience led by Alan Dingley. With his inspiration and guidance we will create a story together such as has never been told before! Every child gets a free book.

New Zealand Rugby Museum
Half-Price Wednesdays

  • Wednesday 8 & 15 July
  • Adults $6.25; Children $2.50; Gold Cards $5.00; Families $15.00

Entry to the Rugby Museum will be half price on these two days. Come in and discover the long history of rugby in New Zealand, and find out how you’d match up against the world’s best players.

The Little Mermaid Jr.

  • 8 – 17 July, 1pm & 6.30pm (8 July evening only; 12 & 15 July matinee only)
  • $12 per person
    Globe Theatre

Journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends in the Manawatu Youth Theatre Society’s production of The Little Mermaid Jr.  It’s adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture, and features the enormously popular Academy Award-winning songs and music.

Book tickets at the Globe Theatre or by clicking here


Jerome Kavanagh

  • Thursday 9 July, 2pm and 6pm
  • Taonga Puoro workshop (2pm): $10 adults, $5 children (under-5s free), $25 family (2 adults, 2 children) 
  • Oro Atua Sound Journey (6pm): $20pp
    Te Manawa Museum

In the afternoon, Grammy-winning artist Jerome Kavanagh hosts a workshop exploring traditional Māori instruments. In the evening, he presents his Oro Atua Sound Journey, a mystical and healing musical experience that has won acclaim the world over.

Book tickets by calling 0800 4 A MUSEUM or stopping by our Front Desk

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

  • Friday 10 July, 11am
  • Free entry
    Te Manawa Museum

When you go down to the museum today, you’re in for a big surprise! Bring your teddy bear and some lunch, and enjoy stories read by Te Manawa staff in costume.

Nerf Battle

  • Friday 10 July, 5.45pm – 9.45pm
  • $5 per person
    Te Manawa Museum

Feel the thrill of competition as you and your friends dodge nerf darts in a frantic battle royale! You bring the equipment, we supply the darts.

Games slots are 5.45pm-6.45pm (5-7 years), 6.45pm-7.45pm (8-10 years), 7.45pm-8.45pm (all ages), 8.45pm-9.45pm (all ages).

Book by calling 0800 4 A MUSEUM or stopping by our Front Desk. Book early as it’s sure to sell out.


Multicultural Games Day

  • Saturday 11 July, 10am – 12 noon
  • All ages, free entry
    City Library

Discover fun games from different countries and cultures. Try out games from America, Brazil, China, India, Japan and Ukraine. Organised by Global Parents Support.

Family Movie Night

  • Saturday 11 July, 6-8pm
  • $5 per person
    Te Manawa Art Gallery

There’s nothing quite like a movie night out with the whānau. Come and enjoy Playmobil: The Movie on the big screen; we’ll provide some snacks but feel free to bring your own!


Turn on the Light

  • Monday 13 July, 2.30 – 3.30pm
  • All ages, free entry
    City Library

Meet Kenny, the caregiver for Tim. It’s bed time, but Tim is convinced there is a monster under his bed. “Leave the light on and tell me a story.”

The story finishes – the lights go out. “No! Turn the light on,” says Tim. “I’m afraid of the dark!”

And so begins a lights on, lights off, lights on, lights off…

The Promise of Puanga

  • Friday 17 July 2020, 10.30am – 12pm
  • Free entry
    City Library

Matariki show with author Kirsty and Manu Bennett. Featuring reading, singing and sand art!

Te Manawa Overload

  • 17 July, 6pm – 10pm
  • $16 per person
    Te Manawa Museum

Te Manawa Overload returns for another action-packed evening! Assemble an 8-person team of laser tag comrades and prepare to do battle. Te Manawa transforms into a spookily lit arena and you’ll have to work together to come out victorious.

Tickets still available for the 6pm, 7pm and 7.30pm game slots. Book by calling 0800 4 A MUSEUM or stopping by our Front Desk.

Radio-Controlled Car Open Day

  • Sunday 19 July, 10am – 2pm
  • Free entry
    Te Manawa Museum

A day of remote-control fun, this is your chance to learn from your local RC professionals. Discover how to put a car together and see how the insides work, then race them around a circuit. No booking required!