Join us for the
School Holidays!

We’re filling the two weeks of school holidays with hands-on activities! This holidays, the theme is “Museum Mixtape,” where every session is different. From learning sashiko stitching techniques to exploring objects under a microscope, there’ll be plenty of opportunities for tamariki to have fun learning new things.  

All activities are drop-in and gold coin entry except where noted.


15 APRIL | 10AM - 12PMTotaranui Homestead

Enjoy a chance to step back in time, take a tour through Totaranui Homestead.

15 APR 12PM - 2PM | 22 APR 12PM - 2PMDino Dig

Search for fossils in our popular Dino Dig - this activity is weather dependent.

16 APR 10AM - 2PMCreate with Clay

Inspired by the We Come from the Earth exhibition, get your hands dirty and create your own clay object!

17 APR 10AM - 2PMSock Puppets!

Have fun making your own hand puppet! Bring a clean sock to jazz up and embellish, all other materials provided.

17 APR 10AM - 12PM | 24 APR 10AM - 12PMScience Surprise!

Pop in and join in our science surprise! With so many things to explore, what exciting experiment is happening today?

18 APR 10AM - 2PMBoro Stitch and Patch

Visit the Boro exhibition and learn about the traditional Japanese art of repair. Try your hand at sashiko stitching, creating your own patch work.

19 APR 10AM - 12.30 | 26 APR 10AM - 12.30Take a closer look...

Learn how to use a microscope for close up investigation. Experience how familiar objects change and become unfamiliar when you examine them up close!

19 APR 1PM - 2.30PM | 26 APR 1PM - 2.30PMFocus on Fish

Join our Fish keeper for fish feeding and to discover more about our native New Zealand freshwater fish.

23 APR 10AM - 2PMNature Sculptures

Inspired by the We Come from the Earth exhibition, work with others to create a natural artwork. This will be an outside activity if the weather is good.

24 APR 10AM - 2PMANZAC Poppies

Create a beautiful paper poppy to remember those who have served. Add one to our wreath and make another to take home.