We’ve got  range of cool and curious activities to join. Most of our sessions are free – just drop in! Some spaces in booked programmes are limited so please get in early to avoid disappointment.

Book now on 0800-4-A-MUSEUM to join in.

Programme subject to change. Bookings in paid programmes are confirmed only once payment has been received.

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BOOK NOW | $5 CHILD; $2 ADULT; $12 FAMILY PASS (2 ADULTS, 2 CHILDREN), $2 PER EXTRA CHILDMatariki PJ Party

Join the team at Te Manawa to celebrate Matariki with a star hunt, stories and Milo. Be one of the first tamariki to explore our new Curious Contraptions exhibition and make your own Matariki-inspired gizmo. $5 per child; $2 per adult; $12 family pass (2 adults, 2 children), $2 per extra child BOOK NOW - 0800-4-A-MUSEUM

6PM – 7PM OR 7PM – 8PM

FRI 2 JUL
Matariki cosmodome

DROP IN | $2, UNDER-3s FREE | SPACES LIMITEDDiscovery Time: Matariki Yorb Cosmodome

Step into the Yorb Cosmodome and explore myths and stories connected to Matariki. See the stars wheel overhead, learn Māori constellations and discover the significance of Matariki to our culture.

10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM

SUN 4 JUL
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DROP IN | FREETeddy Bears' Picnic

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 our costumed story-tellers.

11AM - 1PM

SAT 10 JUL
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DROP IN | FREEWater Room

A family favourite. Supervised water play that explores movement and physics. Who will win the river race: the snake, the boat or the donut? Only one way to find out!

10.15AM - 11AM

EVERY FRI, SAT AND SUN.
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BOOK NOW | $16 | AGES 5-8Budding Scientists

Blooming flowers, lemon volcanoes and melting marshmallow men! Explore science with a series of practical activities for little hands.

10AM - NOON

TUE 13 JUL
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BOOK NOW | $32 PER CHILD | AGES 8+Curious Contraptions Art

Explore our new Curious Contraptions show to and design your own curious masterpiece. Investigate story-telling through creation inspired by automata, movement, and of course you!

10AM - 3PM

WED 14 JUL
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Join Pru and Museum in a Box to celebrate PN150. Take a trip down memory lane and uncover the history of Te Marae o Hine.

10AM - 3PM

WED 14 JUL
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DROP IN | FREEDinosaur World

Get involved in some dino fun these holidays with Dinosaur World crafts and activities.

10AM - NOON

WED 14 JUL
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DROP IN | $5 CHILDREN, ADULTS FREE | ALL AGESCurious Creations

Explore Curious Contraptions in this special early session just for tamariki, and make your own Curious Creation to display. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

9.15AM - 10AM

THU 15 JUL OR TUE 20 JUL
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BOOK NOW | $32 | AGES 8+Robotics

Discover introductory robotics principles with Te Manawa's VexIQ kits. Build a robot, program it and send it off to overcome challenges like obstacle courses, moving cargo and even sumo wrestling other robots!

10AM - 3PM

THU 15 JUL
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DROP IN | FREEArt Studio: PN150 Kids' edition

Join in the celebrations of the Palmerston North community's 150th anniversary: create your own imaginative portrait (materials provided).

10AM - NOON

FRI 16 JUL
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BOOK NOW | $25 | AGES 8+Making Magic

Join Andrew Wilson, Magician, to learn the tricks of the trade in his interactive magic coaching workshop.

10AM - 12.30PM

MON 19 JUL
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DROP IN | KOHAMagic Show

Magician Andrew Wilson puts on a magic show to delight and surprise all ages.

2PM

MON 19 JUL
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DROP IN | $5 CHILDREN, ADULTS FREE | ALL AGESCurious Creations

Explore Curious Contraptions in this special early session just for tamariki, and make your own Curious Creation to display. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

9.15AM - 10AM

THU 15 JUL OR TUE 20 JUL
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GOLD COIN ENTRYTe Manawa After Dark

The annual fun-filled night at the museum is back! Join us for games, live science demonstrations and the giant slide. Gold coin entry per person.

6PM - 9PM

FRI 23 JUL

Programme information is subject to change.