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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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.
Nerf Battle Five

BOOK NOW | $5Nerf Battle

A special round for ages 5-7 runs from 5.45-6.45pm; all-ages rounds are hourly thereafter. You must bring your own equipment; we’ll supply the darts. Eye protection is compulsory. No charge for spectators.

5.45PM - 9.45PM

SAT 17 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 | $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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DROP IN | ALL AGESTaonga Māori

Join artisans David Trinder and Morgan Watson for an interactive crafting workshop. Try your hand at simple carving techniques and learn how taonga like earrings and pendants are made.

10AM - 3.00PM

SAT 17 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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DROP IN | FREENOA Open Studio

Join in the creative and artistic fun with the NOA Open Studio crew. We provide the materials, you bring the inspiration.

10.30AM - 2.30PM

WED 21 JUL & THU 22 JUL
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DROP IN | FREEHarpist Shellie Hanley

The combination of Art and Music. Join NOA for the final hour and take inspiration from beautiful harp music, played live by harpist Shellie Hanley.

1.30PM - 2.30PM

THU 22 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
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DROP IN | FREETangram Puzzles

Can you solve the tangram? Try your hand at this centuries-old Chinese puzzle game and see what shapes you can make!

10AM - NOON

FRI 23 JUL
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$16 PER PERSON | TEAMS OF 8 Laser Tag *SOLD OUT*

Our laser tag event returns by popular demand! Gather your friends for another evening of exciting action in the museum. Games are 30 minutes long; you and seven friends aiming for victory in the spookily lit museum halls.

6PM - 10PM

SAT 24 JUL

Programme information is subject to change.