Your whole whānau is welcome at Te Manawa! We’ve a range of kid-friendly activities on offer, including spaces tailored just for them! If you’re planning a day out, looking for a school-holiday activity or even thinking about a birthday party, we can help. Nau mai, haere mai!

Mother and daughter reading a book together



Play area for children under-8. Tamariki features a kid-sized kitchen, building wall, treehouse, reading nook with New Zealand stories in both English and Te Reo Māori, a Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Beca electric car.

cartoon dinosaurs celebrate child's birthday party

Birthday parties

Have an awesome birthday party at Te Manawa with a Museum experience tailored just for your party-goers!

Smiling boy in protective cape in a painting class

After School

Get creative in the after school art-class programmes and learn a range of new skills and techniques.


Active Tots

Curiosity based play for toddlers under three years of age. Every Monday.


Dino Dig

Currently closed for the season

Unearth a piece of pre-history with sand pit play in the Te Manawa fossil pits. The dino dig is an outdoor space and open during spring/summer months – weather dependent. Sometimes this space may be in use with pre-booked learning or holiday programmes.

school activity in the Water Room

Water Room

By arrangement

Activities that concentrate on learning through play for toddlers and young children. Each week has a different focus, shifting between four themes of Boats, Floating, Volume and Speed.