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Early Childhood

The Weird & Wonderful Discovery Centre is a wonderful starting point for young children. In addition, we offer programmes that are specifically designed for ECE groups to encourage learning through play and creative exploration.

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Discover with Us

Term 4, Wed–Fri, 2017, Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018

Discover with Us gives students an opportunity to experience a range of natural science topics – palaeontology, entomoloy and marine science.

Dinosaurs and Fossils

Term 4, Mon–Fri, 2017, Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018

Learn about the prehistoric creatures that once lived on our planet through our Palaeontology collection's items relating to herbivore and carnivore dinosaurs.

Insects and Arachnids

Term 4, Wed–Fri, 2017, Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018

Insects and arachnids are amazing creatures. Join us to discover more about them and the important role they play in our ecosystem.

Wonders of the Sea

Term 4, Wed–Fri, 2017, Term 1, Wed-Fri, 2018

Some of the most interesting animals on earth live in the ocean. We aim to show you the diversity of marine life.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi

Term 1 only, Feb 7 - April 13, available Mon - Wed, 2018

The Treaty of Waitangi united two cultures and birthed a nation. Who were those people and what event brought them together?

Matariki a-kura: Matariki for early childhood learners

Term 2 from 14 May–6 July, Thu and Fri, 2018

Celebrate Matariki with us as we acknowledge the past, present and future through storytelling, song, dance, and make-and-take art activities.

He Kete Mātauranga: Kowhaiwhai

Term 4, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 2017

Join us in the meeting house, Hotunui, as we explore the creation story of Rangi (Sky Father), and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) through the kowhaiwhai on the tāhūhū (ridge pole).

He Kete Mātauranga: Te Whare me ona tikanga

Term 4, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 2017

What does the whare and its various parts represent? What are its parts called? What is the whare used for?