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School programmes

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

Terms 1–4, Mon–Fri, 2017

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

Dinosaurs and Fossils

Terms 1–4, Mon–Fri, 2017

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

Terms 1–4, Mon–Fri, 2017

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

Terms 1–4, Mon–Fri, 2017

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

Tala Pasifika - Early childhood

Terms 1 and 3 Fri, 2017, Term 4 Unavailable

Join us for an exciting story-telling lesson about 'Hina, the Woman in the Moon' and explore tapa making and the aute plant.

Matariki a-kura: Matariki for early childhood learners

Term 2 from 8 May–30 Jun, Thu and Fri, 2017

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

Terms 1, 3 and 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

Terms 1, 3 and 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?

He Kete Mātauranga: Taonga Puoro

Terms 1, 3 and 4, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, 2017

We explore the origins of puoro through storytelling and role play, using haka, waiata, music and movement to tell the story.