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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 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 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 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 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: Te Whare me ona tikanga

Terms 1 and 2, 2018

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 and 2, 2018

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