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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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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.

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.

He Kete Mātauranga

Terms 3 and 4, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 2017

Storytelling, sound, movement and handling objects help present Māori traditions, customs and culture to your tamariki.

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.

Kowhaiwhai: Painted stories

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

Our ancestral house holds the art work of our ancestors, the stories of our history, and the embedded patterns of our culture.

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.

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.

Taonga Puoro: Maori instruments

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

We share the stories and sounds of Māori instruments and explore the history and circumstance surrounding the origins of Tāonga Puoro.

Te Whare me ona tikanga: the meeting house

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

What are the different parts of the ancestral house? What does the name mean, and where did this ancestral house come from?