Wellington school holiday ideas

Last updated 05:00 30/06/2012
School holidays
Time warp: At Capital E kids can join a time-travelling cleaning lady on her quest to save the dinosaurs in Ivy.

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Winter's chill has already set in and forecasts are looking like a mixed bag during the term break. With that in mind, here's an assortment of the indoor and outdoor fun happening across the region these school holidays.


Capital E is in a time warp – kids can travel to the past and back and capture it all on film in the OnTV Studio workshop, or join a time-travelling cleaning lady on her quest to save the dinosaurs in Ivy. For those more interested in things futuristic, technology workshops of app building and the science of sound are also on offer.

Go to capitale.org.nz for details of the full holiday programme.


There's plenty of hands-on creative fun happening at Te Papa. Kids can craft jewellery, assemble a mini Trekka car or make a fireworks fountain hat for American Independence Day.

Classes run daily from 11am and cost $3. See the Kids page at tepapa.govt.nz for dates.


Children can get up close with the creatures of Zealandia. Become a Junior Ranger for the day and enjoy arts and crafts, treasure hunts and feeding the wildlife or have an after-dark adventure hunting for creatures with a torch, complete with hot chocolate in the forest.

Day programme: Tuesday to Thursday for 5-12 year olds - morning $40, afternoon $30, full day $65.

Night tour: Tuesday to Thursday at 5.15pm - kids (7-12) $15, adults $30. To book, call 9209200.


Wellington Zoo's holiday programme lets kids explore the zoo and go behind the scenes, with theme days like Animal SOS where they can learn how zoo vets look after the animals.

$60 per child per day. Places filling fast. For full details, see wellingtonzoo.com


Matariki is rising at the Carter Observatory, with plans for Maori New Year planetarium shows, gallery trails and craft workshops.

Workshops run 10.30am and 2pm daily. Botanic Gardens, off Upland Rd, Kelburn.

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Ice Age 4, Continental Drift: Manny, Diego, Sid and the acorn-chasing Scrat return to screens.

Sessions at Reading Cinemas, Event Cinemas and Roxy Cinema.


Hansel and Gretel – help the siblings catch the nasty witch and find their way home.

Gryphon Theatre, Ghuznee St, Te Aro, from July 3 to 14, tickets $10. Shows 11am and 1pm weekdays, and 11am Saturdays.


Go beyond cops and robbers with the New Zealand Police Museum. Children can learn about fingerprinting, as well as play detective and solve a mystery.

Scene of the crime workshop $2, others free. Wednesday to Saturday, Police College, Papakowhai Rd, Porirua. Call 2383141 for details.


The Olympic and Paralympic spirit comes to Wellington City Libraries.

Check out the event calendar at wcl.govt.nz for activities and dates.


Pataka offers a range of workshops for children with the artistic touch, from painting and printing, to sculpture using paint.

Pataka, Parumoana St, Porirua. Call 2371511.


Little ones will enjoy Dan and Dani's musical show Frankie's Web, where kids help to solve puzzles so the lost mummy spider can find her way home.

Tuesday to Thursday 10am at the June Oakley Guide Hall, Paraparaumu. Tickets $5, under 2s free. See dananddani.co.nz.


It's never too early to learn the joy of cooking: pasta chef Gabriele Cagnetta will lead classes teaching children to make tagliatelle.

Tuesdays at 9.30am, La Bella Italia, Nevis St, Petone. From $50. Call Miriam on 5669303 to book.


The Pirate Olympics are about to begin, with pirate costume design, games and treasure hunts, your little mateys will be well entertained.

Activities weekdays during the holidays at Upper Hutt and Pinehaven Libraries. Visit upperhuttlibrary.co.nz for details.


Wildlife reserve Staglands is embracing the chill. Visitors these school holidays will be able to toast marshmallows around the campfire.

Off RD2, Akatarawa Valley.

- The Dominion Post


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