School Holiday Programme
Fill your child’s life with more art, design, and science!
Supervised programmes for ages 7-13 years only
8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday
$45 per day
Have fun at the Museum these school holidays. Leave the children with us to enjoy supervised, tutored programmes.
Bitten by the Art Bug
Monday 20 January
A mash up between the art world and the weird and wonderful world of bugs.
Tuesday 21 January
A programme for budding young artists. Sharpen your observation skills, put pencil to paper and draft still life drawings. Design a scrapbook to hold your sketches.
Step into Summer
Wednesday 22 January
Let summer spark your creativity. Make beach art for your bach and paint jandals for a cool, one-of-a-kind fashion statement on a hot day.
Thursday 23 January
Design your name in swirls. Learn the ABCs of quilling and create decorations for your room using your initials.
Power of Painting
Friday 24 January
Learn about landscapes and paint your own artistic creation.
Tuesday 28 January
Explore Waiclay and let the exhibition inspire you to give shape to the ideas that live only in your imagination. From the silly to the splendid, the surreal to the ‘sweet as’, create a range of sculptures to take home.
Legends and Lore, Myths and Masks
Wednesday 29 January
Use the E Hina e! E Hine e! exhibition as your muse and craft a mask of a mythical god or character.
Bug Blots and Leaf Marks
Thursday 30 January
Combine print techniques to make prints inspired by insects and nature.
Friday 31 January
Muck in and enjoy a day of nature-inspired arts and crafts. Paint plant pots and make blooms and buds in
a whole rainbow of colours. Green thumbs not required.
If booking for multiple children for more than one programme: Enter each of their details for the first programme they are attending, then use the drop-down box labelled 'Copy data from' to save re-entering the information.
Terms and Conditions:
Programmes must be booked and paid for online by 11.30pm the day prior to selected programme. Bookings are not confirmed until payment is received.
Registrations must be completed by a parent or guardian of the child enrolled over the age of 18 years old.
For health and safety reasons, children must be aged 7-13 to attend. Please do not be offended if we ask for proof of age of your child/children.
You must book and supply complete enrolment details for each child. A copy of this will be emailed to you.
Once accepted registrations are final. If your child/children cannot attend a booked programme, we require 24 hours' notice of cancellation to issue a refund. Email us to notify.
Unless required by law, transfers or refunds (partial or full) are not issued except in extenuating circumstances and at the sole discretion of Waikato Museum.
The everyday programme ratio is one teacher to 10 children. Depending on the activity, some programmes require more supervision.
Children will be in view of staff at all times when appropriate.
Children will be informed of the boundaries and are expected to stay within them.
Children are not to leave the supervised area.
Children misbehaving to such a level that it causes disruption to the programme and others will be removed and their parents/caregivers will be contacted to collect them.
Children who are too unwell to participate will be assessed and the appropriate action taken to assist them. Parents/caregivers will be contacted in the first instance and in most cases will be asked to collect their child/children.
What to bring
Suitable clothing and shoes must be worn e.g. outdoor activities require a warm jacket in the winter or a sunhat in the summer.
Children must bring appropriate, healthy food for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, and a labelled drink bottle.
Full day programmes are from 8.30am – 5pm. The tutored portion of each day's session begins at 8.45am and concludes at 3.30pm. If your child arrives after 8.45am, they will miss out on important information needed to guide the day's activities. Between 3.30pm and when you pick up your child, they wind down by watching a movie in our lecture theatre.
Children must be collected at or before 5pm. If you are more than 10 minutes late to pick up your child/children, a $10 fee will apply per child.
To ensure the safety of the children in our School Holiday Programmes, we may ask you for ID when you come to pick up your child/children.
There are a number of parking options within a few minutes’ walk of the Museum. Grantham Street is non-metered parking on both sides for either 120 (side closest to the river) or 180 minutes. All metered parking in the city is free for the first two hours and $6 per hour after that. The closest metered parks are on Victoria Street (south of Grantham) and Knox Street.
Disability parking can be found in the Trades Entrance car park off Grantham Street. For more disabled parking options click here.
We do not have the facilities to look after sick/injured children. If a child is unwell they should stay home rather than attending our programmes.
If your child appears unwell or receives and injury during the school holiday programme, we will assess the situation and take appropriate action to assist them. Parents/emergency contacts will be contacted in the first instance and may be asked to collect their child/children.
Depending on the severity of the situation, we may take the child/children to a quiet space - until pickup.
When you or the emergency contact come to collect your child/children, we will ask you to sign out your child as per normal procedure.
If you wish to give us feedback on the school holiday programme (e.g. booking process, curriculum, dropping off/picking up process etc.), please email email@example.com with your feedback.
The personal information that you provide in the booking form will be held and protected by Hamilton City Council in accordance with our Privacy Statement (available at https://www.hamilton.govt.nz/privacy and at our libraries, pools and the Municipal Building, Garden Place) and with the Privacy Act 1993. The Privacy Statement explains how we can use and share your personal information in relation to any interaction you have with the Council, and how you can access and correct that information. You should familiarise yourself with this Statement before submitting the form.