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January 2019 School Holiday Programme - Hamilton

14 - 25 January 2019

Supervised programmes for ages 7-13 years only

8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday

$45 per day

Book online here


Monday 14 January

Tip Topp Kiwis

Celebrate all things Aotearoa and share the humour of New Zealand’s own Topp Twins by creating Kiwiana-inspired art and crafts. From jandals to Jaffas, investigate the icons of Kiwi culture, take a guided tour of our Topp Twins exhibition and apply these to ceramic and painted creations.


Tuesday 15 January

Puppet Masters

Explore the fascinating history of puppetry, view rare and unique puppets from the Museum’s collection and make your own marvellous puppets to take home. Have your creation feature in a performance in the Museum’s puppet theatre.


Wednesday 16 January

Kirikiriroa Geographic

Help produce our pop-up nature magazine – the Kirikiriroa Geographic Special Edition! Inspired by our 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic exhibition, we’ll be making native bird and bat headpieces and wings. Pose for photographs as your bird or bat in their natural environment (or be our photographer’s assistant) then put the images into a magazine to take home.


Thursday 17 January

Emperor’s Ink

Learn how to make ink and wash paintings inspired by the Chinese art of calligraphy! Practice and master the technique and you will take home a beautiful wall-hanging artwork fit for an Emperor – or your parents.


Friday 18 January

Up, Up, and Away

Research and make a variety of kite designs. Test your skill as a designer and pilot. Building a kite is a great way to discover basic physics principles and wind science!


Monday 21 January

Garden Party

Enjoy gardening? Learn more about the history of the award-winning Hamilton Gardens and visit public garden areas close to the Museum to see how they are planted and cared for. Plan, design and create your own miniature living garden.


Tuesday 22 January


Landscape paintings are among the most popular in the art world because they capture the spirit of the land. Understand the basics of landscape drawing and composition to portray the beauty of New Zealand’s idyllic scenery.


Wednesday 23 January

Bee Popular

Learn about the importance of bees, their struggle for survival and how you can help through the creation of bumble-bee hotels and water feeders.


Thursday 24 January

Wonderful Wai Waka

Explore the Maaori canoe and its history, make double-hulled and outrigger waka out of flax and race each other at our own mini-regatta.


Friday 25 January

Cheeky Chalk

Chalk is not just for the blackboard, it’s a wonderful art material that dates to Paleolithic times. Learn how to make your own chalk and create beautiful artworks using this enduring medium!


 Eventbrite - Waikato Museum October School Holiday Programme - Hamilton

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.

Programme supervision

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 per 10 minutes will apply per child.

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.