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April School Holiday Programme - Waikato Museum, Hamilton

15 - 26 April 2019

Supervised programmes for ages 7-13 only


$45 per day

Eventbrite - Waikato Museum School Holiday Programme


Have fun at the Museum these school holidays. Leave the children with us to enjoy supervised, tutored programmes.


Squishy Critters

Monday 15 April 2019

Create your own squishy pet to take home, and other furry friends to keep or give away as gifts. Get inspired by a tour of the Scarface Claw exhibition and a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum’s vault to see our collection of stuffed toys.


Costumed Characters

Tuesday 16 April

Explore the CUT! Costume and the Cinema exhibition and see how accessories and props are used to make the costumes even more authentic. Create a costume accessory based on your favourite movie.


Mysterious Microscopic World

Wednesday 17 April

Travel to the microscopic world – a world so small you can't see it with the naked eye! Learn to use a microscope to appreciate the diversity and beauty of life under the lens.


Incredible Crawlers

Thursday 18 April

Help produce our pop-up nature magazine. Inspired by New Zealand insects and minibeasts, we’ll be making headpieces and antennas, before dressing up and posing for magazine photographs in the creatures’ natural environment. Find out why insects are good for the eco-system of our gardens and planet Earth in general and build and decorate an insect palace for your garden.


Between the Pages

Tuesday 23 April

Become an author and “publish” your very own children’s book, from front cover to end pages. Learn about the story development process, and see original illustrations and cover designs by much-loved author Dame Lynley Dodd to help you draft and create.


Welcome to the Vortex

Wednesday 24 April

If you’ve ever watched the water drain from the bathtub, you’ve seen a vortex. But how is the vortex created and what forces are involved? Build your own model to take home and learn about how these phenomena form.


Pop Arting the Family Groceries

Friday 26 April

Create a Waikato Warhol that will make your room ‘POP’. Inspired by the Waikato Bungalow exhibition and Andy Warhol, we’ll be looking at the role of the Pop Art scene in 1950’s advertising and branding. Build and sculpture an oversized grocery item, and learn how to play tricks with colours, dots, and lines.


Eventbrite - Waikato Museum School Holiday Programme


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 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.


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 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.