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July School Holiday Programme - Waikato Museum, Hamilton

8 - 19 July 2019

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.

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Monday 8 July

Masked Madness

Masks are marvellous and at the Museum you can explore the Cut exhibition and create your own fantastical, fascinating masquerade mask.


Tuesday 9 July

Heroes of the History

Look back at some young heroes and explore the Anne Frank exhibition, you will make an inspirational everlasting book to remember an amazing person.


Wednesday 10 July

Family Stars, Whaanau Whetu

Matariki is all about genealogy/whakapapa. Be the star genealogist of your family, design and take home a family tree for generations to admire.


Thursday 11 July

Cubist Challenge

Break down your chosen subject into its geometrical shapes, rearrange them to present several angles all at once and assemble your cubist artwork.


Friday 12 July

When Science Meets Art

Science and art are not separated in this hands-on session, and when they meet something beautiful and unique can happen!


Monday 15 July

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Miniature muffins and tiny teacups will grace the table of your own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in a box. Explore the shapes, design and create some stylish tea sets.


Tuesday 16 July

Fantastic Fibre and Woolly Wonders

Try your hand at adapted cross stich and create an original textured artwork.


Wednesday 17 July

Heads Up!

Explore headgear showcased in Cut! Costume and Cinema, movie characters and their features. Choose your favourite period and style and create an extraordinary head piece to show off!


Thursday 18 July

Shaping the City

Exhibits in the new Shaping Hamilton | Huringa Kirikiriroa exhibition tell the story of our city. How would you shape Hamilton? Play with wooden offcuts and create a unique piece of wood wall art to take home.


Friday 19 July

Kitchen Chemistry

Not all science requires expensive and fancy laboratories. Using household “chemicals” we will explore all sorts of bubbly and wobbly, slimy and sloppy reactions.

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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.

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.

Unwell/injured Children

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 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 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.