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October School Holiday Programme - Waikato Museum, Hamilton

30 September - 11 October 2019

Supervised programmes for ages 7-13 years only

8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday

$45 per day

Fill your child’s life with more art, design, and science!

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The Great Pompom Pandemonium

Monday 30 September

Pompom pets have taken over the museum! Come along and create your own pompom whanau.


Mini Masterpieces

Tuesday 1 October

Explore the world of contemporary art inspired by the National Contemporary Art Award and create your own miniature 2D and 3D artworks using paint, print and clay. Plan and present your own private exhibition.


An Awfully Arty Christmas

Wednesday 2 October

Print your very own set of original Christmas cards and create a beautiful calendar for the year ahead.


Twirl your World

Thursday 3 October

Get your twirl on with paper quilling! Come and learn how to roll, fold, and shape paper to create a three-dimensional design.



Friday 4 October

Get ready to get messy with all sorts of slime! Trial different recipes and explore this irresistible tactile matter in depth. Make your own ‘slime box’ to store your creations.


Ugly is the new Beautiful

Monday 7 October

Create some of the cutest ugly dolls to take home. Give each its own personality and increase your bedroom family.


Secret Garden

Tuesday 8 October

Explore the mysterious and intriguing world of Picturesque Gardens and take home a 3D secret garden of your own.



Make it Magic!

Wednesday 9 October

Dust off your spell books, polish up your wand, and join us for a day of magical and mystifying arts and crafts at Waikato Museum.


Seriously Steam Punk

Thursday 10 October

History meets the future in science fantasy inspired by 19th-century design and steam-powered machinery. Create a steam punk character. Dress and gear up in style for the day.


Planet Hunters

Friday 11 October

Join us on a journey through and beyond our solar system. What strange new worlds will we find? What will they look like? Explore, imagine and create your own world.



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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.