Family Fun at Te Papa

Family Fun at Te Papa 

Plan your visit with the family

Check our calendar for upcoming family-friendly events. There’s something to suit curious kids of all ages – from arts and crafts to science and music.

Spaces for kids

Craft acitivities in Nature Space Discovery Centre, Te Papa

Discovery Centres
Free entry

Te Papa’s four fantastic family areas are packed with hands-on exhibits and games.

Te Huka ā Tai, Level 4 – weaving, stilt walking, rhythm sticks, dress up, and poi

Inspiration Station, Level 4 – giant mechanical baby, the ‘It’ monster, ever-changing Delectable Collectables, and the Kiwi Corner Store

NatureSpace, Level 2– dinosaur footprint, crawl-in whale heart, creepy crawlies under microscopes, and a fossil find

PlaNet Pasifika, Level 4 – tattoo, tīvaevae, and tapa exhibitions, drums, ukuleles, and lei

Family Fun Days at the Discovery Centres
Games, crafts, mayhem, and more! Each month we’ll be focusing on a different theme or exhibition.
First Sun of every month, 11am–3pm
Discovery Centres throughout Te Papa, free entry
Discovery Centres – find out more

Children in Whare Toi | Arts Studio, Level 5, Te Papa

Whare Toi | Arts Studio

Whare Toi | Arts Studio, Level 5
Bring the whole family to our fantastic studio space with interactive activities for children and adults alike. Draw a self-portrait, share your opinions on art, write your own art-work label, take a selfie, and more. Our latest Artist Project, by Kerry Ann Lee, provides inspiration.


Buy your tickets at the Information Desk, Level 2, or call (04) 381 7000 to check availability.
Level 2, $2 each for children and adults 

Spend a magical time in StoryPlace!
A special part of Te Papa where preschool children (12 months-5 years), together with their caregivers, explore museum-related themes together through play and make-believe.

Three session times daily: 10.30am–11.15am, 11.30am–12.15pm, 1.30pm–2.15pm

StoryPlace – find out more

Short-term exhibitions – fun for families

Ngā Toi │Arts Te Papa
Level 5, free entry 

Explore a range of interactive art activities for all ages in the Whare Toi | Arts Studio. Then, visit the Level 5 Info Hub for even more family fun! Pick up a kids’ audio guide, set off on a super-sleuthing mission with our Art Detective Kit.
Ngā Toi │Arts Te Papa
galleries – find out more

Long-term exhibitions – fun for families

Awesome Forces
Level 2, free entry

Awesome Forces shows how New Zealand’s dynamic landscape was shaped. Get shaken up in the earthquake house, learn about volcanoes, and discover biological treasures, including the massive moa bird, the tuatara (a dinosaur-age reptile), and giant land snails.

More about Awesome Forces
Download a kids’ activity trail before your visit

Mountains to Sea
Level 2, free entry

Pygmy blue whale skeleton, Mountains to Sea exhibition, Te Papa

Mountains to Sea presents New Zealand's diverse range of creatures and plants in a sweep from its high places to the deep underwater off its shores. Over 2500 native plants and animals make up the displays, ranging from minuscule insects to the gigantic skeleton of a 21-metre pygmy blue whale.

More about Mountains to Sea
Download a kids’ activity trail before your visit

Bush City

Bush City
Levels 2 & 3, Free entry

Bush City is a living, growing exhibition that brings New Zealand's great outdoors into the city.  Cross a swing-bridge, visit a glow-worm cave or a wetland, climb a lava flow, dig for fossils – or simply have a quiet time in the fresh air.

More about Bush City
Download a kids’ activity trail before your visit

Golden Days
Level 4, free entry. Sessions run every 20 minutes

Golden Days is a wonderful piece of 'walk-in theatre' – and one of Te Papa's most innovative and popular places. Enter a cluttered 'junkshop', and trigger a magical drama as the key moments in the life of New Zealand play before you.

More about Golden Days