Family trails
Ara whānau

Put your children in charge at Te Papa with our our free activity sheets to help kids explore the museum. Pick up at our Information Desk on Level 2, or download and print them at home before you visit.

Hunt around Home-grown

Explore the green, grassy-walled ‘Home-grown’ area with your whānauwhānau family – finding weird and wonderful objects from the past.

Slice of Heaven exhibition, 2010. Photograph by Michael Hall. Te Papa

Where: Home-grown, Slice of Heaven: 20th Century Aotearoa exhibition, Level 4 (next to the Inspiration Station Discovery Centre).

Choose from two treasure hunts:

0–5 years
Use the toy pictures on your I SPY activity sheet to hunt down the real ones in the exhibition.
I SPY Home-grown

Family Trail
Ages: 8–12 years
Look for Ninja Turtles, ceramic hot water bottles, and other 20th century objects to answer the questions on our trail.

Bush City Scavenger Hunt

Family in the Fossil Dig 05, 2015 Photographer Michael Hall, ©Te Papa


Family in the Fossil Dig 05, 2015
Photographer Michael Hall, ©Te Papa

Ages: 3–8 years

Go wild at Te Papa’s only living exhibition, Bush City, Levels 1 and 2 outside. Can you find something spiky? Or slimy? What about something as big as your hand? Draw your discoveries.

Art Detective Kit

Ages: 5–8 years, younger detectives will need the help of an adult-detective sidekick

Are you ready to join our team of supremo sleuths?  Pick up a free Art Detective Kit from the Level 5 Info Hub at Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa and use our five, top-secret missions to explore the galleries.

Collect your ‘I’m a Super Sleuth’ badge when you’re done.

Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa