What's on for kids
Mā ngā tamariki
Choose from exciting events and activities for kids of all ages.
Te Papa is one of Wellington’s best places to have fun during school holidays, on rainy days, or on any other day of the year! Under-fives will love StoryPlace, Art Detective Kits are perfect for kids five to eight years old, our Discovery Centres offer something for everyone up to age 12, and Bush City provides adventure and fresh air for young and old alike.
Upcoming events for kids and families
Art Detective Kit and family trails
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.
Step outside into Bush City – a living, growing exhibition. Take a short walk through some of the natural wonders of New Zealand, from native bush to volcanic landscape.
Here you can:
- cross a swing-bridge
- enter a glow-worm cave
- climb a lava flow
- dig for fossils
- simply relax in the fresh air.
Ages: Up to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult
Explore, touch, play, ask questions, research, and learn. Pick a room to suit your whānau’s whānau’s family’sinterests, then get hands-on with educational exhibits, games, and books.
Take a journey through the natural world in NatureSpace, or try your hand at weaving in Te Huka ā Tai. Explore Pacific culture in PlaNet Pasifica, and play shop in the Kiwi corner store at Inspiration Station.
Ages: 12 months to 5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult
Preschoolers and adults: $2
Babies under 12 months: Free, but requires a ticket
Book a fun and affordable StoryPlace session for you and your preschool child – explore museum-related themes through play, games, storytelling, and song.