Fossil Finders Whānau Day

Discover prehistoric wonders on a Whānau Day packed with hands-on activities, a hunt, and Nanogirl dinosaur shows!

When | Āhea

Sat 20 Apr 2024, 10.00am–2.00pm

Where | Ki hea

Amphitheatre, Bush City, and Wellington Foyer, Level 2

Cost | Te utu

Free event

Join us for a day dedicated to discovering the wonders of our prehistoric planet.

Unearth the past with drop-in activities for you to join throughout the day.

  • Experience an awe-inspiring Nanogirl dinosaur show, made just for you! You’ll meet Nanogirl’s resident palaeontologist Debbie Lovegrove, also known by her superhero name Debbiesaurus. This interactive event features a hands-on fossil discovery zone equipped with microscopes, magnifying glasses, and authentic fossils from various corners of the globe.

    • Runs every 30 minutes

  • Paint a mini dinosaur with a beautiful array of Resene paint colours.

    • Thanks to our Exhibition Partner Resene for providing all the materials for this fun activity.

  • Join Botany Curator Leon Perrie on a hunt through Bush City for plants like those eaten by dinosaurs. A clue – we’ll be looking for plants that have no flowers.

  • Dino-inspired face painting by Daizy Design.

  • Uncover the bones of a mosasaur buried in Te Ngahere Bush City’s sandpit.

  • Get creative with our fossil-making craft activity.

  • Enter our drawing competition to win the soon-to-be-released Te Papa Activity Book. Meet the author and be the first to try some of the activities like word search puzzles, crosswords, and more.

  • See Te Papa’s most attractive and interesting plant fossils. Some will look familiar, like plants from your garden or the bush while others are bizarre.

No bookings are required. All materials are provided.

Entry to the Ngā Taniwha o Rūpapa | Dinosaurs of Patagonia is not included in this event.

Whānau Day with DOC, 2020. Photo by Abbie Dorrington. Te Papa (162327)

Nga Taniwha o Rūpapa | Dinosaurs of Patagonia produced by Te Papa and Museo Paleontológico Egidio, Feruglio (MEF), Argentina