Te Papa is open. Visiting Te Papa under Alert Level 2
Kei te tuwhera a Te Papa. Te toronga mai ki Te Papa i raro i te Pae Mataara 2

Royal New Zealand Ballet Whānau Day

Peek behind the scenes of the RNZB’s new production of Sleeping Beauty and enjoy an action-packed day of fun activities.

  • When | Āhea Sat 3 Oct 2020, 10.00am–3.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Throughout Te Papa
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

Bring your friends and whānau and get a taste of RNZB’s new production of Sleeping Beauty. Learn some simple dance steps and positions, experience the magical story of an enchanted kingdom, and get colourful and crafty with face paint and ballet-themed activities.

Group of young children strike a ballet pose for a photo with a member of the Royal New Zealand Ballet


Dance workshop with RNZB Dance Educator Lauren Byrne, 2020. Photo by Jo Moore. Te Papa (158961)


Company Class

10am & 10.30am – Soundings Theatre, Level 2

Watch the dancers of the Royal New Zealand Ballet in their daily warm-up. Sessions last for 25 minutes.

Sleeping Beauty working rehearsal

11.15am, 11.45am, 12.15pm, 1.00pm & 1.30pm – Soundings Theatre, Level 2

Get a taste of the RNZB’s classic production Sleeping Beauty, with this rare opportunity to watch the dancers in a working rehearsal. Sessions last for 25 minutes.

First Steps

10:30am & 11:30am – Wellington Foyer, Level 2

Especially for the little ones, thirty minutes of movement and fun with RNZB Dance Educator Chloe Bishop. No registration required. Suitable for under 5s.

Story time

1pm, 1.30pm and 2pm – Te Papa Hui, Te Taiao Nature exhibition, Level 2

Introducing one of ballet’s most-loved stories, Sleeping Beauty. Explore the art of mime and gesture while hearing this captivating tale. No registration required. Suitable for primary school-age children.

Dance workshops

10.15am-11am & 12.30pm-1.15pm (for children aged 5 – 8)
11.15am-12.15pm & 2pm-3pm (for children aged 9 – 11)
Te Marae, Level 4

Booking fee $5

Explore characters, steps, and scenes based on the ballet Sleeping Beauty. Learn some simple ballet steps and positions. A small number of bookings can be made on the day at the RNZB desk, Level 2.

Places are limited – book your dance workshop

Face painting

10am-3pm, Wellington Foyer, Level 2 

Colouring and crafts

10am–3pm, Hinetitama, Level 4

Ballerina in pink sleeping on pink lace surrounded by pink roses


Royal New Zealand Ballet soloist Kate Kadow, 2020. Photo by Ross Brown and courtesy of RNZB

Highlights from 2019’s RNZB Whānau Day: Hansel & Gretel

How do Covid-19 alert levels affect school holiday events?

The safety of your whānau is our top priority. We’ll make sure you can always socially distance.

  • School holiday events will go ahead at Alert Levels 1 and 2.
  • The Emergency Services Expo will only go ahead at Alert Level 1.
  • Events will be limited to 100 people at Alert Level 2.
  • We’ll need to cancel all events at Alert Level 3.

Get updates here and on Facebook.