Waikato Museum January School Holiday Programme - Hamilton

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Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

1 Grantham Street

Hamilton, Waikato 3204

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Summer is here! Have fun at the Museum these school holidays. Leave the children with us to enjoy supervised, tutored programmes.

Supervised Day Programmes:
8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday, $45 per day, strictly for ages 7-13 years only.

Monday, 15 January
Rumble in the Jungle
Join us on a safari where we will create African-inspired arts and crafts. Bring out your wild side while making your own tribal mask, silhouette artwork and fridge creatures.

Tuesday, 16 January
Clay Day
Children will learn the FUN-damentals of clay. They’ll tour the Waiclay exhibition to explore colour, shape and texture. A practical workshop follows with sculptural and functional pieces to be created.

Wednesday, 17 January
Science is Electrifying!
Discover the ‘Exsciting’ science behind electricity and build a cute circuit bug.

Thursday, 18 January
Smash it!
We'll turn an ancient and royal technique into a fun day of smashing old pottery and tiles and building fabulous new mosaic art works.

Friday, 19 January
Fab Fabric
Interior design and decorative art to be explored in our ArtsPost galleries. You'll design fabrics and create your own wearables and desirables.

Monday, 22 January
Cool and Crafty Cubism
Let your inner Picasso run wild and create cubism-based artworks while exploring this modern art form.

Tuesday, 23 January
History Detectives
Want to be a history detective? Children will explore the Museum’s collection and some of inner-Hamilton’s historic sites, finding clues that unlock a mystery. They will organise a historical photoshoot of images inspired by their journey through Hamilton’s past.

Wednesday, 24 January
One, Two, Tree!
Explore our two tree exhibitions and discover how important trees are to Aotearoa and other cultures. Craft a forest canopy and bring your own plant press home.

Thursday, 25 January
Game of Stones
Be a landscape designer for a day. Discover basic landscape design rules and create beautiful and functional garden art pieces using recycled and natural materials.

Friday, 26 January
I AM/KOO AU – All About Me
Inspired by Nigel Brown’s exhibition, explore the use of symbols to represent ourselves. Using a range of media, create artworks which include symbolism, words and a message.

If booking for multiple children for more than one programme: Enter each of their details for the first programme they are attending, then use the drop-down box labelled 'Copy data from' to save re-entering the information.

To find out more about Waikato Museum's other holiday fun options, visit the 'For the Kids section', check out our FREE family events, and visit Exscite and Milk Matters.

Terms and Conditions

Programmes must be booked and paid for online by midnight the day prior to selected programme. Bookings are not confirmed until payment is received.

Registrations must be completed by a parent or guardian of the child enrolled over the age of 18 years old.

For health and safety reasons, children must be aged 7-13 to attend. Please do not be offended if we ask for proof of age of your child/children.


You must book and supply complete enrolment details for each child. A copy of this will be emailed to you.


Once accepted registrations are final. If your child/children cannot attend a booked programme, we require 24 hours' notice of cancellation to issue a refund. Email us to notify.

Unless required by law, transfers or refunds (partial or full) are not issued except in extenuating circumstances and at the sole discretion of Waikato Museum.

Programme supervision

The everyday programme ratio is one teacher to 10 children. Depending on the activity, some programmes require more supervision.

Children will be in view of staff at all times when appropriate.

Children will be informed of the boundaries and are expected to stay within them.

Children are not to leave the supervised area.

Children misbehaving to such a level that it causes disruption to the programme and others will be removed and their parents/caregivers will be contacted to collect them.

Children who are too unwell to participate will be assessed and the appropriate action taken to assist them. Parents/caregivers will be contacted in the first instance and in most cases will be asked to collect their child/children.

What to bring

Suitable clothing must be worn e.g. outdoor activities require a warm jacket in the winter or a sunhat in the summer.

Children must bring appropriate, healthy food for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, and a labelled drink bottle.


Full day programmes are from 8.30am – 5pm.

Children must be collected at or before 5pm. If you are more than 10 minutes late to pick up your child/children, a $10 fee will apply per child.

Parking is available in the Museum car park (paid) accessible on the north side Victoria Street entrance of ArtsPost or on Grantham Street (2 and 3 hour limit).

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