Kids’ Poetry Competition – Discover Love Festival

Do you like writing? Are you aged between 5 and 12 or do you know someone who is? Could you write a sonnet like Shakespeare or a limerick of love?

Te Papa’s Discovery Centres are holding their first ever poetry competition!

There are two age categories: 5 to 8 and 9 to 12.

Prize: The best three poems from each age category will feature on the Te Papa blog and website. The winner from each age category will receive a mystery prize from the Te Papa Kids’ Store!

What you need to do: Write a poem about love (up to 20 lines). It could be about a person (like your mum or dad), a thing (like a hobby or pet), or a place (like Te Papa!). Anything, as long as you love it!

Your poem can be funny, serious or soppy. We’re looking forward to reading them all!

Email your love poem to or pop a paper copy into the red box in Inspiration Station, Level 4.

Remember to include your name, age, and a parent’s email address or telephone number.

Please ask your parents’ permission before entering.

Closing date: 13 February 2013, midnight

Entry is free!

Discover Love Festival

It’s all about love at Te Papa from 5 to 14 February! We have a great kids’ Valentine’s Day programme for you.

Click on the links for more information about the events.

Love bugs: craft a cuddly bug – Use felt to craft fun, cuddly bacteria.

Join a junk orchestra – Make an instrument out of junk and parade through Te Papa with our musical junk orchestra.

Myths and legends of the Pacific – Lose yourself in love-themed myths of the Pacific, with storytelling and craft activities.

15-minute Shakespeare – Enjoy Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as you’ve never seen it before. Suitable for adults and children, but expect audience engagement!

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