Posts tagged with kids

Can early years children learn from live science?

Max's sunfish drawing. Photographer: Becs Thomas © Tai Tamariki

Our sunfish science extravaganza was a huge hit with adult science enthusiasts from across New Zealand – and worldwide! But could the same setup work for very young children? Mel Dash, one of Te Papa’s audience engagement team, had the inspired idea of inviting the 3 and 4 year olds from Tai Tamariki Kindergarten, to… Read more »

Preparing for an Aztec Family Fiesta

  • Aztec facepainting, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa
  • Sugar Skull Facepaint, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa
  • Jaguar Facepaint, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa
  • Audience Engagement makes Aztecs masks, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa

With the Aztec Family Fiesta event happening this Sunday (29th September 2013) we thought it wise to have a practice of our activities! Presenting the efforts of Audience Engagement and Te Papa Hosts: Thanks to BodyFX for the face art training! Mask creation will be occuring between 12pm – 1pm in the Wellington Foyer. All ages are… Read more »

Art Detective – an investigation into art

Art under investigation. Photographer: Kim Gustavsson © Te Papa

The Art Detective is a new family trail project, which has been running as a trial since Te Papa’s re-developed art galleries Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa (Level 5) opened during Easter this year. The Art Detective is aimed at 7-11 year olds and their various detective partners (parents, siblings, carers). It takes you… Read more »

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… Read more »

Name our monarch butterflies!

NatureSpace has an exciting new display – monarch butterfly caterpillars! Watch them grow from a caterpillar to a butterfly. We need your help. The caterpillars don’t have a name! What should we call them? Put your suggestions in the comments, tweet them to @tepapa or email We’ll pick the best two names and let… Read more »

Hey Museum kids… meet Kahu the Kea!

Kahu meets the kids from Tai Tamariki Kindergarten

Kahu the Kea is making his big debut tomorrow at Te Papa. He’ll be emerging from his secret nest behind Te Papa’s Kids Store at 2pm Saturday and Sunday. Your kids will love Kahu! Kahu’s on  Facebook too. And if you Like him  you can go in to win a $200 prize pack from the… Read more »

our giant kākāpō

  • don't let the kakapo die! A filled in feather on the words on a wing kakapo | (c) Te Papa 2010
  • the Words on a Wing kakapo in NatureSpace | (c) Te Papa 2010
  • Discovery Centre host Keryn puts a feather onto the Words on a Wing kakapo | (c) Te Papa 2010
  • one of the feathers filled out by New Zealand children for the Words on a Wing project | (c) Te Papa

Look at NatureSpace’s newest visitor! This stylish mesh and steel kākāpō is two and a half metres long, a metre and a half tall, and is wearing a fashionable set of paper feathers covered in conservation-related messages from children. It ‘s part of the Words on a Wing campaign being run by the Department of Conservation, and it’s been… Read more »

Sphenodon punctatus

  • Charley and Spike in NatureSpace | (c) Te Papa 2010
  • Xandi in NatureSpace with his fantastic creation | (c) Te Papa
  • three tuatara sunbathing on a "rock" in NatureSpace | (c) Te Papa 2010
  • A tuatara crunching into a nice juicy waterbug in NatureSpace | (c) Te Papa 2010

At the halfway point of the school holidays already, and it’s time to bring out the big guns. We need to keep the kids entertained, and what better way than with a real life sphenodon punctatus? Great idea, and luckily for us, there’s several real ones, just up the road at Victoria University. Even luckier for… Read more »

When You’re Two

Ukuleles in PlaNet Pasifika Photo by Anna Sheffield © Te Papa 2010

The earliest memory I have of my youth takes me back to approximately age three. I was finishing the weekly “playgroup” session with a few neighbours my age which had been held at my house that time. My mother was getting ready to drive the other kids home when my dad returned from work. I… Read more »