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Fun events for the whole family

Wellington's calendar of good times is full of events that are fun for kids and adults alike. Check out a few of our top picks for events for the young, and young at heart.



Step into LUX Light Festival's latest creation: a brand new indoor art experience like no other. Tucked away in a secret location, weird nature blooms and oozes in an experimental ecosystem of light. The young and young at heart will enjoy being immersed in this otherworldly ecosystem to explore and play.

The Gruffalo

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After sell-out shows on the West End and Broadway, The Gruffalo is headed our way! Whether their favourite food is roasted fox, owl ice cream, scrambled snake or Gruffalo crumble, your youngsters wil eat up this delectable tale about a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators.

Hi-5: House of Dreams


We've got your invitation to the most exciting slumber party ever! Hosted by children's music group Hi-5, there won't be much sleeping at House of Dreams but lots of singing and dancing and adventure when puppet, Chats, takes control of the Hi-5's dreams and makes them come true. 

Wellington Diwali Festival of Lights

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Bring along the whole family to sample the colours, sounds, tastes and spicy aromas of India when we celebrate India’s best-loved festival, Diwali. There will also lots of delicious food and craft stalls, traditional and contemporary dance and music, and beautiful displays.

The Big Halloween


Celebrate Halloween with steampunk-themed family fun at Capital E. This year's Big Halloween event will have you wandering through the Magnificent Time Machine Maze and visiting Professor Prime Evil’s Laboratory on the thirteenth floor of Wellington Museum. Come along - if you dare!

Roger Hall’s Jack and the Beanstalk

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Get into the Christmas spirit with Circa Theatre's 2016 pantomime, Roger Hall’s Jack and the Beanstalk (19 Nov - 20 Dec)! The whole family will love seeing the cast climb to beanstalk heights in this musical and magical treat that perfectly balances tradition with laughter. 

Bug Lab

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Our planet’s smallest geniuses will be sharing their biggest secrets at Te Papa when Bug Lab opens this summer. Created by Te Papa with Weta Workshop, this is a science exhibition like no other, featuring large-scale exhibits and an interactive lab. 

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