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What to do these school holidays

Saturday 24 September- Sunday 9 October

Need inspiration for the school holidays? You're in luck! We've pulled together a few ideas to keep the kids entertained and keep you sane!

The Gruffalo

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Take the kids on a magical musical adventure with The Gruffalo, a new stage production based on the award-winning children's book. 

Parks and playtime

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Kids got energy to burn? Head along to one of Wellington's awesome playgrounds and let them have a good ole run around.

If you're around the city, Frank Kitts Park on the waterfront with its lighthouse slide is always a winner. Or head to the Wellington Botanic Garden where you'll find plenty of big and exciting slides, ride-ons, climbers, and a flying fox providing hours of fun for the young-uns.

Enjoy a brisk stroll through Brooklyn's Central Park which has a pretty neat flying fox and playground to keep the kids busy, or if you're feeling extra energetic, tackle the climb up Mount Victoria.

Te Papa

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Te Papa has an exciting line-up over the school holidays. From ukulele jam sessions, to improv comedy workshops, magic shows and a teddy bears' picnic, there's something to entertain kids of all ages. 

For more interactive family fun, get creative in the Whare Toi - Arts studio, explore the Discovery Centres and learn about nature, and Pacific and Maori culture, or head outside to Bush City and discover glow-worm caves, lava flows and wetlands, or even dig for fossils.

Hi-5 House of Dreams

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Join your favourite Hi-5 characters for the ultimate 'slumber party' in their brand new show, House of Dreams

Animal encounters

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Take your little monkeys to meet the real thing at Wellington Zoo. Check out the exotic animals and explore the Zoo's newest precinct - Meet the Locals - a celebration of New Zealand's cute and quirky animals, including Little Blue Penguins and Kunekune pigs.

For more close encounters with local wildlife, visit Zealandia, Wellington's very own eco-sanctuary. Keep an eye out for kākā, giant weta and maybe even a tuatara or two!

Get some fresh spring air and explore the scenic farmland of Staglands in Upper Hutt, where you can feed and interact with wildlife including deer, sheep and rabbits. Or, get up close to native birdlife on a Kapiti Island Nature Tour

Margaret Mahy's Rumbustifications - A Holiday Film for Kids

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Especially for the school holidays, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is holding screenings of the kids film, Rumbustifications. Join the magic as the stories of beloved NZ author Margaret Mahy come to life on screen. Sit back and enjoy your favourite stories, including "The Lion in the Meadow," "The Great White Man Eating Shark," and "The Witch in the Cherry Tree,"as Margaret Mahy reads them aloud in this special screening. 

On your bike

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Hit Wellington's family friendly mountain biking trails these school holdidays. Head to Island Bay and go for a spin on the South Coast kids track. This is a great beginners' track with lots of wide corners. You'll also find a range of trails suitable for all levels in Miramar. A new trail - Juvenile - has just opened and is perfect for the whole family. Miramar also has a pump track, a basic skills area for kids, and a few more challenging tracks for parents.

For something a little more easy-going, jump on the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. Start in Petone and follow the flat, easy trail along the Hutt River. 

Capital E

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Capital E is the place to be in the September school holidays, with fun events and workshops for all ages:

  • Get a blast from the past, play and have fun with technology and toys from across the 70s, 80s and 90s with Technostalgic. Be a techno-crafter, discover the excitement of electronic beeps and bashing of buttons, turn old cassettes into robots and try your hand at old classic arcade video games (26 September - 25 October)
  • Come along to Capital E’s 80s dance party, Turn Up the Volume! Join Disasteradio for a high-energetic, fun and computerized electronic live music performance, 80s synth pop style (1 October).

Holiday programmes

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Can't take time off over the holidays? No worries - Wellington has heaps of fun school holiday programmes that'll keep your kids busy! Take a look at what these Wellington attractions have lined up in July:

Make sure you also check out what's happening over the school holidays at Wellington's sports and recreation centres, and local pools

Visiting from out of town?

If you're from out of town and need somewhere to stay, have a look at these excellent deals for inner-city hotels

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