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What to do these school holidays in Wellington

By Simon 12 Sep 2019

Spring is in the air and the school holidays are here. There's plenty of family-friendly fun to be had these school holidays - whether it's tiptoeing around the tulips at the Wellington Botanic Garden, getting a dose of arts and culture or enjoying an afternoon with the Nix.


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Get Lost In Space These School Holidays

30 September - 11 October, Queensgate Shopping Centre

There will be a space activity in Centre Court between 10am - 2pm. No bookings are required.

A space ship has landed at Queensgate Shopping Centre, we need you to investigate where it has come from.

Learn about the solar system and create your own space ship to take home.

Plus, snap a photo with the astronaut and alien to go in the draw to win a space learning prize pack.


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Mr McGee and the Biting Flea

2 - 11 October, Hannah Playhouse

Capital E has an international reputation for touring high-quality children’s theatre, so any show they put on is worth taking a look at. This October they are bringing to life Patch Theatre Company’s much-loved collection of short tales by Pamela Allen. Huge packing cases open to reveal a bright and imaginative array of props and found objects, which three talented performers use to tell six different stories in an hour.


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Maker Faire

20 October, TSB Auditorium (Shed 6) 

Well not technically in the school holidays, think of Maker Faire as the source of inspiration for holiday activities. Maker Faire is the perfect chance to explore and see what hobbies and ideas some of the most talented engineers and scientists around are having. Crafters and artists will also be showing off their latest exciting endeavours. A visit is sure to inspire all ages, and you are pretty much guaranteed to walk away having learnt something new. Who knows, you may even have some ideas on joining the maker community yourself!


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Wellington Phoenix Community Day & Pre-Season Match

6 October, Westpac Stadium

This family-friendly event offers a great opportunity for Phoenix fans to engage with their local football heroes, as well as to see the squad in action against Team Wellington in a pre-season match.

There will be a wide range of activities on offer – including football activities, a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Westpac Stadium including player changing rooms, partner promotions, food stalls, giveaways and live entertainment – promising something for everyone. Other new activities for this year’s Community Day include the launch of the Logitech E-Sports Arena, and the unveiling of a brand new ‘Nixie’ mascot to the public.


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He Kura Korero – The Gift of Speech

1 - 12 October, Circa Theatre 

He Kura Korero encourages young people to be bold and brave in using Te Reo Maori in everyday life, whether they know a little or a lot. 

Join Kaiarahi as they find their voice and the courage to speak Te Reo Maori. Be a part of their exciting journey and delve into magical worlds through language.

He Kura Korero explores Te Reo Maori through live music, comedy, Kapa haka, song, and story telling.



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