Ignite your children's creative spark at Capital E

Taking play to new levels of fun and creativity, tamariki (children) are at the heart of Capital E


Waterfront precinct


4 Queens Wharf
Te Aro



With spaces, experiences and events all designed to inspire, entertain and educate the next generation of artists, scientists, explorers, makers and doers, Capital E put kids at the centre of everything they do. 

Described as the intersection of creativity and play, Capital E is a multifaceted charity that ignites and fuels the creative spark in children through the magic of theatre, interactive play areas and immersive digital education experiences.

The headquarters of play

No day is ever the same at Play HQ - a free interactive play area. The play space is a fun, safe environment for your little ones to draw, dance, crawl and create! The colourful indoor playground is often reimagined to offer new and exciting ways for tamariki to explore their budding creativity.

Accompanying the imaginative play space are free workshops with a different one held each day. Stretch, move and wiggle every Monday with Yoga for Kids; join Lala for Music Magic Tuesday to celebrate sounds from around the world; get crafty with Little Creators on Wednesday; fill your kete of knowledge with Professor Inventus at his super fun Thursday Science Jam and put on your dancing shoes for Friday’s Spin Around with Adventure Adam. 

Theatre for kids, by kids

Capital E is also home to the National Theatre for Children. Each year two productions, one for juniors and one for seniors, are developed in Wellington and toured across Aotearoa, reaching thousands of children and young people. Capital E offers a ‘Pay-It-Forward’ ticket option, where ticket purchasers can opt to buy a ticket to help a child from a low decile school experience live performance for the first time.

Every two years, Capital E hosts the National Arts Festival. Curated just for children, this Wellington festival boasts an impressive assortment of high quality, homegrown performances and overseas talent.




Lights! Camera! Action! 

In Capital E’s OnTV Studio, school groups challenge themselves to devise and produce a ‘live’ news show. Taking on roles behind and in front of the camera, students explore creativity in a team dynamic. From costume designers to camera operators, the OnTV environment promises kids new experiences with technology and opportunities to express themselves creatively. Each student’s participation becomes a valued piece of the puzzle, fitting together to create the best show possible.

More interactive learning experiences are to be had at Capital E’s MediaLab. Here kids learn new skills to construct and manipulate their own digital worlds and choose from a range of digital topics including VR, coding, game design and music-making.


Capital E is school holiday heaven

With free daily workshops and an incredible school holiday programme, there's always something on that children will love at Capital E.

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