How to keep kids entertained at home

Keep the children entertained with colouring competitions, kapa haka, online puzzles, zoo pen-pals and more

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Wellington City Libraries

Access your favourite books, magazines, movies, and music online through the Wellington City Libraries social channels and website.

Get amongst the fun on the Wellington City Libraries Facebook page for daily updates on events.

If the kids need some extra fun, you can follow the kids and teen blogs to access everything from reading suggestions to craft ideas, homemade board game tutorials to educational resources.

If you don't have a membership you can still sign-up on their website so you won't miss out on all the fun.

Capital E

Get involved with Capital E's hands-on DIY step-by-step videos on their Facebook page. Along with other fun activities for kids to do from yoga poses, educational resources to tips and tricks to keep their busy minds amused.

Visit their website for more online activities.

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Te Papa's Online Activities

You might not be able to visit Te Papa physically, but their website consists of creative activities for the kids and adults too.

Make your way to their website and complete one of the many online jigsaw puzzles, download the free activity books or explore the 800,000 collection items.

If you need to visually experience Te Papa you can check out a virtual tour around the museum with one of the friendly and knowledgeable hosts.

At-home activities for your Tamariki

As the team at Wellington Free Ambulance continues to keep patients, staff, and the community safe, they've prepared some at-home activities for the whole family to enjoy. Get creative and make your own ambulance or play tic-tac-toe.

Kids activities

Kapa Haka 4 Kids

Learn the basics of a Kapa Haka, waiata and poi with Kapa Haka 4 Kids. Get the whole family involved for a fun indoor bonding session.  Follow Kapa Haka 4 Kids on YouTube for regular lessons throughout isolation. 

Wellington Zoo

While continuing to look after the animals at the Zoo the team has come up with great ways for your kids to have fun with animals at home.

Get your thinking caps on and creative minds flowing with a range of online animal puzzles and colouring activities.

If your child is bursting with animal facts or would love to share their drawings with the team then encourage them to be a pen pal with the Zoo team and they will write back. Why not take a leaflet out of a ranger’s book and train your pet how they train the zoo animals.

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Get colouring - Welly style

Whether you’re working from home and trying to keep the kids occupied, or you’d simply like to take your mind off things for five minutes we've got the answer: get creative and get colouring with Wellington City Council's colouring-in templates for you and the whole Whānau to enjoy.

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre

Meet some of New Zealand’s most endangered wildlife at an unfenced forest sanctuary, Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre only two hours away from Wellington.

The team at the centre have put together some online games and activities. Engage your kids with exciting topics in areas like Māori culture and history, native species, breeding for release, and much more.

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Explore Parliament

Learn all about the work of Parliament with this activity book, designed to keep you and your whānau entertained.

Activities include word find, a crossword, and helping the members find their way to Parliament. Children can also view this video which gives them an in-depth introduction to how Parliament works.

Celebrate cricket with CRIC-KIDS

Kids missing sport this lockdown? The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 (CWC22) have released 10 at home activities from the CRIC-KIDS education resource.

Made for Kiwi kids aged 7-13, CRIC-KIDS brings to life the excitement of the CWC22 in a learning context, highlighting the importance of Hauora and wellbeing.

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