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Sometimes it feels like they only just went BACK to school, yet here we are again, getting ready for a new set of school holidays.

No matter the weather, we’ve gathered some of our tried and tested family favourite crafts and activities to keep the kids busy in-and-out of the house, please you’ll also be able to see what is happening around the nation these holidays and find more fun ideas in our Parenting Directory.

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Rotorua Canopy Tours

Rotorua Canopy Tours

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Spooky School Holiday Activities

Location: Auckland

When: 28th September – 13 October 2019 plus all weekends until 3 November 2019

Cost: FREE with usual park entry

Kids of all ages will love Spooky School Holidays at Rainbow’s End, with rides, entertainment, haunted attraction Manic Manor for the older kids, and Tricks and Treats for the little ones.

See you at Rainbow’s End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau!

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Mr McGee and the Biting Flea

Location: Wellington & Paraparaumu

When: 28-29 Sept (Paraparaumu) 2-11 (Wellington)

Cost: $10 (under 2 free)

Patch Theatre Company’s mesmerising theatre show ‘Mr McGee and the Biting Flea’ based on the books by popular NZ children’s author Pamela Allen is coming to Wellington’s Hannah Playhouse 2-11 October and Southward Theatre in Paraparaumu on 28 and 29 September.

Paint the Earth

Get creative at Paint the Earth


When: 28 September – 13 October 2019

Cost: from $20/item

Open every day during the school holidays for the kids to create a special keepsake masterpiece. We have a huge range of figurines and plates to choose from including amazing new Halloween and Christmas stock.

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Real Journeys

Kids Go Free on selected Real Journeys experiences

Location: Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Stewart Island

When: 28 September – 13 October 2019

Cost: Free for maximum two children (up to 18 years) per full fare-paying adult.

Looking for things to do with your kids on holiday?  Real Journeys offers a range of family-friendly activities in Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, plus Stewart Island.

  • Cruise Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu on our vintage steamship – the TSS
  • Visit Walter Peak High Country Farm and get up close to sheep, alpaca and
  • Experience the natural wonder of Milford Sound or travel via catamaran to
    enchanting Stewart Island.
  • Step into the magical world within the incredible Te Anau Glowworm Caves.
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Tech Time

Tech Time at Capital E

Location: Wellington

When: 4 to 11 October 2019

Cost: See ticket prices online

October School holidays are a blast with heap of fun and exciting activities to ignite the creative spark in your tamariki!
From inventing something the world needs, to the highly interactive Tech time! Or Digital Day, where you design a 3 d game, to
our Wear your Imagination workshop!

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Roll up! Roll up to Cirque du Play at Capital E!

Location: Wellington

When: 27 May – 14 November 2019

Cost: Free

Experience spectacle, shadow play, kinetic mobiles and sculptures to play with in this new installation, inspired by artist Alexander Calder. Contemporary, fun and bold, Cirque du Play lets your child be the Ringleader of their own curious circus!

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colour in the sky sky tower

Colour-in the sky at the Sky Tower these holidays!

Location: Auckland

When: 28 September – 13 October 2019

Cost: FREE *Normal Sky Tower admission applies.

Make your mark on the world’s highest colouring wall! Join us for the school holidays as the Sky Tower unveils its giant 6.5-metre-long colouring wall, 186 metres above the ground!

Where else can you colour on the walls? #colourinthesky

T&Cs apply.

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YMCA Christchurch

Exciting School Holiday Programme @ YMCA Ellerslie

Location: Auckland

When: 28 September – 13 October 2019

Cost: $48 – $62 per day

The Ellerslie YMCA holiday programme is jam-packed with activities for kids. One day children could be tackling a rock climbing wall, and the next, they could be skating or jumping and tumbling at gymnastics.

See you at 46 Michael’s Ave, Ellerslie, Auckland.

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Solve the MOTAT Mystery

Location: Auckland

When: 28 September – 13 October 2019

Cost: Included in normal MOTAT admission fee

Come and solve the MOTAT Mystery these school holidays – who took the Golden Macguffin? – and learn about forensic scientific methods used to decipher clues and scrutinise evidence in an investigation!

Your young investigators will use these to solve the case and earn their MOTAT Detective Badge.

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Rotorua Canopy Tours

Take your family on the adventure of a lifetime this spring

Location: Rotorua

When: 1 September – 31 November 2019

Cost: 40% off kids tickets this spring

Soar through the trees and experience New Zealand’s ancient forest in this unforgettable family adventure. The Original Canopy Tour is the perfect mix of fun and education that will have the kids and even grandma raving!  North Island’s #1 outdoor activity on TripAdvisor, the Original Tour is is an eco-adventure like no other where you explore ancient native forest on a network of ziplines and swing bridges.

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a lion in the meadow

Celebrating 50 years of  ‘A Lion in the Meadow’

Cost: FREE

The little boy said, “Mother, there is a lion in the meadow.”

The mother said, “Nonsense, little boy.”

Do you think there is a lion in the meadow? Award-winning author Margaret Mahy’s delightful story of truth and imagination, A Lion in the Meadow’ is a classic tale for every child, illustrated charmingly by Jenny Williams. These holidays you can download & print lion ears and tail for the kids to colour and wear!

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School Holidays Directory

School holiday classes activities are organised during each term break. School holiday camps and programs are offered by local city councils, art and dance studios, sport organisations.
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