School Holiday Programme

For a holiday full of fun and excitement, sign your kids up for Discovery Squad at the Otago Museum. Offering awesome themed activities, Discovery Squad activates and stimulates young minds! 



Whole-day sessions: $52 per child 8.30am–5.30pm, half-day sessions: $29 per child 8.30am–1pm OR 1pm–5.30pm; 10% discount when booking all 10 full days.
Weekdays during the school holidays from Monday 6 July to Friday 17 July.
Ages 5–12, fully supervised, dress for mess!
Bring a packed lunch and drink bottle or pre-order your lunch from our Café. Bookings essential – please contact the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online
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School Holiday Programme

Create a beautiful photogram like those made by Picasso, Man Ray and Len Lye. Use the power of the sun, artistic objects, layering, motion and special light-sensitive paper to draw with light and make your own print.

$3 per participant
1.30pm, Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 July
Atrium Level 1
Suitable for ages 9 and up
Bookings essential – call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online
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Science Adventure Tour

What do rugby games and rockets have in common? Join our coach to find out! Get a leg up on the competition with our muscle machine and experience exciting science demos that will leave you breathless.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
3pm, daily from Saturday 4 to Sunday 19 July
Discovery World

School Holiday Gallery Trail

Who invented chocolate? Come on a trail of discovery to find out! Seek out the ingenious inventions hidden in each Otago Museum gallery and answer the coded questions to earn a Cadbury chocolate treat.

Throughout the day from Saturday 4 July to Sunday 19 July
Collect your trail from the Discovery Desk on Atrium Level 1

Discovery World Explorations

Drop in to Discovery World to investigate some phenomenal everyday science applications. Join our Science Communicators throughout the day to discover how electricity works in your body, what happens to objects in space, and much more.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
Daily, throughout the day
Discovery World

Expect the Unexpected

Discovery World scientists make the unbelievable believable with the world’s best science demos. They’ll hold fire, freeze your breath, make elephant toothpaste and present a changing line-up of their favourite science experiments, new for the July school holidays!

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am
Discovery World Theatre, suitable for all ages

Academy of Science Showcase

Come along to six crazy-cool science shows presented by Year 13 students from this year's University of Otago Academy of Science. One day only – don't miss it!

Photosynthesis: where would we be without it?

The secrets of chemical bonding

Mutations and the future of the human race

Surgical medicine: my, how it has changed!

Come fly with me! But how?

The magical mysteries of memory

3.30pm, Friday 10 July
Hutton Theatre

Tropical Forest Show

Dip into the Tropical Forest for a taste sensation! From pineapple to bananas to cocoa beans, find out about tropical treats and the journey they take to New Zealand, and then feast on your favourite tropical fruit dunked in chocolate fondue.

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
2.30pm, every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 to 19 July
Tropical Forest

School Holiday Shock-buster

From ancient Maya to modern Mexico, chocolate is a way of life – and death! Learn about cacao trade and celebration in Central America, and make a spicy chocolate skull using delicious Cadbury chocolate.

11.30am and 1.30pm, Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 July (ALL SESSIONS FULLY BOOKED)
Atrium Level 1
Limited places, bookings essential – call the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online

Freaky Science Show

Imagine chocolate wind, chocolate slime or chocolate dots from space! Discover some fascinating facts about one of our favourite treats with mad science you can really sink your teeth into.

2.30pm, Tuesday 14 July and Thursday 16 July
Atrium Level 1