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.

Ages 5–12, fully supervised, dress for mess! Bring a packed lunch and drink bottle or pre-order your lunch from our Café.


Weekdays during the school holidays from Monday 28 September to Friday 9 October. 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. Bookings essential – please contact the Otago Museum on 03 474 7474 or book online
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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

Gallery Trail

Search the Museum galleries for the answers that will help you crack the code to our noble nurses puzzle.

Throughout the day from Saturday 26 September to Sunday 11 October
Collect your trail from the Discovery Desk on Atrium Level 1

The Earth Science Series

Get ready to rumble with a new set of our favourite science demos. Explore the science behind volcanic eruptions, simulate an earthquake and learn why it can sometimes rain fish!

Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission
Daily at 11.30am and 3pm from Saturday 26 September to Sunday 11 October

Science Show

Get ready to be illuminated and enlightened by Discovery World's latest science show. Prepare for some big bangs as you zoom out to the edge of the universe to see the first stars be born. Then head back to Earth to take a close-up look at a glow-worm and explore the southern lights.

2pm, every Wednesday and Sunday from 26 September to 11 October
Barclay Theatre

Guided Children's Activity

One hundred years ago, brave Otago women volunteered to serve with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service during WWI. Discover the posters that inspired them and the medals they earned, then make your own badge of honour to keep and wear.

1.30pm, Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October
Atrium Level 1
Bookings essential; book and pay at the Info Desk or online
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