Open daily, 10am–5pm, Free

419 Great King Street Dunedin, New Zealand

Discovery Squad

Paid admission

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October 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.

Weekdays during the school holidays from Monday 2 October to Friday 13 October.

Ages 5–12, fully supervised, dress for mess!

Bring a packed lunch and drink bottle or pre-order your lunch from our Café.

Please note, children watch a G-rated movie during break times.

Bookings essential

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




Week One


Monday 2 October – Down on the Farm

You won’t need your gumboots – it’s only virtual dirt! Come and enjoy all the fun of a day down on the farm.

Tuesday 3 October – Life before Dinosaurs

Everyone loves dinosaurs, but what walked the Earth before they were around? We are travelling 290 million years back in time, with inspiration from our special exhibition Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters. 

Wednesday 4 October – Iconic Animals of Otago Museum

It’s World Animal Day! Let’s search the Museum for our most amazing and important animal friends. 

Thursday 5 October – Musical Mayhem

Let’s make some noise! Dance on down for some musical madness and mayhem. Create your own musical instruments and learn the ukulele while you’re at it. Thursday 5 October

Friday 6 October – The Day of the Slime

Hope you don’t mind getting a bit mucky. Let’s see what slimy things we can create on a day of gunge and goo. 


Week Two


Monday 9 October – Fantastic Fossils

Aren’t fossils amazing? Get inspired by Life before Dinosaurs: Permian Monsters as we explore the world of fossils and extinction. 

Tuesday 10 October – Totally Science

Mad about science? This day is for you! Make a bang with kitchen chemistry and get the ball rolling with some fun physics. 

Wednesday 11 October – Enchanting Ancients

Get enchanted by the ancient world. Whether you’re mad about mummies or right into Greece and Rome, we have some fun adventures in store. 

Thursday 12 October – Cool Kiwiana

"Kia ora cuz, kei te pēhea koe?" Celebrate our shared culture as Kiwis, with some awesome arts and crafts. 

Friday 13 October – First Nations

We’re exploring the indigenous world these holidays. From the people of the Pacific Islands to the Inuits of the Arctic Circle, there’s lots we can learn from the first nations.