Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland museums and galleries go online for school holidays


There were 44 new cases of Covid-19 in the community on Friday, 41 in Auckland and three in Waikato. Video / Dean Purcell / Christine Dawson / Michael Craig

Auckland may still be under strict Covid-19 restrictions, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t many fun options to keep kids entertained during school holidays.

Museums, zoos, and art galleries do their best to offer free and educational online activities, creating a treasure trove of resources to help parents pass the time.

Whether it’s baking a giant chocolate fish cake, watching a zoo webcam, or a dance workshop, parents can get creative to keep the whole family entertained.

The New Zealand Maritime Museum ‘Cook Createis filled with activities, such as helping kids print out recycled items, bake a giant chocolate fish, or embark on a digital scavenger hunt through the museum’s online collection.

Auckland Art Gallery offers free, downloadable activity sheets that help stimulate creativity, such as creating landscapes of poi and light bulbs.

At Auckland Zoo, kids can watch webcams to see how the animals go their days without visitors and can follow zookeepers using the “staff camera playlist”. There are downloadable zoo activity books too much.

Meanwhile, volcanoes and sea monsters are on the program of the Auckland War Memorial Museum online exhibit, while the contemporary art space You tuhi offers a number of self-guided online activities and parents can help their children make their own felt book to Objectspace, among other tutorials.

Using social media as a tool, the Stardome Observatory and Planetarium has a “Ask an astronomer“experience where parents can help their children submit a question online, or via Instagram or Facebook.

The Auckland Memorial Museum is one of a multitude of museums and galleries offering online activities for school holidays.  Photo / Supplied
The Auckland Memorial Museum is one of a multitude of museums and galleries offering online activities for school holidays. Photo / Supplied

If children are feeling restless, they can get active with dance workshops by Auckland Live, or do coloring activities and puzzles.

At Motat, kids can learn to design cars or buildings, play chess, create a fun new outfit with the Wardrobe Randomiser, or create different futures with their own origami fortune teller using the ‘It’s so random‘ program.

Auckland Diwali Festival will have online content available starting October 15, such as making a diya and marigold garland, or coloring rangoli, trying out a new recipe, and dancing with the performers who would usually be on stage.

The school holidays for term 3 started on October 2 and continue until Monday October 18.

Auckland is in the first phase of easing Alert Level 3 restrictions. Aucklanders may meet another household outside, in a group of up to 10 people.


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