With no school, play dates, sports clubs, parties, and all the other things that keep kids busy, Auckland’s alert level restrictions can be especially taxing for young families.
With another week of school vacation, cultural establishments across the city are turning to online offerings to make sure kids are entertained.
From virtual tours to behind-the-scenes videos at the zoo, from downloadable activities to home crafts, there’s plenty to do.
New Zealand Maritime Museum
The Bake Create Page by the NZ Maritime Museum is full of activities to stimulate children’s creativity. Those who prefer hands-on activities can choose to bake a giant chocolate fish at home, while screen enthusiasts can embark on a digital treasure hunt through the museum’s online collection.
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Auckland Museum offers in-depth virtual tours and many online resources. Kids can learn to write in hieroglyphs as part of the Ancient Egypt exhibit, test their knowledge of volcanoes with online quizzes, or explore the online sea monster exhibit.
Motat is new “It’s so random” program invites kids to learn about probability and chance through an array of activities, from a DIY origami fortune teller activity to designing cars and buildings and playing chess.
Auckland Art Gallery
Each week, the Auckland Art Gallery releases a new “Art bubble” activity to keep all family members stuck at home.
In addition to creating landscapes of poi and light bulbs, children can take a virtual tour of some of the gallery’s exhibitions, each of which is accompanied by fun facts and art activities.
In addition to quenching children’s thirst for new reading and listening media through its extensive collection of eBooks, audiobooks and electronic magazines, the Auckland Library also has a lot to offer in terms of learning. and search fun.
There is something for all age groups, from a new reading challenge app, interactive games, downloadable activities, home science projects and easy-to-read articles.
Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra
The APO website “Activities for children” section offers a wide selection of entertainment and education opportunities, including video tutorials for home instrument making, activity sheets, visual lessons on all things music and live performances. line.
Contemporary art space Te Tuhi encourages creativity with a series of fun, self-guided online activities, ranging from a colorful journey inspired by Kiwi artist Michael Parekōwhai to an activity pack focused on the great outdoors.
Both fun and calming, a dive into Kelly Tarlton’s virtual aquarium will be so enjoyable that kids won’t even realize they are learning. The aquarium combines a number of activities and craft sheets with the ability to go behind the scenes with its keepers and sea creatures.
The webcams at the Auckland Zoo allow kids to get up close and personal with some of their favorite animals, from lemurs to red pandas, without leaving the sofa. There are also many online learning resources and printable activities available, designed to encourage children to explore flora and fauna from around the world.