Events for kids
Looking for something to take (or send!) the kids to? Look no longer!
Kiwi Night Encounter
74 Ngā Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae
Watch our birds as they emerge from their daytime slumber and engage in the nocturnal exploration of their outdoor enclosure. Every evening presents a new episode in the lives of our birds!
Each Encounter starts with a kiwi presentation in our Visitor Centre. Your guide will then escort you to our outdoor kiwi enclosure where you will take your seat in our covered observation area. For the following 30 to 40 minutes we promise you will be captivated by the birds behaviour.
This experience is not recommended for children under 7 years.
Calling all Lego fans! We supply the Lego pieces, you supply the ideas. Come along to this informal group to get creative and share skills.
Twilight Tram Rides
MacKay's Crossing Entrance, Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki
Bring family and friends to the Wellington Tramway Museum, MacKays Crossing Entrance - Queen Elizabeth Park Enjoy a late afternoon/ early evening ride to Whareroa Beach on one of our vintage Wellington Trams. Very Special Fares - Only a gold coin donation per person.
Art Classes - Term 2, 2021 - Creative Kids Art Lab
4 May – 24 Jun 2021
6 Rainbow Court, Raumati
Term 2 art classes & after-school care for children who like to make, create and invent. Located in Raumati, Paraparaumu - Kapiti. For ages 5-13 on Tues, Wed and Thurs. The kid's art classes are from 3.30 - 5 pm, however, children can arrive from 3 pm onwards. There is a late-stay option until 6.30 pm, so the classes can extend as an after-school programme. Themes: - Tuesdays - Paint, Print & Sew - Wednesdays - Drawing & Painting - Thursdays - Clay & Sculpture Children can attend for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, or any combination. Online booking allows for multiple or single-day registration, as well as later changing days. Payment by credit card has no additional fees. - Qualified primary teacher and artist - 15 years experience teaching art to primary-aged children - Progressive teaching methods - Lessons based on traditional and modern arts/crafts, developing skills & creativity - Structured, but in a home-studio setting - Daily or weekly themes - A child-friendly, relaxed environment for after-school - Lots of variety / choice - Excellent resources The classes provide an opportunity to play and experiment in a structured but caring, home-studio environment. Activities are designed and supervised by an experienced primary school teacher and artist. To meet the needs of active and curious children after school we explore a variety of crafts such as sewing, crochet, pottery, felting, weaving, jewellery and woodwork; and the art forms: painting, drawing, sculpting and printmaking. The activities utilise a child's growing mathematical skills such as estimating, measuring, scaling up & down, changing 2D to 3D, exploring symmetry, and pattern-making. Natural sciences, such as chemistry, biology, geology and physics are included, as well as history and culture. Experiments and activities: - Experiment with colour and creative ways of using paint - Create with clay & natural materials - Construct with recyclables - Engineer and test adhesive methods and materials - Sewing - Learning to trust their creative process See photos on the website. Contact Helen with any questions.
The Kapiti Family Express
30 May 2021
Amohia St, Paraparaumu
Bring the family to ride on our Kapiti Family Express to experience the nostalgia of travelling on a real heritage steam train. We will be offering rides between Paraparaumu and Paekakariki. The round trip will take about 45 minutes. Departs Paraparaumu at: - 9:40 am - 10:40 am - 11:40 am - 1:10 pm - 2:10 pm - 3:10 pm Report 10 minutes prior to departure. Two of our coal-fired steam locomotives will be used to haul the train. Ja1271 in one direction and Ab608 "Passchendaele" in the other. All trains will be using our fleet of red heritage carriages, many with open end balconies. A special Family fare is also available. Tickets available from Coastlands service desk. Prior ticket purchase recommended.