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 provide 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’s “Make Bake Create” page is full of activities, like helping kids print recycled items, bake a giant chocolate fish, or go on a digital scavenger hunt through the museum’s online collection. .
The Auckland Art Gallery offers free, downloadable activity sheets that help stimulate creativity, such as creating landscapes of poi and light bulbs.
At the 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 also downloadable zoo activity books.
Meanwhile, volcanoes and sea monsters are on the agenda of the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s online exhibit, while the Te Tuhi contemporary art space offers a number of self-guided online activities. and parents can help their children create their own felt book on Objectspace, among other tutorials. .
Using social media as a tool, the Stardome Observatory and Planetarium offers an “Ask an Astronomer” experience where parents can help their children ask a question online, via Instagram or Facebook.
If kids are feeling restless, they can get active with Auckland Live’s dance workshops, 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 “That’s So Random” program. .
The Auckland Diwali Festival will feature online content 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.