Great indoor activities and wet weather ideas around New Zealand
Flight: A day of making puppets at the Pourakahua Pōneke Whānau show, Wellington Library and Te Papa. Photo / Supplied
It’s about now that your list of rainy weather activities is probably shrinking.
Nothing better than fresh air to tire children out during school holidays. But let’s face it: the July holidays are notorious for their unpredictability.
If you need some inspiration to tear kids away from their screens, we’ve been thinking blue skies to find the best undercover activities in New Zealand cities.
Here’s our guide to New Zealand’s great interiors for kids of all ages:
Water, water everywhere. If time has put a damper on your plans, you can take inspiration from some epic ocean voyages.
This week, the Maritime Museum is helping children navigate the stars for the Matariki school vacation program. Temporary Star Dome to see how some of history’s greatest sailors sailed the Pacific in total darkness.
If inspiration and time permit, an hour-long journey through Waitematā harbor under the sails of the barge Ted Ashby Heritage.
Activities starting at $ 5 per child
Light pack, at the end of the tram tracks, the Transport Museum invites families to glamping. Children are invited to build their own paper camper van under the guaranteed good weather of the Motat hanger.
It’s possible to take a look at the museum’s permanent collection of airplanes, including the M4 Solent seaplane, which provided the very first Transtasman bubble.
For less stuffy and appropriate activities, kids can take part in the special event: Caca, toi and Very Tiny Things. Observe tiny insects, microbes and (fake) poo under a microscope.
MOTAT’s normal admission fees apply. Free entry for children under 5.
If you want to tire the family both physically and mentally, there is a selection of indoor playgrounds in town.
Rain or shine – Inflatable World’s bouncy castle warehouse is enough to stop the mid-vacation deflation. There are a few in town, with branches in New Plymouth, Christchurch and Dunedin if you are spending this vacation.
The slightly younger My Wonderland playground is for toddlers and children up to 11 years old, with slides and climbing frames.
Don’t get worn out by the Wellington gusts, get away from the wind and.
The great treasures of Te Papa and Toi Art are a must for the city. The Te Taiao Natural History Exhibit invites you to explore New Zealand’s wild treasures from the comfort of the National Museum. Have a seismic experience at Quakehouse or meet the world’s only “Colossal Squid” on display.
Their exhibitions are inexhaustible. But just in case you need something a little more practical to keep the attention from wandering, a program of events for the school vacation has been put together.
This includes preschool dance workshops with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and a day of puppet making, learning waiata and a performance of Pourakahua – the mythical bird of Aotearoa.
City Art in Capital E
Seeking to spark creative ideas and rethink Wellington’s skyline, the temporary exhibition Where the Art Is invites children to do town planning and design the future of city buildings.
International Antarctic Center
If you can’t find the courage to step out of your tent, the International Antarctic Center can put things in perspective for you. Welcome to the Storm Dome. The interactive exhibit is the closest to a katabatic blizzard.
Bad weather is no excuse not to venture outside. The center also organizes daily tours of the Hägglund. Children ages 5 and up are invited to take a ride in this Antarctic tracked tank which, as you will discover, can conquer ANY terrain.
If you don’t want to sit in the backseat, the Supa Karts indoor circuit works, rain or shine. Family runs are available for those who want to train. Junior carts from 8 years old and tandem carts specially designed for parents with children over 5 years old to take on the track.
Of course beats the school race.
Skydiving is normally a sport in good weather. However, the indoor skydiving center
on Brecon Street never takes a rain check. iFly welcomes travelers aged 5 and over to experience the weightlessness and the thrill of the wind in your wetsuit.
It’s also perfect for those who are afraid of heights, as it takes place over two meters, rather than the usual 3000.
If you’re not all excited, head over to SITE Trampoline. New Zealand’s largest indoor trampoline and foam pits, the center is perfect for burning off excess energy or for more constructive lessons.
A school holiday program offers trampoline, gymnastics and skateboarding lessons. At $ 49 per day, intended for classes of 5 and over, these sessions will help children gain self-confidence and master the most delicate tricks.
A foam pit and a trampoline dedicated to “mini-bouncers”, allow parents to take the youngest on an anti-gravity adventure.