Kids inspecting John Botica's Frangipani artwork

School holiday activities

Fun (and free) ways to keep the kids busy during the holidays

Bored kids?  Come to the Gardens for free family fun!

We run both bookable and drop in activities for a variety of age groups during the school holidays. Most activities are free but spaces for bookable activities are limited, and bookings are a must. To see what’s on these holidays, visit our events calendar.

For those who prefer to do their own thing, there’s always plenty to do here!  Ask our staff at Huakaiwaka visitor centre for ideas, or print one of our kids discovery activity sheets

Go Wild!  
Check out the digital animations created by 15 students at the Gardens in January 2016.

Bouncing on the bouncy boardwalk in the Potter Children's Garden
Bouncing on the bouncy boardwalk in the Potter Children's Garden
Through the dry desert to reach the misty jungle, Potter Children's Garden
Through the dry desert to reach the misty jungle, Potter Children's Garden
The dry desert, Potter Children's Garden
The dry desert, Potter Children's Garden
Playing in the kereru egg, Potter Children's Garden
Playing in the kereru egg, Potter Children's Garden
Playing in the meadow, Potter Children's Garden
Playing in the meadow, Potter Children's Garden
Playing in the rill, Pohutukawa Walkway
Playing in the rill, Pohutukawa Walkway
Running through the misty jungle, Potter Children's Garden
Running through the misty jungle, Potter Children's Garden
The misty jungle, Potter Children's Garden
The misty jungle, Potter Children's Garden
Stopping to smell the flowers
Stopping to smell the flowers
Telling the time with the sundial, Potter Children's Garden
Telling the time with the sundial, Potter Children's Garden
Frog spotting in the stinky bog at the Potter Children's Garden
Frog spotting in the stinky bog at the Potter Children's Garden