Kia Maia te Whai - Dare to Explore

9 DEC 2019 - 16 JAN 2020
Botany Library, level 1
Kia ora koutou!
Don’t let children miss out on the opportunity to join this free programme that supports them to grow their love of reading, and expands their literacy goals while engaging them in fun filled activities.

Theme: Onamata, Inamata, Ananmata (Past, Present, Future).
Aimed at children aged 5-12

Registrations are now open. Sign up now via online enrolment registration:
9th December 2019 - 20th January 2020

Sat 14 Dec: 3pm - 4pm
Christmas cards
Join us at Botany Library to create beautiful Christmas cards. With your imagination and creative skills, you can make exciting Christmas cards for your friends and family. No buying presents, just make a card full of love!

Sun 15 Dec: 3pm - 4pm
1-minute Lego challenge
Take the 1-minute LEGO challenge! Come along and have some fun with the huge Iibrary Lego set.

Mon 16 Dec: 10:30am - 11:30am
Christmas storytime and crafts
Celebrate Christmas with us with some Christmas stories and a fun craft activity. Suitable for all ages.

Fri 20 Dec: 11am - 12pm
Koru art
Discover and learn about Koru patterns. Design your own Koru pattern and transform it into a work of art.

Sat 21 Dec: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Recycled Poi making
Every NZ kid needs to play with or twirl a poi! Come along for an akoranga (lesson) on poi-making using recycled materials.

Sun 22 Dec: 3pm - 4pm
Blast from the Egyptian past
Go back in time and learn about Egyptians, get creative and have fun with an exciting craft and music session

Mon 23 Dec: 10:30am - 11:30am
Dynamic diorama
Get creative and make your own diorama inspired by Onamata (past), Inamata (present) or Anamata (future). We have lots of materials for you to choose from!

Tue 24 Dec: 10:30am - 11:30am
Sparkling sun catchers
Get creative and make a beautiful sparkling sun catcher to decorate your windows this festive season.

Fri 27 Dec: 10:30am - 11:15am
Fun fitness - Yoga for kids
Get active and join us for a fun and relaxing yoga session. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat if you have one.

Sat 28 Dec: 3pm - 4:30pm
Futuristic movie
Join us for an exciting movie along with your friends and family. Refreshments will be provided.

Sun 29 Dec: 3pm - 4pm
Roald Dahl craft-a-noon
Get inspired by Roald Dahl and join us to make something special at our craft-a-noon at the library. We have lots of materials for you to choose from!

Mon 30 Dec: 10:30am - 11:30am
Emotion spinners
Get creative and learn to express your emotions with some colourful spinners.

Fri 3 Jan: 10:30am - 11:30am
Fun fitness - GKR Karate
Learn a skill to defend yourself, with a fun session taken by GKR Karate School.

Sat 4 Jan: 3pm - 4:30pm
Movie time
Enjoy an old favourite children’s movie selected by librarians.

Sun 5 Jan: 3pm - 4pm
Harry Potter potions class 
Learn to mix potions and have fun with a cool Harry Potter potion class.

Mon 6 Jan: 10:30am - 11:30am
Jurassic challenge
If you love dinosaurs, you would not want to miss this session. Have fun learning about dinosaurs and create your own hat.

Tue 7 Jan: 11am - 12pm
Memory box
Join us to create your very own memory box for keeping your small taonga (treasures) safe.

Wed 8 Jan: 10:30am - 11:30am
Telephone scavenger hunt
Join us on a journey way back into the past where technology unravels when you take an amazing race around Botany Library.

Thu 9 Jan: 10:30am - 11:30am
Zine making
Get creative and join us as we make a zine (tiny magazine) out of recycled materials

Fri 10 Jan: 3pm - 4pm
Meet other like-minded gamers and swap tips and tricks. This is an opportunity for young Minecrafters to get together and have an hour of play in a safe environment.
Please bring your own device (laptop, iPad, iPod, Android, etc) as library computers will unfortunately be unavailable. 
You will require your own Minecraft registration and login. This is available from

Sat 11 Jan: 10:30am - 11:30am
Fun fitness - GKR Karate
Learn a skill to defend yourself, with a fun session taken by GKR Karate School.

Sun 12 Jan: 3pm - 4pm
Paper bag monsters
Use recycled materials to make fun paper bag monsters to trick friends and family.

Mon 13 Jan: 10:30am - 11:30am
Stop motion animation 
Learn to make a short film by using the Stop Motion app. Please bring your own ipad or phone to share your short film with friends.

Tue 14 Jan: 10:30am - 11:30am
Inna’s mindfulness workshop
Join Inna Neal with an interactive session about how an “Attitude if Gratitude” prepares you for success!!!
Parent or guardian need to attend the session as well.
Registration required since places are limited. Email:

Wed 15 Jan: 11am - 12pm
Wearable arts costumes
Create wearable arts costumes using only recycled materials.

Thu 16 Jan: 10:30am - 11:30am
Digital unplugged
Join us for a fun interactive digital unplugged session: Technology activities for kids that don't require computers or the internet.