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'We Built This City' Holiday Experience


Fri 3 Apr 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 19 Apr 2015, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology), 805 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $16.00
  • Children Under 17: $8.00
  • Student with ID: $8.00
  • Family Pass: $40.00
  • Under 5s: $0.00
  • SuperGold Card Holders: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: Vanessa Hefer

Help MOTAT build a model metropolis these holidays! The museum’s latest Holiday Experience, ‘We Built This City’, will have kids unleashing their inner designer as they get hands-on with an array of fun activities to teach them how cities evolve over time. Kids will enjoy producing and decorating their very own modular pods to construct the MOTAT model city of the future.

The whole family can get creative in the Historic Village as they are challenged to build their own shelter and learn about the traditional tools and technology used by the Māori and earlier European settlers. These exciting activities are ideally suited for children over 7 years old.

Younger visitors will love tinkering in the ‘Barrows to Bulldozers’ zone in the Activity Centre where they can get their hands on a variety of building blocks, toy construction vehicles and tools. Here they will find everything focussed on construction for their creative role playing.

As an added bonus, visitors to MOTAT on the 11, 12, 18, 19 April can get hands-on with the ‘Doug the Digger Roadshow’ which allows children of all ages the opportunity to operate a mini CAT digger under instruction and in a safe, supportive worksite environment. This interactive experience is run by Alistair McIntyre (better known as ‘Mr Mac’), author of the popular children’s’ book ‘Doug the Digger’ and founder of the Youth into Industry initiative, who has made it his life’s work to entertain, inspire and educate others, especially youngsters, through his own experiences.

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