2021 DATES ANNOUNCED: 9 - 18 JULY

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Covid-19 Unmasked: Understanding the outbreak

Join us for a discussion among New Zealand’s top experts on COVID-19 and how our country has approached the global pandemic.

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Big Science! Show!

Our Universe started with a big bang, and since then explosions have shaped our history. From the Cambrian explosion that gave Earth all its life to the industrial revolution and the creation of the motor. Come and enjoy this explosive show that will blow your mind with lights, lasers, fire and ice!

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Collective Chain Reactions

Grab your family and friends, and help us create Dunedin's longest chain reaction!

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DreamerSpace - Jet Packs

Come along for the chance to make your very own jet pack dressup to take home and a special space-themed storytime.

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Engineering Challenge

Can you build the tallest marshmallow tower? The strongest straw well? Come test your skills at our engineering challenges.

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Squishy Circuits

Explore the basics of electrical circuits through play dough and build a sculpture that can light up or move.

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Litter Free Ocean

Help us tackle the issue of ocean litter, contribute to a national citizen science project, and take action for our local wildlife.

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Star Tour at the Observatory!

Tour Dunedin's Beverly Begg Observatory for an introduction to astronomy, hands-on experiments, constellations, planets, galaxies & more!

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Water Wellbeing

Meet our amazing freshwater invertebrates who can show you how clean the water is and feed our precious long finned eel Waimarie!

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Wet and Wild Walks - Offshore Otago

Join us for walks along a range of Dunedin seashores and learn about the diversity and adaptation of the marine critters that live between the tides.

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Make a Bug Hotel & Badge

Make a bug hotel for beneficial garden insects like ladybugs, slaters and hoverflies using recycled materials.

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Brain Boggling Bugs

Meet our beautiful native bugs including spectacular spiders and stick insects!

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Our Oceans

Tackling the complexities of our changing marine environments, 29 artists and 20 scientists collaborate to bring you artworks exploring research about Our Oceans.

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Brain Labs with Being Brainy

Did you know that your brain cannot feel pain? That brain scans can detect if you’re in love? That your eyes actually see the world upside down? Join us at one of our Brain Lab events, brought to you by Being Brainy.

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Wet and Wild Walks - Mudflats

Join us for walks along a range of Dunedin seashores and learn about the diversity of the marine critters that live between the tides.

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The Future is Nano

Learn how nanotechnology is leading the way to a brighter, greener, #zerocarbon future!

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Science Storytime

Stories and songs about bees and bugs and other critters to celebrate the NZ International Science Festival.

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Investigate Invertebrates

Meet our beautiful native invertebrates including spectacular spiders and stick insects!

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Orokonui Odyssey

Join passionate scientists and science communicators from our Orokonui Dream Team to celebrate the many endangered species at Orokonui Ecosanctuary!

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Fizz Bubble Pop: Science Fun

Join us to do some easy science experiments (suitable for primary school children). Different activities each day.

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Wet and Wild Walks - Rocky Shore

Join us for walks along a range of Dunedin seashores and learn about the diversity of the marine critters that live between the tides.

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No Rain, No Rainforest

Experience rainy season in Tūhura's Tropical Forest! Get set to get wet, and experience how a rainforest and its inhabitants adapt to the rain.

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Forest Feast

Learn how the native trees in our New Zealand forest feed Native birds all year round with nectar, fruit and fresh leaves!

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Power of Poo!

Learn how to POOlant a tree like the birds do and make your own POOtend poo bomb with clay and native seeds to take home!

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CANCELLED Wet and Wild Walks - Beachcombing

Regretfully, this event has been cancelled due to the inclement whether.

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Chain Reactions

Learn about chain reactions, different types of energy and how to create your own explosive popsicle stick bombs.

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Through the Lens

Learn tips and tricks about wildlife and nature photography from Orokonui's resident photographer.

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Snackable Science

Pay a visit to Lab-in-a-Box on the Museum Reserve, where we’ll be serving up some snackable science demonstrations.

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Whale of a Weekend

Otago Museum is celebrating the relaunch of the award-winning documentary Humpback Whales in the planetarium, where our domed-ceiling screen immerses you in the deep ocean. We have eight incredible, family-friendly events this weekend to celebrate the return to our big screen.

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Science Short Films

Drop into the library and enjoy some short science films created by students and staff at the University of Otago's Centre for Science Communication.

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Cold Blooded Characters

Discover the amazing endangered reptile species found only in New Zealand!

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Takahē Tales

How was a bird declared extinct rediscovered? Find out more about the third rarest bird in New Zealand!

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Hand Sanitiser - Know It and Use it

This hands-on experience will explore an essential commodity in our current world, hand sanitizer, through a presentation and demonstration.

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Surf Break Science and Coastal Management

Come and learn from some of New Zealand’s leading surf break management experts, local researchers and Dunedin City Council’s coastal team.

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First Flight

Be there for that special moment and help our newly-emerged butterflies take flight in the Tropical Forest.

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Humpback Whales

Narrated by actor Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature's most awe-inspiring marine mammals.

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Tuhura top Hits

Enjoy science demos linking to some of Tuhura’s most popular interactives.

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What Makes Our Heart Tick?

What happens to your heart when you exercise? Learn how it works, why it sometimes beats slow and sometimes feels like it is going to burst!

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Pop-up Aquarium

Join the NZ Marine Studies Centre for a marine encounter close to home as the Aquavan “pops-up” in a variety of Dunedin locations.

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Fun Science at Moana Pool

Enjoy some Fun Science at Moana Pool! Physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy... We will enjoy all areas of science in the pool.

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Kākā Kaitiaki

Learn how we care for the rare and endangered South Island Kaka at Orokonui.

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Getting to the Root of It

Enjoy a Tropical Forest treasure trail, using the clues to answer the questions and claim your reward!

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Pakake, New Zealand Sea Lion Adventure

Children’s entertainer Allie Simpson and the NZ Sea Lion Trust offer an interactive adventure with a story and yoga about pakake.

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Beautiful Birds

Learn how we care for more than 20 species of native and endangered birds at Orokonui.

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Otago Museum After Dark

Sick of the same old thing on a Friday night? Join us for another amazing After Dark where Otago Museum opens at night for drinks, dancing, desserts, and a DJ.

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Wildlife Hospital

Do you want to know what the Wildlife Hospital staff have been doing and are continuing to do? Come to this talk by one of their specialists.

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