Occupying the kids during COVID-19 Alert Level 3 is no easy task, but we’re here to help.
Our libraries offer a ton of online resources, and we’ve also got suggestions for how to keep your little ones busy in the backyard, or in your immediate neighbourhood.
Play the #WeGotThisNZ Round Two lockdown challenge
Get your bubble through this lockdown by checking out the #WeGotThisNZ challenge on the GooseChase app.
Packed with family-friendly virtual missions to complete, the game is guaranteed to keep kids (young and old) active and occupied while at home, and new missions will be added regularly!
Auckland Libraries online
Auckland Libraries has plenty of online activities, learning, and entertainment which is available anytime, anywhere and is completely free.
Keep your tamariki busy and learning for hours with thousands of eBooks to choose from, listening to an e-audio book and doing online puzzle challenges.
There’s also a wide range of online resources for tamariki and rangatahi (youth) to help them to succeed with their schoolwork, with homework assistance for curly questions, topic guides, online training courses, tumblemath mathematics challenges and tools to develop timelines of world events.
Check out some of our dedicated children’s resources below.
OverDrive for kids
Browse and check out eBooks written specifically for tamariki (kids) and rangatahi (teens). There’s fiction, non-fiction, homework help and more.
Browse online or via the Libby app.
OverDrive video for kids
Learn a language, watch a classic and keep the kids entertained for free with hundreds of curated films and videos.
Browse OverDrive video for kids online.
World Book Early World of Learning
Learn from home with videos, games, stories and activities perfect for tamariki during school holidays, after school or as a homework boost.
AnyQuestions offers online help to assist New Zealand students with their homework or schooling. Between 10am and 6pm weekdays you can log on and chat with a real librarian about your enquiry.
Start your library membership
Haven’t got a library membership yet? Sign up for an Auckland Libraries eMembership online today. It only takes a couple of easy steps, its free and can be done entirely from home.
Auckland Zoo is bringing the animals to you with regular live streams, keeper cams, stories, interactive activities and learning resources for families at home.
Visit aucklandzoo.co.nz for more information, or take a look at the links below:
New at-home lesson plans and learning resources are now available online too, with new themes arriving every Monday and Wednesday.
MOTAT is bringing the best of its great collection to you at home, with new activities, stories, puzzles, games and videos online every day.
Visit motat.fun for great self-directed fun and learning for kids, games and projects that can be enjoyed together as a family, and resources for parents and teachers.
APO for kids
The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has some fun and educational online activities for kids to be completed at home at a time that suits your family.
Make & Do is a series of activity videos designed for pre-school to primary school-aged children. New videos are released every Monday morning at 10am.
Auckland War Memorial Museum
While the doors of Auckland Museum are closed, you can still experience some of your favourite parts of Tāmaki Paenga Hira from home.
Watch how volcanoes are made, make an exotic bird come alive in a puzzle or see some never seen before photos of Sir Edmund Hillary and his expeditions.
Join the Mini Māui’s kids club
Sign up to the NZ Maritime Museum’s free kids club and receive a quarterly activity pack in the post, plus kids sail for free on their birthdays!
Tag us in your Mini Māui’s posts and use the hashtags #NZMaritimeMuseum and #MiniMāuis for spot prizes too!
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