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Little Scientists


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Little Scientists run a science-based school holiday programme in Auckland for children aged 5-10 years old, from Hillsborough Playcentre at 21 Currie Ave in Auckland.

Tell me about the School Holiday Science programme?

Little Scientists run school holiday programmes that focus on making science fun! Our programme is held at the Hillsborough Playcentre during the school holidays, Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 3.00pm. It is a good idea to arrive on time as we usually get straight into things and we don't want anyone to miss something exciting!

Is lunch included in the School Holiday Programmes?

Children need to bring their own healthy lunch. We all sit together for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

How many teachers do you have at the Holiday Programmes?

Our adult:child ratio is 1:10. All our facilitators are passionate about Science and bring lots of interesting and diverse skills to our programme. Our programme is closely connected to NZ Playcentre and their philosophy around learning through play. Each session is set up to enable student-centered experiential learning supported by our Facilitators and we always have enough equipment for each child to be able to work together at the same time.

What do children do at Little Scientists School Holiday Programmes?

Little Scientists offer a wide range of age-based science activities, such as propulsion with rockets, acids and bases, electronics, weather, crystals, space, food science, magnets, bubbles…the list goes on! If your child has a particular interest, we are happy to try and incorporate this into one of our science sessions, so please let us know. We have a big focus on working together as a team. This is carried over into free time too, when we encourage children to help each other out, be inclusive and be aware of each other. Working as a team does not mean working together at all times; we acknowledge some children prefer to work alone or in small groups, so our style of teamwork means being aware of your group, helping out and being kind. We have recently partnered with House of Science, which is a Charitable Trust that is passionate about inspiring young New Zealanders' interest in science through tangible learning experiences. For more information, visit www.houseofscience.nz

What do people say about Little Scientists?

Olivia loves this place so much, that when I offered to take a day off work to spend with her during the holidays, she rejected me so that she could go to Little Scientists instead.
Olivia's Mum

Thanks for making my little boy's eyes light up! He loved his couple of days at Little Scientists; great activities, fabulous relaxed environment!
Ryan's Mum

My boy loves his days at Little Scientists. He teaches us a lot!
Tai's Dad

Great space, great educators! My daughter loves it.
Caitlin's Dad

Matiu loved it! I would definitely recommend it! Playcentre for big kids!
Matiu's Mum

This is so amazing... I loved it so much!

What are the age restrictions for the School Holiday Programmes?

Our school holiday programme is suitable for primary school children from 5 to 10 years of age only.

What is the Little Scientists Travelling Science Show?

Our Travelling Science Shows run for 1 hour, from 10:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm-2:00pm Tues-Thur. The show is currently tailored to suit pre-school children, weaving all the strands, goals and learning outcomes of Te Whaariki into a fun and educational experience where tamariki will discover first hand just how exciting science can be! The cost is $200.00 and bookings can be made from our website. Look out for our Interactive Primary School Science Shows coming soon!

How much is each Holiday Programme Session?

Sessions costs $50.00 per session per child.

What are the Online Science sessions?

Little Scientists offer regular online sessions for small groups of 20 participants, where we cover Cloud Science, Acids and Bases, and Endothermic Reactions. The Teacher's session is designed to help teachers make science more fun in Pre-Schools and Primary Schools. We currently offer a weekly Zoom session on Friday night. The Children's session is designed to spark curiousity and encourage an interest in all things scence. We currently offer a weekly Zoom session on Friday afternoon.