Ever witnessed the first flight of a butterfly? Be there for that special moment and help release the young butterflies to take flight in the Tropical Forest. Join us every morning to learn about the amazing transformation butterflies go through before they can take flight!

Daily
10.30am
Tropical Forest
Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Discovery World Science Show

Learn about some of the heaviest and lightest gases in the universe from planets and stars, inside you and in everyday objects. Observe the physical and chemical properties of these gases to discover where we come from, and where we are going!

Saturday 28 June and Sunday 29 June, and daily during the school holidays from Saturday 5 July to Sunday 20 July, 11am and 3pm, Discovery World Theatre
Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Discovery World Science Show

What is fun? Being daring or having a laugh? Quiet times alone or hanging out with friends? Stimulate your senses to discover what happens in your body when you're having fun – you’ll never be bored again!

Every Saturday and Sunday from 17 May to 22 June, 11am and 3pm, Discovery World
Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Investigation Station

The plants around us can have many uses and benefits, but they can also make us sick or even kill us! Explore the origins of ethnobotany before putting your recognition skills to the test to figure out which of the plants are nice or nasty. 




Daily from Saturday 5 July to Sunday 20 July, 3.30pm
Atrium Level 1, Free

Cause an uproar!

Celebrate the Animal Attic's birthday with Otago Museum's famous Lawrence Lions! Stretch out at storytelling, get crafty and enjoy some ferocious face-painting as we celebrate the birthday of one of our most popular galleries. 

Storytelling: The Lawrence Lions
Enjoy a special reading of The Lawrence Lions by its author Clare Blackmore. 
11.30am

Tasty titbits
Get up close to the Lawrence Lions and use them as inspiration to decorate your own lion cookie.
12pm

Storytelling: The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Hear The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr and discover just how much the biggest cat eats!
1.30pm

Furry fashion
Whatever your favourite feline, make your own furry headband and tail. 
2pm

Crafty cats
Use your paper folding skills to create an origami 'king of the jungle'.
11.30am–3pm

Colourful camouflage face-painting 
Be transformed into your favourite big cat and blend into the Animal Attic with stripes or a mane. 
11.30am–3pm

Sunday 10 August, 11.30am–3pm, Animal Attic, Free

Discovery World Science Show

How far-fetched are horror stories? Can science explain the supernatural? Sort fact from fiction as we explore the physics of extraterrestrial travel, uncover how zombie brains function and demonstrate seeming superpowers.

Every Saturday and Sunday from 16 August to 21 September, 11am and 3pm, Discovery World
Free with your Discovery World Tropical Forest admission

Zombie Adventure Tour and Workshop

Zombies are lurking in the most surprising places... even in Animal Attic! Train to be a next generation zombie warrior, learn to recognize animal zombies and make your own zombie survival bracelet.

Meet at the information Desk, suitable for ages 8 and over.

Zombies On Screen

Come dressed as a zombie and act out your own green screen scene. Win one of three chances to be zombified by professional make-up artist George Wallace

Zombie Adventure Tour and Workshop:
Saturday 16 August and Sunday 17 August, 1pm, meet at the Information Desk, suitable for ages 8 and over.
Adventure tour: Free | Workshop: Gold Coin

Zombies on Screen: Sunday 17 August, 12pm
Atrium Level 1, Free