11am—3pm on Saturdays & Sundays, public holidays, and every day during school holidays

Come along, have fun and make some art! 

Held every weekend (and weekdays during the school holidays), Whānau drop-ins are free, family-focused, art-making workshops designed for families to get creative together.

The workshops offer you the chance to get hands on with activities inspired to our current exhibition, Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art. 

Every week is a new activity, so make it part of your weekly routine!


  • Sun 7 Mar: Bird masks
  • Sat 13 Mar – Sun 14 Mar: Threaded collage
    Thread together a variety of materials to create a celebration of who we are, what is important to us and our connections to the world around us.
  • Sat 20 Mar – Sun 21 Mar: Weaving a felt bag
    Inspired by traditional flax kete and learning simple weaving techniques to make a small bag of your own using coloured felt and mixed materials.
  • Sat 27 Mar – Sun 28 Mar: Porotiti spinning disks
    Learn to make porotiti inspired by the taonga pūoro or traditional Māori instrument and many artworks in Toi Tū Toi Ora.
  • Fri 2 Apr – Tue 6 Apr (Easter): Big eyes
  • Sat 10 Apr – Sun 11 Apr: Clothes pin monsters
  • Sat 17 Apr – Fri 23 Apr (School holidays): Flying birds
  • Sat 24 Apr – Fri 30 Apr (School holidays): Finger puppets
  • Sun 25 Apr – Mon 26 Apr (ANZAC Day, actual and observed): ANZAC poppy spinners

Keep checking back for more dates and fun, creative activities!

Also at Auckland Pride Festival 2021

Park for $2 per hour at The Civic car park on weekends. Find out more

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Last updated: 12 January 2021