Each school holidays during the year we have activity-based programmes with different themes open to all school aged kids. These programmes are held at all of our libraries and sometimes, a number of prizes can be won. Also, kids get to take their crafty creations and drawings home. 

All our events are usually free, but registration may be required for more popular programmes. We also have programmes where you can simply come along on the day to join in. Parents must remain with children during all activities.

We aim to provide information on our website regarding the programmes approximately two weeks before school holidays commence. We hope you will join us for fun-filled school holidays. If you have any questions, you can contact our Whakaahu Service Development Librarians or you can call your local library hosting the activity you wish to attend. 

Previous school holiday programmes

Maanawatia a Matariki - June 2023 School Holidays

We had a blast celebrating Maanawatia a Matariki in our libraries this past June School Holidays. One of the highlights was a special Bilingual edition of our storytime that was held at each of our libraries. 

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Earth Aroha - School Holidays

Hamilton City Libraries brought the fun by returning to nature in the April school holidays 2023 by showing our Papatuuaanuku some love in our Earth Aroha-based programmes and events.


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Lost in Space - School Holidays

We celebrated Space Week in style for the October 2022 School Holidays. We learned to make straw rockets, solar system models and painted the different planets. We had our Lego space sets, scavenger hunts and the VR headset available every day for whaanau to try. 

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April 2022 School Holiday Fun

We had so much to do at our libraries during April 2022 school holiday! We raced toy cars, created the Central Library out of cardboard and much more!

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Matariki School Holidays

Come and make stars with us to celebrate Matariki 2021!

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