Canterbury Museum


Early Childhood

For infants and toddlers, independent exploration of Discovery is recommended. Discovery at Canterbury Museum is a unique environment, providing and interactive look at the treasures of the natural world.

Discovery encourages infants and toddlers to explore the wonders of the wider world. By interacting with this colourful, child-friendly exhibition, children can participate in active exploration: asking questions, problem solving and making exciting discoveries.

For infants and toddlers, independent exploration of Discovery is recommended. Discovery at Canterbury Museum is a unique environment, providing and interactive look at the treasures of the natural world.

Young children

Canterbury Museum has a number of programmes designed for young children. Each programme is led by an Education Communicator and includes a balance of information, active exploration and hands-on experiences.

The programmes are all closely linked to the principles and strands of the Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whariki, and include opportunities for children to develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills, to take part in problem-solving activities and to ask their own questions and make their own discoveries.

Download a copy of our 2014/2015 Learning Experiences booklet for more information on specific programmes.

(pdf) Learning Experiences Booklet

Discovery

Discovery at Canterbury Museum has been designed with children in mind. It provides an opportunity for a close-up, hands-on look at some of the Museum's natural history collection, including a giraffe, jaguar, meerkat, sheep and shells.

Children can explore Discovery and uncover a rich variety of animal specimens including butterflies, spiders, insects and birds. Puzzles, books and computers also complement learning.

It is recommended that 'own time' in Discovery is booked for infants and toddlers rather than a specific programme.

Visit Discovery

Group size

Small group size is a strength of Canterbury Museum's Early Childhood programmes. Fifteen students is the preferred maximum group size for each programme delivered to young children by a Museum Education Communicator.

The small group size increases the potential for individual interaction between students and collection items.

Costs

For all programmes that incorporate time in Discovery, there is a $2 charge for each visitor aged three years and over. One adult is admitted free for every five children. However, in the first two weeks of each school term, booked groups of 15 ore more will only be charged for the children visiting Discovery, and all accompanying adults will be admitted free.