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MOTAT August 2011 events listing

EVENTS LISTING
09 August 2011

THIRD SUNDAY OF THE MONTH AT MOTAT

If you’re looking for something to entertain the kids on a quiet winter Sunday, head down to MOTAT for ‘Third Sunday of the Month’.

On Sunday 21 August visitors can enjoy an endless array of interactive activities and take a ride on the latest addition to MOTAT’s tramway fleet, Double Decker Tram No.47.

This 1906 Wellington Double Decker tram named ‘Big Ben’ is one of six bogie double-deckers and stands today as one of only two operating double decker trams in New Zealand.

Kids will love getting onboard MOTAT’s magnificent steam train and historic military vehicles, experiencing New Zealand history hands-on.

They can see MOTAT’s resident blacksmith at work, have mouth-watering fun with the lollymaker or take home a souvenir printed right here in the MOTAT printing press workshop.

Kids can see the old wooden commonpress at work and have a go at hand setting their names and printing on one of the small hand fed presses – a process that dates back as early as the 1400s!

Dates:
Sunday 21 August 2011, 10am-5pm

Location
MOTAT, Great North Road, Western Springs.

Costs
A return tram ride is FREE with MOTAT entry. Off the street tram fares are family pass $5, adult one way $1, adult return $2, child one way 50 cents, child return $1, under 5 years free.


Entry Fee:

§ Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $35
§ Adults $14
§ Children (under 16) $8
§ Students $8
§ Senior Citizens $7
§ Children under 5 years are free
§ MOTAT Mates (annual pass) - $65 for a family (entitles you to unlimited visits to MOTAT)

OVER A CUPPA TEA
Visit the Village Gallery at MOTAT and learn about New Zealand’s long and fascinating history of drinking tea at the new exhibition – ‘A teaspoon per cup and one for the pot’.
From a traditional Maori medicine to a garden party must, learn what influence a ‘cuppa’ has had on the Kiwi way of life.
From its beginnings, tea has made a statement in New Zealand. The tea tree (or Manuka) was initially used by early Māori for medicinal purposes, and in 1769, Captain James Cook saw its other potential and turned the Manuka leaves into tea.

By 1850 it had become the hot drink of choice for the average New Zealander and was drunk all over the country in a wide variety of places and ways.

Kids and adults alike will be interested in learning about how low cost budget brands of tea could contain dangerous additives such as sawdust and how in 1882 the Tea Examination Act solved this problem by stating that any tea sold must be pure.

Tea also played an essential role in the lives of New Zealanders stationed overseas. During both World Wars the spirits of soldiers would be lifted when they caught view of the YMCA or Salvation Army Canteen where a cup of tea and biscuits were offered to every man as a relaxing treat.

For a hands-on tea experience, get along to tea etiquette lessons in MOTAT’s Victorian Tearooms, or have a tea history guided tour around the museum on Sunday 21 August.

Come along to MOTAT and learn more about the common ‘cuppa’ and its significance to New Zealand society.


Dates:
Open daily, 10am-5pm
Tea etiquette lessons and tea history guided tours – Sunday 21 August, sessions throughout the day.

Location
MOTAT, Great North Road, Western Springs.

Costs

You can enjoy MOTAT’s ‘Tea Exhibition’ as part of your MOTAT admission fee.

Entry Fee:

§ Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $35
§ Adults $14
§ Children (under 16) $8
§ Students $8
§ Senior Citizens $7
§ Children under 5 years are free
§ MOTAT Mates (annual pass) - $65 for a family (entitles you to unlimited visits to MOTAT)

MOTAT’S AVIATION DISPLAY HALL HAS MORE ACTION ON THE ‘WINGS’ THAN THE ALL BLACKS

Brace yourselves; New Zealand’s largest clear span wooden structure is steadily taking form at MOTAT, with the new $15 million Aviation Display Hall set for completion in time for the anticipated influx of domestic and international visitors in September.

The 2,750m² custom designed Display Hall is more than double the size of MOTAT’s existing Aviation Hangar and will house around 40 MOTAT aircraft including the newly loaned RNZAF Skyhawk, Sunderland and Solent flying boats, Lancaster Bomber, DC3, Cessna and Tiger Moth.

The construction phase follows stage one of the aviation project, the relocation and restoration of MOTAT’s original World War II Blister Hangar. The Blister Hangar is the workshop for the volunteers who restore the aircraft in the collection.

Get along to MOTAT’s brand new Aviation Display Hall from 9 September to learn about New Zealand’s aviation history and the stories associated with our magnificent aircraft collection, housed in a world class structure.

Dates:
Opens 9 September

Location
MOTAT, Meola Rd, Western Springs.

Costs
A return tram ride is FREE with MOTAT entry. Off the street tram fares are family pass $5, adult one way $1, adult return $2, child one way 50 cents, child return $1, under 5 years free.


Entry Fee:

§ Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $35
§ Adults $14
§ Children (under 16) $8
§ Students $8
§ Senior Citizens $7
§ Children under 5 years are free
§ MOTAT Mates (annual pass) - $65 for a family (entitles you to unlimited visits to MOTAT)


§ MOTAT Mates (annual pass) - $65 for a family (entitles you to unlimited visits to MOTAT)

CHECK OUT MOTAT’S BLACKSMITH IN ACTION!

Step back in time and experience history in action at MOTAT’s blacksmith forge every Sunday from 10am – 5pm.

MOTAT’s resident Blacksmith Andrew Hooper will show you the tricks of the trade including how to make horseshoes and other historic tools in his blacksmith’s forge in MOTAT’s Victorian Village.
Kids will be amazed by how easily Andrew can bend, hammer and shape hard metal into tools and cooking utensils.

MOTAT’s Victorian Village brings to life Auckland in the mid to late 1800's. The buildings, set in glorious gardens, encircle the Village Green and include the blacksmith’s forge and a chapel.

Bisected by tram lines, the streetscape beyond the Village includes a garage, general store, music shop and school house for your viewing pleasure. Kids will love taking a look at the restored buildings filled with collection objects, models and furnishings reflecting what life was like in early Auckland.
Dates
Open to the public every Sunday 10am – 5pm

Location
MOTAT Victorian Village, MOTAT Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland.

Costs
You can enjoy the blacksmith forge and Victorian Village as part of your entry fee to MOTAT. You can also enjoy the rest of the museum, free tram rides and the ‘I Am The Last Tram’ exhibition for one great price.

§ Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $35
§ Children (under 16) $8
§ Students $8
§ Senior Citizens $7
§ Children under 5 years are free
§ MOTAT Mates (annual pass) - $65 for a family (entitles you to unlimited visits to MOTAT)


THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE IN THE TACTILE DOME

The Tactile Dome continues to be an all time favourite activity at MOTAT. Kids will thrive in the adventure as they work their way through a labyrinth of obstacles in a purpose built tunnel.

As an interactive activity, kids are encouraged to use their senses in order to make their way through to the other side of the tunnel.

There is an adventure around every corner, as an abundance of multi-textured materials give kids clues as to whether they are walking, crawling or jumping in the right direction.

The kids will love venturing through the dome with friends or family, attempting to keep on track, and feel their way through foreign landscapes and be the first to emerge on the other side.

This activity is a great way for kids to get in touch with their senses and work as a team or individually to conquer the ultimate tactile challenge.

Dates
Regular Tactile Dome sessions run between 10am – 5pm.

Location
MOTAT - Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland.

Costs
You can enjoy MOTAT’s Tactile Dome as part of your entry fee to MOTAT. You can also enjoy the rest of the museum, free tram rides and entry to Voyager1 for one great price.

Entry Fee:

§ Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $35
§ Adults $14
§ Children (under 16) $8
§ Students $8
§ Senior Citizens $7
§ Children under 5 years are free
§ MOTAT Mates (annual pass) - $65 for a family (entitles you to unlimited visits to MOTAT)


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