Wrapped, parachute-equipped and protected, about 50 eggs were launched off the roof of the Whanganui Regional Museum on Friday.

It wasn't because a politician was below; the Big Egg Drop was an engineering exercise for children during the school holidays.

Whanganui Regional Museum programmes co-ordinator Riah King-Wall said about 80 people came to watch the eggs being launched from the roof after recycled materials had been used to try to ensure the eggs stayed in one piece. The eggs were donated by Rasmusen's Egg Farm.

The Big Egg Drop is part of the Autumn School Holiday programme at the museum which this time is all about birds. Today recycled bird feeders are being made for the backyard while tomorrow Bird Rescue Wanganui Manawatu organiser Dawne Morton will be there from 11am to 2pm.

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On Friday kids can make their own wristband owl and parrot friends.

Ms King-Hall said the response to the holiday programme had been "brilliant", with double seasons for most activities.

There are a few spaces left this week. For bookings, call 349 1110.