The Whanganui Regional Museum's holiday programme has taken off with a fortnight of bird-related activities planned.

The programme runs on weekdays until April 19 and Whanganui Regional Museum programmes co-ordinator Riah King-Wall said about 40 children across two sessions turned up to yesterday's opening day.

The children's first activity was to make wearable wings out of fabric. Cheyenne and Jordana Vuleta were part of yesterday morning's wing-making session and said they enjoyed the craft aspect to the holiday activities.

"I'm making little bird feathers down here, so when it opens it flies," Cheyenne said.


Ms King-Wall there were activities planned for each day including Anzac Day.

This Friday will be the big egg drop, where children will be tasked with building contraptions designed to protect an egg from cracking when it is dropped from the museum roof.

"That'll be good fun," Ms King-Wall said.

"Everything these holidays had a bird theme, something to do with birds. We've got plenty of birds in the collection so it's nice to refer to them."

Other activities hosted by the museum in the next fortnight will include making recycled bird feeders, wristband owls and parrots and pet eggs.

On Anzac Day, children in the holiday programme will make poppies in the traditional red as well as white and purple.

The programme is designed for school children up to the age of 10.

To book or find out more about the holiday programme, visit or call 349 1110.