The Whanganui Regional Museum has been taken over by paper puppets, rainbow jellyfish and fire-breathing dragons these school holidays.

The museum, at its temporary location on Ridgway St, is in the middle of its winter school holiday programme.

Among the free activities is an explorer trail and creative colouring competition which children can participate in at anytime during the two weeks.

There are also drop-in craft tables from 10am-1pm on Mondays and Thursdays.


"Basically everyone just comes along, we provide all the supplies. It's free and we've had a great response," museum administrator Kathryn Stevenson said.

"We've had a busy school holidays like we normally do."

Among the children busy making fire-breathing dragons on Monday was Kaitoke School pupil Danica Woods and her cousin Kayla Stanborough who was visiting from Auckland.

"We're making dragons out of paper and cutting the pieces to make the fire-breathing dragon,' Danica said.

Kayla said; "So you firstly get some green paper and you can draw some scales and get some cool fabrics and stuff to make your dragons."

She said she enjoyed the holiday programme because she got to meet heaps of people and make cool things.

The final craft table for the holidays will be on Thursday from 10am till 1pm and will have children making folded paper animals.

All activities are at the museum on Ridgway St.