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School Holiday Programmes

There’s no cooler school holiday inspiration and entertainment

Need a unique school holiday programme in Christchurch that will provide life-long memories? Why not send them to Antarctica? Adventure, fun, excitement and enlightenment – it’s all waiting for them here.

Enrol your children in one of our Antarctic Academy Programmes and we’ll entertain them and educate them about all things Antarctic. They’ll discover our little blue penguins, ride the Hägglund, find out how to survive in Antarctica, go exploring around the centre, play games and much, much more!

We have a range of programmes guaranteed to excite, inspire and educate:

Experience Antarctica Daily Programmes

Book for a day, experience Antarctic life and learn about a specific element of life on the ice. Book for the week and travel far and wide (metaphorically) across the icy continent!

The themes for each day are:
LIVING IN ANTARCTICA: Put on some genuine Antarctic clothing and pitch a polar tent to protect from the elements.
COUNTRIES OF ANTARCTICA: Discover what countries are where and design your own Antarctic base.
ANTARCTIC EXPLORERS: Could you survive in Antarctica? Take the challenge and find out.
ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS: There is more than just penguins in Antarctica! Discover all the wondrous species.
ACROSS THE ICE: Find out what it takes to be a Hägglund driver.

This is suitable for children aged 6 – 12 yrs and runs from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost $69/child. Multi day (5+ days) discount available – please email education@iceberg.co.nz for the promo code.

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Be a Husky Musher for a day

It’s time to experience the super-cool world of the husky, spending a day with a Husky Musher and several of these intelligent and beautiful dogs. 

Children will first learn what it takes to own a Husky and how to safely approach dogs. They’ll discover how Huskies can survive in sub zero temperatures. Then they’ll get to experience such an environment first-hand with their new canine friends, courtesy of an Antarctic storm in our snow and ice room.

They’ll learn how Husky Rescue NZ is finding new homes for Huskies and, after learning how to harness a Husky for sled dog sports, they’ll have the opportunity to ride a proper Husky rig.

This is suitable for children aged 8 – 13 yrs and runs from 9.00am – 3.30pm. Cost $79.

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Be an Antarctic Penguin Keeper for a day

For an immersive journey into the world of the smallest penguin in the world, there is nothing quite like a day spent learning from our specialist keepers.

What does it take to look after the world’s smallest penguin? What do they eat? Where do they sleep? Do they really dance and/or surf in Hawaii like those animated films would have us believe?

In this ‘deep dive’ into aquatic avian life children join our penguin keepers at the penguin encounter facility, assisting them in their daily routine to look after our wild and wonderful Little Blue Penguins. This experience includes exclusive back stage access to the Vet Room, Plant Room and Penguin Feeding Pulpit. It’s the type of behind-the-scenes encounter that lifelong memories are made of.

This is suitable for children aged 10 – 13 yrs and runs from 9.00am – 3.30pm. Cost $79.

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Technology has been a key enabler for Antarctic exploration since the days of Sir Edmund Hillary to the present. Explore the development and use of technology in Antarctica from the husky sleds to the snow-master tractor to the Hägglund to the future of space exploration at the International Antarctic Centre. Experience the extremes of Antarctica in the snow and ice room and learn how Antarctic bases have been designed to withstand extreme conditions and to apply recycling technology.

Learn how the international Antarctic missions and space missions are supported by engineering technology that not only provides energy but enables effect data collection to protect Antarctica. See how New Zealand leads in the design of extreme innovative cold weather clothing technology for extreme environments. Board an Antarctic vessel and experience the 4D theatre with 3D imagery and 4D special effects. Experience a virtual flight to Antarctica and learn about the range of aircraft used to take scientists to Antarctica, including the C130 Hercules. Look at how ozone technology supports our blue penguins to survive in our penguin encounter, providing a sustainable penguin welfare centre. Design and build a robot or a rocket, or a plane and discover the fascinating wearable technology behind Antarctic clothes.

This is suitable for children aged 9 – 13 yrs and runs from 9am – 3.30pm. $69/child.

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Antarctic Stardome + Matariki

Discover how traditional Polynesian navigation to Antarctica relied on the star clusters like Matariki. Explore the Stardome at the US Antarctic Programme and learn how astronomy and aerospace are important for Antarctic science. Includes International Antarctic Centre General Admission.

The times for this product are:  10.00am – 12.00pm, 1.00pm- 3.00pm  Monday 13th to Friday 17th July 2020.

Contact education@iceberg.co.nz for more information and to book.

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