Family Activities

There's something to interest all age groups at Quake City. Children can design buildings with LEGO, experiment with a liquefaction sandpit or solve the puzzle of our activity trail
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Liquefaction Simulator

Play with Christchurch’s coolest sand pit to learn about the science behind liquefaction. This hands-on interactive model demonstrates how the ground liquefied in parts of Canterbury during the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, burying streets and sinking buildings.

The model pumps air into a bed of sand, causing it to shift and liquefy much like the ground did during the earthquakes. The model was funded by Tonkin + Taylor.

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LEGO Challenge

Help us rebuild Christchuch! What is your vision for a new residential or commercial building for our city?

Use these LEGO pieces to let your imagination run wild and build your design for Christchurch.

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Activity Sheet

Pick up an activity sheet from the front desk and search the exhibits for the answers. Each answer contains further clues that will reveal a hidden phrase. If you can uncover it, you might win a spot prize!