2024 Dates TBC


Claudelands Event Centre


10am – 4pm

Where Fun and Learning meet

Experience the tailor made journey of discovery packed with hands-on practical learning including a fact filled take-home booklet.

The Schools Day Out is a free one day learning programme held at The Waikato Show, open to all primary and intermediate school students in Hamilton and the Waikato district. Providing a selection of interactive educational stations throughout the venue, the programme focuses on practical, hands-on learning.


Visit the fun learning stations, complete your learning passport to complete your learning journey.  Awesome stations for 2024 coming soon.

Learning Stations

Fire Safety with NZ Fire Service

Dance Class with ConnectEd

Learning with Kip McGrath

Building with Lego


Meet the animals in the farmyard

Sock Derby with Roller Derby

Plus loads more fun activities!


We want you and your students to take away as much as you can from the event, to maximise your learning experience and enjoyment

For this reason we’ve prepared some general guidelines so you’ll have a picture of what to expect on the day. We’ve also listed some Frequently Asked Questions to help answer any questions you may have.

Please contact us if there is anything else you would like to know.

Registration Dates for 2024 Coming Soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we register on the day of the event?

All registrations are to be made before the event. The last day for registrations is Friday 17th March 2023, if we do not reach our maximum before then.

Is lunch included?

We recommend children bring their own packed lunch and drink as lunch is not included. Free water fountains are located inside the building concourse. There are spaces throughout the event suitable to sit and eat lunch together. Food and drink is available to buy on site, however this is up to individual discretion.

Are RAMS forms required?

The Waikato Show is committed to providing a safe environment for the public. Specific Risk Assessment Management Safety forms for school groups attending are the responsibility of the lead teacher of each group.

About Us

The Schools Day Out – where fun and learning meet.

Showing Waikato is all about what is at the heart of our communities; family. The most valued part of our families is our children, and we want to invest in their growth, wellbeing and life experience.

So, the Schools Day Out is a one day learning event held annually at Claudelands Event Centre, which is focused on educating children aged 5 to 12 about the Waikato region; all in one central location.

Students attending engage with the variety of organisations providing services to meet community needs in the Waikato Region. Organisations focuses on protecting the environment, our physical wellbeing, our geography, championing community learning and preserving the unique cultural interests of the Waikato Region.

Now in its 10th year, the programme has developed into a credible event where school groups return each year.

The Schools Day Out captures the hear of Showing Waikato – Building Stronger Communities.


We are very grateful to the sponsors, funders and content contributors who support the development and delivery of our learning programme.

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Showing Waikato Ltd
PO Box 14161
Five Cross Roads
Hamilton 3252


022 408 8573