We have been to Whoa! Studios a few times since it opened. The kids absolutely loved everything about it the first time - watching the show, the behind the scenes studio tour, the urban playground, especially giant crochet net and the food at The Grounds.
I wondered if the novelty would wear off for my children, but it hasn't. Each time they still have lots of fun, and are still always eager to go back again. Have a look at the pictures below and you can see why Whoa! Studios is so popular.
Whoa! Studios can be found at 8-14 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Auckland For more information see: whoastudios.co.nz
Rock climbing at Extreme Edge in Panmure is always one of our go to wet day activities. We started coming here when my daughters were at kindy and they still love it. There are climbing walls just for kids, and if they are tired of climbing there is a fun adventure land with a pirate ship, wobbly bridges and giant slides for kids aged 9 years and under.
We visited New Zealand's first Virtual Reality (VR) Studio in Auckland to see what it was all about. What is VR? The use of computer technology to create a simulated environment, Instead of viewing a screen, users are immersed and able to interact with 3D worlds.
The VR studio lets you step into fully immersive worlds from swimming, shoot outs, drawing, climbing, flying and more. There is something there to suit everyone, both the kids and the adults. The VR studio was started by Jermaine Leef, Holly White, Robert Le Grice and Shannon Leef to give New Zealanders of all ages the chance to try out high quality VR and be entertained.
One of our highlights each year is going to the Auckland Lantern Festival. It is use to be on in Albert Park but moved to the Auckland Domain in 2016 which is good as there is more space.
It is a popular event, so we recommend that if you are going with a young family that you go early before it gets dark and only stay for a little while once it is dark. Later in the evening it gets alot busier and it's harder to keep track of where your children are in the dark too. If you have really young children who can't stay up late, it's still worth a trip to the domain to have a look at the lanterns in the daytime.
Auckland Lantern Festival is on each year to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities and is celebrated on the 15th day of the Chinese lunar month.
The 2018 Chinese Lantern Festival welcomes in the Year of the Dog at the Auckland Domain from Thursday 1 March to Sunday 4 March 2018. The event is free to attend. For more information see: www.aucklandnz.com/lantern-festival
We have been to Rainbow's End lots of times as a family and it is always one of my chldren's favourite places to go.
We started taking the kids from when they were 3 years old as there is a Kidz Kingdom is a fun area just for children aged 8 years old. There is a kid sized roller coaster, space shuttles, car wash convoy ride, surf n swing, old fashioned carousel ride, magic helicopter bikes, jumping star and more. What I never realised until I went the first time was that the Spectator pass lets ride on the Kidz Kingdom rides with your children, so you don't need to pay for a adult superpass if you stick to this area.
If we are there on the weekend or in the school holidays they are always keen to watch the shows and enter the dance competition on the main stage.
It's such a favourite place that one of my daughters had her fifth birthday party at Rainbow's End too. The kids got a Kidz Kingdom birthday party room, and to ride on the rides for the day. They were happy for you to bring your own birthday cake in too, which was really good so we could keep the family tradition of Nana making their birthday cake each year.
Now that the girls are 6 and 8 years old, they love to go on all of the rides at Rainbow's End. There are just a couple of rides in Kidz Kingdom that they are too tall to go on, but they are in the luckly window where they can go on both the big rides in the main part of the park and the Kidz Kingdom rides too.
I'm amazed that my 8 year old daughter now rides on everything apart 2 rides, which even she thinks are a bit too scary yet: the Stratosfear and the Power Surge. My six year and I have about the same braveness for rides and are happy to go on the corkscrew roller coaster, the log flume, gold rush and other fun rides.
The Night Rides are still on their list of things to be ticket off that they want to do, especially to ride the rollercoaster at night time.
Rainbow's End can be found at 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland and is open every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm except for Christmas Day. For more information see: rainbowsend.co.nz