It is absolutely the Peter and the Wolf that you remember from your childhood, but it’s different. It’s not an orchestra, it’s an indie band. It’s not a forest, it’s Auckland’s vibrant CBD. It’s not horns, it’s electric guitar. Silo’s remix of this beloved orchestral fairy tale places Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf in the here and now. Premiering at the Herald Theatre from 9 November to 10 December 2017. The play is recommended for ages 7 and up, as the wolf may be a little scary for some.
Director Sophie Roberts describes how the story has been updated for Auckland now, “The story is set today and begins with our Peter moving from Russia to Westmere to live with his Grandfather where he struggles to fit in and make new friends. When a wolf escapes from the Zoo, Peter sees an opportunity to become a hero and joins forces with a motley crew of animals. Their adventure to capture the wolf takes them across Auckland City at night.”
Bookings are open to go UP ON THE ROOF : A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF AUCKLAND at Auckland Museum in the October school holidays.
As part of the Auckland Heritage Festival, Auckland Museum are opening up the Museum's South Crescent rooftop for tours in the October school holidays.
Have a look at the Auckland Museum's heritage restoration work. See how the building has developed over time and view the field of solar panels which are usually hidden from view below the roof parapet.
The highlight of the tour is the amazing views of the Waitematā harbour from the museum's flag roof. As a bonus you can see how Auckland's waterways, motorways and train lines have changed the face of Auckland over the years.
This tour is family-friendly and suitable for adults and children aged 8 and over. It does include stairs, so a moderate fitness level is required.
Rooftop tours are on Monday 2 October to Friday 6 October 2017 at 11am and Noon and are 45 minutes long. The tours are $10 each.
Sessions are limited to 15 people, so book early to secure a place.
For more information see: www.aucklandmuseum.com/whats-on/art-and-culture/up-on-the-roof
Bookings are now open for Ports of Auckland Heritage Sailings in the October school holiday weekends
Ports of Auckland 90-minute cruises aboard the iconic William C Daldy steam tugboat are on during this year's Auckland Heritage Festival in the October school holidays.Celebrate the rich maritime heritage of Auckland City and explore the Waitematā Harbour from the 82 year old Daldy; one of the port's first tugs built in 1935.
These family-friendly tours will cruise through the port's wharves at work and under the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Discover the boat at your leisure, from the bustling engine room below to the wheelhouse up top. Each cruise will be accompanied by a detailed commentary on Auckland's maritime history.
Tickets are $10 an adult and $3 a child. Kids under the age of two sail free.
Book your tickets here: https://poalheritagesailings.eventbrite.co.nz
Saturday 30 September and Sunday 3 October 2017: 10:30, 12:30 or 2:00pm
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October 2017: 10:30, 12:30 or 2:00pm
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017: 10:30, 12:30 or 2:00pm
The 2017 New Zealand International Film Festival is back in Auckland with a selection of international films for young audiences.
For more information or to book your tickets go to: www.nziff.co.nz
Due to overwhelming popular demand, a second Horrible Histories Barmy Britain show has been announced for 1.30pm Sunday 1st October. With the first show selling out in a week, get in quick to secure your tickets.
You'll be amazed, appalled and ablaze with delight as this acclaimed West End show uses songs, audience participation, fun, facts and farts to tell the stories of the people who made Britain barmy!
Don’t miss this horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in.
Suitable for children aged 7 to 12 – but parents will love it as well!"
Night at Auckland Museum is back for only four nights in the July School Holidays. Bring a torch and explore Auckland Museum after hours and meet creatures with stories to tell.
Packed full of performances, quirky characters, music and fun, Night at Auckland Museum is a rare chance to explore the museum and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition after hours.
Aotea Square Ice Rink is back for winter fun, kicking off on Friday 16 June in Aotea Square, This popular winter wonderland will delight visitors with an entertaining schedule of themed weekends, competitions and parties as well as the new Skate Path.
This year there will be a magical Snow Dome play-area on offer alongside the rink from 1 July 2017 too.
Aotea Square Ice Rink will be complimented by a free Winter Lounge, courtesy of Auckland Live, which will be lit up in celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year, as well as the beautiful installation Mountain of Light by Angus Muir Design. Skaters will also be treated to themed weekends of fun including the popular Americana party, a Rugby Fever weekend, an Ice Sports weekend for aspiring skaters and novices alike, and more.
Opening hours: Friday 16 June to Sunday 23 July 2017: Monday to Friday from noon to 10pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am to 10pm.
Cost including skate hire: Children under 12 years: $15; Adults $20; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $55
Opening hours: Saturday 1 July to Sunday 23 July: Monday to Friday from noon to 1pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am to 10pm
Cost: $5 per person (30 minutes)
More information see: www.aucklandlive.co.nz/event/aotea-square-ice-rink
The popular Auckland Live Pick & Mix family programme of free performances and workshops by top New Zealand talent is back for winter weekends.
This year, Auckland Live Pick & Mix has twelve weekends of exciting arts experiences from 24 June to 10 September. The performances take place in the Auckland Town Hall, Aotea Centre, Bruce Mason Centre and Mangere Arts Centre.
The workshops and performances are designed for first-time audiences aged three and up. Each performance (apart from Whales) has unallocated seating so you don't need to book, and come and go as you please. The workshops are interactive and follow each performance, you can choose just to see the performance, or you can stay and attend the free workshop afterwards.
Auckland Live Pick & Mix 2017 programme features a selection of New Zealand's most entertaining and artistically excellent arts companies including: The New Zealand Dance Company; Te Rēhia Theatre; Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s ACE Brass; Trick of The Light; Binge Culture; Trash Puppets; Rollicking Entertainment; Black Friars; Royal Jelly; Freshmans Dance Crew and the ever-popular White Face Crew.
For more information about each Auckland Live Pick & Mix performance see Auckland for Kids listing of upcoming Kids Theatre and Shows or Auckland Live Pick and Mix
Auckland Live's free, interactive digital art experience is set to make its permanent home at the Bruce Mason Theatre later in April.
Elle Wootton will be performing in the stage adaption of The 13-Storey Treehouse at the Bruce Mason Centre in the April School holidays. Read Elle's answers to our questions about the show, why she became an actor, advice for kids who want to become actors and more.
Auckland for Kids