The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11
Moana Movies in Parks
Hayman Park, Lambie Drive, Manukau, Auckand
Saturday 10 March 2018: 6:00pm to 9:50pm
Moana is the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. She uses her sea-faring talents to set sail for a fabled island. Her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, joins her on a Pacific adventure. Family activities from 6pm. Movie starts at sunset (sunset at approximately 8pm). Movie run time 1hr 47min, Ratings PG
Cost: FREE family event
Kids Learn 2 Ride: Avondale
Avondale Central Reserve (off Racecourse Parade) Avondale
Saturday 10 March 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Facebook: Auckland Transport Cycling
Learning to ride a two-wheeler is one of those big childhood milestones, and being a part of that experience as a parent is a thrill. However, if you are wondering how to get started, or experiencing a few bumps along the way then check out the #Learn2Ride sessions. Auckland Transport's team of qualified instructors work along side parents to get kids riding. Whether starting on a balance bike or making the transition to pedals the team is there to help. If your child doesn't yet have a bike but is keen to give it a go, there will be bikes available on a limited basis.
Sessions are weather dependent and run on a drop in basis, so come along and chat to our instructors, try out some different bike sizes and get those kids riding.
Saturday Gallery Club #35 - Postcards from Aotearoa Ages 4+
Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 10 March 2018: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Corban Estate Arts Centre
Drop-in activities for children (and their families) inspired by the painting style of artist Ayesha Green. Use simplified forms and images from the landscape in Aotearoa, to create postcards for friends and whanau at the Saturday Gallery Club.
Although there is no need to book, participation is limited by space. Art activities are designed for children aged four years and over, and run for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly so adults can join in too—children just need to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: FREE. All art materials are provided
Smales Farm Outdoor Movies: The Jungle Book
Smales Farm, 74 Taharoto Road, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 10 March 2018: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Facebook event page: Smales Farm
Starting with activities for the kids (and kids at heart) to enjoy from 3pm, then sit back and relax from 5pm enjoying the movie The Jungle Book (PG).
Cost: FREE event
2018 Wild Streets Summer Festival of Play
Gribblehirst Community Hub, 5 Cabbage Tree Swamp Drive, Gribblehurst Park, Sandringham, Auckland
Saturday 10 March 2018: 11:am to 3:00pm
Gribblehirst Community Hub
Day of games for the kids and big kids - all ages are welcome and catered for. Wild Streets Festival of Play is a community of game designers who love making large-scale games for the public,
Cost: FREE event
Music In Parks - Demon Energy Rock the Park
Grey Lynn Park, Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Saturday 10 March 2018: 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Enjoy Auckland Council Music in Parks. Be sure to bring along sunblock, drinks and snacks to keep you going through the summer sun.
Cost: FREE event
Himawari JAPAN Fair 2018
Kelston Communiyt Centre, 126 Awaroa Rd, Sunnyvale, Auckland map
Saturday 10 March 2018: Noon to 3:00pm
Free craft making, Garage sale, Kids games, Sushi lesson, Japanese summer kimono photo booth, Food, Raffle, Massage and more.
Cost: Free entry, Koha for some activities
Motuihe Snorkel Day
Saturday 10 March 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Experiencing Marine Reserves Facebook event page
Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the first Motuihe Snorkel Day. Snorkel at Calypso Bay and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket. Ever wondered what lives under the water at Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with our experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire.Safe fun for the whole whanau Bookings are needed at: https://goo.gl/forms/gSg97IiBOVAu78332
Tickets: $25 ferry ticket to get onto the island.
Saturday and Sunday events
Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank
Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery, Auckland Museum, Auckland
Saturday 11 March to Sunday 13 May 2018
Imagine spending years in hiding because of prejudice and hate. Developed by Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the international exhibition Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank explores how life was for Anne Frank and her family, and looks at the events surrounding the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. Auckland Museum is the first to host this exhibition in New Zealand as part of a three-year tour supported by The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 Public Art Trail
Various public locations around Auckland
Saturday 11 March to Sunday 6 May 2018
Super-sized owl sculptures will descend on Auckland for the Haier Big Hoot art trail. Over 100 owls will roost in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary. There are 47 giant owls (1.65m) that have been individually designed by Kiwi and International artists. Joining the giant owls are 60 owlets (90cm) – many designed by Auckland school students. The giant owls at the end for the trail will be auctioned off to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation.
Find them all using the trail map within the Big Hoot 2018 app – available to download from the App Store or Google Play from 01 March, and collect rewards as you go.
Kumeu Show 2018
35/41 Access Road, Kumeu, Auckland
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018: 8:30am to 5:30pm
The Kumeu Show has a rich history dating back to 1921 and is one of the largest annual shows in the southern hemisphere. Fun for the whole family
Tickets: Children under 5 are FREE; Child $5; Adult $15; Senior $10
Irish Fair Day
Auckland Irish Society Clubrooms, Rocky Nook Ave, Fowlds Park, Morningside.
Sunday 11 March 2018: 11:00am to 5:00pm
St Patrick's Festival NZ Facebook event page
Join the Auckland Irish Society for the annual Fair Day! Irish dancing, music as well as your favourite Irish goodies on offer. Bring all the family.
Cost: FREE admission
Alberton Market Day
Alberton, 100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
Sunday 11 March 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Experience Alberton's family-friendly, Sunday market in the garden featuring specialty produce and handmade items with entertainment, artisan food stalls and a pop-up tearoom. There will be live music, free garden workshops and talks, free or gold coin children's activities, face painting and more.
Cost: Entry to view the house is discounted at $8 for adults (usually $10) and free for children under 18 years.
Brass at the Falls: Waitākere Auckland Brass Band
Falls Park, Alderman Drive, Henderson
If raining, the event will be relocated to the adjacent Korean Presbyterian Church.
Sunday 11 March 2018: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Henderson-Massey Local Board
Enjoy the summer sounds of brass with the Waitakere Auckland Brass Band. Bring a folding chair and a picnic for an afternoon of free entertainment.
Cost: FREE event