Weekend What's On
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2017
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families in Auckland, New Zealand
Ignite Light Show
80 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, Auckland
Saturday 21 January 2017: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Bring the family and Indulge in the IGNITE Light Show and enjoy two laser light shows, fire dancers though out the night and then take in the Hot Air Balloon night glow choreographed to music on dusk . There will be carnival rides and bouncy castles on site along with mobile caterers and entertainers.
Cost: Kids under 4 are FREE; Adults $25; Family pass $62.50 (2 adults and 2 children)
2017 Chinese New Year Festival and Market Day
ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Epsom, Auckland
Saturday 21 January 2017: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Auckland Chinese Community Centre Inc
Cost: FREE admission
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 21 January 2017: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Create art together in sessions inspired by art in the collection. There is no need to book. Suitable for kids aged 4 and up. All kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Orewa Lions Big Dig
Orewa Beach, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, North Shore, Auckland
Saturday 21 January 2017: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Orewa Lions Big Dig
Fun family event on Orewa beach, come and dig for prizes.
Summer Night Vibes at Rainbow's End
Rainbow's End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukua, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 21 January 2017: 6:00pm to 11:00pm (Kidz Kingdom shuts at 9pm)
All the rides will be open with live music from SWISS on Centre Stage. These events are the perfect way to make the most of the warm summer nights.
Tickets: Kidz Kingdom (8 years and under) $22; Child superpass $37; Adult Superpass $42
This way Out - Mixit
Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Road, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 21 January 2017: 2:00pm and 7:30pm shows
A magical messy tale of boldness, barter and deals by MIXIT
Tickets: Children 10 and under are FREE; General $14; Concession $9
Saturday & Sunday Events
Bulla Funalicious Slide - Free Family Day
Orakei Domain, Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2107: 11:00am to 5:00pm daily
Join Bulla in celebrating a FUNALICIOUS summer with a super fun family experience. Come and shoot down the slide and be catapulted out of a live billboard onto a crashpad. Bulla will film you in super slow motion, and you’ll be the star of your own action film clip.There are hundreds of summer prizes, FREE Bulla ice cream, fun games for the family. Plus everyday someone will win an ultimate prize pack including a smart phone, a go-pro camera, a glide board, a drone and a VR headset (terms & conditions apply).
For more information click here.
Cost: FREE family event
Latin Fiesta at Summer in the Square
Aotea Square, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland City
Saturday 21 January to Sunday 22 January 2017: 12:30pm to 8:30pm
Waterslide Mania Snow Planet
Snowplanet, 91 Small Road, Silverdale, Auckland
Saturday 21 January to Monday 6 February 2017: 10:15am to 4:45pm daily
Wet n Wild Slides
A 24 day pop-up waterslide park for the whole family. 4-5 slides ranging from small to large to long! Children (under 18) can ride all of the slides. Adults can ride the Downhill Dragster slide only.
Prices: $10 to $20 for 1 to 2 hour passes
Ice Skate Tour at Milford Shopping Centre
Milford Shopping Centre, Milford, Auckland
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2017: 10:00am to 5:30pm
Ice Skate Tour
Tickets: Kids under 16 are $7; Adults $13; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $35 includes skate & helmet hire
The Gypsy Extravaganza in Orewa
Western Reserve, Centreway Road, Orewa, Auckland
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2017: 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.
Market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment and kids shows where your children can shine like 'Stars' and get involved.
Cost: FREE entry
Water holiday experience at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 January 2017
MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology
Design and build your own model boat in the ‘Ship Shape Shipwrights’ mini ship yard. Once your vessel is tried and tested, its race time.
Have a blast with water balloons and pistols in our games zone. Test your aim while learning all about the size, weight and force of water. Custom build a water way and find a way to reach the other end. See MOTAT's Phumphouse in action and discover how Auckland first received its fresh water.
Tickets: Children under 5 are FREE; Chidren aged 5 to 16 years $8; Adults $16; Supergold cardholders FREE; Family pass (2 adults & 4 children) $40.
Dinosaurs in the Gardens
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2017: 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm sessions
Botanic Gardens, Auckland
Step back in time 70 million years, and come face to face with New Zealand’s prehistoric dinosaurs. Discover an amazing lost world, brought to life with dinosaur encounters under the magnificent trees in Auckland Botanic Garden's Gondwana forest. Young children may find the dinosaur encounters scary, parent discretion is advised for children under 5 years old.
Cost: FREE ENTRY to the dinosaur gardens.
Activities such as face-painting and dinosaur merchandise will be available for purchase.
Planetarium Shows at Stardome
Stardome, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2017
1:00pm - Magic sky (suitable for preschoolers)
2:00pm - The accidental astronauts
3:00pm - A Starry Tale
4:00pm - Attack of the space priates
8:00pm - Summer night sky
Cost: Child $10 to $12, Adults $12 to $15, Students $10 to $12 and Family (2 adults & 3 children) $40.
Cornwall Park Summer Music Series - Prohibition Swingtet
Band Rotunda, Cornwall Park, Auckland
Sunday 22 January 2017: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pack a picnic, bring a rug and enjoy some music this summer at the Cornwall Park Band Rotunda.
Cost: FREE event
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure
Sunday 22 January 2017: 1:00pm to 4:00pm (weather permitting).
Cost: $2 per ride or a concession ticket giving 6 rides can be purchased for $10.
Steam Train Rides Mangere
Mangere Centre Park,Robertson Road, Auckland
Sunday 22 January 2017: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person