July School Holidays
What's On - Saturday 23 July 2016
The best of What's On in the winter school holidays
in Auckland for Kids
in Auckland for Kids
Pick & Mix - Royal New Zealand Ballet
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD
Saturday 23 July 2016: Performances: 10:30am, Workshops 11:30am
Dancers will perform: excerpts from The Wizard of Oz; Cacti; and Geiger. RNZB Dance After educator Pagan Dorgan will lead a workshop for children, teaching some ballet essentials and encouraging participants to try out some of the steps that the dancers have performed.
Virtual Reality Storytime: The Green Fairy
Auckland Libraries, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016: 10:00am to 3:00pm
The Green Fairy
Come along and meet the charming Green Fairy and listen to the first part of her story - all in virtual reality! Each child will have the opportunity to put on the awesome Oculus Rift (virtual reality headset) and enter the magical world of fairies secretly living in our city streets. Colouring-in stations will be set up for children waiting for their turn. Suitable for kids aged 5 years plus.
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 23 July 2016: 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.
Ignite the Night at Rainbow's End
Rainbow's End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Ignite the Nights brings fire and lights to Rainbow's End with cutting edge modern performances by some of New Zealand's best. Kids Kingdom is only open until 9pm.
Kidz Kingdom: Kids $22; Spectator $15
Online Superpass: Kids $34; Adults $39
Family Open Day at Sir William Jordan Recreation Centre
Sir William Jordan Recreation Centre, 5 Pearce Street, Onehunga, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Sir William Jordan Recreation Centre
To celebrate the new additions to the gym the YMCA are having a family day. There will be a magician, a contortionist, family challenges to win prizes and of course, a sausage sizzle.
Cost: FREE event
Aotea Square Ice Rink and Ice Slide - Finale Weekend
Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016: 10:00am to 10:00pm
At the final party weekend there’ll be snow foam, face painters, crazy characters and snow fairies to keep the whole family entertained.
Ice Rink Tickets (including skate hire): Children: $15 (under 12 years), Adults:$20, Family pass: $55 (2 adults and 2 children)
Ice Slide Tickets: $7.50 for three rides, $10 for five rides, $5 for five rides after 6pm
Combo Ticket for skate hire and 5 Ice Slide rides: Children: $15 (under 12 years), Adults $27.00
Orewa Book Fair
Orewa Community Centre, 40-46 Orewa Square, Orewa, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday 24 July 2016: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Cost: Entry is free and books will be available from just $2.
Zirka Circus - Cross The Ocean
Pukekohe Indian Association Centre, 57 Ward Street, Pukekohe, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016: 2:00pm and 7:00pm show
Sunday 24 July 2016: Noon and 3:00pm show
Tickets: Child: $19 to$29; Adult $29 to $40; Family pass $86
Weekends of Imagination: Strawbees at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July 2016: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Be inspired, be imaginative, be inventive! Create with Strawbees! Experience real life engineering with this popular 'Maker Movement' system which encourages trial and error based learning while still being loads of fun.
Cost: Included in admission to MOTAT: Kids under 5 are FREE; Kids over 5 are $8; Adults $16; Family passes (2 adults and 4 children) $40.
The Brick Man Experience
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Sunday 24 July 2016: 9:30am to 4:00pm LAST DAY
New Zealand's largest exhibition of LEGO® works. The kids will enjoy 60 exhibits with their own unique behind-the-scenes stories, including original drawings and sketches, interactive zones and over 5 million LEGO® bricks.
Tickets: Kids under 4 are FREE: Kids aged 4 to 16 are $19; Adults $29; Family $89
Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016: 10:30am and 2:00pm performances LAST DAY
Spike Milligan’s all-time favourite story comes to life in a new stage show by Tim Bray Productions. Share Tim and Rose’s madcap adventure through the great black forest and into Badjelly’s castle.
Cost: Tickets: Children and Adults $22 to $25
Planetarium Shows at Stardome
Stardome, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016:
1:00pm The Accidental Astronauts - Kids 3 years plus
2:00pm Perfect Little Planet - Kids 4 to 6 years
3:00pm Attack of the Space Pirates
4:00pm Astronaut - Kids 6 to 10 years
7:00pm We are Stars - Family 8 years plus
Cost: Kids $10, Adults $12, Family $40.
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
These July holidays, complete an adventurous self-guided training course through Auckland Zoo’s African savannah to graduate from the Zoo’s Ranger Academy. There are six great challenges (from fitness and monitoring animal movements to animal identification and poaching prevention) to practice on your training course – skills and conservation knowledge rangers must possess to help animals in the wild. Rangers 'Rae' and 'Raf' will be there to guide you through and give you pointers along the way to help you become an official ranger.
Cost: Normal Zoo admission prices apply. Friends of the Zoo, free.
NZ Inernational Film Festival - Animation for Kids 4+
The Civic Theatre, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016: 10:15am
New Zealand International Film Festival have searched high and low, and near and far, to present a selective slate of the best animation for all ages from all corners of the world. These animated gems from 8 countries offer a terrific range of diverse adventures, and a whole load of opportunity to fuel imagination and make greater sense of our world.
Tickets: Children $12:50; Adults $15
Explore Dory's World at Kelly Tarlton's
Kelly Tarlton's SEALIFE Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 2016 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Become an ocean explorers on an underwater Finding Dory adventure at Kelly Tarlton's. There will be an interactive quiz trail that will entertain the kids as they learn about conservation and protecting Dory’s home. Plus there will be an interactive playroom with load of fintastic Finding Dory activities and plush toys waiting to be discovered.
Online entry: Kids under 2 are FREE; Child $17; Adult $31: Family $55 to $79
Walkup price: Kids under 2 are FREE; Child $22; Adult $39: Family $75 to $110
AHOY! Pirates and Mermaids
Sky Tower, Corner Victoria St West & Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Saturday 23 July to Sunday 24 July 2016: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Get dressed up and join in the activities up the Sky Tower.
* Find your pirate or mermaid name and then explore the Sky Tower.
* Walk the indoor plank - 220 meters above the ground!
* Strike a pose at the photo station, and in be in to win.
Entry: Children 5 and under are FREE; Children aged 6 to 14 years $11; Adults $28;
Family (2 adults and 2 children) $61.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Centrestage Theatre, 60 Centreway Rd, Orewa
Saturday 23 July 2016: 1:00pm and 7:00pm shows LAST DAY
Bring the family to the youth production of Joseph these holidays. Set to an exciting range of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale will be fun for everyone.
North West Shopping Centre, 1/7 Fred Taylor Drive, Westgate, Auckland
Saturday 23 July 10:00am to 3:00pm
Open until Sunday 24 July 2016
Head to NorthWest Shopping Centre’s Winter Wonderland to experience FREE ice skating for school kids aged 5 to 12 years old