Weekend What's On
Saturday 4, Sunday 5 and Monday 6 February 2017
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families
in Auckland, New Zealand
in Auckland, New Zealand
All Weekend Events
Waterslide Mania Snow Planet
Snowplanet, 91 Small Road, Silverdale, Auckland
Saturday 4 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
Parnell Rooster Exhibition - Chinese New Year
Parnell Village, Parnell
Saturday 4 February to Sunday 12 February 2017
The largest rooster coop in Auckland will be set up for the exhibition of 38 life-sized rooster art pieces, that will showcase over the two weeks in various locations in Parnell, before being auctioned for charity. To see where to find the roosters, you can click this page, check out their profiles or download a map.
Movies in Parks: Inside Out
Monte Cecila Park, Delgary Avenue, Hillsborough, Auckland
Saturday 4 February 2017: Entertainment from 6:30pm, movie from 8:00pm
Pre-movie kids entertainment starts at 6.30pm and the movies starts at 8:00pm. The TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre will be open from 6.30pm.
Cost: FREE Event
Parnell Chinese New Year Cultural Performance
Heard Park, Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 4 February 2017: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Parnell Chinese Cultural Performances
As part of the Chinese New year celebrations in Parnell to welcome in The Year of the Rooster, children and families can join in the funwith a range of live performances including traditional Chinese music, learning Qigong, a variety of cultural dances and a magnificent Lion Dance Troupe.
Before of after the performances, take time to view the colourful display of 38 unique rooster artpieces in Parnell galleries and retailers. Other Parnell shops, cafés and restaurants will have plenty to crow about as they showcase roosters in a variety of ways, from merchandise to menu options, window displays and other creative surprises.
Cost: FREE admission
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 4 February 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.
Family Surf Session
South Piha Beach, Piha, Auckland
Saturday 4 February 2017: 10:30am to 11:30am
The whole family is welcome to come and have a go at surfing, boards will be available or you can bring your own..
Cost: $10 per family
Tour de Science Teens
Hellensville War Memorial Hall, 49 Commercial Road, Hellensville, Auckland
Saturday 4 February 2017: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tour de Science
David Klein is a science storyteller and this summer he’s cycling the country with his award-winning one-man show about curiosity, learning and the universe. Part theatre, part pop-learning, Tour de Science is an effervescent scientific and personal learning adventure. David shares his journey of curiosity and discovery from childhood to adulthood as atoms, cells, evolution, the solar system, stars and beyond are pieced together into a unique and extremely satisfying conclusion.
Suitable for teenagers and adults.
Tickets: Concession $5; General $10
Saturday & Sunday Events
Dinosaurs in the Gardens
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 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.
Register for a Dinosaur Encounter session here.
Cost: FREE ENTRY to the dinosaur gardens.
Activities such as face-painting and dinosaur merchandise will be available for purchase.
Cornwall Park Summer Music Series - The DeSotos
Band Rotunda, Cornwall Park, Auckland
Sunday 5 February 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
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Olympic Park Sports Field, Portgage Road, New Lynn, Auckland
Sunday 5 February 2017: Entertainment from 6:30pm, movie from 8:30pm
Pre-movie kids entertainment starts at 6.30pm and the movies starts at 8:30pm.
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure
Sunday 5 February 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 5 February 2017: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person
Monday Events on Waitangi Day
On the 6th of February 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Rangatira Māori and representatives of the Crown. This year is the 177th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty,
Waitangi Day Family Celebrations at Hayman Park Music in Parks
Hayman Park, Lambie Drive, Manukau
Monday 6 February 2017: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Toi O Manukau
Hayman Park opens at 9am with a powhiri at 9.30am, followed by kapa haka and live music by a fantastic line-up of talent including Ardijah, Troy Kingi, Adam Whauwhau, Rob Ruha, Ora Taukamo, Josie Clarke, DJ Manchoo and more. Grab a picnic and enjoy the family-friendly fun. Check out the stands displaying information of historical and cultural significance and have a go at the hands-on interactive activities.
Cost: FREE family event
Waitangi Day 2017 at Orakei Domain
Orakei Domain, 11 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Monday 6 February 2017: 10:00am to 3:00pm
E Tū Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei
Bring along the whole family to enjoy a range of delicious food stalls, an arts and crafts lane, interactive games and activities for kids, and a new mobile Treaty exhibition from Auckland Museum. Bring a picnic blanket along and set yourself up in front of the stage, and enjoy a quintessential Aotearoa summer’s day.
The first act is on stage at 10:30am, so come along early to score yourself an awesome spot. Don’t forget to bring hats and sunblock, deck chairs and picnic blankets.
Cost: FREE family event