Weekend What's On
Sleep under the Sharks
23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Saturday 29 April 2017: 7:00pm to 9:00am on Sunday morning
Have you ever wondered how fish sleep? This is your chance to camp under the fish and shark tunnels and watch these beautiful animals as you drift off to sleep. You will get a guided tour including a sneak peak behind the scenes where you can help feed the fish. The sleepover includes supper before going to bed and breakfast of cereals, toast and juice the following morning. It is the perfect way to spend a family night out.
Maximum of 3 children for every parent booked. Suitable for kids aged 5 years plus. Spaces are limited and bookings are essential on: 09 531 5065 or 0800 80 50 50.
Cost: $45 per person.
Takutai Square, Auckland
Saturday 29 April 2017: 1:00pm to 1:30pm
The New Zealand Dance Company cause a special kind of bedlam in central Auckland with Pop Knot. Watch some of New Zealand’s top contemporary dancers take on quirky characters to create fun, surprise and confusion on the streets of our city. Join in the fun to celebrate NZ Dance Week and International Dance Day.
Night Rides at Rainbow's End
Rainbow's End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 29 April 2017: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
All the rides will be open with awesome entertainment on Centre Stage. Take on the thrill rides in the dark or keep your feet on the ground with some night time fun on the Karts, Bumper Boats or Log Flume. With over 20 rides there’s something everyone will enjoy and plenty of excitement.
Tickets: Child superpass $37; Adult Superpass $42l Kidz Kingdom pass $22; Kidz Kingdom spectator pass $15
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 29 April 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.
Lightbell Last Day
Aotea Square, Queen St, Auckland CBD
Saturday 29 April 2017: All day
Lightbells is a brand new interactive light and sound experience that will tower above Aotea Square these school holidays, lighting up the landscape with a joyful cacophony of bell tones and visual delight. The six-metre high sculpture by Auckland-based composer and sound designer Thomas Press, is designed to literally light up when its ropes are pulled and its bells are illuminated ringing out in a unique symphony of light and sound.
Saturday & Sunday Events
Kiwi Kids Music Festival
Auckland Museum, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 29 April 2017: 11:00am and 1:00pm shows
Sunday 30 April 2017 10:30am and 2:30pm shows
Join Kiwi Kids Music for the best music for kids and families, made right here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Hosted by the much loved entertainer, Suzy Cato, the Festival includes all your favourites including
* Kath Bee, Mr Roberelli on Saturday
* Captain Festus McBoyle, Levity Beet, Kath Bee, Mr Roberelli on Sunday
Bring your best singing voice, your best dancing trousers, and join in the fun.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
Discover Aotearoa's Natural Treasures at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2017
Take a journey through Aotearoa at Auckland Zoo these holidays and discover the natural treasures living in New Zealand’s backyard. On your trek of our Te Wao Nui precinct, encounter stunning wildlife - from our 'living dinosaur', the tuatara, and cheeky mountain parrot - the kea, to little penguin, tuna (longfin eels) and kiwi, to name just a few!
See and find out what makes New Zealand's animals so special and unique, and why they are taonga (treasures). With your complimentary Auckland Zoo map, collect an animal stamp at each of the 7 treasure locations. You can also take your photo with our 'larger than life' treasures, and get along to the scheduled animal encounters.
Cost: Normal Zoo admission prices apply. Friends of the Zoo free.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
The Civic, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 29 April 2017: 1:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:30pm shows
Sunday 30 April 2017: 1:00pm and 5:00pm shows
One of the most enduring shows of all time, this lavish international production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to New Zealand reinvented for a new generation. With a contemporary twist, the show exudes all the colour, wit and energy of this irresistible family musical.
A joyous retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven scheming brothers and his coats of many colours.The ultimate feel-good show, Joseph will once again see New Zealand audiences cheering the music of Lloyd Webber.
Tickets: Children under 3 are free on an adult's lap. Children 3 years plus $64.90 to $99; Adult $90 to $130
School Holiday Experience Backyard BlockBusters at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2017
Do you consider yourself a movie buff? Are you keen to explore the exciting world of amateur film-making? If the answer is “yes” then head on over to MOTAT these school holidays for our Backyard Blockbusters holiday experience. Here the passion for amateur film-making rules as visitors get to investigate production techniques, lighting, prop-making and how to create amazing sound effects. They will soon discover that almost anyone has the potential to produce a smash hit once they unleash their creativity and learn more about the tools of the trade including pre-production, framing and story boarding. Youngsters are guaranteed to return home from this interactive experience brimming with inspiration and enthusiasm to start filming their very own backyard blockbuster.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission fees apply
Weekends of Imagination - Puppets and Dioramas
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Weekends of Imagination gets creative this month with a puppet and diorama making experience on every Saturday and Sunday. Explore the different puppeteering styles such as sock, stick, and paper bag puppets. Then design and bring your characters to life in their own unique miniature cardboard worlds using the wide range of craft materials on offer.
Cost: Normal MOTAT admission fees apply
Gloomio The Great! at Whoa Studios 5 years plus
Whoa Studios, 8-14 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2017: 11:00am and 2:00pm shows
Gloomio The Great! features puppet heroes: Custard; Kea; inventor, Brianna; class joker, Buzz; and his cute little sister, Jazz. Their happy hometown of Doodle is under threat from the smile-stealing, would-be Super-Villain, Dr Gloom. Dr Gloom is plotting to steal the entire town’s smiles by putting on a magic show. A rollercoaster ride of magical mishaps, pantomime-style family fun, and slapstick silliness,
Tickets: $39 per person, includes park access.
Children 3 and under are FREE when sitting on guardians lap.
Westiwood - Filming in the Waitakere Ranges Exhibition
Arataki Vistor Centre, Auckland Centennial Park, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia, Waitakere, Auckland
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April 2017: 9:00am to 5:00pm
The exhibition focuses on the box-office hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople and two international television series 800 Words and Power Rangers by showcasing a range of props, images and quotes from each production thanks to Screen Auckland.
Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
Saturday 29 April to Monday 8 May 2017 : All day event
Dance up a storm at Dance-O-Mat, the coolest interactive outdoor dance floor. Auckland now has its own Dance-O-Mat in time for the National Dance Week and will play host to the NZ Dance Week launch on 22 April at 2pm. Aotearoa’s very own dance queen, Parris Goebel will be a special guest speaker at the event.
Cost: FREE for everyone
Waiuku Steel n Wheels Festival
Waiuku Town Centre, Waiuku, Auckland
Sunday 30 April 2017: 10:00am to 2:00pm
See the huge display of hot-rods, bikes, classic and vintage cars, trucks, military vehicles and displays, memorabilia and more.
Attractions include Helicopter joy rides, Military battle re-enactment & display, Dragster fire-ups, Air display, the Super Liquor V8 chainsaw, chainsaw racing, car crush and car cutting display, a kids carnival and more.
Cost: Gold coin entry
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure, Auckland
Sunday 30 April 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 30 April 2017: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person