Weekend What's On
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families in Auckland, New Zealand
Bastille Day Street Festival
Remuera Shopping Village, Remuera Road, Auckland
Saturday 15 July 2017: 10:00am to 2:00pm
French up your weekend and celebrate Bastille Day with everything French. There is French music, mime artists, live art with Misery, Jacque Cousteau photobooth, Alliance Francaise treasure hunt, French waiters race, street entertainers, circus, classic Citroens, Charleston and Can Can dancers and more.
Cost: FREE family festival
Night at Auckland Museum: Wild Thing SOLD OUT
Maunsell Road, Extension, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 15 July 2017: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Families, answer the call of the wild! Bring a torch and explore Auckland Museum after hours and meet creatures with stories to tell. Packed full of performances, quirky characters, music and fun, Night at Auckland Museum is a rare chance to explore the Museum and our Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition after hours.
Tickets: Advance tickets $20; Door Sales $25. Bookings are recommended as this event sold out last year.
The Road That Wasn't There 7 years plus
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD
Saturday 15 July 2017: 11:00am and 6:30pm show LAST SHOWS
This is a story about a girl who followed a map off the edge of the world… Combining puppetry, shadow play and live music, The Road That Wasn’t There is a curious tale for adventurous adults and intrepid children.
Dark, humorous and thoroughly enchanting, multi award-winning company Trick of the Light has created this original New Zealand fairy tale reminiscent of the late (great) Margaret Mahy.
Tickets: Child $19; Adult $28; Family $72 (2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children)
Mini Robot Rumble 2017
University of Auckland, Engineering Building, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland
Saturday 15 July 2017: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Mini Robot Rumble is a beetle weight combat robotics competition being run by the Auckland University Robotics Association. You can watch the robots battle, or enter your own. Robots must be driven by a high school, intermediate or primary school student. Register to enter your robot here
Cost: FREE entry
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 15 July 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.
British Festival - NZSO National Youth Orchestra Young person's guide to Orchestra
Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, 303 Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 15 July 2017: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Tickets: $10 per person
The Lorax and The Moneybags
Hawkins Theatre, 13 Ray Small Drive, Papakura, Auckland
Saturday 15 July 2017: 1:00pm and 5:00pm show
Hawkins Youth Theatre Company in association with Children's Theatre Company New York Presents "The Lorax and the Moneybags!" based on the original story by Dr Seuss.
Tickets: Children $10; Adults $15
Kids Only Market
Sandringham Community Centre, 18-20 Kitchener Street, Sandringham, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 15 July 2017: 10:00am to Noon
Facebook page: Sandringham Community Centre
Kids sell pre loved toys, books, clothes, games, fresh baking and more.
Cost: FREE entry
Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 15 July 2017: 10:00am, Noon and 2:30pm shows
It's time to Wiggle around New Zealand. The world's favourite children's entertainment group, The Wiggles, are coming to perform for you Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony are excited to perform their brand new show in Auckland. They will be bringing the Wiggly dancers with them as well as Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus.
Tickets: $36 per person
The Great Piratical Rumbustification
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, North Shore
Saturday 15 July 2017: 10:30am and 2:00pm shows
More shows on until Saturday 22 July 2017
The pirates are restless. ‘Oh, for a pirate party!’ they declare. But…a pirate party must be a stolen one. Put on your best pirate finery, grab your parrot, then come and enjoy Margaret Mahy’s piratical fun and the best rumbustification you’ve had in years.
Tickets: Children $22 to $25; Adults $22 to $25
Winter Break: Free Open Capoeria Class
Te Oro, 98 Line Road, Glen Innes, Auckland
Saturday 15 July 2017: 2:00pm
Simplesmente Capoeira Association comes to Te Oro for a one-off kids capoeira class. This FREE workshop is open to 6 to 12 years old wanting to try this Brazilian martial art combined with dance & music. In Capoeira the kids don’t fight, they PLAY in pairs using the movements learnt in class, following the music played by the instruments. No experience is required to attend.
Registeration is essential. Visit www.teoro.org.nz to book now.
Saturday and Sunday Events
Auckland Live Pick & Mix: Whales Free family event
Upper NZI, Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 15 July 2017: 10:30am
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Sunday 16 July 2017: 10:30am
Children work together to save a pod of stranded whales and help them back to the ocean in the multi award winning interactive theatre experience Whales.
Online bookings are essential due to limited capacity.
Cost: FREE entry
Aotea Square Snow Dome and Ice Rink - Cars 3 Weekend
Aotea Square, Auckland
Saturday 15 July and Sunday 16 July 2017: 10:00am to 10:00pm
(Snow dome shuts at 6pm)
Enjoy ice skating in Aotea square this winter. From 10:00am to 1:00pm this weekend celebrate Cars 3. Come dressed as Lightning McQueen or your favourite Cars 3 character and be in to win some great prizes. There’ll be face painting, treasure hunts and colouring competitions to boot.
Ice Skating Tickets (including 90 mins skate hire): Children under 12 years $15; Adults $20; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) $55
Helmets and skating frames for beginners available for hire
Snow Dome Tickets: $5 for 30 minutes
David Attenborough's Zoo Quest Screening
Auckland Museum, Maunsell Road Extension, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 July 2017: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm & 4:00pm
The very best of Sir David Attenborough's early Zoo Quest TV adventures can now be seen as never before – in high-definition colour. Drop in and watch these incredible moments of wildlife film history in a cosy corner of the Origins Gallery.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
The Journey of a Million Miles - Following Steps
NZ Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay & Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017: 10:00am to 3:00pm
NZ Maritime's July school holiday programme is inspired by their exhibition The Journey of a Million Miles which explores the journeys made by migrants to New Zealand. Choose from interactive character storytelling including music, make and take fabric travel wallets and two interactive gallery trail. The kids can choose to do all three activities or pick and mix.
Cost: Character storytelling $5; Two trails $3; Make and take fabric wallet $5
Become an Animal Champion at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 15 July to Sunday 23 July 2017: 9:30am to 5:00pm (last admissions at 4:15pm)
Become a certified animal champion these holidays and be in to win great prizes. Choose from five incredible species – Elephant, Kiwi, Tuatara, Tiger or Giraffe. Collect an activity sheet and take part in interactive activities for your chosen animal. Every visit helps make our conversation mission possible.
Cost: Normal Zoo admission prices apply. Friends of the Zoo free.
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Butterfly Creek school holiday fun
Butterfly Creek, 10-12 Tom Pearce Drive, Airport Oaks, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017: 9:00am to 5:30pm
There’s lots to do at Butterfly Creek for the school holidays. Visit Scar the crocodile or experience the amazing butterfly house with over 700 butterflies. Don’t miss the Dinomite Show and enjoy mask colouring in the Boneyard room. Check out their School Holiday Calendar for their full list of holiday activities.
Tickets: Save 10% when you buy your tickets online for the school holidays, using the promo code HOLIDAY10
Become an Animal Planet Ranger at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's
Kelly Tarltons, 23 Tamaki Dr, Orakei, Auckland
Saturday 15 to Sunday 23 July 2017: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Become an Animal Planet Ranger these school holidays at SEA LIFE KellyTarlton's! Come and meet the 'coolest creatures alive' and join the trail to get up and close with the penguins. There are exclusive trading cards to collect and an Animal Planet interactive hub located on-site.
Tickets: Book Online for reduced prices: Children under 3 are FREE; Children aged 3 to 15: $22; Adults $31.
Pops Games Park
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Giant games and puzzles, fun for all ages. Old favourites and new challenges.
Cost: Kids under 12 are $8; Adults $10; Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) $30
Weber Bros Circus: Adrenaline
Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 to 100 Ascot Avenue, Greenlane, Auckland
Saturday 15 July 2017: 1:00pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm show
Sunday 16 July 2017: 3:00pm show
More shows on until Saturday 5 August 2017
ADRENALINE is a fistful of fun for the whole family, with extreme stunts, hilarious acts and daring moments that will have you on the edge of your seats. Acts such as The Globe of Death, FMX and the show-stopping Human Cannon, along with fantastic dancers, stunning outfits and entertainers for kids of every age.
Tickets: Children (2 to 14 years) $16 to $40; Adult $25 to $60
Scotty's Birthday Party at Sky Tower
Sky Tower, Corner of Federal Street and Victoria Street, Auckland CBD
Saturday 16 to Sunday 23 July 2017: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Sky Tower celebrates 20 years and it's Scotty the Sky Tower's Birthday Party. Play in New Zealand's highest ball pit, get crafty at the craft station and each child gets a small box of popcorn. Plus there is facepainting from 11am to 3pm on weekends.
Online tickets ( Buy online to save 25%) : Children 5 years and under are FREE; Children 6 years plus $9; Students $15; Adults $21.75; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $48.75
Pohutukawa Coast Rotary Club Mid Winter Swim
Maraetai Beach, East Auckland, New Zealand
Sunday 16 July 2017: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Pohutukawa Coast Rotary Club
Take a concrete pill, dress up, bring the kids and the dog. Prizes for the best costumes and winners of the (short) swim plus heaps of spot prizes from our fantastic sponsors. Registration from 11.00am.
Cost: Under 5 yr olds FREE; 5-13 yrs $5; Adults $10; Family $15; Dogs $5
MOTAT Live Steam
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Sunday 16 July 2017
See MOTAT come to life on Sunday with a great range of family activities. This month MOTAT are highlighting the Steam collection as well as the usual Live Day experiences. MOTATs historic beam engine will be operating at their Great North Road site and the MOTAT steam roller and traction engine will be operating at M2 along with a great range of visiting steam engines and model steam engines. For the special timetable of activities click here.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply.
'In Desert and Wilderness' Family Film 8 years plus
Polish Heritage Trust Museum, 125 Elliot Street, Howick
Sunday 16 July 2017: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Amazing film of popular novel by Nobel prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz. Beautiful cinematography. Stas and Nel are thrilled to be with their fathers in the exotic land of Egypt. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Auckland Minatures Club: Dolls Houses, Furniture, Box Rooms
Leicester Hall, Findlay Street, Ellerslie
Sunday 16 July 2017: 10:30am to 2:00pm
Open day display of Dolls Houses, Dolls House furniture and Box rooms. Members working on current projects. Sales Tables. For more information contact email@example.com
Cost: Kids under 5 are FREE; Children $1; Adults $2
Rotoroa Island Planting Day Children aged 5 years plus
Rotoroa Island, Auckland
Sunday 16 July 2017: 8:45am ferry departs Quay Street to 5:15pm ferry departs Auckland
Take the ferry to Rotoroa Island for their volunteer planting days and help create habitat for the precious New Zealand species that live there. 360 Discovery Cruises offers a 40% discount for volunteers, so be in quick to book your place.
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure, Auckland
Sunday 16 July 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 16 July 2017: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person