Weekend What's On
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 2017
Father's Day Weekend
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families
in Auckland, New Zealand
in Auckland, New Zealand
Kids & Family Printmaking Free Workshop Editors Pick
Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland
Saturday 2 September 2017: Noon to 3:00pm
Facebook page: Nathan Homestead
Free family fun making your own edition of prints based on ‘Home’ (what it represents to you) . Your prints will then feature as part of an exhibition at the end of the year. Each child that participates will get a random set of 4 prints from participating artists in US (and the artist there will get your prints). This is a fun way for kids to start their own art collection and a chance to learn about creating prints.
Cost: FREE family event
Stand Up Stand Out 2017 Final
Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau
Saturday 2 September 2017: 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Experience an exceptional day of talent and energy as musicians and dancers from Auckland secondary schools take the spotlight in the final of Stand Up Stand Out, Auckland's premier youth music and dance competition. Bring the family for a fun day out, with DJ, food and activity tents also providing entertainment.
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 2 September 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.
Hinepau Live at Te Pou Theatre
Te Pou, 44A Portgage Road, Auckland, New Zealand
Sunday 2 September 2017: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Facebook page: TE POU - Auckland's Māori Home of Theatre
Taki Rua and Capital E present an entirely free te reo Māori children's play atTE POU - Auckland's Māori Home of Theatre. Tickets not required - simply arrive at Te Pou a little before 2pm to secure your spot.
Ferndale Cafe Open Day
Ferndale Cafe, 395 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson Valley
Saturday 2 September 2017: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Check out Frendale Cafe's new 50's inspired cafe. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Waitakeres, jump on the bouncy castle, play a game of volleyball or try some candyfloss. There will be loads of yummy food and drinks available to purchase.
Saturday & Sunday Events
Pick & Mix: Freshmans Dance Crew Free family event
Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 2 September 2017: 10:30am
Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland
Saturday 2 September 2017: 3:00pm
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Sunday 3 September2017: Performance at 10:30am
Dancers and choreographers from different worlds collide, with hip hop, contemporary and more. At the workshop step to the beat from these champions of dance.
Cost: FREE entry
Sunlight - Ihi Komaru Exhibition at MOTAT
The Exploratorium, MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 2 September to December 2017
Discover the secrets of the sun in a fun, hands-on science exhibition for all ages. Read about Auckland for Kids visit to the exhibition here.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply.
Matilda the Musical
The Civic, Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 2 September 2017: 2:00pm and 7:30pm shows
Sunday 3 September 2017: 1:00pm and 6:30pm shows
Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by incomparable Roald Dahl.
Tickets: $75 to $175
Father's Day - Sunday Events
Wild Wheels at MOTAT Father's Day Event
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Sunday 3 September 2017: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wild Wheels is back this Father’s Day at MOTAT. There will be something to excite all motoring fans. A fantastic event packed with cars, music, food and entertainment for the whole family. Dad is bound to be thrilled by the wide range of cars on display from Mini’s to Mustangs. With a relaxing beer garden, live music and slot car racing to keep the kids entertained, it’s a great day out for the whole family to celebrate Dad.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply
Spring Festival at Cornwall Park Father's Day Event
Twin Oak Drive, Cornwall Park
Sunday 3 September 2017: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Celebrate Father’s Day at Cornwall Park Spring Festival. Bring the family along for a celebration of Spring in the Park.
Cost: FREE family event
A Special Stardome Father's Day Father's Day Event
Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Auckland
Sunday 3 September 2017: 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Make Father’s Day out-of-this-world with a special trip to Stardome. Let him chill out and relax in the reclined seats (Dads love those!) while watching a show about the stars above us.
Shows on Father's Day are: 1pm – Tycho to the Moon, 2pm – Accidental Astronauts, 3pm – Life of Trees, 4pm – Dinosaurs at Dusk, 6pm – Astronaut, 7pm – Dream to fly.
Cost: One free dad per paying person. Phone bookings are essential: 09 624 1246
Fathers Day Disco
Little Miss Enchanted Pamper Parties, Albany Hall, 302A Main Road Huapai, Kumeu, Auckland
Sunday 3 September 2017: 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Miss Enchanted Pamper Parties
Bring the whole family. Dust off your dancing shoes. Enjoy a fun afternoon of: face painting, princess entertainment and singing, Spider Man and music.
Tickets: $15 per person; $50 for a family of 4
Merchant Navy Day
Maritime Room, New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland CBD
Sunday 3 September 2017: Service 11:00am to Noon
The annual Auckland remembrance service for the Merchant Navy will be held to commemorate those who served and gave their lives in the Merchant Navy during the Second World War from the first day to the last.
Cost: FREE admission
Mum and Kids Show presented by Little Treasures at NZ Fashion Weekend
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, 161 Halsey Street, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Sunday 3 September 2017: 10:30am
A 40 minute showcase sure to tug at the heartstrings, with models aged between two to ten, you can expect energy, fun and maybe a tantrum or two?! And as if that wasn’t enough, for babes growing babes, a slew of bump-flattering pieces will swan down the runway in the name of revolutionising maternity wear.
Tickets: $20 to $40
North Shore Kids Marathon
Gould Reserve, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 3 September 2017: 6:00am to 1:00pm
Kids 2km marathon run. Plus there is a 5km fun run and fun walk, half marathon and marathon for the adults.
Cost: Kids marathon $25 to 30 Adults $15 to $85
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure
Sunday 3 September 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 3 September 2017: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person