Weekend What's On
Saturday 23 and Christmas Eve Sunday 24 December 2017
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families in Auckland, New Zealand
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Green Bay Community House, Green Bay
Saturday 23 December 2017: 10:00am AND
Brians Park, Kelson, Auckland
Saturday 23 December 2017: 5:00pm AND
The Creative Souls Project
“On this day of good food, good music and good company …. what could go wrong. When four friends prepare their tastiest dish for the great pacific feast, everything that could go wrong goes wrong. Can the dishes be saved and the day be celebrated?” A cast of young actors bring this story to life in a children’s play. A story in spirit of the holiday - celebrating the greatest, grandest, tastiest pacific feast of the year.
Sol3 Mio Christmas in the Vines
Villa Maria Estate Winery, Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 23 December 2017: 5:00pm
Promising the unique, iconic and musically top shelf live show that has seen them pack in the crowds across their five year career, Sol3 Mio can't wait to get back on stage in front of their home fans, in the warmth of a kiwi summer.
Tickets: $99 to $120
Christmas Night Rides at Rainbow's End
Rainbow's End , 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 December 2017: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Enjoy the Christmas lights, rides and music at Rainbow's End three Christmas Night Rides evenings in December. The Kidz Kingdom outdoor area will be open until 9pm especially for children 8 years and under to enjoy the Christmas nights as well.
Prices: Kidz kingdom tickets are $22.Online discounted superpass discounts are $35 for children and $40 for adults.
Sunday and Sunday Events
Bug Lab opening weekend at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 December 2017
Bug Lab is on this summer at Auckland Zoo.
The blockbuster science exhibition from Te Papa and Weta Workshop is on at Auckland Zoo this summer. Featuring massive 3-D bug models within four magical chambers, Bug Lab is a spectacularly immersive and interactive experience for all ages that offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn from the genius of bugs.
Tickets to Bug Lab: Kids under 4 years old are FREE; Children $13, Student $16.50; Adult $18.50; Family Pass - 1 adult and 2 children $36; Family pass 2 adults and 2 children $5
Tickets to Bug Lab & Auckland Zoo: Kids under 4 years old are FREE; Children $17.50, Student $28.50; Adult $35.50; Family Pass - 1 adult and 2 children $65; Family pass 2 adults and 2 children $95.
Christmas Pinata Party at Silo Park
Sculpture in the Gardens
Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland
Saturday 23 December to Sunday 25 February 2018: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Biennial sculpture show held in the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Take a picnic for a fun free family day out to look at the sculptures and gardens.
Christmas Lights at MOTAT
MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 23 December: 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Sunday 24 December 2017: 8:00pm to 10:30pm
MOTAT is bedazzled with fairy lights and opens its gates for an enchanted evenings in the lead up to Christmas. The Museum will be bustling with festive activities including movies and carols that are sure to get you into the spirit of the season. Escape the holiday chaos with an evening amongst friends and family in a fairy-lit wonderland capturing the magical atmosphere of Christmas. Don’t miss your chance to catch up with Santa, visit Mrs Claus’s Kitchen, enjoy the festive fare and much more. All proceeds go towards buying gifts for the Auckland City Mission and Auckland Women’s Refuge.
Cost: $2 Entry and FREE for under 5s
Santa in the Sky!
Sky Tower, Corner Federal and Victoria Street, Auckland
Saturday 23 and 24 December 2017: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Come up the Sky Tower and have your photo taken with Santa and create your very own Christmas decoration to take home. Plus, bring a present to put under the Charity Tree to gain special ‘Elf Status’. All presents placed under the Charity Tree will be donated to Variety - The Children’s Charity.
Entry prices: Kids under 5 are FREE; Children 6 to 14 years $12; Adult $29; Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) $65 (additional Child Pass purchased with a Family Pass $9)
Far, Far Away: An exhibition for the school holidays
The James Wallace Arts Trust, The Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland map
Saturday 23 December 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018
Opening Hours: Tues to Friday: 10am to 3pm, Saturday & Sunday: 8am to 5pm.
(Closed on the public holidays 25 and 26 December and 1 and 2 January 2018)
Are you curious about a world full of objects, figures and places which look unlike anything you know? On your arrival you will receive a passport and stamp, so you can travel to this faraway place. You can use the art activities in your passport to help you navigate through this foreign world. Suitable for kids 2-10 years old.
Cost: Entry by donation.
Custard of the Carribean live show at Whoa! Studios
Whoa! Studios, 8-14 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 23 December and Sunday 24 December 2017
More shows are on until Sunday 28 January 2018. Whoa! will be closed for the public holidays on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 1 January 2018 and 2 January 2018.
DR Gloom is back as Custard, Kea, Buzz, Brianna and Jazz set out on brand new 50 minute live stage adventure featuring pirates and puppets on the poop deck!
Tickets: Online $25; Walkup $29. Children 3 and under are free when sitting on a guardians lap. Includes free access to the park.
Whoa! Run and Whoa! Wet giant inflatibles at Whoa Studios
Whoa! Studios, 8-14 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 23 December and Sunday 24 December 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Whoa! will be open daily in the summer holidays, apart from closing for the public holidays on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 1 January 2018 and 2 January 2018.
Giant obstacles are at Whoa! Studio for the summer school holidays.
Read about our visit to Whoa! Studios here.
Tickets: Whoa! Run $10 per person for 4 rides; Whoa! Wet Water Slide $10 per person for one hour. If you see a show on the same day you get a 50% discount.
New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year
Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum
Saturday 23 December 2017 to Sunday 25 February 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
See the brand new photographic exhibition featuring stunning images from the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 Competition. The exhibition showcases the work of some of New Zealand’s top photographers.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room at Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
Saturday 23 December 2017 to Monday 2 April 2018
The obliteration room is a family-friendly and participatory installation by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama. Beginning as a stark white interior, it encourages you to transform the Creative Learning Centre space with a rainbow of brightly coloured dots. Watch as, over time, a dizzying blur of colour is built up by visitors applying brightly coloured stickers in various sizes to every surface.
Sunday Events Christmas Eve
Celebrate Christmas with your family at a local Auckland Beach
Visit your a kid friendly Auckland beach with your family to relax and enjoy Christmas Eve together.
Cost: FREE (apart from your petrol or public transport cost to get there)
Nautilus Harbour Cruise
NZ Maritime Museum, Corner Quay and Hobson Street, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Sunday 24 December 2017: 1:00pm and 2:30pm one hour harbour cruise
Get out on the Waitemata harbour, with a maximum capacity of 8 it is an intimate and fascinating experience to cruise on this vintage launch. Bookings are essential. Book here
Price: Children under 5 are FREE; Auckland Children $18; Auckland Adult $35.