The best of what's on for Easter
Events on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Easter Monday
Brickman: Wonders of the World Opening weekend
Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum, Parnell, Auckland
Friday 30 March to Sunday 14 May 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Come and visit the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Empire State Building (complete with King Kong), Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe – all made exclusively from LEGO® bricks. Explore these ‘Wonders of the World’ on a different scale, learn more about the history of these global attractions and then get hands-on with your own imaginative masterpiece.
Cost: Under 3's are FREE; Children $13.50; Adults $24.50; Concession $19.50; Family (1 adult, 2 children) $46.50, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $67.50
Easter fun at Butterfly Creek
10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, map
Friday 30 March to Monday 3 April 2018: 9:30am to 5:00pm
From bunnies to bronto’s, visit Butterfly Creek this Easter there’s spot prizes, Easter treats, walking dino. Plus check out the new Kiwi Forest with kiwis, otters and eels.
Cost: Children under 3 are FREE; Children 3 to 15 years are $16; Adults: $28
Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room at Auckland Art Gallery LAST WEEKEND
Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018
The obliteration room is a family-friendly installation by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama. Beginning as a stark white interior in December, it encourages you to transform the 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.
Read about Auckland for Kids visit to the obilteration room here
Dig It at MOTAT Editors Pick
MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
‘Dig It’ is an engaging construction themed event for kids, offering a variety of interactive activities encouraging youngsters to experiment and explore with various concepts, materials, and interactives. Kids will have the opportunity to operate the real thing with Doug the Digger. There will be a construction zone, a craft activity, and a fun trail for exploring the MOTAT collection. An ideal day of fun and educational activities to keep youngsters children entertained over the Easter break.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission fees apply
Royal Easter Show
ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane
Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Family show with a massive line-up of entertainment, circus acts, rides and exhibits, plus an A&P Show that has been running for more than 160 years, the Royal Easter Show has a special place in the hearts and minds of many New Zealanders.
Cost: FREE entry. Charges apply for rides.
The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 Public Art Trail
Various public locations around Auckland
Friday 30 March to Sunday 6 May 2018
Super-sized owl sculptures will descend on Auckland for the Haier Big Hoot art trail. Over 100 owls will roost in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary. There are 47 giant owls (1.65m) that have been individually designed by Kiwi and International artists. Joining the giant owls are 60 owlets (90cm) – many designed by Auckland school students. The giant owls at the end for the trail will be auctioned off to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation.
Find them all using the trail map within the Big Hoot 2018 app – available to download from the App Store or Google Play from 01 March, and collect rewards as you go.
Knot Touch at NZ Maritime Museum
Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank
Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery, Auckland Museum, Auckland
Friday 30 March to Sunday 13 May 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Imagine spending years in hiding because of prejudice and hate. Developed by Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the international exhibition Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank explores how life was for Anne Frank and her family, and looks at the events surrounding the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. Auckland Museum is the first to host this exhibition in New Zealand as part of a three-year tour supported by The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018
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.
Read about Auckland for Kids visit to Bug Lab here
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 $50
The Lion King Summer at Silo Park event
Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Corner of Beaumont Street and Jellico Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Friday 30 March 2018: 4:30pm to 11:30pm
Releax on Good Friday at Silo Park with a food truck dinner and the Disney film to end all Disney films - The Lion King. Bring along a rug to sit comfy and enjoy the outdoor movie.
Cost: FREE event
Out & About Summer Skate Series
Barry Curtis Skatepark, 163 Chapel Road, Flat Bush, Auckland
Saturday 31 March 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Out and About Auckland
Grab your skateboard and your mates for a chance to win loads of prizes. Divisions: U 13s, U 17s, Girls and Open
Cost: FREE entry
Blues v Sharks
Eden Park, Reimers Ave, Kingsland, Auckland
Saturday 31 March 2018: 7:35pm to 9:30pm
Facebook: The Blues
The Blues take on the Sharks in round 7 of the Investec Super Rugby competition at Eden Park, kick off 7:35pm.
Movies in Parks - Coco
Point England, Auckland
Saturday 31 March 2018: 5:20pm to 9:40pm
Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board
Family activities from 5.20pm. Movie starts at sunset (sunset at approximately 7.20pm).
Cost: FREE family event