The best of what's on for Easter
in Auckland for Kids
Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018
Our pick of the best Easter weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
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
Amazing Maze Giant Easter Egg Hunt 2018
Amazing Maze, 833 Kingseat Road, Auckland
Good Friday 30 March to Easter Monday 2 April 2018: 11:00am to 2:00pm
The Easter bunny will be found running around hiding around 50,000 eggs throughout Easter weekend in the maze. The Sunday night egg hunt is a night time Easter egg hunt by torchlight. Bring your own torch and bring the whole family for a hilarious night out. The Amazing Maze features lots of fun games, activities, mini mazes and an amazing giant water slide free of charge so bring your togs and a towel. Bring your own lunches and drinks with plenty of shady picnic spots or eat at the Spookers cafe.
Tickets: Under 3's are FREE; Children $10; Student $12; Adult $15; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $45
Dig It at MOTAT
MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Good 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.
aMAZEing Cadbury Easter Hunt
The aMAZEing Cadbury Easter Hung will be at the Ester Show Family show and the Cadbury Easter Bunny will be on site on from 10am to 7pm on Friday to Sunday and 10am to 6pm on Easter Monday.
Cost: $2 entrance fee to support Make-A-Wish
PJ Mask Show
Good Friday to Saturday: 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm shows. Sunday and Easter Monday 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm shows.
A stunning fireworks display will be lighting up the sky on Good Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 9pm.
Cost: FREE to watch
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
NZ Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand
Friday 30 March to Sunday 29 April 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
An installation by Jae Kang that invites visitors to touch and play.
Read about Auckland for Kids visit to Knot Touch here
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
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
Bounce & Beyond Easter Egg Hunt
10a Kerwyn Avenue, East Tamaki map
Good Friday 30 March to Easter Monday 2 April 2018: 11:00am and 2:00pm
Come and join our huge Easter Egg hunts in Bounce & Beyond this Easter holiday. There will be HEAPS of Easter eggs, chocolate bunny and free family passes up for grabs, plus there are lots of giant inflatables for the whole family to have fun this Easter.
Cost: Toddlers under 12 months $4; Children aged 1 to 4: $8; Children aged 5 years plus $16; Adults $16
Mangere Bridge Village, 19-43 Coronation Road, Mangere Bridge
Friday 30 March to Sunday 8 April 2018: 8:30am to 6:30pm
Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board.
Play with friends and family to build a giant, interactive marble run with Pop Marbles. Create a composition of native New Zealand bird recordings as the marbles journey through the maze.
Cost: FREE event
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
Meet the Easter Bunny at Milford Centre
Milford Shopping Centre, 24 Milford Road, Milford
Saturday 31 March 2018: 11am to 2:00pm
Bring your kiddies to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy a small chocolate treat. (Easter eggs are limited and while stocks last).
Craigavon Park playground opening
Craigavon Park Playground, 86 Kinross Street, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland
Saturday 31 March 2018: Noon to 3:00pm
Whau Local Board
Opening of the new Craigavon Park Playground. Playspace with water play features, swings, basket swing, carousel, springs mega swings and a see-saw. There will be free face painting and a free sausage sizzle.
Eco Craft Treasures EcoWest Festival event
Waitakere Central Library, 3 Ratanui Street, Henderson
Saturday 31 March 2018: Noon to 2:00pm
Crafting with waste and recyclables for children and adults. Make treasures out of CDs, plastic bottles and tin cans.
Peter Rabbit Storytime
Central City Library, Auckland
Saturday 31 March 2018: 11:00am to 11:30am
Come along for a hippity hoppity Storytime to celebrate the classic Beatrix Potter tales of Peter Rabbit and his friends, featured in the upcoming Peter Rabbit film.
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.
Doornuts Decorate your own Easter Donut Day!
Doornuts, 321 Karangahape Road, Auckland
Saturday 31 March 2018: 10;00am to 1:00pm
Calling all Donut Artists of all ages, create your own Easter donut masterpiece. Doornuts are bringing out all the sprinkles, decorations, candies, lollies, cookies and icings so you can go to town and become the donut artist you've always known you are. When you finish your masterpiece Doornuts will be taking a photo of your creation to hang on their Easter Donut Masterpiece Gallery
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
Franklin Pub Free Family Fun Day
The Franklin, 2/46 Kouka Rd, Beachlands
Saturday 31 March 2018: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Family Party featuring Captain Festus McBoyle and his motley crew have been successfully infecting NZ for over 6 years. Armed with cheeky humour and side splitting songs, this Madcap Troupe is more fun than a squirrel up ya jumper. Bring the kids along for a fun filled afternoon with family friendly entertainment & build your own pizzas for the kids Bookings essential for build your own pizza at: limited build your own pizza online at: http://thefranklinpub.co.nz/book.php or phone: (09)5365978
Cost: Family Day gold coin donation for Cure Kids. Build your own pizzas $12.
Howick Historical Village, Corner Lady Marie Drive and Bells Road, Pakuranga, Auckland
Sunday 1 April 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Spend a fun Easter Sunday decorating an Easter Egg biscuit at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Follow the Peter Rabbit Children’s Trail around the Village. Try the Egg and Spoon Races, Sack Race or Easter colouring Competition At 1pm there will be a Giant Easter Egg Hunt.
Cost: Children $8; Adults $16; Seniors $12; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $40
Easter Sunday - Eggstra Fun Egg Hunt and Spot Prizes at Whoa Studios.
Whoa Studios, 8-14 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Aucland
Easter Sunday 1 April 2018: 9:30am and 3:00pm
The Easter Bunny is hopping by in the morning and afternoon to help with the Easter Egg Hunts at 9:30am and 3:00pm. Each hunt will give kids the chance to find a "Golden Egg" Prize - a basket of goodies worth $250. Note: To avoid disappointing some children - max egg limits per child may apply.
Tickets: $10. All show and park pass holders between the ages of 3 and 10yrs are welcome to participate.