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The best of what’s on for Easter 2018 in Auckland for Kids

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The best of what's on this weekend 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

Events on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Easter Monday 

Brickman: Wonders of the World OPENING WEEKEND

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Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum, Parnell, Auckland
Friday 30 March to Sunday 14 May 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/visit/exhibitions

 

Easter fun at Butterfly Creek

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10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, map
Friday 30 March to Monday 3 April 2018: 9:30am to 5:00pm
www.butterflycreek.co.nz/easter
 
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
 
 

Amazing Maze Giant Easter Egg Hunt 2018

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Amazing Maze, 833 Kingseat Road, Auckland
Good Friday 30 March to Easter Monday 2 April 2018: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Amazing Maze
 
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

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MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Good Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
www.motat.org.nz
 
‘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

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ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane
Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018: 10:00am to 10:00pm
eastershow.co.nz
 
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.
Cost: FREE
 
Fireworks Display
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

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Various public locations around Auckland 
Friday 30 March to Sunday 6 May 2018
www.thebighoot.co.nz
 
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.
 
Cost: FREE
 
 

Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank

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Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery, Auckland Museum, Auckland
Friday 30 March to Sunday 13 May 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
www.aucklandmuseum.com/visit/exhibitions/let-me-be-myself

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

Picture by Auckland for Kids - Giant praying mantis at Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 2018
http://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/bug-lab

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 $50.
 
 

Bounce & Beyond Easter Egg Hunt

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10a Kerwyn Avenue, East Tamaki map
Good Friday 30 March to Easter Monday 2 April 2018: 11:00am and 2:00pm
www.bounceandbeyond.co.nz
 
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
 
 

Marbles

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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 thorough the maze.
 
Cost: FREE event 

Friday Events

The Lion King Summer at Silo Park event

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Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Corner of Beaumont Street and Jellico Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Friday 30 March 2018: 4:30pm to 11:30pm
www.silopark.co.nz
 
Relax 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 

 

Saturday Events

Meet the Easter Bunny at Milford Centre

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Milford Shopping Centre, 24 Milford Road, Milford
Saturday 31 March 2018: 11am to 2:00pm
www.milfordcentre.co.nz

Bring your kiddies to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy a small chocolate treat. (Easter eggs are limited and while stocks last).
 
Cost: FREE
 

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.
 
Cost: FREE
 

Eco Craft Treasures EcoWest Festival event

Waitakere Central Library, 3 Ratanui Street, Henderson
Saturday 31 March 2018: Noon to 2:00pm

www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

Crafting with waste and recyclables for children and adults. Make treasures out of CDs, plastic bottles and tin cans.
 
Cost: FREE
 

Peter Rabbit Storytime

 
Central City Library, Auckland
Saturday 31 March 2018: 11:00am to 11:30am
https://www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz
 
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.
 
Cost: FREE
 

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
Doornuts

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
 
Tickets: $5
 

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
The Franklin
 
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.

 

Sunday Events 

Easter Egg-citement

Howick Historical Village, Corner Lady Marie Drive and Bells Road, Pakuranga, Auckland

Sunday 1 April 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
fencible.org.nz
 
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 at JUMP

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JUMP East Tamaki, JUMP Avondale and JUMP North Shore
Easter Sunday 1 April 2018
www.jumpwithus.co.nz
 
Easter Sunday Easter Egg hunt on the trampolines every session. 
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