July School Holidays
What's on - Friday 22 July 2016
The best of What's On in the winter school holidays
in Auckland for Kids
Aotea Square Ice Rink and Ice Slide
Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: Noon to 10:00pm
Open until Sunday 24 July 2016
Bring your friends and family to skate amongst the downtown buzz and experience the magic of your very own winter playground in Aotea Square. There’s also a Penguins Kids Zone, especially for young children to learn to skate in a safe and fun environment. This will be the perfect place for beginner skaters to get their confidence up before graduating to the main rink.
Ice Rink Tickets (including skate hire): Children: $15 (under 12 years), Adults:$20, Family pass: $55 (2 adults and 2 children)
Ice Slide Tickets: $7.50 for three rides, $10 for five rides, $5 for five rides after 6pm
Combo Ticket for skate hire and 5 Ice Slide rides: Children: $15, Adults $27.00
Jewellery Drop In Workshop for Kids at Northart
Northart, Norman King Square, Northcote, New Zealand
Friday 22 July 2016: 10:30am to Noon or 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Gallery Time for Kids/Holiday programme
Make and decorate your own rings, necklaces and brooches using all sorts of fun stuff. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
Bookings required call 09 480 9633 or email Helena.Oh@northart.co.nz.
Cost: $5 fee for materials
Nerf Wars at Northcote Library
Northcote Library, 2 Ernie Mays Street, Northcote
Friday 22 July 2016: 6:30pm doors open, lockdown at 6:45pm
Hunt the flag, dodge the bullets and knock down the tower. Doors open at 6:30pm and lock down at 6:45pm. Numbers are limited, so bookings are essential RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suitable for ages 5 to 12.
Astro-University at Stardome LAST DAY
Stardome, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: 10:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm shows
Explore the different study options that link to space science and launch an out-of-this-world career at Stardome’s Astro-University school holiday programme.
Watch the planetarium show Solar System Odyssey or We are Astronomers then have fun with the interactive activities exploring different areas of science study.
Cost: Kids $12; Adults $10
Orewa Book Fair
Orewa Community Centre, 40-46 Orewa Square, Orewa, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday 23 July 2016: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday 24 July 2016: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Cost: Entry is free and books will be available from just $2.
Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: 10:30am and 2:00pm performances
Shows on until Saturday 23 July 2016
Spike Milligan’s all-time favourite story comes to life in a new stage show by Tim Bray Productions. Share Tim and Rose’s madcap adventure through the great black forest and into Badjelly’s castle.
Cost: Tickets: Children and Adults $22 to $25
Zirka Circus - Cross The Ocean
Pukekohe Indian Association Centre, 57 Ward Street, Pukekohe, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: 2:00pm and 7:00pm show
More shows on until Sunday 24 July 2016
Tickets: Child: $19 to$29; Adult $29 to $40; Family pass $86
North West Shopping Centre, 1/7 Fred Taylor Drive, Westgate, Auckland
Friday 22 July 10:00am to 3:00pm
Open until Sunday 24 July 2016
Head to NorthWest Shopping Centre’s Winter Wonderland to experience FREE ice skating for school kids aged 5 to 12 years old
Doing our bit - Kids on the Home Front
Auckland Museum, Maunsell Road, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: 10:30am, 11:30am and 1:00pm sessions
Have fun discovering how kids in the First World War made a big difference! Step back 100 years for a day in the life of school children, guided by actors. You'll get to do some fundraising with specially created games - collecting scrap, bottles and even eggs. Children under 8 mus be accompanied by an adult. Bookings recommended at ticket desks, +64 9 306 7048 or aucklandmuseum.com. Meet in the Atrium.
Cost: $10 per child plus $3 booking fee (Accompanying adults are free and do not need ticket.)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Centrestage Theatre, 60 Centreway Rd, Orewa
Friday 22 to Saturday 23 July 2016: 1:00pm and 7:00pm shows
Bring the family to the youth production of Joseph these holidays. Set to an exciting range of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale will be fun for everyone.
Dexter's Amazing African Adventure at TAPAC
The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs
Friday 22 July 2016: 10:30am performance
Dexter loves animals. And he loves visiting the zoo. In fact, sometimes he wishes he could live there. So when a bratty baboon convinces him to swap places for the night, Dexter doesn’t need to think twice.
Tickets: Children $15; Adults $15; Family pass (four people) $55.
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
These July holidays, complete an adventurous self-guided training course through Auckland Zoo’s African savannah to graduate from the Zoo’s Ranger Academy. There are six great challenges (from fitness and monitoring animal movements to animal identification and poaching prevention) to practice on your training course – skills and conservation knowledge rangers must possess to help animals in the wild. Rangers 'Rae' and 'Raf' will be there to guide you through and give you pointers along the way to help you become an official ranger.
Cost: Normal Zoo admission prices apply. Friends of the Zoo, free.
The Brick Man Experience
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: 9:30am to 3:00pm
On daily until Sunday 24 July 2016
New Zealand's largest exhibition of LEGO® works. The kids will enjoy 60 exhibits with their own unique behind-the-scenes stories, including original drawings and sketches, interactive zones and over 5 million LEGO® bricks.
Tickets: Kids under 4 are FREE: Kids aged 4 to 16 are $19; Adults $29; Family $89
Get Creative with Monty at Westfield Albany & Manukau
Westfield Albany AND Westfield Manukau
Friday 22 July 2016:10:30am to 2:00pm
Let your creativity run wild and enjoy some monkeying around. Create a 3D Monty the Monkey mask, make a Monty puppet and play Monty's World games.
New Zealand International Film Festival - Animation for Kids 8 years plus
The Civic Theatre, Queen Street, Auckland
Frirday 22 July 2016: 10:00am
New Zealand International Film Festival have searched high and low, and near and far, to present a selective slate of the best animation for all ages from all corners of the world. These animated gems from 8 countries offer a terrific range of diverse adventures, and a whole load of opportunity to fuel imagination and make greater sense of our world.
Tickets: Children $12:50; Adults $15
AHOY! Pirates and Mermaids
Sky Tower, Corner Victoria St West & Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Get dressed up and join in the activities up the Sky Tower.
* Find your pirate or mermaid name and then explore the Sky Tower.
* Walk the indoor plank - 220 meters above the ground!
* Strike a pose at the photo station, and in be in to win.
Entry: Children 5 and under are FREE; Children aged 6 to 14 years $11; Adults $28;
Family (2 adults and 2 children) $61.
New Zealand International Film Festival - Long Way North
Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: 1:15pm
Long Way North is a beautifully animated historical fantasy about a 19th-century Russian girl who embarks on a hazardous adventure to the North Pole to find her grandfather’s ship and save her family’s honour.
Suitable for children aged 9 years plus.
Tickets: Children $12:50; Adults $15
Make a Finding Dory themed aquarium at Westfield St Lukes, Newmarket & WestCity
Westfield St Lukes AND Westfield Newmarket AND Wesfield WestCity
Friday 22 July 2016:10:30am to 2:30pm
Make your very own Finding Dory-themed aquarium, complete with your favourite underwater characters from the movie, then take it home to just keep swimming.
Explore Dory's World at Kelly Tarlton's
Kelly Tarlton's SEALIFE Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Become an ocean explorers on an underwater Finding Dory adventure at Kelly Tarlton's. There will be an interactive quiz trail that will entertain the kids as they learn about conservation and protecting Dory’s home. Plus there will be an interactive playroom with load of fintastic Finding Dory activities and plush toys waiting to be discovered.
Online entry: Kids under 2 are FREE; Child $17; Adult $31: Family $55 to $79
Walkup price: Kids under 2 are FREE; Child $22; Adult $39: Family $75 to $110
Guardians of the Sea: July School Holiday Programme
New Zealand Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: 10:00am to 3:00pm LAST DAY
Guardians of the Sea show:
Watch and hear the stories of the Taniwha in this glow in the dark puppet show.
Making a Taniwha:
Used recycled materials to make your own Taniwha, kaitiaki (guardian) of the sea.
Cost: Activities are $10 (Also available are sailings on Ted Ashby for an additional $10)
Meet the Cookie Monster at Milford Centre
Milford Centre (Outside the Warehouse), 24 Milford Road, Milford
Friday 15 July 2016: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Meet the Cookie Monster inside Milford Centre outside the Warehouse
Warm Up These School Holidays
Butterfly Creek, Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: 11:00am to 2:30pm
Fun daily activities at Butterfly Creek for the holidays:
11:00 am to 2:30pm Dino Mask Making
12:30pm and 1:30pm Dino Show learn all about dinosaurs from Dinomite the walking dinosaur.
Cost: Usual admission fees apply.
Free Cool Holiday Fun - Ice Skating at Hunters Plaza
Hunters Plaza, 217 Great South Road, Papatoeote, Auckland
Friday 22 July 2016: 9:30am to 7:00pm
Rated 100% green, it’s the latest European designed artificial ice rink. This is an exciting opportunity for your little ones to take part in a sport they might otherwise never try. The surface has 97% the same gliding performance as real ice, so it’s perfect for beginners and children over the age of 5.
Skates, helmets and gloves provided free for use.
Come and meet Peppa Pig at Highbury Centre
Highbury Centre, Cnr of Highbury Bypass and Birkenhead Avenue, Birkenhead
Friday 22 July 2016: 11:00am performance starts
Peppa Pig live stage performance at 11am opposite Esquires Coffee, then a meet and greet. No bookings required.
Bounce & Beyond Great Inflatable Challenge
Bounce and Beyond, 10a Kerwyn Avenue, East Tamaki
Friday 22 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 11:00am to Noon
Great Inflatable Challenge - Climb up, slide down, run around, and have fun on the massive inflatables. Collect a stamp when you and your kids complete each inflatable challenge, as a team or individual.There are heaps of great prizes up for grab as well.
Cost: Kids under 12 months are $4; Kids aged 1 to 4 years $8; Kids aged 5 years and over $16; Adult bouncers $16; Adult spectators FREE