FREE Library Activities for Under Fives

Free Library Activities for Under Fives

Free activities and events for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents and caregivers at libraries in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Many local Auckland Council Libraries have reduced the number of weekly sessions offered for under fives since COVID-19 and your local library may now have different session times and days, so please check directly with your local library before going out for the latest information.

Please note that the majority of the Free activities for Under Fives are not held during school holidays or when the libraries are closed on public holidays. 

Central Auckland Libraries

Central City Library

44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland Central
Central City Library Events

FREE weekly activities for under fives and their caregivers during school term time includes:

  • Thursdays at 11am Rhymetime for preschoolers aged 18 months to 3 years that provides fun music, movement, finger rhymes and simple stories.

  • Fridays at 11am Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under to promote active movement and to help stimulate your baby’s body and brain. 

  • Saturdays at 2pm Central City Storytime. Stories read aloud by librarians and authors for kids aged 3 to 5 years. It’s also a great opportunity for parents and grandparents to socialise.

Epsom Library

195 Manukau Road, Epsom, Central Auckland
Epsom Library Events

Free weekly activities for kids under five includes:

  • Wednesdays at 10am Wriggle and Rhyme active movement for kids aged 2 years and under to help stimulate development of your baby’s body and brain.

  • Thursdays at 10am Rhymetime fun for preschoolers aged 18 months to 3 years to sing, move and practise coordination.

Glen Innes Library

108 Line Road, Glen Innes, Central Auckland
Grey Lynn Library Events

Free weekly things to do for babies, toddlers and children under 5 includes:

  • Thursdays at 11:15am  Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under. 

  • Fridays at 10am  Bilingual Storytime for children. Stories, songs and rhymes in either Te Reo, Tongan, Cook Island Māori and Mandarin.

Grey Lynn Library

474 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Central Auckland
Grey Lynn Library Events

Free weekly events for babies, toddlers and preschoolers under five includes:

  • Mondays at 10:30am  Rhymetime for preschoolers aged 18 months to 3 years to sing, move and practice coordination. 

  • Tuesdays at 10:30am Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under. 

  • Thursdays at 10:30am Storytime at Grey Lynn Library.  Stories read aloud by librarians for kids aged 3 to 5 years. 

Leys Institute Library (Ponsonby Library)

 20 St Marys Road, Ponsonby, Auckland Central
The Ponsonby Library is closed until further notice. Sessions are now held at Ponsonby Baptist Church Hall.

The closest permanent libraries are Auckland Central City Library, Grey Lynn Library. 

Free weekly events for under fives includes:

  • Wednesdays at 10am and 11am Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under (starts 10 Feb 21).

Mt Albert Library

84 St Lukes Road, Mount Albert, Auckland
Mt Albert Library Events

Free weekly events for under fives includes:

  • Thursdays  at 11:15am Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under. 

  • Saturdays at 11am Rhymetime

Mt Roskill Library

545 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland
Mt Roskill Library Events

Free activities for kids under five include:

  • Tuesdays at 11am Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under.

  • Thursdays at Rhymetime for preschoolers aged 18 months to 3 years.

  • Saturdays at 11am Storytime for kids aged 3 to 5 years.

Onehunga Library

85 Church Street, Onehunga, Auckland
Onehunga Library Events

Weekly FREE things to do for kids under 5 years old at Onehunga Library include:

  • Tuesdays at 10:30am Rhymetime with music, rhymes, stories and finder games for toddlers and caregivers.

  • Thursdays at 11am Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under. (These sessions also run during school holidays.)

  • Saturdays at 10:30am Storytime for kids aged 3 to 5 years old.

Parnell Library

Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland Central
Parnell Library Events

Free weekly things to do for children under five includes:

  • Mondays at 11am  Storytime at Parnell Library. Stories are read aloud by librarians and authors for kids aged 3 to 5 years to enjoy and is a great opportunity for parents and grandparents to socialise.

  • Tuesdays at 10am Parnell Library Wriggle and Rhyme active movement for children aged 2 years and under to help stimulate  development of your baby’s body and brain.

  • Wednesdays at 11am Rhymetime Fun for preschoolers aged 18 months to 3 years to sing, move and practise coordination.

Pt Chevalier Library

1221 Great North Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland
Pt Chevalier Library Events

Free weekly events for babies, toddlers and preschoolers under five includes:

  • Mondays at 10am Wriggle & Rhymetime

Remuera Library

429 Remuera Road, Remuera, Central Auckland
Remuera Library Events

Free weekly things to do for babies, tots and children under five includes:

  • Mondays at 9:15am and 10:30 and Thursdays at 10:30am sessions Wriggle and Rhyme. Active movement for kids aged 2 years and under to help stimulate development of your baby’s body and brain.

  • Wednesdays at 10am Rhymetime for preschoolers aged 18 months to 3 years to sing, move and practice coordination.

St Heliers Library

32 St Heliers Bay Road, St Heliers, Central Auckland
St Heliers Library Events

Weeky FREE activities for babies, toddlers and preschoolers include:

  • Mondays at 10:30am Storytime for kids aged 3 to 5 years old.

  • Tuesdays at 10am Stories and Rhymes for kids aged 2 to 5 years old.

  • Wednesdays at 11am and Fridays at 9:30am Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under.

  • Saturdays at 10am Storytime for kids aged 3 to 5 years old.

East Auckland Libraries

Botany Library

Level 1, Botany Town Centre, Sunset Terrace, East Tamaki, East Auckland
Botany Library Events

FREE weekly events for kids under five (during school terms only) include:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30am Rhymetime 

  • Thursdays at 10:30am Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Fridays at 10:30am Storytime

Highland Park Library

16 Highland Park, Drive, Highland Park, East Auckland
Highland Park Library Events

FREE weekly activities for kids under 5 years old include:

  • Tuesdays at 10am Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Tuesdays at 11am Rhymetime

  • Fridays at 11am Storytime and crafts

Howick Library

25 Uxbridge Road, Howick, East Auckland
Howick Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five includes:

  • Tuesdays at 9:30am Rhymetime

  • Wednesdays at 10:30am Storytime

  • Thursdays at 9:30am Wriggle and Rhyme

Pakuranga Library

7 Aylesbury Street, Pakuranga, East Auckland
Pakuranga Library Events

FREE weekly events for kids under five (during school term time only) include:

  • Mondays at 10am Jump, Jiggle and Jive

  • Wednesdays at 10am and 11am: Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Thursdays at 10am Storytime

Panmure Library

7 to 13 Pilkington Road, Panmure, Auckland
Panmure Library Events

FREE weekly events for kids under five include:

  • Tuesdays at 10:30am Storytime

  • Wednesdays at 10:30am and 11:30am Wriggle and Rhyme

North Shore & North Auckland Libraries

Albany Village Library

30 Kell Drive, Albany Village, Auckland 

Free sessions include:

  • Wednesdays at 10am: Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under with music, rhymes and bubbles (excluding school holidays)

  • Saturdays at 10am: Russian Story Time for children under 6 with lots of rhymes, stories, songs and dancing.

  • Saturdays at 10:30am: English Story Time for children under 6 with lots of rhymes, stories, songs and dancing.

Birkenhead Library

Nell Fisher Reserve, Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, North Shore,  Auckland
Birkenhead Library Events

Free sessions during the school term include:

  • Wed 10am: Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Thursdays at 10am Rhymetime for ages 18 months to three years. Older preschoolers are welcome too.

 

Devonport Library

2 Victoria Street, Devonport, North Shore, Auckland
Devonport Library Events

Free sessions during the school term include:
– Mondays at 10am: Storytime: stories, books and music
– Tuesdays at 10am: Rhymetime and Stores! with an emphasis on movement, music and rhymes with stories following.
– Fridays at 10am: Wriggle and Rhyme

East Coast Bays Library

8 Bute Road, Browns Bay, North Shore, Auckland
East Coast Bays Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five includes:

  • Thursdays at 10am Babies and bubbles for under 2 year olds with music, rhymes and bubbles.

  • Fridays at 10am Terrific tots for 2 to 4 year olds with stories, rhymes, actions, songs and music

 

Glenfield Library

 90 Bentley Avenue, Glenfield, North Shore, Auckland
Glenfield Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five (during school term time):

  • Tuesdays at 9:30am and Thursdays at 11am sessions Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Wednesdays at 9:30am Mandarin Bilingual Rhymetime

  • Thursdays at 9:30am Rhymetime

  • Fridays at 10am Korean-English Bilingual Rhymetime. Bring the whole family for songs, rhymes, stories and craft told in Korean and English.

Helensville Library

49 Commercial Road, Helensville, Auckland
Helensville Library Events

FREE weekly things to do for kids under 5 are:

  • Thursdays at 10am  Kids Time  for children under 6 with lots of rhymes, songs and stories.

Northcote Library

Norman King Square, 2 Ernie Mays Street, Northcote, North Shore, Auckland
Northcote Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five:

  • Mondays at 10am Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Tuesdays at 10am Chinese Rhymetime for children to learn Chinese language and culture through music, stories and activities.

  • Wednesdays at 10am Rhymetime for preschoolers aged 18 months to 5 years.

  • Thursdays at 10am Korean Rhymetime

  • Saturdays at 2pm Family Fun Time 30 minutes of library fun for the whole family, stories, finger rhymes and or music and movement. (Note this event does not take place on the last Saturday of the month.) 

Orewa Library

12 Moana Avenue, Orewa, Auckland
Orewa Library Events

FREE weekly sessions for kids under 5 years old include:

  • Tuesdays at 11am: Rhymetime for kids aged 18 months to 3 years.

  • Wednesdays at 11am: Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Fridays at 11am Japanese Storytime. Share stories, books and music in Japanese, every fortnight. Understanding of Japanese is not a requirement, everyone is welcome to join! This event is suitable for preschool-aged children.

Takapuna Library

9 The Strand, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland
Takapuna Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five:

  • Mondays at 9:30am and 11:30am  Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am Rhymetime at Takapuna for preschoolers aged 18 months to 5 years to sing move and practise co-ordination. 

  • Saturday and Sundays at 10am  Pop-Up Storytime for all ages.

Warkworth Library

2 Baxter Street, Warkworth, Auckland
Warkworth Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five:

  • Mondays at 10:30am Storytime

  • Tuesdays at 10:30am Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Fridays at 10:30am Rhymetime

Wellsford War Memorial Library

13 Port Albert Road, Wellsford, Auckland
Wellsford War Memorial Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five during school term time:

  • Mondays at 10am Rhymetime (this session runs during the school holidays)

  • Wednesdays at 10am Storytime

  • Fridays at 10am Musictime

Whangaparoa Library

 9 Main Street, Stanmore Bay, Whangaparaoa, Auckland
Whangaparaoa Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five:

  • Mondays at 10:30am Rhythm and Beats for 3 to 4 years

  • Wednesdays at 10:30am Stories and Songs 

  • Fridays at 10:30am Wriggle and Rhyme for 0 to 2 year olds

South Auckland Libraries

Mangere Bridge Library

5-7 Church Road, Mangere Bridge, South Auckland
Mangere Bridge Library events

Free weekly events for children under five (runs during school holidays):

  • Mondays at 9:30am Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under.

Mangere East Library

370 Massey Road, Mangere East, South Auckland
Mangere East Library events

Free weekly events for children under five (excludes school holidays):

  • Tuesdays at 11am – Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under.

Mangere Town Centre Library

121 Bader Drive, Mangere, South Auckland
Mangere Town Centre Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five (excludes school holidays):

  • Mondays at 10:30am – Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under.

Manukau Library

3 Osterley Way, Manukau, South Auckland
Manukau Library Events

FREE weekly activities for kids under 5 years old include:

  • Tuesdays at 10:30am Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under.

  • Fridays at 10:30am Rhymetime for toddlers and preschoolers aged 18 months to 3 years to sing, move and practice co-ordinate.

Manurewa Library

7 Hill Road, Manurewa, South Auckland
Manurewa Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five (excludes school holidays):

  • Wednesdays at 9:30am – Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under.

Ōtāhuhu Library

28-30 Mason Avenue, Ōtāhuhu, South Auckland
Ōtāhuhu Library Events

No free weekly activities for kids under 5 years old are currently on at this library.

Otara Library

Otara Town Centre, 46 Fair Mall, Otara, South Auckland
Ōtara Library Events

No free weekly activities for kids under 5 years old are currently on at Otara Library.

Papatoetoe War Memorial Library

30 Wallace Road, Papatoetoe,  Auckland
Papaptoetoe War Memorial Library Events

FREE weekly school term time activities for kids under 5 years old include:

  • Mondays at 10:30am Wriggle and Rhyme for babies and toddlers aged 2 years and under.

  • Mondays and Tuesdays at 10am Little Troopers Playgroup fun craft and activity sessions for children 2 to 4 years old.

  • Thursdays at 10:30am Rhymetime for preschoolers aged 18 months to 3 years to enjoy songs, rhymes and stories.

Pukekohe Library

12 Massey Avenue, Pukekohe, South Auckland
Pukekohe Library Events

FREE weekly activities for kids under 5 years old during school term time includes:

  • Mondays at 10:30am Rhymetime

  • Wednesdays at 10:30am Storytime

  • Fridays at 10:30am and 11:30am Wriggle and Rhyme

Sir Edmund Hillary Library | Papakura Library

209 Great South Road, Papakura, South Auckland
Sir Edmund Hillary Library | Papakura Events

FREE weekly activities for kids under 5 years old during school term time includes:

  • Tuesdays at 10am Reo and Rhyme, a Māori/English bilingual Rhymetime session with music, songs, movement and finger rhymes for preschoolers and their caregivers.

  • Fridays at 10am and 11am Wriggle and Rhyme sessions

  • First Saturday of every month at 10am Wriggle and Rhyme Saturday monthly session

Te Matariki Clendon Library

17 Palmers Road, Manukau, South Auckland
Te Matariki Clendon Library

FREE weekly activities for kids under 5 years old include:

  • Mondays at 10am PEPE a programme for you and your baby from 0 to 3 years. 

  • Tuesdays at 11am Wriggle and Rhyme session

Tupu Youth Library

102 Dawson Road,  Ōtara, South Auckland
Tupu Youth Library

Free weekly events for children under five (excludes school holidays):

  • Tuesdays at 9:30am – Wriggle and Rhyme for children aged 2 years and under.

West Auckland Libraries

Avondale Library

93 Rosebank Road, Avondale, West Auckland
Avondale Library Opening Hours & Events

Free weekly events for children under five (during school terms) include:

  • Mondays at 10:30am Mandarin & Engligh Bilingual Storytime

  • Tuesdays at 9:30am and 10:30am Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Wednesdays at 10am Rhymetime

  •  Saturdays at 11am Storytime

Glen Eden Library

12-32 Glendale Road, Glen Eden, West Auckland
Glen Eden Library opening hours and events

Free weekly events for children under five include:

  • Thursdays at 10am Rhymetime for preschoolers and their caregivers

  • Fridays at 11am Wriggle and Rhyme

Kumeu Library

296 Main Road, Huapai, Auckland
Kumeu Library opening hours & events 

FREE weekly activities for babies, toddlers and preschoolers include:

  • Mondays at 10:30am Storytime

  • Wednesdays at 10:30am Make, build, do

  • Fridays at 9:30am  Rhymetime

New Lynn War Memorial Library

3 Memorial Drive, New Lynn, Auckland
New Lynn Library opening hours & events

Free weekly activities for kids under five (excluding school holidays) are:

  • Mondays at 10:30am Rhymetime

  • Wednesdays at 10am Storytime

  • Thursdays at 9:30am and 10:30am Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Fridays at 11am Mandarin Storytime

  • Sundays at 10:30am Family Storytime

Mandarin Storytime at Auckland Libraries, NZ
Mandarin storytime

Te Atatū Peninsula Library

595 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula, West Auckland
Te Atatu Peninsula Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five (during school terms) include:

  • Mondays at 9:45am and 11am Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Wednesdays at 10:30am Rhymetime 

Te Manawa (Westgate)

11 Kohuhu Lane, Massey, West Auckland
Te Manawa Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five (during school terms) include:

  • Tuesdays at 9:30am and 11am Wriggle and Rhyme

Titirangi Library

500 South Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland
Titirangi Library Events

FREE weekly activities for kids under 5 during school term time includes:

  • Tuesdays at 10:30am Rhymetime encourages pre-schoolers aged 18 months to 3 years to sing, move and practise co-ordination.

  • Wednesdays at 10am Words on Wednesday (WOW). Featuring stories, music and interactive learning that encourages a love of reading and develops listening and social skills for 3 to 5 year olds.

  • Fridays at 9:30am Wriggle and Rhyme promotes active movement for children aged 2 years and under.

Waitakere Central Library (Henderson Library)

3 Ratanui Street, Henderson, West Auckland
Henderson Library Events

Free weekly events for children under five (during school terms) include:

  • Thursdays at 10am Wriggle and Rhyme

  • Saturdays at 10:30am Rhymetime

Waiuku Library

Waiuku Library, Waiuku Civic Centre,10 King Street, Waiuku
Waiuku Library
Waiuku Library opening hours and events

Free weekly events for children under five (during school terms) include:

  • Tuesdays at 9:30am Wriggle and Rhyme

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