July School Holidays
What's On - Monday 11 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
Monday 11 July 2016: 10:30am to 1:30pm
It’s the school holidays and snow foam falls on the ice three times a day between 11am and 1pm. Come experience the magic.
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 (under 12 years), Adults $27.00
The Brick Man Experience
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
Monday 11 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
Astro-University at Stardome
Stardome, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
Monday 11 to Friday 15 July 2016: 10:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm shows
Monday 18 to 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
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Monday 11 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
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.
Science Roadshow at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Monday 11 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Explore the amazing 2016 Science Roadshow, with its gigantic “sound wave” BBQ that examines the concepts of sound and 60+ interactive exhibits grouped into seven key themes – Pressure, My Body, Gathering and Interpreting Data, Observations, Movement and Earth Science.
The roadshow will also take a look at the physical and chemical properties of different substances such as metals and fabrics and how these are put to everyday use. Step inside a wind tunnel to experience gale force winds, pump yourself up on an air jack or even test how fast you can throw a ball using the speed ball radar, there's plenty to do for both young and old.
Cost: Usual admission applies. Family passes (2 adults, 4 children) $40.
Guardians of the Sea: July School Holiday Programme
New Zealand Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Monday 11 to Friday 22 July 2016: 10:00am to 3:00pm
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)
Doing our bit - Kids on the Home Front
Auckland Museum, Maunsell Road, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Monday 11 to Friday 15 July 2016: 10:30am, 11:30am and 1:00pm sessions
Monday 18 to 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.)
Dexter's Amazing African Adventure at TAPAC
The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs
Monday 11 July 2016: 10:30am performances
Shows are on daily except Sunday's until Friday 22 July 2016
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; Earlybird family pass $50; Family pass (four people) $55;
AHOY! Pirates and Mermaids
Sky Tower, Corner Victoria St West & Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Monday 11 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.
Explore Dory's World at Kelly Tarlton's
Kelly Tarlton's SEALIFE Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Monday 11 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
Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland
Monday 11 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
Open Your Eyes To Drama Holiday Workshop
Selwyn Community Education Office - 203 Kohimarama Rd, Kohimarama, Auckland
Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 July 2016: 10:00am to Noon FULL
In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere your children will have fun while being introduced to the joy of drama with June Renwick. They will play drama games and be introduced to scripts and improvisations, techniques and conventions while developing their self-confidence and creativity. Get in quick though as this class is limited and will fill quickly.
For children aged 8 to 12 years.
Course fee $89.00 (For three mornings)
Get Creative with Monty at Westfield St Lukes & WestCity
Westfield St Lukes AND Westfield WestCity
Monday 11 to Friday 15 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.
Make a Finding Dory themed aquarium at Westfield Albany & Manukau
Westfield Albany AND Westfield Manukau
Monday 11 to Friday 15 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.
A4 Downtown, 12 Queens Sreet, Auckland
Monday 11 to Sunday 17 July 2016: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Together build the largest interactive public marble run the city has seen. Take on gravity and collaborate to create your composition. Set the marbles free through a sound activated journey.
Animal Clay Figurine Workshop at Milford Centre
Milford Centre, 24 Milford Road, Milford
Monday 11 to Thursday 14 July 2016: 10:30am to Noon NOW BOOKED OUT
A fun and educational workshop for kids aged 5 - 12 years old to make an animal clay figurine. Once finished they can then be taken home to be baked in a regular house-hold oven to finish.
Warm Up These School Holidays
Butterfly Creek, Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland
Monday 11 July for Friday 15 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
11:00am to 2:30pm Creative Fun with Bloco
12:30pm and 1:30pm Dino Show learn all about dinosaurs from Dinomite the walking dinosaur.
Cost: Usual admission fees apply.
Free Cool School Holiday Fun at Hunters Plaza
Hunters Plaza, 217 Great South Road, Papatoeote, Auckland
Monday 11 to Friday 22 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Mon – Fri 11am to 3pm Winter Wonderland (Bring your camera)
Mon – Fri 11am to 3pm Paint Our Community
Tues – Thur 11am to 3pm Animal Ride-ons
Spookers for Kids - Taste of Terror Strictly 8 years plus
Spookers, 833 Kingseat Road, Karaka, Auckland
Monday 11 to Saturday 23 July 2016 11:00am to 4:00pm
A tour of the Spookers Haunted House with 1 in character tour guide, and a self-guided tour of Disturbia in 3D. Strictly R.8 years
Cost: Kids: $20; Adults $25; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $70