July School Holidays
What's On - Monday 18 July 2016
The best of What's On in the winter school holidays in
Free Cool Holiday Fun - Ice Skating at Hunters Plaza
Hunters Plaza, 217 Great South Road, Papatoeote, Auckland
Monday 18 to Friday 22 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
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.
Kumeu Arts Centre, 300 Main Road, Huapai
Monday 18 July 2016: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Circability teach circus for all ages and abilities and will be teaching a variety of circus skills that will challenge students of all levels. Contact Sarah on (09) 412-9480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
Cost: $30 per child
Doing our bit - Kids on the Home Front
Auckland Museum, Maunsell Road, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
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.)
Aotea Square Snow Dome
Aotea Square, Auckland
Monday 18 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Aucklander’s can play in snow as the giant Snow Dome makes its home in Aotea Square for the school holidays. Towering at an impressive 5 metres in height and over 8 metres in width the Snow Dome is chocka with snow (3-4 cubic metres to be exact) and offers a magical playground for up to 30 people at a time.
Cost: $5 per person for 30 minutes.
Aotea Square Ice Rink School Holiday Snow Foam Party
Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Monday 18 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, Adults $27.00
Get Creative with Monty at Westfield Albany & Manukau
Westfield Albany AND Westfield Manukau
Monday 18 to 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.
Science Roadshow at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Monday 18 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.
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Monday 18 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.
Astro-University at Stardome
Stardome, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
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
Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland
Monday 18 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
Dexter's Amazing African Adventure at TAPAC
The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs
Monday 18 July 2016: 10:30am performance
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; Family pass (four people) $55.
The Brick Man Experience
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
Monday 18 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
Warm Up These School Holidays
Butterfly Creek, Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland
Monday 18 July for 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
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.
Hunters Plaza, 217 Great South Road, Papatoeote, Auckland
Monday 18 July 2016 to Friday 22 July 2016: 10:00am to 6:00pm
The Ice Skate Tour travels around with a mobile ice rink in the Auckland Region. All events are open for general public so don’t worry if you or your kid(s) are not attending the school. Most events are in school halls but it’s an all weather activity.
Cost: Kids $7, Adults $13 includes skate hire
Make a Finding Dory themed aquarium at Westfield St Lukes, Newmarket & WestCity
Westfield St Lukes AND Westfield Newmarket AND Wesfield WestCity
Monday 18 to 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
Monday 18 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
AHOY! Pirates and Mermaids
Sky Tower, Corner Victoria St West & Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Monday 18 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.
Guardians of the Sea: July School Holiday Programme
New Zealand Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Monday 18 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)
New Zealand International Film Festival - Long Way North
Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket, Auckland
Monday 18 July 2016: 12:15pm
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
Animal Cookie & Cupcake School Holiday Workshop at Milford Centre
Milford Centre, 24 Milford Road, Milford
Monday 18 to Thursday 21 July 2016: 10:30am to Noon NOW BOOKED OUT
A yummy and fun activity for kids of all ages to enjoy. A selection of cupcake designs, icing and lollies are available to create a delicious mini masterpiece.
North West Shopping Centre, 1/7 Fred Taylor Drive, Westgate, Auckland
Monday 18 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
Bounce & Beyond Great Inflatable Challenge
Bounce and Beyond, 10a Kerwyn Avenue, East Tamaki
Monday 18 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