The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
Moana Movies in Parks
Hayman Park, Lambie Drive, Manukau, Auckand
Saturday 10 March 2018: 6:00pm to 9:50pm
Moana is the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. She uses her sea-faring talents to set sail for a fabled island. Her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui, joins her on a Pacific adventure. Family activities from 6pm. Movie starts at sunset (sunset at approximately 8pm). Movie run time 1hr 47min, Ratings PG
Cost: FREE family event
Kids Learn 2 Ride: Avondale
Avondale Central Reserve (off Racecourse Parade) Avondale
Saturday 10 March 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Facebook: Auckland Transport Cycling
Learning to ride a two-wheeler is one of those big childhood milestones, and being a part of that experience as a parent is a thrill. However, if you are wondering how to get started, or experiencing a few bumps along the way then check out the #Learn2Ride sessions. Auckland Transport's team of qualified instructors work along side parents to get kids riding. Whether starting on a balance bike or making the transition to pedals the team is there to help. If your child doesn't yet have a bike but is keen to give it a go, there will be bikes available on a limited basis.
Sessions are weather dependent and run on a drop in basis, so come along and chat to our instructors, try out some different bike sizes and get those kids riding.
Saturday Gallery Club #35 - Postcards from Aotearoa Ages 4+
Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 10 March 2018: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Corban Estate Arts Centre
Drop-in activities for children (and their families) inspired by the painting style of artist Ayesha Green. Use simplified forms and images from the landscape in Aotearoa, to create postcards for friends and whanau at the Saturday Gallery Club.
Although there is no need to book, participation is limited by space. Art activities are designed for children aged four years and over, and run for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly so adults can join in too—children just need to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: FREE. All art materials are provided
Smales Farm Outdoor Movies: The Jungle Book
Smales Farm, 74 Taharoto Road, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 10 March 2018: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Facebook event page: Smales Farm
Starting with activities for the kids (and kids at heart) to enjoy from 3pm, then sit back and relax from 5pm enjoying the movie The Jungle Book (PG).
Cost: FREE event
2018 Wild Streets Summer Festival of Play
Gribblehirst Community Hub, 5 Cabbage Tree Swamp Drive, Gribblehurst Park, Sandringham, Auckland
Saturday 10 March 2018: 11:am to 3:00pm
Gribblehirst Community Hub
Day of games for the kids and big kids - all ages are welcome and catered for. Wild Streets Festival of Play is a community of game designers who love making large-scale games for the public,
Cost: FREE event
Music In Parks - Demon Energy Rock the Park
Grey Lynn Park, Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Saturday 10 March 2018: 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Enjoy Auckland Council Music in Parks. Be sure to bring along sunblock, drinks and snacks to keep you going through the summer sun.
Cost: FREE event
Himawari JAPAN Fair 2018
Kelston Communiyt Centre, 126 Awaroa Rd, Sunnyvale, Auckland map
Saturday 10 March 2018: Noon to 3:00pm
Free craft making, Garage sale, Kids games, Sushi lesson, Japanese summer kimono photo booth, Food, Raffle, Massage and more.
Cost: Free entry, Koha for some activities
Motuihe Snorkel Day
Saturday 10 March 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Experiencing Marine Reserves Facebook event page
Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the first Motuihe Snorkel Day. Snorkel at Calypso Bay and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket. Ever wondered what lives under the water at Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with our experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire.Safe fun for the whole whanau Bookings are needed at: https://goo.gl/forms/gSg97IiBOVAu78332
Tickets: $25 ferry ticket to get onto the island.
JUNK -Flying Fruit Circus Auckland Arts Festival Event
Bruce Mason Centre, 1 The Promenade, Takapuna Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 10 March 2017: 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday 11 March 2017: 1:00pm and 5:00pm
Dynamic Australian Youth Circus Flying Fruit Fly Circus presents a spellfinding playground adventure set in a junkyard inhabited by children from the 1940's. Propelled by a cast of talented young performers, this vibrant take on childhood tumbles headfirst into a world of play and imagination through circus skills and acrobatics, beautiful shadow puppetry and a moving sense of nostalgia for a time when young people were encouraged to take risks and weren't wrapped in cotton wool.
Tickets: Child $19; Adult $24; Family Pass $78; Workshop $10
Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank
Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery, Auckland Museum, Auckland
Saturday 10 March to Sunday 13 May 2018
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
The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 Public Art Trail
Various public locations around Auckland
Saturday 10 March to Sunday 6 May 2018
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.
Knot Touch at NZ Maritime Museum
Chop Chop Hiyaaa! Auckland Arts Festival Event
Helensville War Memorial Hall
Saturday 10 March 2018: 11:00am
Orewa Community Centre
Saturday 10 March 2018: 4:00pm
Titirangi War Memorial Hall
Sunday 11 March 2018: 11:00am
Surf Club at Muirwai
Sunday 11 March 2018: 4:00pm,
Anika Moa hits the road with the terrifically cheeky, wonderfully naughty and magical world of Chop Chop Hiyaaa!, where witches and taniwha gobble you up and rats are naughty ninjas.
Tickets: $10 to $28
Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018
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.
Read about Auckland for Kids visit to Bug Lab here
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
Kumeu Show 2018
35/41 Access Road, Kumeu, Auckland
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018: 8:30am to 5:30pm
The Kumeu Show has a rich history dating back to 1921 and is one of the largest annual shows in the southern hemisphere. Fun for the whole family
Tickets: Children under 5 are FREE; Child $5; Adult $15; Senior $10
Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room at Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Saturday 10 March to Monday 2 April 2018
The obliteration room is a family-friendly installation by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama. Beginning as a stark white interior in December, it encourages you to transform the space with a rainbow of brightly coloured dots. Watch as, over time, a dizzying blur of colour is built up by visitors applying brightly coloured stickers in various sizes to every surface.
Read about Auckland for Kids visit to the obilteration room here
Imagine the Land
Blockhouse Bay Bowls, 23 Terry Street, Blockhouse Bay map
Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2018: 2:00pm to 6pm
Students from Lynfield College and older people from the neighbourhood create hundreds of clay bowls made from local soil. Through the process of making them, stories, memories and perspectives are shared across the generations. The bowls physically represent these interactions and are components of a large floor-based art installation facilitated by artist Ekarasa Doblanovic.
Irish Fair Day
Auckland Irish Society Clubrooms, Rocky Nook Ave, Fowlds Park, Morningside.
Sunday 11 March 2018: 11:00am to 5:00pm
St Patrick's Festival NZ Facebook event page
Join the Auckland Irish Society for the annual Fair Day! Irish dancing, music as well as your favourite Irish goodies on offer. Bring all the family.
Cost: FREE admission
The Color Run Dreams World Tour - Auckland
QBE Stadium, Stadium Drive, Albany, Auckland
Sunday 11 March 2018: 8:00am to 11:00am
The Color Run New Zealand
WHO LOVES UNICRONS? The original happiest 5k on the planet! Enter a world where anything is possible, where you can dance through a cloud of colour, swim through an ocean of dreamy foam and party the day away with giant unicorns and more music than ever before.
Tickets: Kids under 5 are $5; Kids 6 to 15 years $55.55' Adults $66.55; Family (2 adults and 2 kids) $277.70
Alberton Market Day
Alberton, 100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
Sunday 11 March 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Experience Alberton's family-friendly, Sunday market in the garden featuring specialty produce and handmade items with entertainment, artisan food stalls and a pop-up tearoom. There will be live music, free garden workshops and talks, free or gold coin children's activities, face painting and more.
Cost: Entry to view the house is discounted at $8 for adults (usually $10) and free for children under 18 years.
Brass at the Falls: Waitākere Auckland Brass Band
Falls Park, Alderman Drive, Henderson
If raining, the event will be relocated to the adjacent Korean Presbyterian Church.
Sunday 11 March 2018: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Henderson-Massey Local Board
Enjoy the summer sounds of brass with the Waitakere Auckland Brass Band. Bring a folding chair and a picnic for an afternoon of free entertainment.
Cost: FREE event