The best of what's on this July school holiday weekend in
Remuera Bastille Day
Remuera Village, Remuera, Auckland
Saturday 14 July 2018
Bastille Day in Remuera with a kids designated area with a bouncy castle, face painters, glitter artists, balloon blowing . For the adults there is a French food market, stage entertainment, market stalls, Citroen show, music, street entertainment, fashion show and loads of scrummy street French food to choose from.
Takapuna Kids Market
Takapuna Methodist Church, 429 Lake Road, Takapuna
Saturday 14 July 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Morning of shopping quality preloved children's clothing, toys and accessories plus coffee & food trucks in Takapuna. There are so many children' clothes worn for a short time or not at all, so come along to get the chance to find some quality goods at a fraction of the retail price and support sustainable living! Cash payment only for stalls.
Cost: FREE entry
Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge
Auckland Harbour Bridge
Saturday 14 July 2018: From 6pm-midnight every hour on the hour
Also on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July 2018
Te Kawerau a Maki collaborate with the Vector Lights Project to tell the story of their ancestor, Maki, through the lighting of Auckland Harbour Bridge.
NZ Barok: Baby Baroque Free Kids' Concert
St Lukes Church, 130 Remuera Road, Auckland map
Saturday 14 July 2018: 10:30am to 11:30am
St. Peter's Anglican Church, 11 Killarney Street, Takapuna, Auckland map
Saturday 14 July 2018: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Introduce the children in your lives to the beautiful sounds of baroque music! Join NZ Barok & friends for a free, fun, dynamic one hour concert especially for children. Wave a scarf to a minuet, shake a shaker to a march and enjoy a happy music-filled hour.
Cost: FREE concert
Princess Academy Interactive Musical show
Cafe Windsor, 500 East Coast Road, Mairangi Bay (Kauri Room)
Saturday 14 July 2018: 11:00am to Noon
An enchanting, hour long Interactive experience teaching your young lady how to be a TRUE Princess filled with singing & dancing, ribbon wands, face paining, crafts, cupcakes, a special gift, certificates & of course meet/greet & photos with Princess Aria!
Tickets: $30 per ticket or $50 for two tickets.
Adults & children under 1 years old are free with a paid child.
Saturday and Sunday events
Stellar at Smales Farm
Smales Farm, 74 Taharoto Road, Takapuna
Saturday 14 July 2018 and Sunday 15 July 2018: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
An after-dark outing the whole family will enjoy, STELLAR brings a magical glow to Auckland’s North Shore each winter. Come along after sundown and wander the enchanting pathway of interactive and engaging light installations designed by leading light architect Angus Muir, creating an all- encompassing experience for visitors, and providing ample opportunity for education around Matariki, the Māori New Year. Learn more about both the natural world underfoot and the constellations above.
Cost: FREE event for all ages.
Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail
Maybury Reserve, 96 Line Road, Glen Innes (behind Te Oro)
Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 July 2018: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Celebrate Matariki by reviving the Māori tradition of giving thanks for the harvest, welcoming the new year planting season and remembering loved ones by experiencing Matariki-inspired light sculptures. Help build the light trail in Maybury Reserve and enjoy the nightly performances, delicious kai and drinks. The final night includes a spectacular fireworks display and Māori music for the whole community.
Te Rerenga – The Flight
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna
Saturday 14 July 2018: 7:00pm
Sunday 15 July 2018: 2:00pm and 4:00pm
Toro Pikopiko Puppets present the world’s first Māori rock-art puppet production, a fun and interactive show made by Jeffrey Addison (Ngai Tahu) and Whaitaima Te Whare (Ngāti Tūwharetoa). This dynamic duo have 22 years of experience creating television programmes for children and touring live puppet shows.
Cost: Entry by donation
The Owl and The Pussycat
The Wintergarden, The Civic, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 14 July 2018: 10:00am and 1:00pm performances
Sunday 15 July 2018: 9:30am and 11:30am performances
A beloved winter lullaby for children and adults alike! A purrfectly charming pussy cat falls for a lovelorn owl. Venture into our vintage kid’s jazz club for a rambunctious and captivating classic, told by the light of the silvery moon.
Recommended for ages 4 years plus.
Tickets: Child $19; Adult $25; Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids or 1 adult & 3 kids) $68
Sugar Plum Family Fun
Secret World of Butterflies
Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2018
Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns as new exhibition Secret World of Butterflies takes flight. View thousands of butterflies from the Shannon Collection, on display for the first time. Be amazed by these stunning insects in this family-friendly exhibition that reveals unbelievable butterfly facts and is packed full of interactive activities. Zoom in on nature’s designs or create your own butterfly and unleash it into a magical digital garden.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
Centrestage Youth Theatre presents GREASE
Centrestage Youth Theatre, 60 Centreway Road, Orewa, Auckland
Saturday 14 July 2018: 7:30pm
Sunday 15 July 2018: 2:00pm
Centrestage Youth Theatre
Grease is the 'one that you want!' Head back to high school and step out to Centrestage Youth Theatre's production of one of the most successful musicals of all time. Featuring all of the unforgettable songs from the movie, this is show we are certain you will enjoy.
Accelerate: Driving New Zealand
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 14 July 2018 onwards: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Delve into the past, present and future of New Zealand’s relationship with vehicles. Accelerate brings a new perspective to the MOTAT road transport collection while exploring the technologies, social impacts, and culture associated with automobiles. It revisits some of the museum’s most cherished vehicles, whilst introducing new cars and the stories of the people who love them. This one’s for the petrol heads, tech enthusiasts, history buffs, and future thinkers alike.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply.
Science Roadshow @ MOTAT
MOTAT, 806 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 14 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Celebrating 30 years of science on the roads of New Zealand, the Science Roadshow is making a stop at MOTAT for the July school holidays. There are hands-on science experiments, activities and live demonstrations including some brain-stretching, stomach-churning, and mind-blowing learning. Uncover the science behind temperature and learn about chemical reactions in the “Fire & Ice” live show. Discover the fascinating science of biology in “Am I Living”.
Cost: Normal MOTAT admission fees apply
Aotea Square, 50 Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: Lit from 5:00pm nightly
Pou Rama will illuminate the lower grass terrace of Aotea Square. Pou Rama (Light Posts), features a series of free-standing light structures. Designed by Storybox, in collaboration with visual artist Desna Whaanga-Schollum (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pahauwera). These are inspired by pouwhenua (land symbols of support) and represent creative wairua (inspiration), which is generated from te taiao (the environment). The whakairo designs express cycles of creativity and connections to place.
Group exhibition: Forest has the blues 8 years plus
Depot Artspace 28 Clarentreet Devonport map
Saturday 14 July 2018: 100am to 4:30pm
Sunday 15 July 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Forest has the Blues is an installation project that brings the unique plant life of Aotearoa into the gallery space, with 9 printmakers collaborating to create a large scale urban forest and a mini-forest of seedlings, with native trees to give away to local residents, to encourage better backyard biodiversity. The exhibition draws attention to the native forest presence in our urban areas, and the threats they face from invasive weeds.