The best of what's on this July school holiday weekend in
Auckland for Kids
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
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
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
The Wizard of Ōtāhuhu
Rangaitra Theatre, Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 14 July 2018: 2:00pm and 7:00pm shows
The Wizard of Ōtāhuhu is a must-see theatre production for this July school holidays and another clever storybook makeover from Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.
Tickets: Children $15; Student and Seniors $20; Adults $25
Self Defence and Anti Bullying Workshop for Kids and Adults
Blockhouse Bay Dojo, 231 Whitney Street, Blockhouse Bay
Saturday 14 July 2018: 9:30am to 3:00pm
Learn Self Defence, Build Self Confidence and handle the bully. For ages 6 and above (Boys, Girls, Men and Women). Bookings are essential at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $55 per person
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.
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.
Eastern viaduct free pump track
Eastern Viaduct, Viaduct Harbour Auckland
Saturday 14 July to Sunday 22 July 2018
Bring your bikes and scooters to have fun on the free community pumptrack at the Eastern Viaduct in the school holidays.
Amaze your Senses! at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 July 2018: 9:30am to 5:00pm (Last entry at 4:15pm)
School holidays is the perfect time to tune in to nature and Amaze Your Senses! at Auckland Zoo. Grab your activity sheet before heading off on a sensory adventure, where you’ll not only learn about the zoos animals and their senses. Visit KidZone to collect your ‘scratch and sniff’ sticker and explore the sensory zone - you’ll be amazed by what you hear, see, touch, taste and smell at the zoo these holidays.
Online Tickets: Infants under 4 are FREE; Child $12; Adult $28; Family pass (1 adult and 2 children) $47; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $72
Tickets at Zoo: Infants under 4 are FREE; Child $14; Adult $28.50; Family pass (1 adult and 2 children) $51; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $76
Aotea Square Ice Rink, Ice Slide & Ice Bar
Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 14 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Aucklandlive.co.nz Tickets available at the rink
Your winter wonderland in Aotea Square Ice Rink is back with a series of fun events. Skate or slide against the backdrop of downtown Auckland and experience the magic. For the first time, an Ice Bar will be open to all ages offering cocktails and mocktails.
Aotea Square Ice Rink Tickets*: Children (under 12 years) $16; Adults; $21; Family pass (1 adult + 2 children) $49; Family pass (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) $55.
Aotea Square Ice Slide Tickets: 3x rides - $7.50; 5x rides $9; 5x rides after 6pm $5
Aotea Square Ice Bar Tickets: Child entry and mocktail $15; Adult entry and mocktail (age 13+) $23; Adult entry and cocktail $30; Adult entry and two cocktails $35; Family 1 adult + 2 children and a mocktail each $49; Family 1 adult + 3 children and a mocktail each $69; Family 2 adults + 2 children and a mocktail each $69.
Aotea Square, 50 Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 14 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.
Journey back millions of years up the Sky Tower
Sky Tower, Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
Saturday 14 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Go on a quest to become a ‘DINO ranger’, uncover bones and be immersed in dinosaur activities!
· See where the dinosaur foot prints lead you
· Save the baby dinosaurs from the lava flowing volcano
· Be brave - don’t get ‘eaten’ by the lift
· Uncover bones in the pit of sand
· Complete huge dinosaur puzzles
Plus, look ‘out’ there might be someone watching you… Then accept the coveted DINO Ranger badge for bravery. Have a roaring good time these school holidays!
Cost: Usual Sky Tower admission fees apply. Children under 6 are FREE;
Children aged 6 to 14 years $12; Adults $29
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
Butterfly Creek school holiday fun
Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport
Saturday 14 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Keep the kids entertained these School Holidays at Butterfly Creek & Save 10% when booking online! Butterfly Creek is the perfect place to hang out these holidays. There’s heaps to do regardless of the weather as they are mostly under cover. There is an amazing array of animals to see – plus fun Arts & Crafts, the roaming dinosaur and special entertainment including Epic Entertainers (Spiderman & Spidergirl) & Monty the Monkey!
Cost: Usual admission charges apply. Book online to save 10% off an all attractions pass
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
School Holidays at Rainbow's End
Rainbow's End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily
School holidays is all about creating fantastic memories with your family and friends and what better place to do this than Rainbow’s End. There's something for everyone these holidays with live entertainment everyday, a brand new show in the Motion Master and of course all the rides!
Child Superpass $49, Adult Superpass $59, Kidz Kingdom Pass: $32. Family discounts available - please see Rainbow's End website
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
Sugar Plum Family Fun by Royal New Zealand Ballet
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.
Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 14 July to Sunday 26 August 2018
Don't miss the blockbuster science exhibition from Te Papa and Weta Workshop at Auckland Zoo. 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 go 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
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.
Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail Final night
Maybury Reserve, 96 Line Road, Glen Innes (behind Te Oro)
Saturday 15 July to Saturday 21 July 2018: 7:00pm onwards each evening
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 Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Road
Sunday 15 July 2018: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Discover colours and shapes! Children can create an abstract three-dimensional artwork inspired by recent acquisitions to the Wallace Arts Trust Collection.
Suitable for children ages 4-10.
Cost: FREE drop in event. All materials are provided.
Howick Historical Village Day
Howick Historical Village, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Bells Road, Pakuranga, Auckland
Sunday 15 July 2018: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Howick Historical Village
Experience life in a 19th Century Village and admire the treasures from the past. Join the Villagers in the various activities; make butter by hand, attend a Victorian school lesson and sample food cooked on a coal range.
Cost: Usual admission charges apply
Live Steam Day at MOTAT
MOTAT, Western Springs, Auckland
Sunday 15 July 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
See MOTAT's operational collection come to life with a great range of family activities included as part of your normal MOTAT admission. This Live Day, MOTAT’s powering up some impressive machines from the steam collection. This revolutionary technology represents a period of enormous innovation and growth. From steam trains and trams to the historic Pumphouse of 1877 and more.
Cost: Normal MOTAT admission charges apply.
Fermentation Workshop Ages 8 years plus
Ecospace by Ecostore, 1 Scotland St, Freemans Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
Sunday 15 July 2018: 1;00pm to 3;00pm
Facebook event page
Be the hero of your kitchen and learn the ancient art of making Sauerkraut with Julie Craig from Oak and Thistle. Make Sauerkraut and cover Kim-chee, Fermented Lemons and any seasonal fruits and vegetables that Julie is currently working on!
All participants will be taking home sauerkraut – so bring a jar with a lid, a chopping board and a knife. Bookings essential.
Cost: $20 per person