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What’s on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July 2018

Weekend what's on guide for families

The best of what's on this 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.

Saturday Events

Remuera Bastille Day

Picture - Remuera Bastille Day 2018 event in Auckland, New Zealand - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

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

Picture - 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

Picture - NZ Barok free kids' concert in Auckland, New Zealand

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). 

Cost: $55 per person 

Saturday and Sunday Events

Stellar at Smales Farm

Picture - Stellar light festival at Smales Farm in the July school holidays - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

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.

Cost: FREE


Amaze your Senses! at Auckland Zoo

Picture - Amaze your senses at Auckland Zoo in the July school holidays - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

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 

Tickets available at the rinkYour 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.


Pou Rama

Picture - Pou Rama light posts in Aotea Square - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

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.

Cost: FREE


Journey back millions of years up the Sky Tower

Picture - Sky Tower July school holiday activities - Auckland for Kids

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

Picture - 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


Saturday and Sunday Events

The Owl and The Pussycat

Picture - The Owl and The Pussycat at The Civic in the July school holidays for children in Auckland, New Zealand

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

Picture - Rainbow's End school holiday fun - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Rainbow’s End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland

Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily 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

Picture - Secret World of Butterflies Exhibition at the Auckland Museum in the July 2018 school holidays - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

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

Picture - Royal New Zealand Ballet Sugar Plum Fairy

Auckland Live Pick & Mix event

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
Saturday 14 July 2018: 10:30am and 2:00pm performances
Bruce Mason Centre, 1 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 15 July 2018: 10:30am

Performance: Dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet perform excerpts from classical and contemporary works, including the famous Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier Pas de Deux, from the RNZB’s new production of The Nutcracker.

Workshop: Join the RNZB after the show to learn some simple ballet steps and positions.


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

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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

Picture - Science Roadshow at MOTAT - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

MOTAT, 806 Great North Road, Western Springs, Aucklandmap
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.

Butterfly Creek school holiday fun

Picture - BUTTERFLY CREEK School holiday fun - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

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

Sunday Events

Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail


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.

Cost: FREE

Art Club

Picture - Art club at Pah Homstead - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

The Pah Homestead, 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

Picture: Howick Historical Village Day in Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand

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.