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What’s on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February 2018

Weekend what's on guide in Auckland for Kids

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February 2018

Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand

Saturday Events

Shakespear Snorkel Day


Either at Te Haruhi Bay or Army Bay at Shakespear Regional Park
Saturday 17 February 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm  (Sea conditions permitting.) Postponements announced on Facebook page.

Explore the waters of the Hauraki Gulf at Shakespear Regional Park with an experienced snorkel guide; you never know what you might spot? Discover pipefish, triplefins or nudibranchs. Fun for the whole whanau.Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day. Register at the event on the day.

Cost: FREE event


Love Your Maunga 2018

Mangere Mountain, Domain Road, Mangere, Auckland
Saturday 17 February 2018: 11:00am to 3:00pm

Community celebration of Mangere Mountain and the Tupuna Maunga of Tamaki Makaurau. See Vince Harder, Laving Williams and more live on stage. There are food stalls, craft markets and kid zones.

Cost: FREE event

Picture: Love your maunga 2018



Pete’s Dragon Movies in Parks


Central Park, Central Park Drive, Papakura, Auckand
Saturday 17 February 2018: 6:20pm to 10:10pm

The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.  Filmed in New Zealand, Elliot the dragon is entirely animated by Weta Digital. Family activities from 6.20pm. Movie starts at sunset (sunset at approximately 8.20pm).Movie run time 1hr 42min. 


Cost: FREE family event


Chinese New Year Celebration: Botany

Picture: Howick Local Board - Chinese New Year Celebration in Botany

Botany Town Centre, 588 Chapel Road, Auckland
Saturday 17 February 2018: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Howick Local Board

Mark the start of the New Year with an afternoon of colour and culture, including traditional food, performances and activities. There will be lion dancers, drummers, singers, dancers, choirs and an orchestra.


Cost: FREE


Auckland Pride Parade


Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
Parade route: Along Ponsonby Road, beginning at Tole Street and end at Western Park
Saturday 17 February 2018: 5:30pm – pre parade entertainment 7:30pm parade


Come out to Ponsonby Road  for the largest and loudest carnival of equality and diversity in Aotearoa New Zealand.As always, there will be loads of amazing pre-parade entertainment from 5:30pm. Performances along Ponsonby Road at Prego, Ben and Jerry’s, and Longroom, will keep those patiently waiting entertained, while roller skating from the Pirate City Rollers, stilt walkers, acrobats, the Bubble Man, and more will be heading along the road before the parade kicks off for the little ones.The Parade starts at 7:30pm. Public galleries behind barriers are available on both sides of the road, with three satellite stations along Ponsonby Road


Cost: FREE event


Lunar New Year Extravaganza


Epsom Library, 195 Manukau Road, Epsom
Saturday 17 February 2017: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with cultural dancing, Tai Chi performance, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, and snacks at the end to enjoy.

Cost: FREE


Kids dumpling making class


Te Atatu Peninsula Library, 595 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland
Saturday 17 February 2017: 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Do you enjoy Chinese dumplings? Learn how to make these yummy foods at Te Atatu Peninsula Library and celebrate the Year of the Dog.

Cost: Gold coin donation.


The Greatest Showman – American Express Openair Cinemas

Picture: The Greatest Showman - American Express Openair Cinemas

Western Springs Park, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 17 February 2018: 6:00pm gates open

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. (Rating: PG)

Tickets: Kids and Students $15; Adult $18

Year of the Dog Exhibition in Parnell Village


Parnell Village, Auckland
Saturday 17 March February to Sunday 4 March 2018

20 well known Artists and Celebrities have created 20  ‘Dogs of Art’ that are exhibited throughout Parnell galleries, stores and retail shops for 2 weeks. They will then be auctioned at Jonathan Grant Galleries on March 8th, with profits from the auction going to The Starship Foundation – National Air Ambulance Service. Download a map here to see where the ‘Dogs of Art’ are displayed around Parnell.



Saturday and Sunday Events

Sculpture in the Gardens


Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland
Saturday 17 February  to Sunday 25 February 2018: 8:00am to 8:00pm

Biennial sculpture show held in the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Take a picnic for a fun free family day out to look at the sculptures and gardens.

Cost: FREE


Under The Mountain Eight years plus

Picture: Under the Mountain at the ASB Waterfront Theatre

ASB Waterfront Theatre, 138 Halsey Street, Wynyard Quarter map
Saturday 17 February 2018: 2:00pm and 7:00pm performance
Sunday 18 February 2018: 4:00pm performance

More shows on until Wednesday 21 February 2018

Relive the magic of award-winning novel and hit 80s TV series Under The Mountain. Lurking in the depths of Auckland’s volcanoes are the Wilberforces – shapeshifting evil aliens plotting our planet’s destruction. Unlikely heroes, 12-year-old twins Rachel and Theo, must learn to harness their extraordinary new powers to stop them and save us all.Enter a world of mystery, magic and master storytelling, brought to life by a superb cast of actors, dancers, and innovative designers. A must-see event for anyone 8 years and older.


Tickets: Children $25 to $30; Under 30 $30; Early bird adults $49 to $52


Saturday and Sunday Events


New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 

Picture: New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year exhibition at Auckland Museum in 2018

Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum
Saturday 17  to Sunday 25 February 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

See the photographic exhibition featuring stunning images from the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 Competition. The exhibition showcases the work of some of New Zealand’s top photographers.

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders


Let Me Be Myself – the life story of Anne Frank


Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery, Auckland Museum, Auckland
Saturday 17 February 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


Sunday Events 

Myers Park Medley 2018

Picture: Myers Park Medley 2018 - Auckland for Kids

Myers Park, 72 Greys Avenue, Auckland City
Sunday 18 February 2018: Noon to 4:00pm
Waitemata Local Board
Annual event with  loads of fun for all the family.
Cost: FREE entry

Silo Farm

Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, 96 Jellico Street, Auckland
Sunday 18 February 2018: Noon to 6:00pm
Silo Park

Watch out city slickers! Silo Park will be taken over and transformed into Silo Farm! With a wide range of classic farming events and activities, you won’t believe you are in central Auckland. They’ll be a petting zoo and the finest sheepdogs in town showing off their skills. Join in with a classic gumboot toss competition and cut wood rural-style with a bicycle powered saw!

Cost: FREE admission


Bike the Bridge 2018 11 years plus

Picture: Bike the Bridge

Smales Farm, 74 Taharoto Road, Takapuna, New Zealand
Sunday 18 February 2018: 7:00am to 11:00am


Once a year 4000 cyclists of all levels can bike over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.  There are four event options:
– Bike The Bridge Round Trip (22km) 6:50am*
– Bike The Bridge South Only (7km) 6:50am*
– Bike The Bridge North Only (15km) 8:00am*
– Bike The Busway Family Loop (4km) 9:15am
Children aged 11 years older and adults are able to Bike the Bridge.
Bookings are essential.


Cost:  Intermediate $22; Adult $44.


MOTAT Fire and Rescue Live Day

Picture: MOTAT Fire and Rescue Day

MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Sunday 18 February 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm


Live day is all about Fire and Rescue, with an exciting line-up of attractions and activities, including fire engines, sirens, rescue displays, demonstrations, education, and more. Explore the MOTAT historic Fire Engine collection, see The Horse-drawn Telescope Ladder from 1902, The Merryweather Fire Engine of 1907, The Ford V8 Fire Engine of 1935, and The Land Rover from the 1060’s.All the favourite MOTAT Live Day regulars will be in operation too, including Little Flick mini fire-engine rides, the Blacksmith working in the forge and traditional lolly-making demonstrations.


Tickets: Under 5’s are FREE; Children and teens $10; Student $10; Adults $19; Family Pass (2 adults and up to 4 children) $45


Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon

Pt England Reserve, 254 Point England Road, Point England, Auckland
Sunday 18 February 2018: 8:30am to 4:00pm

TRY is designed to help Kiwi kids aged 7-15 years to stay active and healthy.  The TRYathlon will begin with the swim leg on Pt England Beach in the ocean parallel to the beach. TRYathletes are generally able to stand-up during the short swim, however we do encourage everyone to give swimming a go. The bike leg is along Riverside Avenue and Dunkirk Road, and the run leg is around Point England Reserve itself.

Price: $46.50 Earlybird $56 Standard per person (includes TRYathlon medal, certificate, t-shirt, drawstring kit bag and swim cap and breakfast.)


Chinese New Year Celebration: Pakuranga

Picture: Howick Local Board - Chinese New Year Celebration in Pakuranga, Auckland

Pakuranga Plaza, Aylesbury Street, Auckland
Sunday 18 February 2018: 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Howick Local Board

Mark the start of the New Year with an afternoon of colour and culture, including traditional food, performances and activities. There will be lion dancers, drummers, singers, dancers, choirs and an orchestra.


Cost: FREE


Folk in the Park

 Picture: Folk in the Park - Devonport - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Windsor Reserve Band Rotunda, Flagstaff Terrace, Devonport, Auckland
Sunday 18 February 2018: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Devonport Peninsula Trust

Sit back and relax while listening to free live music on Devonport’s stunning waterfront, presented by the Devonport Folk Music Club.  Food and drinks will be for sale, or bring a picnic to enjoy. There will also be a preschool play zone to keep the little ones entertained (caregiver supervision is required).

Cost: FREE event

Ferdinand – American Express Openair Cinemas

Picture: American Express Openair Cinemas - Ferdinand

Western Springs Park, Western Springs, Auckland
Sunday 18 February 2018: 6:00pm gates open

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. (Rating: PG)

Tickets: Kids and Students $15; Adult $18