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What’s on Sat 18 and Sun 19 August 2018

Weekend what's on guide

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August 2018

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

Saturday Events

Hine Kihāwai at Ōrākei Marae


Orakei Marae, 59C Kitemoana Street, Auckland
Saturday 18 August 2018: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Taki Rua

Taki Rua present a free te reo Māori theatre production for kids Hine Kihāwai.Hine Kihāwai may have left the world of the living, but she lives on in the memories of her children Tama and Te Aniwa. Against all odds, her tamariki fight to hold on to her teachings, her wisdom, her songs – everything they knew and loved about her. Only through retaining all that she gave them can they truly face the challenges of their turbulent world.The 2018 Te Reo Māori Season is a retelling of the 2003 children’s play Āwhina. Written by the highly regarded composer, teacher and Māori leader Hone Hurihanganui, Hine Kihāwai has been redeveloped for a new generation of tamariki.

Cost: FREE event

The Mini Market


Mount Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland

Saturday August 18 2018: 10:00am to 12:30pm


The Mini Market is Auckland’s market for the little people in your life. With a focus on pre-loved high quality products; maternity through to 10 years, as well as a new boutique section! The Mini Market is the place to go for everything you need to raise a family. You’ll find pre-loved and new clothes, toys, books, prams, furniture, accessories, sold by families to families.  Interested in becoming a vendor email:

Cost: Free entry.

Week of Engineering Expo


University of Auckland Science Centre, 23 Symonds Street, Auckland
Saturday 18 August 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

They’re the perfect family outing, offering the chance for everyone to learn more about real-world engineering projects and the latest innovations like virtual reality and drones, and participate in interactive activities. Best of all, they’re free!

Cost: FREE expo

Howick Kids Market


120 Picton Street, Howick, Auckland
Saturday 18 August 2018: 9:00am to 11:00am
Howick KIDS Market

Cost: FREE entry



Saturday and Sunday Events

Kids Takeover – Stars of Tomorrow
Auckland Live Pick & Mix event


Lower NZI, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Saturday 18 August 2018: 10:30am
Bruce Mason Centre, 1 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 19 August 2018: 10:30am

Performance: The kids are taking over! See the stars of tomorrow today, in performances of recent productions by the National Youth Theatre Company including CATS, Peter Pan, and the best of musical theatre. Plus, sign up for the opportunity to join the Auckland Live Pick & Mix crew and help put on a show, with fun jobs like MC, sound operator, usher and lighting operator up for grabs!

Workshop: Learn one of the dances from the show and explore how to create and perform your own fairytale.


The Baby Show


ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Epsom, Auckland
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August 2018

The Baby Show is New Zealand’s biggest one-stop-shop for expectant parents and those with children under the age of five. It’s jam-packed with just about everything you need to navigate the journey from pregnancy to preschool – and do it in style! The show offers invaluable advice and fun-filled entertainment, along with nappy changing, toileting, breastfeeding, and other helpful facilities to make the whole experience easy. 

Saturday and Sunday Events

 Secret World of Butterflies


Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August 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


Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo


Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 18 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: 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

Sunday Events

Helensville Primary School Student Group Lego Display


Helensville Primary School Hall, 29 Rata Street, Helensville, Auckland
Sunday 19 August 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm (Last entry at 3:30pm)

Fun interactive LEGO Remote controlled racers you can drive. New City Trains and LEGO Technic. Exciting new displays: Lord of the Rings, Disney, Friends, Star Wars, and Classic Space. Speed Champions in a Top Gear themed race track and studio with adjoining airport.Talk to the creators of two NZ based LEGO Ideas Projects.

Tickets: $5 per person. FREE for children under 3 years old.

For Children Concert: Encore


King’s School 258 Remuera Road, Remuera
Sunday 19 August 2018: 4:00pm

An exciting musical project showcasing young talent from Auckland, this concert will support the charity Ronald McDonald House in their important work supporting families with sick kids. This is a family friendly concert – come and support a worthwhile cause!

Entry: donation

Sunday Showcase: showcasing youth talent!


The Vic Devonport, 48 Victoria Road, Devonport, Auckland
Sunday 19 August 2018: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Devonport Peninsula Trust

The variety show you don’t want to miss, Devonport youth present: Sunday Showcase!  Starring Freya, Sons of Sing, BIS Kapa Haka, Dance Sprite, Devonport Drama and films from TGS media students, that are sure to entertain and delight you.

Cost: FREE

Free Town Hall Organ Concert


Auckland Town Hall, 55 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, 1010
Sunday 19 August 2018: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Hear New Zealand organist Thomas Gaynor perform at this free Sunday concert on the concert hall organ in the Auckland Town Hall.

Cost: FREE entry

Art Club


The Pah Homestead, Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Road
Sunday 19 August 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.