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What’s on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018

What's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018

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

Saturday events

Blues v Crusaderes


Eden Park, Reimers Ave, Kingsland, Auckland
Saturday 19 May 2018: 7:35pm to 9:30pm 

The Blues take on the Crusaders in round 14 of the Investec Super Rugby competition at Eden Park,  kick off 7.35pm. 


Stand up for Kids 
NZ International Comedy Festival event


Loft at Q Theatre
Saturday 19 May 2018: 3:00pm

The power of laughter is one infectious force – so bring your little heroes along to this action-packed giggle fest hosted by the hilarious Chris Parker (5 & 12 May) and Hayley Sproull (19 May). Stand Up for Kids is a family-friendly, interactive show aimed at 4 – 8 year olds, but suitable for kids slightly older and younger.Relax on a bean bag or grab a seat and let your laugh out for 50 minutes as comedians jive around the stage in ways that’ll make you and your kids’ bellies ache. Warning: adults have been known to enjoy these shows just as much as kids.

Tickets: $19.50 each

Squiggla Workshop Arts Out East Festival


Te Tuhi, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, Auckland
Saturday 19 May 2018: 10:30am to 12:30pm

At the Squiggla workshop, you will learn how to become a Squiggla! Using mark making tools like chalk, crayons and pencils, you can play with endless variations of dots, lines and squiggles on your page to exercise your creativity. You make Squiggleworks offline then upload them with the Squiggla App. You can register on the Squiggla App using your own device from home or using a shared one at the workshop and learn to create your own Squiggla image gallery, share images with your friends and see inspirational videos to get you started.


Flow & Gro  5 to 6 years old


Girl Guiding, 87 Patteson Avenue, Mission Bay, Auckland map
Saturday 19 May 2018: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Adaptable-Programme-for-Girls-Facebook event page

Introduce girls to basic mindfulness practices to help them focus, better understand their emotions, build self-confidence, and listen more deeply. Girls will will use yoga & focused movement, arts & crafts, and games to build up these skills while making friends along the way.

Cost: $30 per person. Bookings are essential

Saturday and Sunday events

Screenies Film Festival

Picture: APO 4 Kids

TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre), 100 Motions Road, Western Springs
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018
Facebook: Screenies

Screenies is back in Auckland with awesome films and workshops for children of all ages. Featuring short film packages from Little Big Shots from Australia.

Saturday Films and Workshops
9:30am The Moon and You
9:30am Animation Workshop
11:00am Time for Adventure
12:30pm Trying New Things
1:30pm Animation Workshop
2:00pm Creatures with Problems
5:00pm Champions of Amsterdam
Sunday Films and Workshops
9:30am Hairy Maclary 10 Favourite Stories
11:00am Being Yourself
12:30pm Thunderbirds are go
2:00pm Thundersbirds Workshop
2:00pm Not Without Us
4:00pm Best of the Fest

The LEGO® Show at Glenbrook Vintage Railway


Glenbrook Vintage Railway, 24 Farm Park Road Waiuku
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018: 10:00am

The LEGO Show is back for 2018, join the GVR and AUCKLUG – The Auckland LEGO® User Group for a day out with trains and toys!Ride the steam train from Glenbrook Station to the LEGO® displays at the Waiuku Town Hall, a short walking distance from our Victoria Ave Station. 

Admission to the LEGO® Display is free on presentation of your Glenbrook Vintage Railway train ticket.


Wiki Whānau (Family Week) at Auckland Zoo


Auckland Zoo, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018

Enjoy special family time and fun activities at the Zoo in celebration of Mother’s Day (13 May) and International Family Day (15 May). Pick up a free family activity booklet on arrival and venture around the Zoo to get to know the animal families.At the Family Fun Zone at the band rotunda lawn area, your family can participate in craft activities including creating art works so you can ‘leaf your mark’ on the giant family community art tree. Children’s singer-songwriter Claudia Gunn, will be performing ‘Little Wild Music’ from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Cost: Normal zoo ticket charges apply, free for Friends of the Zoo members and children 4 years and under.

Weekends of Imagination: 3D Wall Art


MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

It’s time to explore the world of origami at MOTAT this May, join in the fun and ignite your brain through concentration and hand-eye coordination. This is an activity the whole family can participate in as you colour and combine creative pyramids to create a personalised art-piece to take home. There’s something magical about transforming a flat sheet of paper into a colourful three-dimensional shape. Origami challenges us on a cognitive level and has been shown to have a positive effect on memory, non-verbal thinking, fine motor skills, 3D comprehension and imagination. Lots of people find it very relaxing too.

Cost: Usual admission charges apply.

 Saturday and Sunday events

The Little Star that Could 3 years plus


Stardome, 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill, Auckland
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018: 1:00pm

Children can follow one little star’s journey to find a name and family of its own in the new animated space show, The Little Star That Could. Little Star, an average yellow star, searches for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special and discovers that stars combine to form clusters and galaxies. He also learns about the planets in our Solar System! Perfect for introducing young children to space.Tickets: Child $10; Adult $12; Senior $10; Family (2 adults and 3 children) $40




Hilton Auckland Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland, New Zealand  map
Saturday 19 May to Friday 13 July 2018

BODY WORLDS is the Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies – seen by 45 million visitors globally.  Vital explores the wonders of human health and wellbeing.Cost: Children (0 to 4 years) FREE; Children 5 to 15 years $15; Student $25; Adults and Seniors $28; Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children).

Ice Skate Tour


Murrays Bay Primary School, Clematis Ave, Murrays Bay, Auckland
Saturday 20 May 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97% same gliding capacity as natural ice. Surrounded by an inflatable boarding and helmets + gloves provided at no charge (both compulsory for kids) it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating.   MoreFM will complete the experience with their bubble machines and will have the music cranking.

Prices: $8 for kids under 16, $12 for adults and $35 for a family pass (2 adults + 2 kids OR 1 Adult + 3 Kids) which includes ice skates, helmet, gloves and at least half an hour ice skating (longer if capacity allows).

Sunday events

Auckland Writers Festival Family Day


Aotea Square and Auckland Town Hall
Sunday 20 May 2018

8am Dragon Brothers – Visit the Island
9am Frankie Fish
10am The Case of the Missing Eyebrow – 5 years plus
10.10am Secret World of Butterflies (Under 5)
11am Dragon Brothers Extravaganza ( 5 plus)
11.10am Stuck Truck (Under 5)
Noon Explore! Aotearoa (5 plus)
12:10pm Our Last Trip to the Market (Under 5)
1:00pm All About Rona (5 plus)
1:10pm It’s My Egg (Under 5)
2:00pm Spinderella (5 plus)
2:00pm Magical Mahy Moments (Under 5)Cost: FREE for children, some events require you to book tickets as there are limited seats.


Art Club


The Pah Homestead, Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland
Sunday 20 Mary 2018: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Fun free frop in art making session. Create a figure-in-landscape collage inspired by current exhibition Euan Macleod: Painter.  Fun free art-making sessions for kids on the third Sunday of each month, exploring different art topics and set of techniques each time. All art materials are provided. Art activities are designed for children aged two years and over, and run for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly so adults can join in too – children just need to be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: FREE

MOTAT Live Day – Trams


MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Sunday 20 May 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

See MOTAT’s operational collection come to life, with a great range of family activities. Relish the old days of public transport as you get up close and explore the collection of trams. Take a seat on the top of our double decker tram (weather dependent). There will be an array of our heritage trams running throughout the day. MOTAT’s operational collection will be in full swing with the print shop open for action and the pumphouse boiler up and running.

Cost: Usual admission charges apply


The Great British Street Party


Howick Historical Village, corner Lady Marie Drive and Bells Road, Pakuranga, Auckland
Sunday 20 May 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Arts Out East

Great British Street Party, with a special visit from Queen Victoria and her entourage. Enjoy a street party atmosphere with lots of fun for all the family.

Tickets: Adults $16; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $40

Auckland Youth Orchestra May Concert


Orewa Arts and Events Centre, 76 Riverside Drive, Orewa, Auckland
Sunday 20 May 2018: 4:30pm to 6:15pm

AYO presents: Wagner, Grieg and Elgar. The orchestra is young musicians aged 14 to 26 years old. (Not suitable for  young children.)

Tickets: Children and Students: $10; Adult $20; Senior $15


re:generate Kids Market


Titirangi Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland map
Sunday 20 May 2018:  10:00am to 1:00pm
Facebook page: REgenerate-markets

The re:generate philosophy is to reuse, reduce and relove. The re:generate kids market is a local market selling quality pre-loved baby & kids goods.  There is no ATM at this venue and most of the stalls operate as cash only. Want to declutter and turn your baby and children’s stuff into cash? 

Cost: FREE