Weekend What's On
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2016
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families
in Auckland, New Zealand
in Auckland, New Zealand
Learn Poi E - Matariki Workshop
Corban Estate Arts Centre, 425 Great North Road, Henderson
Saturday 2 July 2016: 10:00am 4:00pm
A favourite classic for more than 30 years, POI E is still going strong. The Patea Maori Club (original performers) will run a workshop for Matariki and Maori Language Week. Celebrate this joyous song. Come along, sing the song, join the fun, and be in a video to promote the movie 'Poi E: The Story of Our Song', coming soon to cinemas.
Te Whare Tapere O Matariki
AMI Netball Centre, 7 Allison Fergurson Drive, Panmure, Auckland
Saturday 2 July 2016: 9:30am to 2:00pm
Atua Māori based physical activity approach to nuture and develop skills in our tamariki in early learning environments. Registrations required by Friday 19 June. Contact Karla.email@example.com
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 2 July 2016: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Create art together in sessions inspired by art in the collection. There is no need to book. Suitable for kids aged 4 and up. All kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ice Skate Tour at Red Beach Primary School
Red Beach Primary School, Auckland
Saturday 2 July 2016: 10:00am to 4:00pm
The Ice Skate Tour travels around with a mobile ice rink in the Auckland Region. All events are open for general public so don’t worry if you or your kid(s) are not attending the school. Most events are in school halls but it’s an all weather activity.
Cost: Kids $7, Adults $13 includes skate hire
Skycity Mystics vs Mainlaind Tactix
The Trusts Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson
Saturday 2 July 2016: 4:00pm
Cost: Kids $15 to $25, Adults $25 to $40; Family $55
Planting at Unsworth Reserve
Unsworth Reserve (Barbados Drive entrance)
Saturday 2 July 2016: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Grab the family and go tree-planting. Do bring a spade if you have one, dress for the weather (these events go ahead rain or shine) and do please wear sturdy, covered shoes or boots. A free BBQ is provided for all planters.
2 Harrington Ave, Pukekohe East
Saturday 2 July 2016: 7:30pm LAST SHOW
Pukekohe Performing Arts
Tickets: Kids under 5 are FREE; Kids aged 5 to 12 years old are $18; Students $18, Adult $25
The Elephant Thief
Q Theatre, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 2 July 2016: 8:00pm show LAST SHOW
If you think the world’s crazy now you should see it in the future. Indian Ink give you a glimpse through a cracked crystal ball with their brand spanking new show.
Tickets: Concession $30 to $50; Adults $35 to $60.
Saturday & Sunday Events
NorthArt Gallery Time for Kids - 12 x 12
Northart, Norman King Square, Ernie Mays Street, Northcote, Auckland
Saturday 2 July 2016: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Sunday 3 July 2016: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Drop-in art making session for children of all ages.
Cost: Entry by donation
Pick & Mix - Jarred Fell - Magic & Comedy
Lower NZI, Aotea Centre, Auckland City
Saturday 2 July 2016: Performances: 10:30am, Workshops 11:30am
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Sunday 3 July 2016: Performances: 10:30am, Workshops 11:30am
Join Award Winning Comedian and Magician Jarred Fell for a family friendly, wacky Magic & Comedy Show Join Jarred after the show to learn some simple tricks and pranks to pull on your family.
Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail
108 Line Road, Maybury Reserve, Maybury Street, Glen Innes
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2016: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Take a hīkoi through the heart of Glen Innes, and Maybury Park along a flax-lined pathway that defines the trail along the Ōmaru River. This leads into light animations and installations telling stories of Matariki through tukutuku inspired design, and fauna and flora imagery. The lights are turned on at 6pm and it’s a great free activity for all ages. Nightly entertainment runs 7pm to 8pm featuring local and national performers.
The Brick Man Experience
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2016: 9:30am to 4:00pm
On daily until Sunday 24 July 2016
New Zealand's largest exhibition of LEGO® works. The kids will enjoy 60 exhibits with their own unique behind-the-scenes stories, including original drawings and sketches, interactive zones and over 5 million LEGO® bricks.
Tickets: Kids under 4 are FREE: Kids aged 4 to 16 are $19; Adults $29; Family $89
Ice Age: Collision Course Party - Aotea Square Ice Rink and Ice Slide
Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2016: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Life size polar bears, penguins, and seals will set the scene for the return of the sparkling ice rink and exhilarating 35-metre-long double-laned ice slide. The Penguin Kids Zone lets newbies find their feet in a smaller enclosed area, before taking to the ice in the main rink. Helmets are available free of charge and skating frames can be hired for beginners.
This weekend Aotea Ice Rink is heading into space to celebrate theupcoming Ice Age movie. Come dressed in a space themed costume and be in to win some great prizes. There’ll be Ice Age face painting, a find the acorn treasure hunt and colouring competitions.
Skating: Kids $5, Adults $20 for 90 minues including skate hire
Ice slide; $7.50 for 3 rides and $12 for five rides.
Weekends of Imagination: Strawbees at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2016: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Be inspired, be imaginative, be inventive! Create with Strawbees! Experience real life engineering with this popular 'Maker Movement' system which encourages trial and error based learning while still being loads of fun.
Cost: Included in admission to MOTAT: Kids under 5 are FREE; Kids over 5 are $8; Adults $16; Family passes (2 adults and 4 children) $40.
Storytime at Auckland Museum
Weird and Wonderful, Auckland Museum
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2016: 11:00am and 2:00pm
Gather 'round for a fun and interactive storytelling experience. Bring the whole family and get ready to listen, learn, clap and play.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
Planetarium Shows at Stardome
Stardome, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July 2016:
1:00pm The Accidental Astronauts - Kids 3 years plus
2:00pm Perfect Little Planet - Kids 4 to 6 years
3:00pm Attack of the Space Pirates
4:00pm Astronaut - Kids 6 to 10 years
7:00pm We are Stars - Family 8 years plus
Cost: Kids $10, Adults $12, Family $40.
Kohia Terrace School, 3 Kohia Terrace (off Gillies Avenue), Epsom, Auckland
Sunday 3 July 2016: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Trains, boats, planes, technics, star wars, classic space an more. There will be buckets of LETO ot play with, a sausage sizzle and a bake sale.
75 Years of Women in Policing at MOTAT
MOTAT Great North Road
Sunday 3 July 2016: 10:00am to 4:00pm
There will be fashion shows of uniforms, demonstrations by the armed offenders squad, search and rescue team, dog units, maritime units, forensic imaging and more.
Cost: General admission applies
Tartan Day Celebration Tattoo 2016
North Shore Events Centre, entrances at Silverfield and Argus Place, Glenfield, Auckland
Sunday 3 July 2016: 1:30pm
Celebrating all things Scottish, Pipes and Drums of the Auckland Pipe Bands, Scottish and Highland Dancers, Marching Team, Clan Celtica, Drumline and Tongan Brass Band and more.
Cost: FREE entry
Fanfair Presents Toy and Collectables Fair
The Rose Centre, School Road, Belmont, Auckland
Sunday 3 July 2016: 10:00am to 3:00pm
A toy and collecatbles event at the Rose Centre in Devonport, lots of cool toys for sale, and bringing together like minded folks to talk about cool retro sci-fi memorabilia.
Cost: Children $2; Adults $5; Family pass: $10
Planting Day at Tawharanui Regional Park
Tawharanui Regional Park, Takatu Road, north of Warkworth, Auckland
Sunday 3 July 2016: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Help plant trees at Tawharanui Regional Park. Wear enclosed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing, and some gloves if you have them. Spades will be provided and there will be a sausage sizzle when you've finished planting.
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure
Sunday 3 July 2016: 1:00pm to 4:00pm (weather permitting).
Cost: $2 per ride or a concession ticket giving 6 rides can be purchased for $10.
Steam Train Rides Mangere
Mangere Centre Park,Robertson Road, Auckland
Sunday3 July 2016: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person