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What’s on Sat 21 and Sun 22 July 2018

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018

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

Saturday Events

Big Bad Wolf   FINAL SHOW

Picture - Big Bad Wolf children's theatre in Auckland for Kids

Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 21 July 2018: 11:00am and 6:30pm show

Are you afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? He does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and no friends, but a very brave girl strikes up an unlikely friendship with fairy tale history’s most misunderstood character.Recommended for ages 5+

Tickets: Children $22; Adults $28; Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids or 1 adult and 3 kids).



Picture - Heaven and Earth Rangi and Papa - Auckland for Kids, New Zealand

Mangere Arts Centre, Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland
Saturday 21 July 2018: 11:00am and 1:00pm performances

A magical glow-in-the-dark puppet show, based on the legend behind Matariki. The visual spectacle is sure to wow littlies and adults alike with an original soundtrack, te reo and UV puppets – including a 5-metre Taniwha. It is a perfect opportunity for everyone, from preschoolers through to adults, to celebrate and learn about the traditional Maori New Year in a fun and engaging way. The show is 40-minutes long followed by a 20-minute Q and A with the cast and crew.

Tickets: $15


On Ya Wheels Treasure Hunt Out and About Auckland


Farm Cove Rotary Pathway, Brambly Drive, Howick
Saturday 21 July 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Out and About Auckland

Join the Out and About team for a fun family friendly event! Bring your bike or scooter and come follow the treasure hunt along the pathway! You will receive a Treasure map that you will follow, completing challenges and questions along the way.Great fun for all ages, it will take 30-45mins to complete your treasure hunt, make sure you have the appropriate safety gear for your biker or scooters.

Cost: FREE family event

InMotion Matariki


Silo Park, corner of Beaumont and Jellicoe Street, Wynyard Quarter. 
The parade starts at Silo Park, making its way to The Cloud.
Saturday 21 July 2018: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Touch Compass Dance Trust

InMotion Matariki is an inclusive, illuminated, all-wheels parade along Auckland’s waterfront. Touch Compass, New Zealand’s leading inclusive performance art company, invites Aucklanders and their families to decorate their bicycles and wheelchairs and enjoy fun and informative performances as they meander along the waterfront.

Cost: FREE

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child

Picture: APO 4 Kids - The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child

Auckland Town Hall
Saturday 21 July 2018: 2:00pm and 4:00pm performances

Enjoy these enchanting films, based on the books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, on the big screen complete with Ren. Aubry’s magical music score performed live by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Tickets: Child: $25; Family of 4: $27.50 each; Adult and Seniors $40.


Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail Final night


Maybury Reserve, 96 Line Road, Glen Innes (behind Te Oro)
Saturday 21 July 2018: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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. The final night includes a spectacular fireworks display and Māori music for the whole community.

Cost: FREE


Centrestage Youth Theatre presents GREASE

Picture - GREASE at Centrestage Youth Theatre in Auckland for Kids

Centrestage Youth Theatre, 60 Centreway Road, Orewa, Auckland
Saturday 21 July 2018: 2:00pm and 7:30pm performances
Centrestage Youth Theatre

Grease is the ‘one that you want!’ Head back to high school and step out to Centrestage Youth Theatre’s production of one of the most successful musicals of all time. Featuring all of the unforgettable songs from the movie, this is show we are certain you will enjoy.


Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge


Auckland Harbour Bridge
Saturday 21 July 2018:  From 6pm-midnight every hour on the hour

Te Kawerau a Maki collaborate with the Vector Lights Project to tell the story of their ancestor, Maki, through the lighting of Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Cost: FREE


Sweet sounds of Matariki


Arataki Vistor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia, Waitakere
Saturday 21 July 2018: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Arataki Visitor Centre

From the top of the maunga (mountain) get ready for a night of sweet entertainment.  Sit back and enjoy as we celebrate the stories of Te Waonui a Tiriwa (The great forest of Tiriwa – Waitakere Ranges) as told by Pita Turei and brought to life by the electrifying taonga puoro fusion of Riki Bennett and Kingsley Melhuish. This all ages concert will excite the imagination. Light refreshments provided by the Friends of Arataki. 

Bookings essential, call: 09 892 4789.Tickets: $15 per person. Whānau friendly.


Aroha Kauri Day


Auckland Botanic Gardens
Saturday 21 July 2018: 10:00am to Noon


A special day of family-friendly free activities, displays and talks about the Kauri tree and how we can help preserve them in the face of kauri dieback disease.


Cost: FREE


Saturday and Sunday Events

Baggage by Jandel J and the Funky Friends
Auckland Live Pick & Mix event


Lower NZI, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
Saturday 21 July 2018: 10:30am
Mangere Arts Centre, Corner Bader Drive & Orly Avenue, Mangere, Auckland
Saturday 21 July 2018: 3:00pm
Bruce Mason Centre, 1 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:30am

Join Jandel J and the Funky Friends in an exciting new adventure, Baggage, told through storytelling, humour and dance.
Workshop: Learn from the masters of physical theatre, Jandel J and the Funky Friends! All ages welcome, come along and learn some cool new dance moves.



Matariki on the Waterfront


Silo Park, Auckland
Saturday 21 2018: Noon to 8:00pm
Sunday 22 July 2018: Noon to 5:00pm

Silo Park


Silo Park will be celebrating Matariki in style with  entertainment, actives, drinks and amazing kai.


Butterfly Creek school holiday fun


Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport 
Saturday 21 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


Saturday and Sunday Events

Eastern Viaduct free pump track


Eastern Viaduct, Viaduct Harbour Auckland
Saturday 21 July and 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 LAST WEEKEND


Auckland Zoo, Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 21 and 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.

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


School Holidays at Rainbow’s End


Rainbow’s End, 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily

School 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. 

Aotea Square Ice Rink, Ice Slide & Ice Bar LAST WEEKEND


Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 21 July and  Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 10:00pm 

Tickets available at the rink

Your 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; Single family (1 adult + 2 children) and a mocktail each  $49; Single family (1 adult + 3 children) and a mocktail each $69; Family (2 adults + 2 children) and a mocktail each  $69



Aotea Square, 50 Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 21 July and 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 Last Weekend


Sky Tower, Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
Saturday 21 and  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

Secret World of Butterflies

Picture - Secret World of Butterflies at Auckland Museum - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 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


CRC Speedshow

Picture: CRC Speedshow, Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand

ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Greenlane, Auckland
Saturday 21 July 2018: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 22 July 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Spectacular celebration showcasing the finest, fastest and coolest new cars, race cars, race bikes, classics, auto parts & accessories, specialty services, seminars, motor sport celebrities, live action & entertainment, wild hot rods, muscle cars and custom creations from around New Zealand and the world.


Tickets: Children $13 to $15; Adults $22.50 to $25; Family pass (2 adults and up to 3 children) $55 to $60


Puna Kai


Matariki on the Waterfront
Saturday 21 July 2018: Noon to 8:00pm
Sunday 22 July 2018: Noon to 5:00pm

Food Space 

In celebration of Matariki, a collection of street food vendors are producing international food with a Māori twist. With vendors altering an existing menu item, or creating a new item with an ingredient traditionally found within Māori cuisine. Look out for dishes cooked with KawaKawa, Watercress, Manuka honey, and plenty of kai moana.


Science Roadshow @ MOTAT LAST WEEKEND


MOTAT, 806 Great North Road, Western Springs, Aucklandmap
Saturday 21 July and 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

Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo


Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday22 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


Sunday Events

Anemometer gizmo 8 years plus


Botany Library, Level 1, Botany Town Centre, Sunset Terrace, East Tamaki
Sunday 22 July 2018: 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Become an environmental hero and learn how to make an anemometer to measure wind speed at Botany Library. How can you use wind energy in your daily life?

Cost: FREE event