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What’s on Sat 23 and Sun 24 June 2018

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 2018

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

Saturday Events

OMAC 30 Open Day

Picture; OMAC 30 Open Day Otara - AUCKAND FOR KIDS

Otara Music Arts Centre, Corner Newbury Street and Bairds Road
Saturday 23 June 2018: 10am to 4pm

Come celebrate 30 years of music at Ōtara Music Arts Centre (OMAC) with a FREE open day of fun and family-friendly activities, music, and kai. The day will feature live music from Ardijah, Three Houses Down, Smash Proof, Sistema Aotearoa, and more. Join in free music and digital art workshops, and if you’re feeling creative, have the experience of recording a vocal sting in The Village recording studio.

Cost: FREE event


INSPIRO by Flip n Fly Circus School and Empire Dance Studio

 Picture: Inspiro by Flip n Fly Circus School and Empire Dance Studio - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

SKYCITY Theatre SKYCITY, Victoria Street West, Auckland 
Sat 23 June 2018: 7:00pm to 9:00pm 

Flip n Fly Circus School and Empire Dance Studio presents: INSPIRO. Ever wanted to run away and join the Circus? Be inspired by New Zealand’s next generation of Circus performers. Join us in this spectacular showcase of talent from our students and trainers.

 Tickets: Children 12 years and under $30; Student $32; Adult $50; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $125


Ramadan / Eid al-Fitr Storytime

Picture: Ramadan story time - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Onehunga Library, 85 Church Street, Onehunga
Saturday 23 June 2018: 10:30am to 11:00am

Join Onehunga Library for a special Ramadan / Eid al-Fitr Storytime and learn about Muslim culture and how Ramadan, the month of fasting, is celebrated across the world.

Cost: FREE


CATS The Musical by National Youth Theatre Company


Aotea Centre, Mayoral Drive, Auckland
Saturday 23 June 2018: 1:30pm and 7:00pm show

National Youth Theatre Company presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS. Come and see 295 of New Zealand’s talented young performers in this iconic show


Saturday and Sunday Events

Aotea Square Ice Rink, Ice Slide & Ice Bar

Picture: Aotea Square Ice Rink -AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 23 June to 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 yummy mocktails. Illuminated sculptures Pou Rama (light posts) will sit beside Aotea Square Ice Rink throughout Matariki Festival (Māori New Year).

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


Saturday and Sunday Events

 Secret World of Butterflies

 Picture: Secret World of Butterflies at Auckland Museum, New Zealand

Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 23 June 2018 onwards

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



Hilton Auckland Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland, New Zealand 

Saturday 23 June  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).


Winter Stories in the Sky  6 years plus

Stardome Observatory & Planterium, 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Auckland
Saturday 23  and Sunday 24  June 2018: 6:00pm


Join Lucy Lawless and John Rhys-Davies in a stellar adventure as they navigate through the night sky and delve into the myths and legends behind the constellations visible in winter. With stunning 360-degree animations and a good dose of John Rhys-Davis humour, Stories in the Sky is suitable for both the young and the young-at-heart.


Tickets: Child $10; Student $10; Adult $12; Family Pass (2 adults and 3 children) $40


Accelerate: Driving New Zealand

MOTAT, 805  Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland 
Saturday 23 June onwards: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Delve into the past, present and future of New Zealand’s relationship with vehicles.  Accelerate brings a new perspective to the MOTAT road transport collection while exploring the technologies, social impacts, and culture associated with automobiles. It revisits some of the museum’s most cherished vehicles, whilst introducing new cars and the stories of the people who love them. This one’s for the petrol heads, tech enthusiasts, history buffs, and future thinkers alike.


Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply.


Sunday Events

Snow in the Park

Picture - Snow in the Park

Royal Reserve, Beauchamp Drive, Massey, Auckland
Sunday 24 June 2018: 11:00am to 3:00pm

Get out your snow shoes – Snow in the Park is back.  There will be heaps of fun activities for children and their families – and it’s all free. As always, the four-lane tube run will be a highlight, with snow delivered by SNOWPLANET. There will also be an under-six snowboarding area, and a snow play area where children can make snow men and snow castles.

Cost: FREE family event


Tartan Day Celebration Tattoo


North Shore Events Centre, Silverfield and Argus Place Entrances, Auckland 
Sunday 24 June 2018: 1:30pm to 4:00pm


Cost: FREE family event


Have a Go Day

Picture - Archery Have a Go Day in Cornwall Park, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland Archery Club, Cornwall Park, Auckland
Sunday 24 June 2018: 9:00am to Noon


Fancy yourself as a bit of a Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen? Come and Have A Go at archery. Full coaching provided.


Cost: Please bring a gold coin donation to shoot.