Weekend What's On
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June 2016
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families
in Auckland, New Zealand
in Auckland, New Zealand
AMI Manu Aute Kite Day
Orakei Marae, 59b Kitemoana Stree, Orakei
Saturday 25 June 2016: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Celebrate the tradition of Manu Aute – kite flying. Set against the stunning backdrop of Rangitoto and Waitematā Harbour. Ranginui will be alight with kites of all shapes and size.
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 25 June 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 Hockey - Botany Swarm vs Cantebury Red Devils
Paradice Botany, 490 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs, Auckland
Saturday 25 to Sunday 25 June 2016: 4:45pm to 7:00pm
Family night out, see four time national champion botany swarm's play ice hockey.
Cost: Kids FREE; Students $10; Adults $15; Family (2 adults and 2 students) $40
Chess Lessons at Epsom Library
Epsom Library - 195 Manukau Rd, Epsom, Auckland
Saturday 25 June 2016: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Chess is fun, educational and will improve your problem-solving and tactical skills. Learn to play and share your skills with others. This event is suitable for all levels of ability from beginners to skilled players. Ages 5 and up. Chess boards provided.
Dance class for little dancers ages 3yrs plus
The Dance Domain, Level 4, 54 Wellesley St W, Auckland
Saturday 25 June 2016: 8:45am to 9:45am
Free dance lessons for little dancers aged 3 years plus. Watch your little one sparkle in their very first dance class.
Family Movies and Activities Night
YMCA Ellerslie, 46 Micheals Avenue, Ellerslie
Saturday 25 June 2016: 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Family movie and Gymnastics set up in the stadium with family sports also on offer. There are food and beverages for sale on the night. Plus the All Balcks will be on in the fitness centre.
Saturday & Sunday Events
Aotea Square Ice Rink & Ice Slide
Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June 2016: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Helmets are available free of charge and skating frames can be hired for beginners
Skating: Kids $5, Adults $20 for 90 minues including skate hire
Ice slide; $7.50 for 3 rides and $12 for five rides.
Pick & Mix - New Zealand Dance Company - Tamaki Tour
Lower NZI, Aotea Centre, Auckland City
Saturday 25 June 2016: Performances: 10:30am, Workshops 11:30am
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Sunday 26 June 2016: Performances: 10:30am, Workshops 11:30am
Tamaki Tour is a collection of engaging short works by some of New Zealand’s most exciting young choreographers alongside a great new work by NZDC’s Tupua Tigafua. Join NZDC after the show for fun movement games, and learn a short movement phrase from the performance. Go home dancing.
Weekends of Imagination at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June 2016: 10:00am to 5:00pm
A series of brand new activities specifically created to engage young minds! Featuring nothing but super hands-on interactive activities, flex your creative muscles. cribble, smear or splatter as you help us colour in a ready made design.Your fabulous designs will go on display for everyone to see so let your imagination run wild.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply
Storytime at Auckland Museum
Weird and Wonderful, Auckland Museum
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June 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 25 and Sunday 26 June 2016: 2:00pm to 3:00pm
1:00pm The Little Star that could - Kids 3 years plus
2:00pm Solar System Odyssey - Kids 4 to 6 years
3:00pm Dinosaurs at Dusk - Family 6 years plus
4:00pm Dragons - Real Myths and unreal creatures - Kids 6 to 10 years
7:00pm Matariki Dawn - Family 8 years plus
Cost: Kids $10, Adults $12, Family $40.
Body in Action Exhibition at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs
Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 June 2016: 10:00am to 5:00pm LAST WEEKEND
Smelly toilets, a giant nose, a huge mouth, and a heart that never stops beating all feature in this new family-focused exhibition. Body in Action explores the way our bodies work in colourful and exciting ways. It features more than 20 interactives, 12 models and displays as well as a selection of objects from the David Warnock Medical Museum.
Cost: Usual admission charges apply
2 Harrington Ave, Pukekohe East
Saturday 25 June 216: 2:00pm and 7:30pm show
Sunday 26 June 2016: 2:00pm matinee 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 25 June 2016: 8:00pm show
Sunday 26 June 2016: 2:00pm 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.
Snow in the Park
Royal Reserve, Beauchamp Drive, Massey North
Sunday 26 June 2016: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Snow in the Park
There will be even more snow this year, with four courses on the toboggan run. Children can make snow men and snow castles in the snow play area. There will be:
• Bouncy castles
• Bumper-ball soccer
• The huskies are back
• More food stalls this year and a
• A visit from Elsa and Olaf.
Puketapapa Manu Aute Kite Day
Winstone Park, Mount Roskill
Sunday 26 June 2016: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Rain date: Sunday 3 July
Come along and enjoy the super-size kite displays, bring your own kite to fly. There will be performances, delicious kai stalls, traditional Māori games and more
Matariki festival at the Maritime Museum
New Zealand Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour
Sunday 26 June: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Hear about some of the amazing things people are doing within New Zealand to look after our oceans. Celebrate the opening of the museum's latest exhibitions - Ko au te wai, ko te wai ko au: I am the water and the water is me and Dravuni: Beyond the Horizon.
There will be a food stall on the concourse, tours of the ocean voyaging waka Haunui, a chance to climb on to a plastic bottle kayak in the marina. and more.
Allenby Park Playground Opening
Allenby Park, corner Allenby Road and Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland
Sunday 26 June 2016: 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Celebrate the new playground and family area at Allenby Park. Free sausage sizzle, face painting, loads of fun and games for the whole family.
Devonport Mid Winter Swim
Windsor Reserve, King Edward Parade, Devonport, Auckland
Sunday 6 June 2016: Noon to 1:00pm
NZ Youth Choir's Auckland Farewell Concert
Auckland Girls Grammar School, 16 Howe Street, Newton, Auckland
Sunday 26 June 2016: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Student $15; Adult $25
Waiata Reserve Streamside Planting Day
Waiata Reserve, Waiata Avenue, Remuera, Auckland
Sunday 26 June 2016: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ōrākei Local Board is restoring the Remuera stream in Waiata Reserve by getting rid of invasive weeds and replanting the stream banks with native plants. Join the community planting day, bring all the family and stay for a free sausage sizzle afterwards. Children are to be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Out and About – Amazing Race TEENS
Taumanu Reserve (Onehunga Bay Reserve), Orpheus Drive carpark, 30 Seacliffe Road, Hillsborough, Auckland
Sunday 26 June 2016: 11:00am to 2:30pm
Get Out and About on a winter Amazing Race. Get your team together to solve the clues and conquer the challenges. Suitable for teenagers aged 13 to 19 years old and all fitness levels. To register, please email with your name, age and school to firstname.lastname@example.org
NZ Opera The Magic Flute
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Sunday 26 June 2016: 2:30pm
A celebration of true love conquering all, Mozart's The Magic Flute is the opera that has it all.
Cost: $50 to $190
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure
Sunday 26 June 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
Sunday 26 June 2016: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person