The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
The Mini Market
Mount Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Balmoral map
Saturday 26 May 2018: 10.30am to 1:00pm
The Mini Market is a pre-loved market with high quality products for your mini-me from maternity through to 5 years. Clothes, toys, books, prams, car seats, cots, accessories, sold by families to families. The Mini Market is designed for communities to come together to help each other through one of life’s most expensive stages.
Cost: Children FREE; Adults $2
NZ Sign Language Storytime
Albany Village Library, 30 Kell Drive, Albany, Auckland
Albany Village Library
A fun and interactive New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) session for children with a qualified tutor. NZSL is an official language of New Zealand and great for developing young minds. Suitable for to 5 year olds.
Cost: FREE event
Waiheke Library, 131-133 Ocean View Road, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
Saturday 26 May 2018: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Waiheke based singer/songwriter Nick Fraser will perform a set of original works and acoustic covers incorporating his top guitar skills and live looping ability.
Cost: FREE event
Flow & Gro 7 to 10 years old
Girl Guiding, 87 Patteson Avenue, Mission Bay, Auckland map
Saturday 26 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
OMGTech! & MOTAT’s Techweek-end 2018 Editors Pick
MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018: 10:00am to 3:30 pm
OMGTech! and MOTAT are joining forces for Techweek’18 to engage and inspire young people, educators, industry and the wider public to explore the future possibilities of science and technology! Over an action packed weekend MOTAT will host OMGTech! Rangers workshops for up to 200 kids. It will be a fun couple of days of exploring and building confidence with technology for 8 to 12 year old children.
Cost: From $75
The Haier Big Hoot Farewell Weekend Editors Pick
Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
Saturday 26th May 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 27th May 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
The Big Hoot Auckland 2018
See the giant owls from the Big Hoot art trail one last time at the Haier Big Hoot Farewell Weekend, hosted at the Aotea Centre! Snap a sowlfie with your favourite owl, or see the owl artworks you haven’t managed to visit while they were out on the trail around Auckland.
Cost: Entry is FREE, but a donation to support the vital work of Child Cancer Foundation is encouraged.
BODY WORLDS Vital
Hilton Auckland Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland, New Zealand map
Saturday 26 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).
Attack of the Space Pirates 6 years plus
Stardome, 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill, Auckland
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018: 3:00pm
A gang of rogue pirates will stop at nothing to find that technology and unleash its awesome power against the rest of the universe. Now, only one valiant ship stands between the pirates and their total domination of space. It’s a race against time for the Starship Intrepid as it attempts to find the alien technology first while defending itself against the attack of the space pirates! At the end of Attack of the Space Pirates, you will take a trip into outer space with a tour of the night sky or a special planetary flyby.
Tickets: Child $10; Adult $12; Senior $10; Family (2 adults and 3 children) $40
Weekends of Imagination: 3D Wall Art
MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 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
Ice Skate Tour at Murrays Bay Primary School
Murrays Bay Primary School, Clematis Ave, Murrays Bay, Auckland
Saturday 26 May 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 27 May 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ice Skate Tour New Zealand
Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience on the state of the art, artificial ice rink. With helmets and gloves are 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).
Whau Arts Showcase
Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Road, map
Sunday May 27 2018: Noon to 3:00pm
Fun interactive experiences for the whole family will include a print making, self-portraiture, photography and sculpture, and ‘mark making’ workshops, a sausage sizzle by the Lions Club and activities by the Scouts.
Cost: FREE family event
Northern Stars vs WBOP Magic
Pulman Park, 90 Walters Road, Takanini
Sunday 27 May 2018: 4:10pm
With a new Coach, Team, and Home venue, the Northern Stars want you by their side at the Pulman Arena when they take on the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the ANZ Premiership League on Sunday the 27th of May!
Tickets: Child $17; Adults $27; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $67
Robot Smack Down 2018
Te Atatu Peninsula Community Centre, 595 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland
Sunday 27 May 2018: Noon to 5:00pm
3-2-1, activate! See locally-made robots battle to see who is the toughest and best engineered robot in the arena at this one-day extravaganza, presented by digital makerspace Te Atatu Peninsula Digital Lab (TAP:Lab). Robots are pre-built by the roboteers themselves, who will be available for questions, and (if you ask nicely) might even let you take home pieces of the the wrecked carcasses of fallen bots. Come dressed as a robot enter the best dressed robot award.
Cost: FREE, register to attend here
Stonefields Family Market Day
Cnr Stonefields Ave and College Road, Stonefileds
Sunday 27 May 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Stonefields Residents Association Inc.
Family day with a wonderful day of fun, entertainment, prizes for the whole family. For the kids, there will be bouncy castles, face painting and treats. There will be a display of some stunning performance and luxury cars. There’s music, a sausage sizzle, and prize draws happening throughout the market day (10am to 2pm).
Cost: FREE entry