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What’s on Sat 28 and Sun 29 July 2018

Weekend what's on guide: Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July 2018

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July 2018

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

Friday Evening Events

Mad about Mars Open Night Editors Pick


Stardome, Auckland
Friday 27 July 2018: 6pm to  Saturday 28 July 2018: 2:00am

This year, the Red Planet will come the closest to Earth it will be for the next 17 years, making it bigger and brighter than usual. Don’t miss the chance to see this spectacular sight at Stardome’s f
un, family viewing event.See the perfect view of Mars overhead past midnight and hang around until the early hours of the morning…but be sure to rug up warm before you come on down and chill (literally)! Mars won’t be visible over the horizon from our spot at the foot of Maungakiekie until at least 9pm, but that’s not to say there aren’t other things to keep everyone entertained! There will be food trucks from 6pm, short planetarium shows, hangout zones, the Zeiss telescope and our regular courtyard telescopes pointed at other planets and faraway star clusters in-between Mars-gazing.

Cost: $5 per person

Saturday Events

 Cook Island Language Week Community Day


Auckland Museum, Auckland
Saturday 28 July 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm in the Cook Islands Language Week open day at Auckland Museum and help celebrate the uniqueness of Cook Islands’ language and culture through story, music and dance.

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders

Bayview Lego Expo


Bayview Community Centre, 72 Bayview Road, Bayview, Auckland
28 July 2018: 2:00pm to 4:00pm 
Facebook: BayviewLegoExpoAn opportunity for Lego enthusiasts to share their passion. This promises to be a great family day out. There will be some fantastic collections on display, demo lego on hand so everyone can have a go and great prizes. All proceeds to Bayview Primary School for the new playground.Cost: $2 Adult, $1 Child, $5 Family (Cash only)


Saturday and Sunday Events

Mata-ariki Auckland Live Pick & Mix event


Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 28 July 2018: 10:30am
Mangere Arts Centre
Saturday 28 July 2018: 3:00pm
Bruce Mason Centre, 1 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 29 July 2018: 10:30am

Performance: Hawaiki TŪ is an Auckland-based company of Māori artists specialising in haka theatre. Watch aspects of Māori performance through dance, waiata and haka.

Workshop: Flow in wairua with Hawaiki TŪ. Learn the fundamentals of Māori movement and discover your ihi, wehi and wana.



Secret World of Butterflies

Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 28  and Sunday 29 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


Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo


Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 28 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