What's on in Auckland for Kids
The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
Kids Learn 2 Ride: Forrest Hill
Greville Reserve, Forrest Hill Rd, Forrest Hill
Saturday 3 February 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Learning to ride a two-wheeler is one of those big childhood milestones, and being a part of that experience as a parent is a thrill. However, if you are wondering how to get started, or experiencing a few bumps along the way then drop in to a #Learn2Ride sessions. Auckland Transport’s team of qualified instructors work along side parents to get kids riding. Whether starting on a balance bike or making the transition to pedals the team is there to help. If your child doesn’t yet have a bike but is keen to give it a go, there will be bikes available on a limited basis.
Little Drifters free public event
ActivZone Indoor Sports Arena, 30 Downing Street, Auckland
Saturday 3 February 2018: 11:00am to Noon
ActivZone Indoor Sports Arena
Come along to ActivZone and have a go at drift carting for free with Little Drifters.
Cost: FREE event
2018 Chinese New Year Festival and Market Day
ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane Road West, Epsom, Auckland
Saturday 3 February 2018: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Welcome in the Year of the Dog and celebrate the chinese new year.
Cost: FREE admission
Leigh Summer Festival
Saturday 3 February 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Live music, market stalls, vintage car displays, street food, seafood raffles, ice slide, swimming and more fun for kids.
Out and About Summer Skate Series
Owairaka Skatepark, Owairaka Avenue, Mount Albert, Auckland
Saturday 3 March 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Out and About Auckland
Grab your skateboard and your mates for a chance to win prizes. Divisions: U 13s, U 17s, Girls Open
Cost: FREE entry
Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park Visit – Auckland Art Gallery
Gibbs Farm, 2421 Kaipara Coast Highway, Auckland
Saturday 3 March 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Join Auckland Art Gallery for an unforgettable day out at Gibbs Farm to raise funds for Auckland Art Gallery. Don’t miss this rare weekend opportunity to visit. The celebrated Gibbs Farm is an expansive open-air sculpture park located in the beautiful Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland. The Farm boasts the greatest collection of large-scale outdoor artworks in the country, a series of major site-specific commissions by some of the world’s most renowned artists. You’ll roam the park ‘free range’, be introduced to selected artworks by Auckland Art Gallery’s art experts and come face-to-face with some exotic animals.
Tickets: Children $15; Adults $95 (Bring your own picnic or add on Eat my Lunch pack for $12 per person).
Saturday and Sunday events
Sculpture in the Gardens
Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland
Saturday 3 to Sunday 25 February 2018: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Biennial sculpture show held in the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Take a picnic for a fun free family day out to look at the sculptures and gardens.
Waitangi Weekend Lights
Auckand Harbour Bridge, Auckland
Saturday 3 to Wednesday 7 February 2018: 9:00pm to midnight
www.vector.co.nz/about-us/sponsorship/lights/light-eventsTo commemorate our origins as a nation, a special Waitangi light and sound show will play on the hour every hour between 9pm and midnight.
New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year
See the photographic exhibition featuring stunning images from the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 Competition. The exhibition showcases the work of some of New Zealand’s top photographers.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
The Etravaganza Fair
Western Reserve, Centreway Road, Orewa, Auckland
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm
The Extravaganza Fair
New Zealand’s newest traveling festival / fair is coming back to Orewa. Live music & shows all day, stalls selling art & crafts, loads of kids fun, hair braiding, barber shop, guest tattooist all the way from the UK, henna, unique to NZ Tiny Homes, including an open home, solar powered stage and delicious food,
Auckland Netball Centre, St Johns, Auckland
Saturday 3 February 2018: 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday 4 February 2018: 1:00pm and 4:30pm
Whether you like action packed daredevil acts, or beautiful, balletic and poetic acts, this show has something for everyone in this new show.
Tickets: Child: $19 to $35; Adult $29 to $50; Family $86 to $110
YMCA at Onehunga War Memorial Pool, Jellico Park, Onehung, Auckland
Sunday 4 February 2018: 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Extend your summer with YMCA at the Onehunga pools at this family friendly event.. Bring your kids for one last splash before they go back to school. There will be heaps of entertainment, A DJ on site, Inflatables, Sausage Sizzle, lolly scramble and so much more! Plus you can enter YMCA’s Annual Summer Bomb Comp on the day.
SKYCITY Breakers vs Illawarra Hawks
Join the SKYCITY Breakers for an afternoon filled with great basketball and non-stop entertainment. There will be free Auckland Transportation to and from the game with purchase of ticket on selected train and Northern Express bus services.
Bronze Tickets: Ages 3 and Under FREE; Kids 4 to 17 years old $12.50; Adults $18.50; Family $55
Mata and the Musical Maunga
Sunday 4 February 2018: 10:00am
14-year-old Mata loves making music, but his dreams are crushed when an internet troll comments on his latest song with a poo emoji. Mata must take the advice from friendly musical characters who magically show up in his room, to prove the internet troll wrong and make his way to the top of the mysterious musical maunga. Mata and the Musical Maunga is a musical experience the whole family will love.
American Express Openair Cinemas WONDER
Western Springs Park, Western Springs, Auckland
Sunday 4 February 2018: 6:00pm
The feel good screen adaptation on the New York Times bestseller, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson take centre stage in this inspiring and heartwarming story.
Tickets: Kids and Students $15; Adult $18
The Māori Sidesteps
Sunday 4 February 2018: 6:00pm
The Māori Sidesteps are a contemporary Māori showband, who put their own political spin on well-known songs, and entertain crowds with soulful harmonies and off-the-cuff comedy. Known for their popular self-titled web series and online entertainment, The Māori Sidesteps will provide an unmissable evening of nostalgia, that will have audiences singing along and laughing out loud at the same time. Starring some of the best Māori and Pasifika entertainers in the country – Cohen Holloway, Rob Mokaraka, Jamie McCaskill, Jerome Leota and Erroll Anderson.
Music in Parks – Brendon Tomas and The Vibes, The Nukes, Mhara Marimba
Manly Park, Lawrence Street, Big Manly, Auckland
Sunday 4 February 2018: 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Enjoy Auckland Council Music in Parks. Be sure to bring along sunblock, drinks and snacks to keep you going through the summer sun.