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What’s on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2018

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2018

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

Saturday Events

Kids Learn 2 Ride: Forrest Hill

Picture: Auckland Transport Kids Learn 2 Ride at Forrest Hill - Auckland for Kids

Greville Reserve, Forest Hill Road, Auckland
Saturday 3 March 2018: 10am to Noon (Weather dependent)
Auckland Transport Cycling

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 check out the #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.

Cost: Free entry

Smales Farm Outdoor Movies: Moana

Picture: Smales Farm Outdoor Movies: Moana

Smales Farm, 74 Taharoto Road, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 3 March 2018: 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Facebook event page: Smales Farm

Starting with activities for the kids (and kids at heart) to enjoy from 3pm, then sit back and relax from 5pm enjoying the movie Moana.

Cost: FREE event


Little Day Out – Family Fun Day

Picture: Little Day Out Family Fun Day in Mt Eden - Auckland for Kids

Mt Eden Village Center, 449 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland
Saturday 3 March 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm


Cost: FREE admission


Out & About Summer Skate Series

Picture: Out and About Summer Skate Series

Owairaka Skatepark, Owairaka Avenue, Mount Albert, Auckland map
Saturday 3 March 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Out and About Auckland

Grab your skateboard and your mates for a chance to win loads of prizes. Divisions: U 13s, U 17s, Girls and Open

Cost: FREE entry



Kiwi Skate Day

Picture: Kiwi Skate Day 2018

Activezone Afternoon
ActivZone Indoor Sports Arena, 30 Downing Street, Auckland
Saturday 3 March 2018: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
ActivZone Facebook event page 

Demonstrations from the Auckland Roller Derby League, Vipers Inline Hockey, and the ActivZone Roller Figure Skate team. Skating and skate hire will be free of charge during the free-skate times on the day.
Cost: FREE

Kiwi Skate Day – Skate the Bays
Watene Reserve, 9 Tamaki Drive, Orakei map
Skate the Bays for Kiwi Skate Day. You can hire skates from Fergs Kayaks if you don’t have your own and do it at your own pace.
Cost: FREE, skate hire is $12.50 per person for 2 hours.

Skateland SUPER Session 
Skateland, 66 Mountain Road, Mt Wellington map
Saturday 3 March 2018: 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Super session with FREE skate hire, demos and a fun skate for Kiwi Skate Day..
Cost: $7 entry

Kiwi Skate Day – West Night Session
The Trusts Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson
Saturday 3 March 2018: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Facebook event page
Fun skate with demonstrations and games. Free skate hire is available.
Cost: $5 entry, skate hire FREE

Nanogirl vs The Elements Auckland Arts Festival Event

Picture: Nanogirl vs The Elements - Auckland Arts Festival - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

The Civic, Corner Queen Street and Wellesley Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 3 March 2018: 5:00pm

Visually spectacular and suitable for all ages, Nanogirl vs. The Elements will showcase an adrenaline filled line-up of huge experiments that demonstrate the power of science like you’ve never seen before. With the help of audience volunteers (and lots of safety equipment), you will be on the edge of your seat as Nanogirl takes you and your family on an explosive and educational adventure.

Tickets: Children $22 to $32; Adults $35 to $45


Saturday and Sunday Events

Auckland Lantern Festival Editors Pick

Picture by Auckland for Kids - Auckland Lantern Festival 2018 - AUKCLAND FOR KIDS

Auckland Domain, Auckland
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2018

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the 2018 Auckland Lantern Festival and welcome in the Year of the Dog with friends and family.  See the hundreds of spectacular Chinese lanterns, try the delicious food stalls. There is a fireworks display at 10.15pm on Sunday evening.10 useful tips for visiting the Auckland Lantern Festival with children

Cost: FREE entry


Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank

Picture: Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank exhibition at Auckland Museum - Auckland for Kids

Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 3 March to Sunday 13 May 2018

Imagine spending years in hiding because of prejudice and hate. Developed by Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the international exhibition Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank explores how life was for Anne Frank and her family, and looks at the events surrounding the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. Auckland Museum is the first to host this exhibition in New Zealand as part of a three-year tour supported by The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders


Vector Lights – Lantern Festival Light Show

Picture: Vector Lights - Lantern Festival Light Show - Auckland for Kids

Auckland Harbour Bridge
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2018: 9:00pm to Midnight
Vector Limited

See Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge join in the celebrations with its first Lantern Festival light show.

Cost: FREE


The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 Public Art Trail Editors Pick

Picture: The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 Public Art Trail - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Various public locations around Auckland 
Saturday 3 March to Sunday 6 May 2018

Super-sized owl sculptures will descend on Auckland for the Haier Big Hoot art trail. Over 100 owls will roost in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary. There are 47 giant owls (1.65m) that have been individually designed by Kiwi and International artists.  Joining the giant owls are 60 owlets (90cm) – many designed by Auckland school students. The giant owls at the end for the trail will be auctioned off to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation.Find them all using the trail map within the Big Hoot 2018 app – available to download from the App Store or Google Play from 01 March, and collect rewards as you go.

Cost: FREE


Saturday and Sunday Events

Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo

Picture by Auckland for Kids - Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March 2018

The blockbuster science exhibition from Te Papa and Weta Workshop is on at Auckland Zoo this summer. 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 years old are 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

Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room at Auckland Art Gallery

Picture: Yayoi Kusama: The obilteration room at Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Saturday 3 March to Monday 2 April 2018

The obliteration room is a family-friendly  installation by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama.  Beginning as a stark white interior in December, it encourages you to transform the space with a rainbow of brightly coloured dots. Watch as, over time, a dizzying blur of colour is built up by visitors applying brightly coloured stickers in various sizes to every surface.
Read about Auckland for Kids visit to the obilteration room here

Cost: FREE


Knot Touch at NZ Maritime Museum

NZ Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Saturday 3 March to Sunday April 29 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

An installation by Jae Kang that invites visitors to touch and play.Cost: FREE for Aucklanders.

Sunday Events

Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2018

Picture: Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2018

Start at Quay Street, Auckland and finish at Vellenoweth Green, Tamaki Drive, St Heliers, Auckland
Sunday 4 March 2018: 9:00am to 2:30pm
Facebook: roundthebays

One of the world’s largest fun runs and New Zealand’s largest mass participation sporting event, the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays fun run attracts more than 30,000 participants. With an emphasis on fun, the course promises entertainment to cheer you on along the way – whether you’re walking, jogging or running the 8.4km journey from the city along the waterfront to St Heliers Bay.

Tickets: Children 4 and under $5; Children 5 to 15 $15 to $30; Adults $22 to $40


Children’s Day at Stardome Editors Pick

Picture: Children's Day at Stardome - AUCKAND FOR KIDS

Stardome, 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Auckland map
Sunday 4 March 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Bring your little aliens to Stardome for a fun family day exploring the universe!  Includes short planetarium shows running every 30 minutes, rocket launching, solar telescopes and loads of science fun! (Please note that some of these experiences are weather permitting).

Cost: $2 per person


Orewa Beach Kindergarten Ducky Derby

Picture: Orewa Beach Kindergarten Duck Derby - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Orewa Beach Kindergarten, 214 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa map
Sunday 4 March 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm

Come along for OBK’s annual fundraiser racing hundreds of rubber ducks down the Orewa Estuary. You can be in to win amazing prizes including an hour flight on the police helicopter, $500 or a two night getaway. Facepainting, food, drinks, games, bouncy castle, raffles, live entertainment and more at this family fun day out.

Cost: FREE entry


Devonport Family Fun Trail


Windsor Reserve Devonport, Auckland
Sunday 4 March 2018: 11:00am to 1:00pm
Registrations between 10am – 11am at Windsor Reserve, event concludes at Devonport Museum at 1pm. 
Devonport Peninsula Trust

This year’s theme is “Pastimes, now and then”. There will be games and challenges along the way for you to complete. Some are children’s games and some are played by people of all ages. Many of these are games the people of Devonport have played for a long time – one of the games has been played here for about 700 years!  There will be a sausage sizzle and spot prizes to finish.

Cost: FREE event


Flotilla Whau 2018

Picture: Flotilla Whau 2018

Archibald Park, Auckland
Sunday 4 March 2018: 8:30am to 2:00pm
Flotilla WHAU

A whanau friendly event with opportunities for all to get out on the local Whau waterway in a raft, kayak, boat etc or enjoy festivities on land and meet your local community.  If you are coming in your own vessel. remember to bring your lifejacket or contact Flotilla WHAU to book a place on a raft at On shore there’s a Cultural Food festival, games, art and a water slide – so bring your togs, sunscreen & water bottle.


Auckland Brit & Euro Classic Car Show

Picture: Auckland Brit & Euro Classic Car Show event - Auckland for Kids

Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, Auckland
Sunday 4 March 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm

Brit & Euro Classic Car Show

Free family-friendly event and admire some of the most beautiful classic cars in town. There’ll be plenty of food and drink to purchase for hungry bellies, and activities for families next door as part of the Howick Historical Village’s Children’s Day celebration.

Cost: FREE event


World Sport Stacking Association NZ (WSSA NZ)

Picture: World Sport Stacking Association NZ (WSSA NZ) at Murray's Bay Intermediate School

Murrays Bay Intermediate School Hall, 37 Sunrise Avenue, Murrays Bay, North Shore, Auckland map
Sunday 4 March 2018: 9:30am to 5:00pm

Fun family event where Spectators may join the sport stackers, instructors and volunteers.. This is the first sport stacking tournament of the year in New Zealand and members of the NZ Black Stacks are looking to record some fast times before heading off to Orlando, USA for the World Sport Stacking Championships next month.There will be a table set up with cups, mats and timers for spectators to have a go with volunteers there to show you how to stack in sequence. The WSSA NZ looks forward to seeing you at this fun, family event.

Cost: FREE for spectators. Competitors need to register online.