The best of what's on this weekend
in Auckland for Kids
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
Wynyard Quarter is Celebrating Turning 7! Editors Pick
Wynyard Quarter, Auckand Central
Come celebrate with Wynyard Quarter!
Auckland’s favourite waterfront neighbourhood is turning seven and has a fun family day of free activities for your entertainment.
Greet the sun with sunrise tai chi, hop onboard the Auckland Tram for a sing-along with the Dixie band, join the circus with Cirque Du Silo, and bring your blankets and picnics to watch a movie at Silo Cinema!
From dawn till dusk, there’s something for everyone.
Cost: FREE event
Kids Gone Fishin'
Saturday 4 August 2018: 10:00am to Midday
Join the New Zealand Blue Light Team and fishing guru Graeme Sinclair to be part of the Celebrations of 7 years of Wynyard Quarter and Blue Light Fishing Days at the waterfront. Thanks to the support of Panuku Development Auckland and AA Insurance there are spot prizes, free bait, free handlines (limited number) and most importantly a chance to spend a morning out with the family. Bring along a rod, an adult, a sunhat (yes we have ordered the SUN!!) and a fun attitude.
Cost: It's all FREE ... so you there.
The Messy Magic Adventure
Secret World of Butterflies
Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 4 August 2018 onwards
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 4 August 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
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commeration
The Tropical House, Auckland Wintergarden. Auckland Domain, Auckland
Sunday 5 August 2018: 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Women's International League for Peace & Freedom Aotearoa
Commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There will be music, crane making, and lantern floating.
Cost: FREE family event
General Collective Lifestyle & Design Market
ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane Road West, Epsom, Auckland
Sunday 5 August 2018: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Showcasing an incredible line up of designers, makers and creatives from all over New Zealand with a focus on high quality and unique products. Lifestyle products, designer homewares, art, fashion, handmade toys + more! A family-friendly event with face painting and FREE kids colouring and LEGO stations. Auckland’s best street food vendors offer a mouthwatering spread of food along with coffee and wine bar.
Entry: $3 per person. Kids under 15 years FREE.
The Messy Magic Adventure
136 Birkdale Rd, Birkdale, Auckland
Sunday 5 August 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
The re:generate market is holding it's very first market on the North Shore. Come along to find some great bargains of pre-loved baby and kids gear! Save your wallet and our planet by shopping second hand.
Cost: FREE entry
2018 Auckland Regional Sport Stacking Tournament
Murrays Bay Intermediate School Hall, 37 Sunrise Ave, Murrays Bay, North Shore, Auckland
Sunday 5 August 2018: 9.45am to 4.30pm
The Auckland Regional Sport Stacking (cup stacking) Tournament is a fun family event happening at Murrays Bay Intermediate School hall on Sunday 05 August. Spectators may join the sport stackers, instructors and volunteers from 9.45am and door entry is FREE. 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.
Cost: FREE entry for all spectators