The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 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 5 May 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Sessions are weather dependent and run on a drop in basis.
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 alongside 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.
Stand up for Kids NZ International Comedy Festival event
Loft at Q Theatre
Saturday 5 May 2018: 3:00pm
The power of laughter is one infectious force - so bring your little heroes along to this action-packed giggle fest hosted by the hilarious Chris Parker (5 & 12 May) and Hayley Sproull (19 May). Stand Up for Kids is a family-friendly, interactive show aimed at 4 - 8 year olds, but suitable for kids slightly older and younger.Relax on a bean bag or grab a seat and let your laugh out for 50 minutes as comedians jive around the stage in ways that'll make you and your kids' bellies ache. Warning: adults have been known to enjoy these shows just as much as kids.
Tickets: $19.50 each
Neighbours Day Avondale
Avondale Community Centre, 99 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland
Saturday 5 May 2018: Noon to 3:30pm
Bring your whānau and friends down to the Avondale Community Centre on Saturday 5th May to share in a day of positivity and fun for FREE kai, games, arts and crafts, prizes and more.
Organised by The Salvation Army Oasis gambling support centre, there will also be opportunities to share your ideas on how we can tackle harmful gambling in the Avondale community.
APO 4 Kids
Auckland Town Hall
Saturday 5 May 2018: 10:00am and 11:30am performances
The eclectic farmyard inhabitants under the watch of Old MacDonald come to life, with actor Kevin Keys joining the orchestra for a day on a farm that's a little bit different than usual.
Papakura Town Centre, 182 Great South Road, Papakura
Saturday 5 May from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Papakura Town Centre
Fun Family Day at Papakura StreetFest. Part of the Street will be closed for performances, entertainment, market stalls and community groups.
Cost: Free Family Fun Day
The Snot Gobbler
Uxbridge Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, Auckland
Saturday 5 May 2018: 11:00am and 2:00pm
Sunday 6 May 2018: 2:00pm
A new, family-friendly puppet show from the Chocolate Lantern Theatre Company, The Snot-Gobbler tackles oft-avoided conversations in a magical and witty way, about children and families coping with illness and loss. Gotten-Gitten Von Schnauzelburger is a miserable old man who can’t stand to hear children happy, so he creates The Snot-Gobbler, a dirty, slimy rag that wipes the smiles from children’s faces. One day the pair wipes the smile from Jasper Petal but Jasper’s sister Rosie is tough and determined and goes on a quest to save the world from slime and misery and also find her brother’s lost smile.
Tickets: $12 to $18
The Big Hoot Auckland 2018 LAST WEEKEND
Various public locations around Auckland
Saturday 5 and 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.
BODY WORLDS Vital
Hilton Auckland Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland, New Zealand map
Saturday 5 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).
Brickman: Wonders of the World
Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 5 May to Sunday 13 May 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
LEGO® lovers look out! Ryan McNaught (aka Brickman) one of only fourteen LEGO Certified Professionals globally, will bring some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks to Auckland Museum.
Ryan McNaught and his team have spent a jaw-dropping 4,944 hours building the 50 LEGO masterpieces that will be on display including the Taj Mahal, Michelangelo’s Statue of David, The Great Wall of China, the Empire State Building (complete with King Kong), the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe.
Tickets: Preschoolders and toddlers under 3 are FREE; Children $13.50 (3-15 inclusive), Adults $24.50, Concession $19.50, Family (1 adult, 2 children) $46.50; Family (2 adults, 2 children) $67.50.
Weekends of Imagination: 3D Wall Art
MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 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.
Cost: Usual admission charges apply
General Collective Lifestyle and Design Market Day
ASB Showgrounds - Pavilion 3/4, 217 Greenlane West, Greenlane, Auckland
Sunday 6 May 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.
Entry: Kids under 15 years FREE; $2 per person.
Parking: FREE street parking on Puriri Drive and in Cornwall Park. Onsite paid parking available. Parking also available at Greenlane Clinical Centre.
North Shore Sport Stacking Club Meet Up
Bayswater Primary School Hall, 181 Bayswater Ave, Belmont, Auckland map
Sunday 6 May 2018: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
All sport stackers and those wanting to learn how to sport stack (cup stack) are welcome.Cups will be provided to those that don't have their own set and the meet up is FREE. Bring along your family and friends.In attendance will also be members of the NZ Black Stacks for expert advice. Coaching and tuition is available from the coaches in a total family and kids friendly environment.
Cost: FREE for everyone