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What’s on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018

What's on this weekend

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

Saturday Events

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.

Cost: FREE


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
Te Ngira

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.

Cost: FREE


APO 4 Kids

Picture: 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 StreetFEST

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 


Saturday and Sunday Events


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




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). 

Saturday and Sunday Events 

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.

Cost: FREE


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: Preschoolers 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

 Sunday Events

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