The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids
Tirotiro Whetū — Predawn Stargazing Matariki event
Arataki Vistor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi
Saturday 7 July 2018: 6:00am to 8:00am
Join the Auckland Astronomical Society and maramataka expert, Rereata Makiha, for a very special stargazing event. Observe the Matariki cluster and other celestial objects which are an integral part of traditional navigation techiques. Learn the legend of Puanga, the star that heralds the New Year for Te Kawerau a Maki.
Telescopes and binoculars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. A light breakfast will be provided. Bookings required. Call 09 892 4789.
Cost: FREE event.
Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge
Auckland Harbour Bridge
Saturday 7 July 2018: From 6pm-midnight every hour on the hour
Also on Friday 13, Saturday 14, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July 2018
Te Kawerau a Maki collaborate with the Vector Lights Project to tell the story of their ancestor, Maki, through the lighting of Auckland Harbour Bridge.
The Kids Only Market
Pt Chev Community Centre in cahoots with The Creative Kids Collective
Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 7 July 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Come along to the market where kids run the stalls for other kids and adults! Kids can sell, swap, barter and free cycle their old stuff or make and create to showcase their own talents and skills. Busking children are encouraged! Coffee for adults is a essential element for a fun market so we promise to have it on tap. For a free stall email Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday and Sunday events
Night at Auckland Museum - Secrets....shhh!
Auckland Museum, Atrium Entrance, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July 2018: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Things are going bump in the night at Auckland Museum. Voices are heard. Shadows are moving. The objects are coming to life!
Grab a torch, wander the darkened galleries and come face to face with a multitude of characters with stories to tell. You may meet a dinosaur, a Pacific navigator, a suffragette, an ancient Egyptian servant, a warrior princess, a statue with attitude, a nurse, some soldiers and a whole lot more. Who knows what you might discover!
Rosie the Head Night Custodian and her team will sneak you in and give you the lowdown. Rumour has it that Bob Tickbox, the Health & Safety Manager, is on the prowl ensuring that nosey visitors don’t get inside. You may want to come disguised as a security guard, cleaner or even a Museum object in case you bump into him...
Tickets: Earlybird (until Sat 16 June) $25; Standard online $30; Door sales if available $35
Science Roadshow @ MOTAT
MOTAT, 806 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Celebrating 30 years of science on the roads of New Zealand, the Science Roadshow is making a stop at MOTAT for the July school holidays. There are hands-on science experiments, activities and live demonstrations including some brain-stretching, stomach-churning, and mind-blowing learning. Uncover the science behind temperature and learn about chemical reactions in the “Fire & Ice” live show. Discover the fascinating science of biology in “Am I Living”.
Cost: Normal MOTAT admission fees apply
Kahurangiariki Smith: MāoriGrl
Depot Artspace, 28 Clarence Street, Devonport map
Saturday 7 July 2018: 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday 8 July 2018: 11am - 3pm
MāoriGrl combines installation of a whare (house) and a video game to reinvent the story of Hine-tītama /Hine-nui-te-pō, the woman who became the goddess of death in Māori mythology. The game MāoriGrl serves as a contrasting visual reference to this story, with bright colours, a nostalgic wide-screen format, and abstract landscapes to create a naïve atmosphere in the gaming world.
Aotea Square, 50 Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 7 July to Sunday 22 July 2018: Lit from 5:00pm nightly
Pou Rama will illuminate the lower grass terrace of Aotea Square. Pou Rama (Light Posts), features a series of free-standing light structures. Designed by Storybox, in collaboration with visual artist Desna Whaanga-Schollum (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Pahauwera). These are inspired by pouwhenua (land symbols of support) and represent creative wairua (inspiration), which is generated from te taiao (the environment). The whakairo designs express cycles of creativity and connections to place.
BODY WORLDS Vital Last weekend
Hilton Auckland Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland, New Zealand map
Saturday 7 July 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).
Secret World of Butterflies
Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 7 July 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
Accelerate: Driving New Zealand
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 7 July 2018 onwards: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Delve into the past, present and future of New Zealand’s relationship with vehicles. Accelerate brings a new perspective to the MOTAT road transport collection while exploring the technologies, social impacts, and culture associated with automobiles. It revisits some of the museum’s most cherished vehicles, whilst introducing new cars and the stories of the people who love them. This one’s for the petrol heads, tech enthusiasts, history buffs, and future thinkers alike.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply.
Manu Aute Kite Day
Sunday 8 July 2018
10am to 4pmTakaparawhau Reserve / Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, 19 Hapimana Street, Orakei map AND
11am to 4pm: Pukewīwī / Winstone Park, 1129 Dominion Road, Mt Roskill map AND
Noon to 4pm: Manu Tukutuku / Randwick Park 137 Shifnal Drive, Manurewa map
Manu Aute Kite Day celebrates the universal tradition of kite flying across Tāmaki Makaurau, with events happening simultaneously in Ōrākei, Puketāpapa (Mt Roskill) and Manurewa. Watch the sky fill with kites of all shapes and sizes, symbolically connecting heaven and earth. There are plenty of opportunities for kite flyers of all ages to send their messages to the heavens.
Cost: FREE event