Theatre and shows for families
Our pick of best shows, theatre and concerts in 2018
for children and families in Auckland, New Zealand
The Cat in the Hat October school holiday show
Bruce Mason Centre, 1 The Promenade, Takapuna,
Saturday 29 September 2018: 10:30am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm shows
The Cat in the Hat is a much-loved children's literature classic by Dr Seuss and now a zany, imaginative play coming to Auckland. "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the cat will fill the theatre with mischievous humour and madcap style. Young and old alike will delight in this faithful adaptation of a classic book come to life before our very eyes. Spoiler alert: Things run amuck, and quickly.
Tickets: Premium $35; Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) $110
Auckland Museum Event Centre, Auckland Museum
Tuesday 2 October to Friday 5 October 2018: 11:00am and 2:00pm shows
These school holidays experience this hilarious award-winning production set in an enchanting natural world. In this wordless child-friendly performance be delighted as two hapless puppeteers take upbeat absurdity, slapstick and silliness to new heights! Caterpillars has been loved by audiences throughout Europe and Asia.
Tickets: $25 per person. Entry includes face-painting and activities.
Beauty & The Beast
TAPAC The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, 100 Motions Road
Tuesday 2 October to Friday 19 October 2018
TAPAC & The Stage Company present a colourful and clever adaptation of the classic fairy-tale that will delight audiences of all ages. This is Beauty & the Beast as you’ve never seen it before! With contemporary music, a gutsy heroine, plenty of comedic moments and sumptuous baroque-era costumes, this original production of the age-old love story is set to enthrall and inspire a new generation.
Beauty & the Beast’s themes are as relevant as ever. Look beyond the superficial; dare to be different; love is stronger than hate; believe in magic; and never stop learning remain valuable life lessons for us all.
Tickets: $10 to $23
Goldilocks on Trial
Hawkins Youth Theatre Company, 13 Ray Small Drive, Papakura, Auckland
Wednesday 3 to Sunday 7 October 2018
Hawkins Youth Theatre Company
Goldilocks on Trial tells the story of how it went after Goldilocks ran away from the Bear's house. It is full to the brim with boisterous characters and fantastic exaggerations. It pushes truth into the wings, and brings ensemble work and physical expression to the centre stage.
Tickets: Children, Students and Seniors $10; Adult $17
Second Thoughts by HighJinx Aerial Arts Youth Company
The Composer is Dead - A Symphonic Murder Mystery
METAMORPHOSIS by BoyzDance2 Tempo Dance Festival
Q Theatre, Queen Street, Auckland CBD
Sunday 7 October 2018: 6:00pm and 8;30pm performances.
From international choreographers and former BoyzDance2 members, METAMORPHOSIS brings to the stage four electric new creations alongside a retrospective of BoyzDance2’s most significant works to celebrate the network’s 20th anniversary.
Tickets: Children and Students $19.95; Adult $29.95; Family of 4 $22.45 each.
APO 4 Kids Christmas
Auckland Town Hall, Auckland CBD
Saturday 1 December 2018: 10:00am and 11:30am performances
The Trusts Arena, Henderson
Sunday 16 December 2018: 10:00am and 11;30am performances
A great time with the orchestra featuring your favourite Christmas songs and a visit from Santa Claus - APO 4 Kids Christmas is the best way to get into the spirit of the most wonderful time of year!
The Nutcracker performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
The Civc, Queen Street, Auckland
Thursday 6 December and Friday 7 December 2018: 7:30pm performance
Saturday 8 December 2018: 1:30pm and 7:30pm performances
Sunday 9 December 2018: 3:00pm performance
Christmas comes but once a year, and for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Christmas 2018 will be extra special, as they stage a national tour of The Nutcracker for the first time since 2010. Offering festive enchantment for all ages, this is a Christmas gift for all the family.
Tickets: Children $25 to $50; Student and Seniors $34.20 to $135; Adults $38 to $150
Mad Hatter's Tea Party December school holiday event
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 December 2018: 11:00am and 2:00pm performances
Saturday 22 December 2018: 11:00am and 7:00pm performances
Sunday 23 December 2018: 11:00am and 6:00pm performances
Welcome to the Funatorium! Hats on! Tea poured! Silly faces at the ready! You’re invited to the best tea party in town with the biggest tricks, larger-than-life characters and the catchiest tunes.
Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, enter a weird and wonderful world with incredible acrobatics, circus, singing, dancing and roller skates! Head down the rabbit hole to a psychedelic tea party with popping toadstools in a vast grassy space. Meet a plate-spinning hare, grinning Cheshire Cat, The Queen of Hearts and a cheeky Spanish flamingo who all bring hilarious antics to the stage.
Recommended for ages 5+
Tickets: Children $19 to $33; Adults $21 to $39