Theatre and shows for families
Our pick of best shows, theatre and concerts in 2018
for children and families in Auckland, New Zealand
Stables Theatre, Corner Main Highway and Arthur Street, Ellerslie
Thursday 15 to Saturday 24 March 2018
Roald Dahl’s scariest book The Witches is brought to life by Ellerslie Theatrical Society in a tremendously terrifying treat for the whole family.
Tickets: Concession $23; Adult $25
The Drums of Fire Auckland Arts Festival Event
Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 March 2018: 8:00pm ot 9:00pm
Sunday 25 March 2018: 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Take to the streets and be swept along by Deabru Beltzak's pulsating interative street theatre, a visceral outdoor procession of drumming and fireworks. The performers will follow a route around the CBD, beginning in one location and ending in another. Bring walking shoes and join them on foot for what promises to be a street parade like no other.
Cost: FREE live event
Chop Chop Hiyaaa! Auckland Arts Festival Event
Warkworth Town Hall
Friday 23 March 2018: 11:00am
Wellsford District Community Centre
Friday 23 March 2018: 4:00pm
Clevedon Community Hall
Saturday 24 March 2018: 11:00am
Waiuku Memorial Town Hall
Saturday 24 March 2018: 4:00pm
Anika Moa hits the road with the terrifically cheeky, wonderfully naughty and magical world of Chop Chop Hiyaaa!, where witches and taniwha gobble you up and rats are naughty ninjas! Born out of long nights, long car drives and long temper tantrums from her three boys, music from Anika's wildly successful Songs For Bubbas albums full of irresistible songs in both Te Reo Māori and English features in this wicked live show of singing, dancing and frightful fun. Anika will be sharing the stage with a special witchy friend to take your tamariki on a 45-minute rollercoaster ride of terrific stories, terrible taniwha and just good old-fashioned singalongs.
Tickets: $10 to $28
Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries
The Trusts Arena, Auckland
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April 2018: 10:00am and 1:00pm shows
Prices: $31.90 to $57.50 (Children under 12 months are free entry, provided they do not take a seat.)
Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Harlequin Musical Theatre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Howick
Wednesday 18 April to Sunday 22 April 2018
Children’s Musical Theatre Studio production of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr features children aged from 8 to 12 years and is a family show for all ages.
On a golden afternoon, young Alice follows a White Rabbit, who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow – and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland. Memorable songs and whimsical escapades highlight Alice’s journey, which culminates in a mad cap encounter with the Queen of Hearts and her army of playing cards.
Tickets: Children, Student and Seniors $20; Adults $25
Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Playhouse Theatre, 15 Glendale Road, Glen Eden
Friday 20 to Saturday 28 April 2018
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr. is a Playhouse Theatre Inc. Youth production - directed, produced and performed entirely by youth (under 25)
Tickets: $15 per person
The Perfect Gift
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
Wednesday 25 to Thursday April 2018: 11:00am and 2:00pm performances
Friday 27 to Saturday 28 April 2018: 11:00am and 6:30pm performances
A warm-hearted, adventurous LOL for kids of all ages! A band of brothers transform into dragon-fighting superheroes, and take a flying carpet ride to seek out the perfect birthday gift for their Mum.
Tickets: Child $19; Adult $25; Family of 4 ( 1 adult and 3 kids or 2 adults and 2 kids) $68
Stand up for Kids NZ International Comedy Festival event
Loft at Q Theatre
Saturday 5 May 2018: 3:00pm
Saturday 12 May 2018: 3:00pm
Saturday 19 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
The Snot Gobbler
Uxbridge Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, Auckland
Saturday 5 May 2018: 11:00am - Relaxed performance
Saturday 5 May 2018: 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.
APO 4 Kids
Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street, Auckland CBD
Saturday 5 May 2018: 10:00am and 11:30am performances
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 12 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.
Odd One Out
Bruce Mason Centre, The Promenade, Takapuna Beach, Auckland
Friday 1 June 2018: 10:00am; 11:30am and 1:00pm shows
A magical, playful story about embracing the odd one out. Three curious characters live a busy life in a world where everything has a purpose and a place… until one day things start to change. What will the characters do about the ‘odd one out’?
Recommended for ages 2 to 7 years
Tickets: Child $9; Adult $15
The Owl and The Pussycat July school holidays
The Wintergarden, The Civic, Queen Street, Auckland
Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 July 2018: 10:00am and 1:00pm performances
Sunday 15 July 2018: 9:30am and 11:30am performances
A beloved winter lullaby for children and adults alike! A purrfectly charming pussy cat falls for a lovelorn owl. Venture into our vintage kid’s jazz club for a rambunctious and captivating classic, told by the light of the silvery moon.
Recommended for ages 4 years plus.
Tickets: Child $19; Adult $25; Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids or 1 adult & 3 kids) $68
Big Bad Wolf July school holidays
Bruce Mason Centre. Takapuna, Auckland
Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 July 2018: 11:00am and 2:00pm show
Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July 2018: 11:00am and 6:30pm show
Are you afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? He does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and no friends, but a very brave girl strikes up an unlikely friendship with fairy tale history’s most misunderstood character.
Recommended for ages 5+
Tickets: Children $22; Adults $28; Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids or 1 adult and 3 kids)
The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child performed live by the APO
The Cat in the Hat
Brtuce Mason Centre, 1 The Promenade, Takapuna,
Saturday 29 September 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm
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.
The Composer is Dead - A Symphonic Murder Mystery
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
Saturday 6 October 2018: 2:00pm and 4:00pm
Follow the clues as the Inspector interrogates each section of the orchestra about what they were doing on the night of the murder. Hear the instruments defer the blame, present their alibis and offer up reasons why they could not have committed the crime.
Written by Lemony Snicket (author of A Series of Unfortunate Events) with music composed by Nathaniel Stookey, this symphonic murder mystery is an exciting and entertaining way to learn more about the instruments in the orchestra. A fun and interactive event for all the family!
Tickets: Child $25; Student $25; Adult and Senior $40; Family of 4: $27.50 each.
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018
A modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe.
Fabric dances in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky and an enormous canopy of silk floats above you. Merging circus and theatre with sculptural artistry and visual images seemingly sewn from the sky, this poetic ode to childhood will enchant the young and young at heart.
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
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