Theatre and shows for families
Our pick of best shows, theatre and concerts in 2018
for children and families in Auckland, New Zealand
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 Snot Gobbler 6 years plus
Te Pou Theatre, 44A Portgage Road, New Lynn map
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018
Like Slime? You'll love this! A new, family-friendly puppet show from the Chocolate Lantern Theatre Company. 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. Expect lots of fun, slime and laughter!
Tickets $12 to $18
The Owl and The Pussycat July school holiday event
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
Baby Baroque Free Kids' Concert July school holiday event
St Lukes Church, 130 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland
Saturday 14 July 2018: 10:30am to 11:30am
St Peter's Anglican Church, 11 Killarney Street, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 14 July 2018: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Introduce the children in your lives to the beautiful sounds of baroque music! Join NZ Barok & friends for a free, fun, dynamic one hour concert especially for children. Wave a scarf to a minuet, shake a shaker to a march and enjoy a happy music-filled hour.
Cost: FREE, bookings essential
Big Bad Wolf July school holiday event
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
Bruce 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 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