July School Holidays
What's On - Thursday 14 July 2016
The best of What's On in the winter school holidays in
Auckland for Kids
Tūrama Matariki Light Show
Lorne Street Concourse, Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland
Thursday 14 to Friday 15 July 2016: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Come to town for a magical evening of wonder and transformation to see Matariki brought to life through art, Kapa haka, drummers, fire poi, puppet show and a 3D light and sound show on the St James building in Lorne Street.
Cost: FREE event
Peter Rabbits and Friends High Tea at Howick Historical Village
Howick Historical Village, Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga
Thursday 14 July 2016: Noon to 1:30pm FULLY BOOKED
Includes Savouries and Sweets, Lemonade or juice and Fruit and Vegetables, Story Time session with Beatrix and a photograph with Peter.
Cost: $15 per child
Highwic Holiday Fun - Baking On the Coal Range
Highwic, 40 Gillies Avenue, Epsom, Auckland
Thursday 14 July 2016: 11:00am to Noon and 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Highwic - Heritage New Zealand
Highwic’s beautifully restored coal range will be fired up again on for another kitchen-based baking activity. There will be two sessions for this activity in which kids will be able to do some baking on the coal range – just like their great-grandmothers did a hundred years ago. Baking activity is suitable for children 5 years and over. Space is limited so booking is essential.
Cost: Child $8; Adult $10
Aotea Square Snow Dome
Aotea Square, Auckland
Thursday 14 July to Sunday 24 July 2016: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Aucklander’s can play in snow as the giant Snow Dome makes its home in Aotea Square for the school holidays. Towering at an impressive 5 metres in height and over 8 metres in width the Snow Dome is chocka with snow (3-4 cubic metres to be exact) and offers a magical playground for up to 30 people at a time.
Cost: $5 per person for 30 minutes.
Aotea Square Ice Rink School Holiday Snow Foam Party
Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Thursday 14 July 2016: 10:30am to 1:30pm
It’s the school holidays and snow foam falls on the ice three times a day between 11am and 1pm. Come experience the magic.
Ice Rink Tickets (including skate hire): Children: $15 (under 12 years), Adults:$20, Family pass: $55 (2 adults and 2 children)
Ice Slide Tickets: $7.50 for three rides, $10 for five rides, $5 for five rides after 6pm
Combo Ticket for skate hire and 5 Ice Slide rides: Children: $15, Adults $27.00
Drop-in Craft Activity for Kids
Lake House Arts Centre, 37 Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, Auckland
Thursday 14 July to Friday 15 July 2016: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Cost: FREE - Gold coin donation
Pan Pacific Youth Harmony Festival TEENAGER EVENT
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Thursday 14 July 2016
The Pan Pacific Youth Harmony Festival is a brand new festival celebrating all things a cappella! From 13-14 July 2016, the festival will take over the Aotea Centre with workshops and concerts, as well as competitions for both barbershop quartets and a cappella groups.
Visit www.panpacificharmony.com to register as a contestant, sign up for a workshop, or find out more!
COST: Ticketed programmes from $10 for students and $20 for adults,
Showcase of Champions $5-$10 door entry
A4 Downtown, 12 Queens Sreet, Auckland
Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 July 2016: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Together build the largest interactive public marble run the city has seen. Take on gravity and collaborate to create your composition. Set the marbles free through a sound activated journey.
Astro-University at Stardome
Stardome, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
Thursday 14 to Friday 15 July 2016: 10:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm shows
Monday 18 to Friday 22 July 2016: 10:00am, 1:00pm and 2:00pm shows
Explore the different study options that link to space science and launch an out-of-this-world career at Stardome’s Astro-University school holiday programme. Watch the planetarium show Solar System Odyssey or We are Astronomers then have fun with the interactive activities exploring different areas of science study.
Cost: Kids $12; Adults $10
North West Shopping Centre, 1/7 Fred Taylor Drive, Westgate, Auckland
Thursday 14 July 10:00am to 3:00pm and 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Open until Sunday 24 July 2016
Head to NorthWest Shopping Centre’s Winter Wonderland to experience FREE ice skating for school kids aged 5 to 12 years old
Science Roadshow at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Thursday 14 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Explore the amazing 2016 Science Roadshow, with its gigantic “sound wave” BBQ that examines the concepts of sound and 60+ interactive exhibits.
Look at the physical and chemical properties of different substances such as metals and fabrics and how these are put to everyday use. Step inside a wind tunnel to experience gale force winds, pump yourself up on an air jack or even test how fast you can throw a ball using the speed ball radar, there's plenty to do for both young and old.
Cost: Usual admission applies. Family passes (2 adults, 4 children) $40.
Doing our bit - Kids on the Home Front
Auckland Museum, Maunsell Road, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Thursday 14 to Friday 15 July 2016: 10:30am, 11:30am and 1:00pm sessions
Monday 18 to Friday 22 July 2016: 10:30am, 11:30am and 1:00pm sessions
Have fun discovering how kids in the First World War made a big difference! Step back 100 years for a day in the life of school children, guided by actors. You'll get to do some fundraising with specially created games - collecting scrap, bottles and even eggs. Children under 8 mus be accompanied by an adult. Bookings recommended at ticket desks, +64 9 306 7048 or aucklandmuseum.com. Meet in the Atrium.
Cost: $10 per child plus $3 booking fee (Accompanying adults are free and do not need ticket.)
Dexter's Amazing African Adventure at TAPAC
The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs
Thursday 14 July 2016: 1:30pm performance
Shows are on daily except Sunday's until Friday 22 July 2016
Dexter loves animals. And he loves visiting the zoo. In fact, sometimes he wishes he could live there. So when a bratty baboon convinces him to swap places for the night, Dexter doesn’t need to think twice.
Tickets: Children $15; Adults $15; Family pass (four people) $55.
Centre Court, Pakuranga Plaza
Thursday 14 July 2016: 10:30am to 1:30pm
Use your craft skills to make a dog tug toy. And when you are done you can either take it home for your pooch or donate it to the SPCA where their dogs and puppies will enjoy them.. Book at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978 9101. If there are spaces available on the day they will also accept walk ins.
Cost: Gold coin donation welcomed for SPCA
Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland
Thursday 14 July 2016: 10:30am and 2:00pm performances
Shows on until Saturday 23 July 2016
Spike Milligan’s all-time favourite story comes to life in a new stage show by Tim Bray Productions. Share Tim and Rose’s madcap adventure through the great black forest and into Badjelly’s castle.
Cost: Tickets: Children and Adults $22 to $25
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Thursday 14 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
These July holidays, complete an adventurous self-guided training course through Auckland Zoo’s African savannah to graduate from the Zoo’s Ranger Academy.
There are six great challenges (from fitness and monitoring animal movements to animal identification and poaching prevention) to practice on your training course – skills and conservation knowledge rangers must possess to help animals in the wild.
Rangers 'Rae' and 'Raf' will be there to guide you through and give you pointers along the way to help you become an official ranger.
Cost: Normal Zoo admission prices apply. Friends of the Zoo, free.
Explore Dory's World at Kelly Tarlton's
Kelly Tarlton's SEALIFE Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Thursday 14 July 2016 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Become an ocean explorers on an underwater Finding Dory adventure at Kelly Tarlton's. There will be an interactive quiz trail that will entertain the kids as they learn about conservation and protecting Dory’s home. Plus there will be an interactive playroom with load of fintastic Finding Dory activities and plush toys waiting to be discovered.
Online entry: Kids under 2 are FREE; Child $17; Adult $31: Family $55 to $79
Walkup price: Kids under 2 are FREE; Child $22; Adult $39: Family $75 to $110
Guardians of the Sea: July School Holiday Programme
New Zealand Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Thursday 14 to Friday 22 July 2016: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Guardians of the Sea show:
Watch and hear the stories of the Taniwha in this glow in the dark puppet show.
Making a Taniwha:
Used recycled materials to make your own Taniwha, kaitiaki (guardian) of the sea.
Cost: Activities are $10 (Also available are sailings on Ted Ashby for an additional $10)
Little Growers School Holiday Activity at Kings Plant Barn
Kings Plant Barns in Auckland:
11 Porana Road, Glenfield
1 Forest Hill Road, Forrest Hill
Cnr Main Highway & East Coast Road, Silverdale
236 Orakei Road, Remuera
118 Asquith Avenue, St Lukes
280 Botany Road, Botany
163 Airfield Road, Takanini
224 Universal Drive, Henderson
Kings Plant Barn, Thursday 14 July 2016: 10:00am to Noon
Kings Plant Barn
Create and grow your grass head monster.
Cost: Gold coin donations to help SPCA.
The Brick Man Experience
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
Thursday 14 July 2016: 9:30am to 3:00pm
On daily until Sunday 24 July 2016
New Zealand's largest exhibition of LEGO® works. The kids will enjoy 60 exhibits with their own unique behind-the-scenes stories, including original drawings and sketches, interactive zones and over 5 million LEGO® bricks.
Tickets: Kids under 4 are FREE: Kids aged 4 to 16 are $19; Adults $29; Family $89
Get Creative with Monty at Westfield St Lukes & WestCity
Westfield St Lukes AND Westfield WestCity
Thursday 14 to Friday 15 July 2016:10:30am to 2:00pm
Let your creativity run wild and enjoy some monkeying around. Create a 3D Monty the Monkey mask, make a Monty puppet and play Monty's World games.
Make a Finding Dory themed aquarium at Westfield Albany & Manukau
Westfield Albany AND Westfield Manukau
Thursday 14 to Friday 15 July 2016: 10:30am to 2:30pm
Make your very own Finding Dory-themed aquarium, complete with your favourite underwater characters from the movie, then take it home to just keep swimming.
AHOY! Pirates and Mermaids
Sky Tower, Corner Victoria St West & Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Thursday 14 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Get dressed up and join in the activities up the Sky Tower.
* Find your pirate or mermaid name and then explore the Sky Tower.
* Walk the indoor plank - 220 meters above the ground!
* Strike a pose at the photo station, and in be in to win.
Entry: Children 5 and under are FREE; Children aged 6 to 14 years $11; Adults $28;
Family (2 adults and 2 children) $61.
Bounce & Beyond Great Inflatable Challenge
Bounce and Beyond, 10a Kerwyn Avenue, East Tamaki
Thursday 14 to Sunday 24 July 2016: 11:00am to Noon
Great Inflatable Challenge - Climb up, slide down, run around, and have fun on the massive inflatables. Collect a stamp when you and your kids complete each inflatable challenge, as a team or individual.There are heaps of great prizes up for grab as well.
Cost: Kids under 12 months are $4; Kids aged 1 to 4 years $8; Kids aged 5 years and over $16; Adult bouncers $16; Adult spectators FREE
Spookers for Kids - Taste of Terror
Spookers, 833 Kingseat Road, Karaka, Auckland
Thursday 14 to Saturday 23 July 2016 11:00am to 4:00pm
A tour of the Spookers Haunted House with 1 in character tour guide, and a self-guided tour of Disturbia in 3D. Strictly R.8 years
Cost: Kids: $20; Adults $25; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $70
Spookers for Kids - Creepers
Spookers, 833 Kingseat Road, Karaka, Auckland
Thursday 14 July 2016: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
A night tour of the Spookers Haunted House with 1 in character tour guide, and a self-guided tour of Disturbia in 3D. Strictly R.8 years
Cost: Kids: $25; Adults $30; Family (2 adults and 2 children) $90
Warm Up These School Holidays at Butterfly Creek
Butterfly Creek, Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland
Thursday 14 July for Friday 15 July 2016: 11:00am to 2:30pm
Fun daily activities at Butterfly Creek for the holidays:
11:00 am to 2:30pm Dino Mask Making
12:30pm and 1:30pm Dino Show learn all about dinosaurs from Dinomite the walking dinosaur.
Cost: Usual admission fees apply.