July School Holidays
What's On - Wednesday 13 July 2016
The best of What's On in the winter school holidays
in Auckland for Kids
Magical Dream Jars
Glen Eden Library, 12-32 Glendale Road, Glen Eden, Auckland
Wednesday 13 July 2016: 10:30am to 11:30am
Glen Eden Library
Celebrate Roald Dahl's 100th year with a fun craft activity. Make your own dream jar and compete in the BFG Quiz.
Badjelly the Witch by Spike Milligan
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland
Wednesday 13 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
Silo Park, Corner of Beaumont Street and Jellicoe Street, Auckland
Wednesday 13 July 2016: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Bubs on Bikes
Learning to ride a two-wheeler is one of those big childhood milestones, and being a part of that experience as a parent is a thrill. However, if you are wondering how to get started, or experiencing a few bumps try one of these #Learn2Ride sessions. Qualified instructors work along side parents to get kids riding, whether they are starting on a balance bike or making the transition to pedals.
If your child doesn't yet have a bike but is keen to give it a go, there will be bikes available on a limited basis. Sessions are weather dependent and on a drop in basis.
Cost: FREE event
North West Shopping Centre, 1/7 Fred Taylor Drive, Westgate, Auckland
Wednesday 13 July 10:00am to 3:00pm
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
Drop-in Craft Activity for Kids
Lake House Arts Centre, 37 Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna, Auckland
Wednesday 13 July to Friday 15 July 2016: 10.00am to 2.00pm
Cost: FREE - Gold coin donation
Speed Stacks at Northcote Library
Northcote Library, 2 Ernie Mays Street, Northcote
Wednesday 13 July 2016: 1:00pm
Sport Stacking with the Black Stacks.
Science Roadshow at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road & Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Wednesday 13 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 grouped into seven key themes – Pressure, My Body, Gathering and Interpreting Data, Observations, Movement and Earth Science.
The roadshow will also take a 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
Make Gingerbread Treats on the Coal Range Oven
Huia Lodge, Cornwall Park Information Centre, Cornwall Park Puriri Dr, Epsom, Auckland
Wednesday 13 July 2016: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Decorate and bake your own gingerbread treat in our coal range oven. Register on arrival to secure your place for this very popular activity. Suitable for ages 5 years and up. Parent supervision required.
Doing our bit - Kids on the Home Front
Auckland Museum, Maunsell Road, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Wednesday 13 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
Wednesday 13 July 2016: 10:30am 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.
Pan Pacific Youth Harmony Festival TEENAGERS
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Wednesday 13 to 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
Highwic Holiday Fun - Puppets On Strings
Ballroom, Highwic House, 40 Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland
Wednesday 13 July 2016: 11:00am to 11:45am and 1:30pm to 2:15pm
See Auckland's very own Puppet Man - John Rew and his famous puppet show - Puppets On Strings. The traditional marionette string puppets come to life as the circus comes to you. Clowns, acrobats and animals perform to music, providing entertainment for all the family. The children love it and after the show get to have a turn with a puppet themselves and then enjoy exploring Highwic as they take part in a hunt around the house. There will be things to do in the award winning gardens, so bring a picnic.
Space is limited so booking is essential. Pay at the door when you arrive.
Cost: Kids $5; Adults $10
Aotea Square Ice Rink and Ice Slide
Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Wednesday 13 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
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Wednesday 13 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
Wednesday 13 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
The Brick Man Experience
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
Wednesday 13 July 2016: 9:30am to 4:00pm
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
Matariki Stories And Craft at Albany Village Library
Albany Village Library, Kell Drive, Albany
Wednesday 13 July 2016: 11:00am to Noon
Interactive storytime for school-aged children.
Astro-University at Stardome
Stardome, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
Wednesday 13 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
AHOY! Pirates and Mermaids
Sky Tower, Corner Victoria St West & Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Wednesday 13 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.
A4 Downtown, 12 Queens Sreet, Auckland
Wednesday 13 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.
ToyWorld Super Hero and Princess Fun
Wednesday 13 July 2016:
Toyworld Albany: 10:00am and 2:00pm
Toyworld Henderson: 10:00am
Toyworld Lynn Mall: 10:00am
Toyworld Manukau: 10:00am and 2:00pm
Toyworld Westgate: 10:00am
Dress up as your favourite Super Hero or Princess. Fun activities, games and prizes. Register here as places are limited
Decorate your own animal biscuits
Centre Court, Pakuranga Plaza
Wednesday 13 July 2016: 10:30am to 1:30pm
Create your own animal biscuit. Times will be 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 1pm. 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
Get Creative with Monty at Westfield St Lukes & WestCity
Westfield St Lukes AND Westfield WestCity
Wednesday 13 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
Wednesday 13 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.
Guardians of the Sea: July School Holiday Programme
New Zealand Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Wednesday 13 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)
Warm Up These School Holidays
Butterfly Creek, Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland
Wednesday 13 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.
Free Cool School Holiday Fun at Hunters Plaza
Hunters Plaza, 217 Great South Road, Papatoeote, Auckland
Wednesday 13 to Friday 22 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Mon – Fri 11am to 3pm Winter Wonderland (Bring your camera)
Mon – Fri 11am to 3pm Paint Our Community
Tues – Thur 11am to 3pm Animal Ride-ons
LEGO Experience at Lynnmall
Lynnmall, 3058 Great North Road, New Lynn
Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 July 2016: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Come and explore a creative play experience with LEGO bricks, featuring a number of challenges to showcase your imagination and building skills and meet your favourite LEGO character.