July School Holidays
What's on - Wednesday 20 July 2016
The best of What's On in the winter school holidays in
Auckland for Kids
Silo Park, Corner of Beaumont Street and Jellicoe Street, Auckland
Wednesday 20 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
Highwic Holiday Fun - Baking On the Coal Range
Highwic, 40 Gillies Avenue, Epsom, Auckland
Wednesday 20 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
Young photographers workshop
Auckland Zoo, Western Springs
Wednesday 20 July 2016: 9:30am to 2:30pm
This workshop is run by a Zoo photography tutor as well as an experienced Zoo guide who can share all the coolest stories about the animals and take the kids to meet one of our special animals up close. Bookings required.
Ages: 10 to 14 years old
Cost: $95 (Book more than one child and save 10%.)
Make Gingerbread Treats on the Coal Range
Huia Lodge, Cornwall Park Information Centre, Cornwall Park Puriri Dr, Epsom, Auckland
Wednesday 20 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.
McCahon House Museum, 67 Otitori Bay Road, TItirangi
Wednesday 20 July 2016: 10:30 to Noon
Tutor Alice NG will guide you to explore cubism paintings by Colin McCahon and to experiment with a variety of materials to build, collage and construct cubism artwork to take home. Workshops based on Cubism workshops produced by artist Martin Langdon for Auckland Art Gallery. All materials are provided.
Ages: 6 to 10 together with their parent or guardian.
Cost: $15 per child plus booking fees (accompanying adult free)
Drop in Gallery Time for Kids at Northart - Pacific Paper Cut Outs
Northart, Norman King Square, Northcote, New Zealand
Wednesday 20 July 2016: 10:30am to Noon and 1:00pm to 2:30pm sessions
Gallery Time for Kids/Holiday programme
Using paper cut outs and crayon and dye as well as collage make exciting Pacific themed artworks. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
Bookings required call 09 480 9633 or email Helena.Oh@northart.co.nz.
Cost: Entry by donation.
Aotea Square Ice Rink and Ice Slide
Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Wednesday 20 July 2016: Noon to 10:00pm
Bring your friends and family to skate amongst the downtown buzz and experience the magic of your very own winter playground in Aotea Square. There’s also a Penguins Kids Zone, especially for young children to learn to skate in a safe and fun environment. This will be the perfect place for beginner skaters to get their confidence up before graduating to the main rink.
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
Dexter's Amazing African Adventure at TAPAC
The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs
Wednesday 20 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.
Toyworld Lego Free Event
Wednesday 20 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
Fun activities, games and prizes. Register here as places are limited
Suitagle for ages: 4 to 10 years.
Astro-University at Stardome
Stardome, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
Wednesday 20 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
Doing our bit - Kids on the Home Front
Auckland Museum, Maunsell Road, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Wednesday 20 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.)
Aotea Square Snow Dome
Aotea Square, Auckland
Wednesday 20 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.
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, Auckland
Wednesday 20 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
Wednesday 20 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.
Free Cool Holiday Fun - Ice Skating at Hunters Plaza
Hunters Plaza, 217 Great South Road, Papatoeote, Auckland
Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 July 2016: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Rated 100% green, it’s the latest European designed artificial ice rink. This is an exciting opportunity for your little ones to take part in a sport they might otherwise never try. The surface has 97% the same gliding performance as real ice, so it’s perfect for beginners and children over the age of 5.
Skates, helmets and gloves provided free for use.
Warm Up These School Holidays
Butterfly Creek, Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland
Wednesday 20 July for Friday 22 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
1:30pm Dino Show learn all about dinosaurs from Dinomite the walking dinosaur.
Cost: Usual admission fees apply.
The Brick Man Experience
ASB Showgrounds, Auckland
Wednesday 20 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
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Centrestage Theatre, 60 Centreway Rd, Orewa
Wednesday 20 July 2016: 7:00pm show
More shows on until Saturday 23 July 2016
Bring the family to the youth production of Joseph these holidays. Set to an exciting range of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale will be fun for everyone.
Get Creative with Monty at Westfield Albany & Manukau
Westfield Albany AND Westfield Manukau
Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 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 St Lukes, Newmarket & WestCity
Westfield St Lukes AND Westfield Newmarket AND Wesfield WestCity
Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 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.
Explore Dory's World at Kelly Tarlton's
Kelly Tarlton's SEALIFE Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Wednesday 20 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
Wednesday 20 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)
AHOY! Pirates and Mermaids
Sky Tower, Corner Victoria St West & Federal Street, Auckland CBD
Wednesday 20 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.
North West Shopping Centre, 1/7 Fred Taylor Drive, Westgate, Auckland
Wednesday 20 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
Bounce & Beyond Great Inflatable Challenge
Bounce and Beyond, 10a Kerwyn Avenue, East Tamaki
Wednesday 20 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