Weekend What's On
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 2017
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families in Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 1 July 2017: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Create art together in sessions inspired by art in the collection. There is no need to book. Suitable for kids aged 4 and up. All kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Russian Storytime at Albany Village Library
Albany Village Library, Albany
Saturday 1 July 2017: 10:30am
Special Russian storytime for children and families. Read stories and poems, play different characters in Russian folk tales, learn nursery rhymes, sing popular songs, dance and play musical instruments. Every session includes a short lesson about Russian alphabet and a homework page to take home.
Make: Build: Do at Te Atatū Peninsula Library
Te Atatu Peninsula Library, Te Atatu Peninsula
Saturday 1 July 2017: 11:00am to Noon
What can you make in one hour. Join in with the group of 9 to 12-year-olds at Te Atatū Peninsula Library to find out if you're up for the challenge. All resources provided, just turn up and make, build, do.
Bruce Ritchie Performing Arts Centre, Massey High School, 274 Don Buck Road, Massey, Auckland
Saturday 1 July 2017: 7:00pm
Join Waitakere Auckland Brass Band for an evening of Celtic music and entertainment. Listen to one of New Zealand's finest brass bands perform some of the world's most popular Celtic music alongside The Auckland Police Pipe Band.
South Auckland Rugby Fanzone
Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 1 July 2017: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Join fellow Auckland rugby fans to share the buzz of the second test in the DHL New Zealand Lions Series and watch all the rugby action live on a big screen at the South Rugby Fanzone, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau. There will be free entertainment and fun family-friendly activities including a bouncy castle and face-painting, as well as food and drink for sale. The Fanzone will be licensed but there will be a kids’ area with fun activities.
Cost: FREE entry
Saturday & Sunday Events
Matariki on the Waterfront Editors Pick
Silo Park, Corner of Beaumont Street and Jellico Street, Auckland CBD
Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July 2017
Celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year, at Silo Park. Experience an incredible light installation by Angus Muir Design, Food Space presents Puna Kai, the Mighty Matariki Markets, a UV Zone and loads more over the weekend.
Friday 30 June 2017: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July 2017: Noon to 5:00pm
The silos will be shining all weekend with the galaxy light installation and UV zone.
Saturday 1 July 2017: Noon to 5:00pm
Meander through all kinds of arts, crafts, clothing and other stalls at the Mighty Matariki Markets before tucking into some street food.
Sunday 2 July 2017: Noon to 5:00pm
Tune your taringas into a musical performance and enjoy your Sunday by the silos. Celebrate tikanga Māori with the whole whanau at the Mighty Matariki Markets.
Cost: FREE entry
Te Ara Rama Matariki Light Trail Editors Pick
Maybury Reserve, 108 Line Road, Glen Innes
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 2017: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Take a journey through the heart of Glen Innes, and Maybury Reserve along a flax-lined pathway surrounded by thousands of sparkling fairylights. This leads to 24 light pieces including jellyfish, kissing deer, kiwis, diving dolphins, fireflys, waterfall and lots of magical scenes of New Zealand imagery. This event revives the tradition of giving thanks for the harvest - and celebrating and preparing for the New Year planting season.
Cost: FREE entry
Pick & Mix: Superhero Circus Editors Pick
Lower NZI, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Saturday 1 July 2017: 10;30am
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 2 July 2017: 10:30am
Superhero-themed magic and circus! Super Duper Girl and The Ladderman are here to save the day with stupendous stunts and amazing escapes.
Workshop: Learn how to perform in front of a group and how to take the silliest, funniest ideas and make them work on stage.
Cost: FREE entry
Aotea Square Ice Rink - Ice Sports Weekend
Aotea Square, Auckland
Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July 2017: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Enjoy ice skating in Aotea square this winter. Between 11an and 2pm this weekend see
the best local and national ice skating talent demonstrate their figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey skills. A great experience for aspiring skaters and novices alike.
Ice Skating Tickets (including 90 mins skate hire): Children under 12 years $15; Adults $20; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) $55
Helmets and skating frames for beginners available for hire
Matriki Meets Mt Albert
Alberton, 100 Mount Albert Road, Mount Albert, Auckland
Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm
New contemporary art and object Matariki exhibition of Mt Albert artists and designers.
Cost: FREE entry
West Auckland Admirals vs Southern Stampede Ice Hockey
Paradice Ice Skating Rink, 150 Lansford Crescent, Avondale
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 2017: 4:30pm game starts
Come and support the dynamic and exciting ice hockey team the Admirals. There’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Remember to bring some warm clothes because it does get cold.
Tickets: Kids under 5 are FREE; Children 13 years and under $10; Students $10 and Adults $15
West Side Story
The Civic, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 1 July 2017: 2:30pm and 7:30pm show
Sunday 2 July 2017: 1:00pm and 6:00pm show
Inspired by Shakespeare’s tumultuous love story Romeo and Juliet, and set amidst the vicious rivalry of teenage gangs in 1950s New York,
Tickets: Child $64.90; Adult $79.90 to $114.90
Warkworth Showgrounds, Warkworth
Saturday 1 July 2017: 2:00pm and 7:00pm show
Sunday 2 July 2017: 1:00pm show
Cirque Grande presents world-class acts from around the globe brings a fresh and exciting new look to the circus in NZ.
Tickets: Child $19 to $35; Student: $27 to $43; Adult $29 to $45; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) $86
Weber Bros Circus - Adrenaline
QBE Stadium, Stadium Drive, Albany
Saturday 1 July 2017: 2:00pm and 7:30pm show
Sunday 2 July 2017: Noon show
ADRENALINE is a fistful of fun for the whole family, with extreme stunts, hilarious acts and daring moments that will have you on the edge of your seats. Acts such as The Globe of Death, FMX and the show-stopping Human Cannon, along with fantastic dancers, stunning outfits and entertainers for kids of every age.
Tickets: Children (2 to 14 years) $16 to $40; Adult $25 to $60
Discover the secrets of the Sun Exhibition at MOTAT
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 2017: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Exhibition is on until Sunday 15 October 2017.
With temperatures reaching millions of degrees, the Sun would certainly leave solar travellers with a few scorch marks. Yet a new exhibition opening at MOTAT allows visitors to get hands-on with Earth’s star at room temperature – no sunscreen required.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply
Whanau Day at Arataki Vistor Centre
Arataki Vistor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland
Sunday 2 July 2017: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Facebook page: aratakivisitorcentre
Bring the whole Whanau up to Arataki 'the pathway to learning' and lets close Matariki month together. Follow the Matariki trail, enjoy maori fusion kai, watch wonderful local cultural perfomances, play games and join in on all of the awesome cultural activities, fun for the whole Whanau. Closing karakia at 2.30pm
Kohia Terrace School, Epsom, Auckland
Sunday 2 July 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Interactive LEGO® 4X4 cars you can drive. Exciting new displays of Minecraft, Trains, Boats, Planes, Technic, Friends, Star Wars, Classic Space and more. LEGO® to play with, thanks to Toyco. Plus there is a sausage sizzle and bake sale
Papakura Active Expo
Papakura Leisure Centre, 294 Great South Road, Papakura, Auckland
Sunday 2 July 2017: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Facebook page: Counties Manukau Sport
See what local groups and sports clubs Papakura has to offer as along with displays and demonstrations. There will be something for everyone, including a bouncy castle and slide for the kids, so bring the whole family. Giveaways and prizes up for grabs.
Cost: FREE event
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Offical Event
Spark Arena, 42 Mahuhu Crescent, Auckland
Sunday 2 July 2017: 6:15pm
The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will perform Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.
Tickets: $50 to $175
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure, Auckland
Sunday 2 July 2017: 1:00pm to 4:00pm (weather permitting).
Cost: $2 per ride or a concession ticket giving 6 rides can be purchased for $10.
Steam Train Rides Mangere
Mangere Centre Park,Robertson Road, Auckland
Sunday 2 July 2017: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person