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What’s on Sat 13 and Sun 14 Jan 2018

Auckland for Kids weekend what's on guide

Weekend what's on guide: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January 2018

Our pick of the best weekend events  on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand


Saturday Events

Motutapu Snorkel Day 5 years plus 

Picture: Motatapu Snorkel Day

Auckland CBD ferry building to catch the 8:30am ferry to Motutapu Island
Saturday 13 January 2018: 8:30am ferry 
Sea Week
Experiencing Marine Reserves Facebook Event Page

Ever wondered what lives under the water at Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf?  Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with EMR’s  experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire. See baby parore, spotties, eagle rays, triplefins and possibly an elusive snapper.  Safe fun for the whole whanau .Bring togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes, raincoat, water bottles, walking shoes, a picnic lunch and a torch if you want to explore the tunnels.  There will be a 45min walk to get from the ferry at Home Bay to the snorkel site. Reasonable level of fitness required. Register here  This event is now full

Cost: Snorkeling is free, but the ferry costs $22 per person. Safe fun for the whole whanau!  The ferry ticket is non-refundable and the trip will run rain or shine.

ASB Classic Men’s Week Finals

Picture: ASB Classic Men's Tennis, Auckland, New Zealand

ASB Tennis Centre, 1 Tennis Lane, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 13 January 2018: Noon

World-class tennis meets New Zealand’s cultural summer scene at its best.  Catch your favourite international player on court at the ASB Tennis Arena and enjoy Auckland’s best restaurants, pop-up bars and music line-up off the court.

Tickets: $13.50 to $123.50


Jazz on the Green

 Picture: Jazz on the Green in Takapuna

The Green, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 13 January 2018: 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Enjoy the afternoon listing to jazz and blues musicians: The Denis Hepi Trio, Jonathan Besser and the Zestniks, The Blue Pearl Band, Lady Sings the Blues, and DJ V. Bring a picnic or buy something from one of the food trucks or local restaurants.

Cost: FREE event


Out & About Beach Day at Lynfield Cove

Picture: Out & About Beach Day in Auckland for Kids

Lynfield Cove, Gilleta Road, Lynfield
Saturday 13 January 2018: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Facebook OutandAboutAKL

Afternoon of fun traditional beach games, volleyball, cricket, touch, beach races, sandcastle competitions and a range of giant games, swing balls to keep everyone entertained.

Cost: FREE


Music in Parks: Ijebu Pleasure Club, Unchained XL and Aro

Omana Regional Park, Ngahue Drive, Auckland
Saturday 13 January 2018: 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Enjoy Auckland Council Music in Parks. Be sure to bring along sunblock, drinks and snacks to keep you going through the summer sun.

Cost: FREE event


Nicola Jackson: Paint a Plate Workshop at Uxbridge

Picture: Nciola Jackson at Uxbridge Arts & Culture in Howick

UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick
Saturday 13 January 2018: 11:30am to 1:30pm

Join Dunedin artist, Nicola Jackson for a fun free workshop exploring some of the ideas found in her exhibition, The Bloggs.  Participants will look at personal expression, colour and illustration and paint their own plate design then glaze it to take home. All materials provided, suitable for children aged 8 – 16. 

Spots are limited.Cost: FREE


Summer Night Vibes at Rainbow’s End

Picture: Rainbow's End school holiday summer night vibes event

Rainbow’s End , 2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 13 January  2018: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Night Vibes is also on Saturday 20 and Saturday 27 January 2018

Enjoy the rides and music at Rainbow’s End Summer Night Vibes.   The Kidz Kingdom outdoor area will be open until 9pm especially for children 8 years and under to enjoy the night rides as well.

Prices: Kidz kingdom tickets are $22.Online discounted superpass discounts are $35 for children and $40 for adults. 


Saturday and Sunday Events

Trillion Trust FunFest 2018  

Picture: Trilion Trust Fun Fest free family event in Auckland, New Zealand

Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Free event for Auckland families featuring free rides. Funfest rides include: Hurricane, Round Up, Sizzler, Rockin Tug, Dragon Wagon, Jet O Plane, Cup and Saucer and Kids train
You are welcome to bring your own food, water and drink.

Cost: FREE entry, FREE rides and FREE parking

The Extravaganza Fair

Picture: The Extravaganza Fair at Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand

Matakana Country Park, 1151 Leigh Road, Matakana, Auckland
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Extravaganza Fair is a unique market/festival across New Zealand. You will find market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment and kids shows. Watch talented musicians playing sweet tunes for your ears, with kids shows running throughout the day – where your children can shine like ‘Stars’ and get involved.

Cost: FREE entry.

Sculpture in the Gardens

Picture by Auckland for Kids- Sculpture in the Gardens at the Auckland Botanic Gardens, New Zealand

Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland
Saturday 13 January to Sunday 25 February 2018: 8:00am to 8:00pm

Biennial sculpture show held in the Auckland Botanic Gardens. Take a picnic for a fun free family day out to look at the sculptures and gardens.

Cost: FREE.


Workshops on the Wharf


Playspace in Silo Park ( if it’s raining, in the Karanga Kiosk, temporarily located by the bridge hut opposite Karanga Plaza), Wynyard Quarter
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January 2018: 11am and 2pm

Free drop-in workshops where kids play, make, create and problem solve, at the Wynyard Quarter.  On Saturday there will be arts and crafts with Anne Larnach and on Sunday there will be the 3 Ring Riot circus workshop.

Cost: FREE drop in workshop

On Ya Bike holiday experience at MOTAT

Picture: MOTAT On Ya Bike summer school holiday experience in Auckland for Kids

MOTAT, 805 Great North Road and Meola Road
Saturday 13 to Monday 29 January 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily

The On Ya Bike school holiday experience will take kids on a journey into the fascinating science behind bicycles, before diving into the weird and wacky side of cycling.

Cost: Usual admission charges apply.


Latin Fiesta Auckland Live Summer in the Square

Picture: Auckland Live Latin Fiesta in Aotea Square, Auckland, New Zealand

Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 13 January 2018: 12:30pm to 11:30pm
Sunday 14 January 2018: 12:30pm to 6:00pm

Enjoy the Latin music, dance and celebrations all weekend long. The food will be delectable and the outfits fabulous.

Cost: FREE event


Saturday and Sunday Events 

 Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo

Picture: Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January 2018
Bug Lab is on this summer at Auckland Zoo.

The blockbuster science exhibition from Te Papa and Weta Workshop is on at Auckland Zoo this summer. Featuring massive 3-D bug models within four magical chambers, Bug Lab is a spectacularly immersive and interactive experience for all ages that offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn from the genius of bugs.Tickets to Bug Lab: Kids under 4 years old are FREE; Children $13, Student $16.50; Adult $18.50; Family Pass  – 1 adult and 2 children $36; Family pass 2 adults and 2 children $50

Tickets to Bug Lab & Auckland Zoo Entry: Kids under 4 years old are FREE; Children $17.50, Student $28.50; Adult $35.50; Family Pass  – 1 adult and 2 children $65; Family pass 2 adults and 2 children $95.

Fresh Eyes- Mixit Summer Production

Picture: Fresh Eyes Mixit Summer Production

Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson map
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January 2018: 2:00pm and 7:00pm

FRESH EYES is all about storytelling, explored through dance, drama and the use of light. Seen through the eyes of young people looking at old and new stories about love, life, the universe and everything. Presented in an industrial shed at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in West Auckland FRESH EYES will use light, dark and shadow as a dynamic platform to illuminate, hide and reveal how a group of young people see and share stories that resonate for them. In the words of the participants – ‘How we see it”.

Cost: $15

Far, Far Away: An exhibition for the school holidays

Picture: Far, Far Away exhibition at The Pah Homstead, Auckland, New Zealand

The James Wallace Arts Trust, The Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland
Saturday 13 to Sunday 28 January 2018
Opening Hours: Tues to Friday: 10am to 3pm, Saturday & Sunday: 8am to 5pm.

Are you curious about a world full of objects, figures and places which look unlike anything you know? On your arrival you will receive a passport and stamp, so you can travel to this faraway place. You can use the art activities in your passport to help you navigate through this foreign world. Suitable for kids 2-10 years old.

Cost: Entry by donation.

New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year

Picture: New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year exhibition at Auckland Museum

Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum
Saturday 13 January to Sunday 25 February 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

See the brand new photographic exhibition featuring stunning images from the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 Competition. The exhibition showcases the work of some of New Zealand’s top photographers.

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders.

Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room at Auckland Art Gallery

Picture by Auckland for Kids - The obliteration room at Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Saturday 13 January to Monday 2 April 2018

The obliteration room is a family-friendly  installation by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama.  Beginning as a stark white interior in December, it encourages you to transform the space with a rainbow of brightly coloured dots. Watch as, over time, a dizzying blur of colour is built up by visitors applying brightly coloured stickers in various sizes to every surface.

Cost: FREE


The Corsini Collection

Picture by Auckland for Kids - The Corsini Collection exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Saturday 13 January 2018  to Sunday 21 January 2018

From the private collection of the eminent Corsini family in Florence, Italy, comes this fascinating exhibition featuring Renaissance and Baroque painting by artists such as Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio and Pontormo.  There is a fun family trail for the kids to enjoy the exhibition too.

Tickets: Children 12 and under are FREE; Members FREE; Adults $19


Sunday Events 

Takapuna Family Beach Day

Picture: Takapuna Beach, Auckland, New Zealand

Takapuna Beach, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 14 January 2018: 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Family Beach Day, join us in an all-day acoustic jam. There will be live music, food trucks, and heaps of entertainment for the family including the 
Ray White Sand Castle and Sand Art Contest at 1pm. Talented local artists will be jamming on stage including the winners of the Takapuna Bar Open Mic and the amazing Hollie Smith. Bring the whole family, it’s going to be a blast.

Cost: FREE entry


Interislander Summer Festival Ellerslie Races

Picture: Interislander Summer Festival Ellerslie Races

Auckland Racing Club, Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Avenue, Ellerslie, Auckland
Sunday 14 January 2018: 11:00am

Bring the family with your favourite summer accessories – jandals, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, shorts and a picnic and enjoy the races in a relaxing and fun atmosphere outside on the public lawn. Kids free activities include: colouring in competitions, face painting, sack races, tug of ward, pin the tale on the horse and more.

General admission: Children under 15 years are FREE; Adults $5 per person.

Photography workshop Dare to Explore

Picture: Dare to explore photography workshop at East Coast Bays Library

East Coast Bays Library, 8 Bute Street, Browns Bay, Auckland CBD
Sunday 14 January 2018: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Bring your own camera or device and learn some tips and tricks for taking interesting photos, then try out the techniques in the village green. Print your best shots and show them off in an exhibition. For ages 8 years and up. 

FREE event