Kids Lean 2 Ride: Flat Bush
Barry Curtis Park, 58 Stancombe Road, Auckland, NZ
Saturday 24 June 2017: 10:00am to Noon
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. Auckland Transport's team of qualified instructors work along side parents to get kids riding. Whether starting on a balance bike or making the transition to pedals the team is there to help. 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 run on a drop in basis.
Matariki wild thing kai time
Arataki Visitor Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia, Waitakere, Auckland
Saturday 24 June 2017: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Arataki Visitor Centre
Tamariki go on a full day expedition into the forest. Children will learn how to forage, harvest and cook edible native plants found in the ngahere (forest). This Matariki event gives children the experience of being in the forest, where they will begin to cultivate deep and meaningful connections to their natural environment and understand the concept of kaitiakitanga (caretaking). Activities include traditional flax weaving, plant identification and traditional cooking. Bring suitable walking gear.
Cost: $45 per person. Bookings are essential as spaces are limited.
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 24 June 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.
Auckland Fan Trail
Queens Wharf to Eden Park Fan Trail.
Saturday 24 June 2017: 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Auckland’s famous Fan Trail between the waterfront and Eden Park will be up and running for the first test match of the Series the All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions at Eden Park, kick-off 7.35pm
The Fan Trail is a fun-filled 4km walking route stretching from downtown Auckland to Eden Park. It will be packed with live entertainment and lots of activities, like street theatre, face-painting and giveaways, come rain or shine. Allow a couple of hours (no less than one hour) to walk the route to Eden Park so you can enjoy the free entertainment and activities along the way.
Cost: FREE event
West Auckland Rugby Fanzone
The Trusts Arena, 65 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 24 June 2017: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Join fellow Auckland rugby fans to share the buzz of the first test in the DHL New Zealand Lions Series and watch all the rugby action live on a big screen at the West Rugby Fanzone. 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. Take a seat on the grandstand or pull up a bean bag to watch the match. The Fanzone will be licensed but there will be a kids’ area with fun activities.
Cost: FREE entry
Lights Out Rave at JUMP Teen event
JUMP Auckland locations: Avondale, North Shore and East Tamaki
Saturday 24 June 2017: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Underage rave for teenagers, jump the night away to loud sounds and lights with your mates. Recommended for ages 12 to 17 years. Alcohol and drugs are prohibited.
Cost: $20 per person if you have your own JUMP socks (spaces are limited so book online with JUMP)
Bring It On - The Musical
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna
Sunday 24 June 2017: 2:00pm and 7:30pm shows
North Shore Music Theatre prsents the NZ premiere of Bring it On. Set in the high stakes world of competitive high school cheerleading the musical tells the story of Campbell, cheer captain at the uber-affluent Truman High School
Tickets: Child (under 13) $25; Student $30; Adult $35; Senior $30
Tiny Tot Groovers Disco
Orakei Community Centre, 156 Kepa Rd. Orakei
(Parking out front or behind the centre at 2 Kupe St)
Sunday 24 June 2017: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Bring the family and join Drama Queens to dance and bounce the afternoon away.
Cost: $5 per child.
Saturday & Sunday Events
Stellar Festival of Light Editors Pick
Smales Farm, 74 Taharoto Road, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Immerse yourself in an abundance of light installations that will dazzle, delight and impress with their unique colours and designs. Celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year with lights, bites and a range of entertainment. Food Space will be presenting Puna Kai. Enjoy some of NZ’s finest street-food vendors as they serve some of your favourite dishes with a Māori taste.
Cost: FREE family event
Night Lights at MOTAT Editors Pick
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Museum will transformed into a magical light scape. New Zealand artists will be inspired by objects from the MOTAT collection to create new light-themed works, and there will also be a great range of food and music for all to enjoy.
Cost: Children aged 5 to 16 years and students $10; Adults $18
MOTAT Weekends of Imagination: Matariki Lightboxes
Mezzanine space of The Idea Collective, MOTAT, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017
Explore Maori art, symbolism and themes using light to encourage intuitive making and practical learning. Using Matariki themed imagery as the basis for creations to make the light boxes come alive. MOTAT provides the light – you provide the art, Your dazzling displays will also be put on show at MOTAT village at the Night Lights event.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply.
Aotea Square Ice Rink
Aotea Square, Auckland
Saturday 24 June and Sunday 25 June 2017: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Enjoy ice skating in Aotea square this winter.
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
Auckland Live Pick & Mix: NZ Opera Free performance
Auckland Town Hall
Saturday 24 June 2017: 10:30am
Bruce Mason Centre
Sunday 25 June 2017: 10:30am
Introduce your children to the wonderful world of opera with this charming and humorous adaptation of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (sung in English).
Workshop: After the performance, everyone gets a chance to learn a role and then join in for a sing-a-long. No singing experience necessary!
Cost: FREE entry
Emirates Team NZ cycle grinder simulator
North Wharf Eastern Edge, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Hewlett Packard NZ is proud to bring you the chance to get onboard with Emirates Team NZ and test your pedal power with its cycle grinder simulator. Emirates Team NZ is the first in the 166-year history of the America’s Cup to replace traditional hand-grinders with stationary bikes in a bid to generate more watt-power out on the water. Jump on one of the stationary watt bikes and race against your friends, family and even Emirates Team NZ in a 30-second sprint to see who can generate the most power. Post your results online and send your message of support to the Kiwi crew in Bermuda to help them bring the Cup home.
Cost: FREE event
Matariki Dawn Planetarium Show 6 years plus
Stardome, 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain, Auckland
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017: 7:00pm show (Bookings recommended)
More shows until Friday 30 June 2017
The Matariki Dawn show includes Māori myths and stories about our earth, the moon and the Māori New Year. Visitors can also see the stars of Matariki up close in the 360-degree planetarium and find out why they appear at certain times of the year.
Cost: Children $10; Adults $12; Family (2 adults and 3 children) $40
West Side Story
The Civic, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 24 June 2017: 2:30pm and 7:30pm show
Sunday 25 June 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
The Trusts Arena, 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 24 June 2017: 4:00pm and 7:00pm show
Sunday 25 June 2017: 1:00pm and 4:30pm 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
Bring a Buddy for Free to Rainbow's End
Rainbow's End, 2 Clist Crescent. Manukau
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017
Grab a buddy and head along to Rainbow's End. With this special online deal you only pay for one superpass and two meal deals and you get another superpass for free.
Online tickets: Children and buddy and 2 meals $68; Adult and buddy and 2 meals $79;
America's Cup Final Races Screenings Free event
NZ Maritime Museum Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Sunday 25 June 2017: 5:00am live coverage; 6:30am delayed coverage.
New Zealand Maritime Museum
The New Zealand Maritime Museum will host live (and delayed coverage for those that want to sleep in) screenings of the America’s Cup final races in the Maritime Room on the waterfront. Yachting fans will also be able to have their photograph taken with the museum’s replica America’s Cup trophy. Numbers will be limited to 300 guests. It will work on a first come, first serve basis, with no reserves.
A Family Fair for The Mental Health Foundation
Orakei Bay Village, 228 Orakei Road, Auckland
Sunday 25 June 2017: 9:00am to Noon
A Family Fair
Bring the family to enjoy a morning of yummy food, face painting, special entertainment for the kids (and big kids), raffles and live music to show your support for the Mental Health Foundation.
Cost: FREE family event
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand
Sunday 25 June 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 25 June 2017: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person