Weekend What's On
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November 2017
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families in Auckland, New Zealand
Springs Speedway Opening Night - Guy Fawkes Extravaganza
Western Springs Stadium, Stadium Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 4 November 2017: 6:15pm
Rain Out date is Sunday 5th November
Get a good look at each competitor and their brand new cars for the season. At the end of the night the lights will be turned down for the fireworks display.
Tickets: Children under 5 are FREE; Children over 5 $5; Students $21; Adults $26; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children $52)
Kids Learn 2 Ride: Forrest Hill
Greville Reserve, Forrest Hill Road, Forrest Hill
Saturday 4 November 2017: 10:00am to Noon (Weather dependent)
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 along the way then check out the #Learn2Ride sessions. Auckland Transport's team of qualified instructors work alongside 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.
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 4 November 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.
Takapuna Primary School Fair
Takapuna Primary School, 23 Auburn Street, Takapuna, North Shore
Saturday 4th November 2017: 11:00am to 3:00pm
Facebook: Takapuna Primary School
School fair with water walkers, bottle tombola, stalls, food and more.
Cost: FREE admission
Te Herenga Waka O Orewa Marae, 24 Blue Gum Avenue, Silverdale
Saturday 4 November 2017: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Te Herenga Waka o Orewa Marae
Celebrate the opening of the Marae and brings together culture, family fun, learning, music, creativity, nature and sustainable living - all in a festival atmosphere in the beautiful surroundings of Te Herenga Waka O Orewa Marae.
Willow Park School Gala
Willow Park School, 13-17 Compton Street, Hillcrest, Auckland
Saturday 4 November 2017: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Facebook: Willow Park School PTA
The annual Willow Park School Gala is always a fantastic family day out with fantastic carnival games and activities including the Lucky Jar, NZ Map, Pie Face, Bean Bag Toss, Angry Birds Slingshot, Toilet Paper Toss, Dino Dig, Balloon Pinata and Nerf Gun Shoot Em Experience the gigantic inflatable obstacle course, little drifters, hot rods and water rollers on the school pool. A wide range of food and drinks, entertainment, quick-fire raffles, plant stall, cake stall and book stall – there really is something for everyone.
Cost: FREE entry
Saturday Gallery Club #32 - Upcycled Ceramics
Homestead Galleries, Corban Estate, Henderson
Saturday 4 November, between 10.30am and Noon
Kids, learn how to up-cycle old ceramics with artist Niki Gribble, and create a special masterpiece to take home at the end of the workshop. Light refreshments provided.
Devonport Plunket's Annual Spring Gala and Market Under 5's
Devonport Plunket, 3 Wairoa Road, Devonport map
Saturday 4 November 2017: 10:00am to Noon
Facebook event page
Great family morning out with lots of fun activities for under 5s including toys, face painting, rock painting, rides on Thomas the Tank Engine, bubbles and balloons. Heidi from Hartbeeps will be running her fun, interactive session. Bring cash for market stalls and the sausage sizzle.
Cost: Entry by gold coin donation to Plunket
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland CBD
Saturday 4 November 2017: 7:30pm
Children: $48.50 to $68.50; Adult: $68.50 to $98.50; Family $190 to $300
Glenfield Music Centre,Glenfield Intermediate School Hall, 138 Chivalry Road, Glenfield map
Saturday 4 November 2017: 12.30 to 1.30pm
Ever wanted to try the trombone? Or the cello? Glenfield Music Centre is hosting a free event for children to try their musical instruments, hear how the sound, meet the teachers and ask questions. There is no obligation to join. Suitable for children in Year 3 to Year 8.
Saturday & Sunday Events
Peter and The Wolf 5 years plus
Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland City
Saturday 4 November 2017: 7:00pm
Sunday 5 November 2017: 4:00pm
A magical experience for anyone aged five and up. Peter’s not supposed to leave his grandfather’s house. There are wolves lurking in the forest, and it’s not safe. But Peter can’t stay inside forever and when he finally adventures out into the surrounding meadow, it’s not long before the wolf appears.
Tickets: $15 to $49
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Centrestage Theatre Company
Centrestage Theatre Company, 60 Centreway Road, Orewa, Auckland
Saturday 4 November 2017: 2:00pm and 7:30pm show
Sunday 5 November 2017: 2:00pm show
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the story of a an eccentric inventor named Caractacus Potts who, with the help of his children Jeremy and Jemima, sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap. Soon, they discover the car has magical properties including the ability to float and take flight! However, trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself.
Tickets: Children $22; Student $27; Adult $32
Celebrate Guy Fawkes Day with your family and friends
At your own home
Sunday 5 November 2017
Fireworks are only on sale for three days from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 4 November leading up to Guy Fawkes Day on Sunday 5 November in New Zealand. There are no rules about when during the year you can set fireworks off, however there are some rules about where. It is best to only light fireworks on your own property, far away from anything that could catch fire. You should also show respect to your neighbours, especially those with young children or pets.
General Collective Market
ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane Road West, Greenlane, Auckland
Sunday 5 November 2017: 9:00am to 3:00pm
New and unique products handpicked to support local, fill your hearts and homes with beautiful homewares, jewellery, fashion, skincare, kids goodies and meet the faces behind the incredible brands. Kids activities and LEGO stations to engage and entertain the little ones.
Cost: Children under 15 are FREE; Adults $2
IGANZ Long Drive Invitational
IGANZ Long Drive Invitational, Remuera Golf Club 120 Abotts Way, Remuera map
Sunday 5th November 2017: 3:00pm to 9:00pm
Remuera Golf Club in association with IGANZ are hosting an International Long Drive Event and offer the opportunity to meet the Long Drive competitors as they tee it up to win a share of the USD$10,000.00 on offer. The Event will not only showcase some of the worlds best talent, but offer a family friendly atmosphere, KiidsZone, Pop up food stalls, Mr Whippy, Golf Demo's and live entertainment. Running with Seeding rounds from 1.00pm and finals Match Play commencing around 4.30pm, the event will conclude around 7.30pm leading into our Fireworks Finale at 8.45pm kindly Sponsored by Boulgaris Realty.(please ensure pets are looked after or inside should you reside within 500m of Remuera Golf Club)
Cost: FREE community event