Kids Learn 2 Ride: Forrest Hill
Greville Reserve, Forrest Hill Road, Auckland, NZ
Saturday 8 July 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.
Auckland Fan Trail
Queens Wharf to Eden Park Fan Trail.
Saturday 8 July 2017: 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Auckland’s famous Fan Trail between the waterfront and Eden Park will be up and running for the third 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
North Auckland Rugby Fanzone
North Shore Events Centre, Silverfield and Argus Place entrances, Wairau Valley
Saturday 8 July 2017: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Join fellow Auckland rugby fans to share the buzz of the third and final test in the DHL New Zealand Lions Series and watch all the rugby action live on a big screen at the North Auckland 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. The Fanzone will be licensed but there will be a kids’ area with fun activities.
Cost: FREE entry
Sunday Gallery Club - Creative Portraits Ages 4 years plus
Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 8 July 2017: 10:30am to Noon
Learn how to make creative portraits with props and objects as you learn about the Seven Stars of the Matariki. All art materials are provided. Although there is no need to book, participation is limited by space. Art activities are designed for children aged four years and over, and run for around 30 minutes. These sessions are family friendly so adults can join in too, children just need to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: FREE event
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 8 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.
The Great Piratical Rumbustification
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, North Shore
Saturday 8 July 2017: 10:30am and 2:00pm shows
More shows on until Saturday 22 July 2017
The pirates are restless. ‘Oh, for a pirate party!’ they declare. But…a pirate party must be a stolen one. Put on your best pirate finery, grab your parrot, then come and enjoy Margaret Mahy’s piratical fun and the best rumbustification you’ve had in years.
Tickets: Children $22 to $25; Adults $22 to $25
Te Aara Rama Matariki Light Trail
Maybury Reserve, 98 Line Road, Glen Innes, Auckland
Saturday 8 July 2017: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
The Matariki light trail turns Maybury Reserve into a magical landscape. Enjoy light displays of Māori-inspired imagery set among thousands of fairy lights. Wrap up warm and enjoy Māori New Year celebrations in Glen Innes. There's delicious Maori kai on sale too. At 9:30pm enjoy the fireworks spectacular.
Cost: FREE entry
Saturday & Sunday Events
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Opening Weekend
Saturday 8 and 9 July 2017
Discover the beauty and intrigue of our natural environments and their inhabitants through large-scale photographs of breathtaking wildlife from around the globe. A must-see for nature lovers and photographers, the Natural History Museum's ever popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Museum for an exclusive showing of 100 stunning new photographs.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
Aotea Square Ice Rink
Aotea Square, Auckland
Saturday 8 July and Sunday 9 July 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
Become an Animal Champion at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 8 July to Sunday 23 July 2017
Become an animal champion at Auckland Zoo these July school holidays and be in to win great prizes. On arrival, choose from among five incredible species you’d like to help - the elephant, kiwi, tuatara, tiger or giraffe. Collect the activity sheet for the animal you’d like to champion, then venture around the Zoo to take part in interactive activities and complete your animal activity sheet to gain your certificate as official animal champion.
Cost: Normal Zoo admission prices apply.
David Attenborough's Zoo Quest Screening
Auckland Museum, Maunsell Road Extension, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 July 2017: 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm & 4:00pm
The very best of Sir David Attenborough's early Zoo Quest TV adventures can now be seen as never before – in high-definition colour. Drop in and watch these incredible moments of wildlife film history in a cosy corner of the Origins Gallery.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
Weber Bros Circus: Adrenaline
Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 to 100 Ascot Avenue, Greenlane, Auckland
Saturday 8 July 2017: 1:00pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm show
Sunday 9 July 2017: 3:00pm show
More shows on until Saturday 5 August 2017.
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
Warkworth Showgrounds, Warkworth
Saturday 8 July 2017: 2:00pm and 7:00pm shows
Sunday 9 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
Ice Skate Tour at Glamorgan Primary School
Galmorgan School, 145 Glamorgan Drive, Torbay
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2017: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Open until Thursday 13 July 2017 for the school holidays.
The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97% same gliding capacity as natural ice. Surrounded by an inflatable boarding it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating.
Tickets: Kids $7; Adults $13; Family $35 (includes ice skates, helmet, and gloves)
Auckland Live Pick & Mix: Trick of the Light
Limelight, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Saturday 8 July 2017: 10:30am
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 9 July 2017: 10:30am
Be wowed by scenes from fantastical shows involving shadow play, puppets and pop-up paper craft by Trick of the Light Theatre.
Workshop: Pick up a few storytelling tricks with playful puppetry, which is one of the oldest forms of entertainment.
Cost: FREE entry
Starbound - Mission: Solar
MOTAT, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2017
Strap in, countdown and prepare for blast-off. Join MOTAT for a series of space-themed activities, and discover amazing facts about the science and theories of space exploration. Tying in with the exciting new exhibition Sunlight – Ihi Komaru, Starbound explores the life sustaining relationship between the Earth and Sun, before looking beyond our solar system to ask the question… Can life exist in the far reaches of space?
Cost: General admission applies for entry to MOTAT Holiday experience activities
Space Aliens from Outer Space
Whoa! Studios 8-14 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 8 July and Sunday 9 July 2017: 10:00am; 12:30pm and 3:00pm shows
More shows on until Sunday 23 July 2017
The brand new, live, fun-filled, 50-minute, family stage show from Whoa Studios is landing! Space Aliens From Outer Space is a multimedia pantomime-style family fun, & slapstick silliness, in a rollicking sci-fi comedy featuring original music & songs,
3D projections, video, state-of-the-art lighting & sound. Performed LIVE on the state-of-the-art, working movie set at Whoa! Studios.
Tickets: Children under 3 are free when sitting on a guardians lap; Online show ticket: $20; Online show and backstage tour ticket $24. Ticket holders also receive a complimentary pass to the Urban Playground on the same day.
Butterfly Creek school holiday fun
Butterfly Creek, 10-12 Tom Pearce Drive, Airport Oaks, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2017: 9:00am to 5:30pm
There’s lots to do at Butterfly Creek for the school holidays. Visit Scar the crocodile or experience the amazing butterfly house with over 700 butterflies. Don’t miss the Dinomite Show and enjoy mask colouring in the Boneyard room. Check out their School Holiday Calendar for their full list of holiday activities.
Tickets: Save 10% when you buy your tickets online for the school holidays, using the promo code HOLIDAY10
Pops Games Park
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2017: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Giant games and puzzles, fun for all ages. Old favourites and new challenges.
Cost: Kids under 12 are $8; Adults $10; Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children) $30
Become an Animal Planet Ranger at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's
Kelly Tarltons, 23 Tamaki Dr, Orakei, Auckland
Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 July 2017: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Become an Animal Planet Ranger these school holidays at SEA LIFE KellyTarlton's! Come and meet the 'coolest creatures alive' and join the trail to get up and close with the penguins. There are exclusive trading cards to collect and an Animal Planet interactive hub located on-site.
Tickets: Book Online for reduced prices: Children under 3 are FREE; Children aged 3 to 15: $22; Adults $31.
Scotty's Birthday Party at Sky Tower
Sky Tower, Corner of Federal Street and Victoria Street, Auckland CBD
Saturday 8 to Sunday 23 July 2017: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Sky Tower celebrates 20 years and it's Scotty the Sky Tower's Birthday Party. Play in New Zealand's highest ball pit, get crafty at the craft station and each child gets a small box of popcorn. Plus there is facepainting from 11am to 3pm on weekends.
Online tickets ( Buy online to save 25%) : Children 5 years and under are FREE; Children 6 years plus $9; Students $15; Adults $21.75; Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $48.75
North Shore Tartan Day
North Shore Events Centre, Silverfield & Argus Place Entrances, Auckland
Sunday 9 July 2017: 9:00am to 4:00pm
RNZPBA Auckland Centre
A variery concert event with: Bagpipes/Drums, Highland Dancers, Welsh Choir and Fusion Band. Cast of 100's!
Tread-a-Thon and Water safety day
Massey Park Pool, 2R Ron Keat Drive, Papakura, Auckland
Sunday 9 July 2017: 8:00am to 6:00pm
How long can you keep afloat in deep water. Join & encourage 2 of Massey Park Pool's mad instructors - challenging themselves to float for the full time. Remember the 36 people that have drowned this year and discuss & practice ways this could be reduced these factors - life jacket activities, river, floatation and rescues.
Cost: FREE event
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure, Auckland
Sunday 9 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 9 July 2017: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person