Weekend What's On
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July 2017
Our pick of the best weekend events on for kids and families in Auckland, New Zealand
Night at Auckland Museum: Wild Things
Maunsell Road, Extension, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 22 July 2017: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Families, answer the call of the wild! Bring a torch and explore Auckland Museum after hours and meet creatures with stories to tell. Packed full of performances, quirky characters, music and fun, Night at Auckland Museum is a rare chance to explore the Museum and our Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition after hours.
Tickets: Advance tickets $20; Door Sales $25. Bookings are recommended as this event sold out last year.
Auckland Art Gallery Family Drop in Session
Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 22 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 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 22 July 2017: 10:00am and Noon shows
Three of Eric Carle’s bestselling classic tales are lovingly brought to life on stage alongside The Very Hungry Caterpillar - The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mr. Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly.
Tickets: Child $19; Adult $26; Family of four $72
Te Iwa o Matariki Short Film Screening
Auckland Museum, Maunsell Road Extension, Auckland Domain, Parnell
Saturday 22 July 2017: 11:30am; 12:30pm and 2:00pm (15 minute duration)
After its debut in 2016, Te Iwa o Matariki is back to share the story of Matariki’s nine stars.
Come to the Museum to be immersed in this free panoramic short film and hear more about the forgotten Matariki stars, Pōhutukawa and Hiwaiterangi.
Screening presented in collaboration with Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
APO Adventures South - Auckland Philarmonia Orchestra
Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 22 July 2017: 1:30pm
Encounter instruments up close through the APO Music Zoo, engage with musicians and the APO through foyer activities and student concerts. Then enjoy a hour-long performance of classical favourites by the full APO including the premiere orchestral performance of ‘Poi E’ featuring the advanced students from the Sistema Aotearoa, APO’s partner programme in South Auckland. No booking required.
Cost: FREE family event
The Great Piratical Rumbustification Final Show
The PumpHouse Theatre, Killarney Park, Takapuna, North Shore
Saturday 22 July 2017: 10:30am and 2:00pm shows
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
Urban Street Fest - Henderson
Shed 1, Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderseon, Auckland
Saturday 27 July 2017: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Indoor street food market. Family friendly event with amazing street food and live music.
Cost: Free entry.
Alliance Francaise Open Day
Duke Institute of Stuies, Takapuna AND 9a Kirk Street, Grey Lynn AND Te Tuhi Centre for Arts, Pakuranga
Saturday 22 July 2017: 10:00am to 12:30pm
Come and see what Alliance Française is all about. Meet the teachers and staff, take part in a mini French class.
Cost: FREE event
Princess Academy Live show
Windsor Park Baptist, 500 East Coast Road, Mairangi Bay, Auckland
Saturday 22 July 2017: 11:00am to Noon
Enchanting, interactive musical show teaching young girls what it means to be a TRUE princess! Includes show, facepainting, crafts, cupcakes, photos & interaction with Princess Aria! Each litte girl will receive their own tiara and certificate after event.
Cost: Children $20; Two children $35; Adults are FREE
Robots and Wearables at Papakura Library
Papakura Sir Edmund Hillary Library, 209 Great South Road, Papakura
Saturday 22 July 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Facebook page: Meshed
Hands-on technology activities run by knowledgeable makers Mesh. The activities require no prior understanding so anyone can take part.
Cost: FREE event
Playhouse Theatre Inc Youth Theatre Production of
Saturday & Sunday Events
The New Zealand International Film Festival For All Ages
CRC Speedshow 2017
ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Greenlane, Auckland
Saturday 22 July 2017: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 23 July 2017: 9:00am to 5:00pm
A spectacular celebration showcasing the finest, fastest and coolest new cars, race cars, race bikes, classics, motor sport celebrities, wild hot rods, muscle cars and custom creations from around New Zealand and the world.
Tickets: Children under 10 are FREE; Children 10 to 15 years $15; Adults $25; Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) $50.
Auckland Live Pick & Mix: Royal Jelly
David Attenborough's Zoo Quest Screening
Auckland Museum, Maunsell Road Extension, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 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
Aotea Square Ice Rink - Roald Dahl Weekend
Aotea Square, Auckland
Saturday 22 July and Sunday 23 July 2017: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Enjoy ice skating in Aotea square for the final week of the school holidays. From 10am to 1pm come dressed as your favourite Roald Dahl character and be in to win prizes, enjoy colouring competitions, quizzes and more.
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 22 July and Sunday 23 July 2017: 9:30am to 5:00pm (last admissions at 4:15pm)
Become a certified animal champion these holidays and be in to win great prizes. Choose from five incredible species – Elephant, Kiwi, Tuatara, Tiger or Giraffe. Collect an activity sheet and take part in interactive activities for your chosen animal. Every visit helps make our conversation mission possible.
Cost: Normal Zoo admission prices apply. Friends of the Zoo free.
Weber Bros Circus: Adrenaline
Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 to 100 Ascot Avenue, Greenlane, Auckland
Saturday 22 July 2017: 1:00pm, 4:30pm and 7:30pm show
Sunday 23 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
Butterfly Creek school holiday fun
Butterfly Creek, 10-12 Tom Pearce Drive, Airport Oaks, Manukau, Auckland
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 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
Become an Animal Planet Ranger at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's
Kelly Tarltons, 23 Tamaki Dr, Orakei, Auckland
Saturday 22 and 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 16 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
Big Day Art: Calling the World
Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kichener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD
Sunday 23 July 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Families can experience Auckland Art Gallery and immerse themselves in a celebration of artistic experience and creativity through a series of hands-on activities and workshops.
Cost: FREE family event
Collectors Toy and Model Fair
Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road, Balmoral, Auckland
Sunday 23 July 2017: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Model Trains, Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Diecast Vehicles, Boats, Planes, Toys, Military Memorabilia, Videos, Dolls, Teddy Bears, Robots, Sci-Fi Toys, Posters, Annuals, Postcards, Books, Magazines and much more.
Admission: School children are FREE; Adults $6
Train Rides Panmure
Peterson Road, Panmure, Auckland
Sunday 16 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 16 July 2017: 11:00am to 3:30pm (weather permitting)
Cost: Train tickets: $2:00 per person