What’s on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 24 March and Sunday 25 March 2018

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

Saturday Events

I Love Takapuna Easter Carnival


Hurstmere Green, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 24 March 2018: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
I Love Takapuna

This is a FREE family Easter event which will include a fun Easter egg hunt throughout Takapuna to complete fun challenges, delicious food stalls, and a huge amount of free kid’s activities – face painting, balloon art, circus workshops, roaming characters, interactive activities and more. Don’t forget to come early for the Easter Egg Hunt, registration starts 1pm and the egg hunt ends 4:30pm. First 1000 kiddos who complete the hunt gets a goodie bag!
Cost: FREE event

Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre Community Open Day


Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre, 159 Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay, Auckland
Saturday 24 March 2018: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Stanmore Bay Pool and Leisure Centre
Community open day with free entry to the pools and the ANZ splashpad. There is free entry to the fitness centre for teenagers aged  13 years plus and adults.  Plus a free sausage sizzle and other activities for the kids.
Cost: FREE entry

Titirangi Festival Free Village day!


Titirangi War Memorial Hall, Titirangi, Auckland
Saturday 24 March 2018: Noon to 6:00pm
Titirangi Festival

Free family event featuring an afternoon of music, food, street performances and art trail. Join in the entertainment in ‘Village In The Trees’ – Stilt walkers and street performers will wander the village while kids can play on giant games, follow the Te Uru Art Trail: from 12 to 4pm, and enter the Titirangi Festival Colouring in competition.

Cost: FREE family event


Kaipatiki Eco Fun Day


Eskdale Reserve, 17 Lauderdale Road, Birkdale, Auckland map
Saturday 24 March 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Day of fun celebrating the unique local parks, bush and waterways, and learn how to live more sustainably.Lots of events  for all ages.
Cost: FREE

Kids Found Object Ochestra Workshop

The Make Room Studio, Lake House Art Centre, 37 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna map
Sat 24 March. 2018: 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Hunter-gatherer Cath O’Brien will curate a selection of interesting found objects, recycled materials and basic tools for you to to create your own instrument.  Then come together as a group and create sound/music with the instruments.  Stefan Neville will help to amplify & extend your instruments with microphones & effects to create an amazing soundscape.  A digital recording of the event will be sent to you afterwards. Ages 7 – 12yrs. Maximum 10 participants.
Cost $25

The Witches


Stables Theatre, Corner Main Highway and Arthur Street, Ellerslie
Saturday 24 March 2018: 2:00pm and 8:00pm performances

Roald Dahl’s scariest book The Witches is brought to life by Ellerslie Theatrical Society in a tremendously terrifying treat for the whole family.
Tickets: Concession $23; Adult $25

Movies in Parks – Descipable Me 3


Rutherford Reserve, Archdall Street, Meadowbank, Auckland
Saturday 24 March 2018: 5:45pm onwards
Big MARVEL movie yet to be announce. Family activities from 5:30pm. Movie starts at sunset (sunset at approximately 7:25pm).
Cost: FREE family event

Out & About Summer Skate Series – Papakura Skatepark


Papkura Skatepark, Papakura, Auckland 
Saturday 24 March 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Out and About Auckland

Grab your skateboard and your mates for a chance to win prizes. Divisions: U 13s, U 17s, Girls Open

Cost: FREE entry

Chop Chop Hiyaaa! Auckland Arts Festival Event


Clevedon Community Hall, Clevedon
Saturday 24 March 2018: 11:00am show AND
Waiuku Memorial Town Hall,Waiuku
Saturday 24 March 2018: 4:00pm show

Anika Moa hits the road with the terrifically cheeky, wonderfully naughty and magical world of Chop Chop Hiyaaa!, where witches and taniwha gobble you up and rats are naughty ninjas! Born out of long nights, long car drives and long temper tantrums from her three boys, music from Anika’s wildly successful Songs For Bubbas albums full of irresistible songs in both Te Reo Māori and English features in this wicked live show of singing, dancing and frightful fun. Anika will be sharing the stage with a special witchy friend to take your tamariki on a 45-minute rollercoaster ride of terrific stories, terrible taniwha and just good old-fashioned singalongs.

Tickets: $10 to $28


Devonport Naval Base Open Day


 Devonport Naval Base, Queen’s Parade Gate or Stanley Point Gate, Devonport
Limited parking is available on Ngataringa Bay Sports Field.

Saturday 24 March 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
See the Navy’s ships and the talented and well trained sailors who crew them, the state of the art world-class technology personnel train on, get close up to one of the SH-2G(I) Seasprite helicopters and see where the Navy works, lives and plays.  Remember to wear closed toe footwear when embarking on the ships. Enjoy live musical entertainment by The Royal New Zealand Navy Band.
Cost: FREE event

Urban Nature Walks in Green Bay EcoWest Festival 2018 


Green Bay Beach, Green Bay, Auckland
Saturday 24 March 2018: 9:00am to 10:30am

Come and explore the reserves, streams, and wetlands in West Auckland’s urban areas. These nature walks are a great alternatives to tracks within the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area. Bookings required: gabriela@ecomatters.org.nz or 09 826 0554.
Cost: FREE

Kids Day Out – Wheels Disco

Picture: YMCA Kids Day Out - Auckland for Kids

YMCA at Ellerslie Recreation Centre, 46 Michaels Ave, Reserve, Auckland
Saturday 24 March 2018: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Bring your kids (along with their roller blades, scooters, or skateboards) to YMCA’s Kids Day Out. Lots of activities and fun for all. Snacks will be sold on the day(so bring cash).
Cost: Entry fee $5 per family

Neighbours Day at Glen Eden Community House


Glen Eden, Community House, 13 Pisces Road, Glen Eden, Auckland map
Saturday 24 March 2018: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Facebook event page
Family friendly event to meet locals. A chance for the Glen Eden Community to celebrate Neighbours Day. Activities for kids and adults, performances plus a bouncy castle. Free sausage sizzle and free fruit.
Cost: FREE

Music In Parks finale – Open Air Orchestra

Bell Park (Lloyd Eslmore Park), Bells Road, Pakuranga, Auckland
Saturday 24 March 2018: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Enjoy Auckland Council’s finale Music in Parks. Be sure to bring along sunblock, drinks and snacks to keep you going through the summer sun.
Cost: FREE event

Try a Craft Day 2018

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The Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mt Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 24 March 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm

The Open Fort

Free craft day where you get to try your hand at crafts from all different cultures. Not just for kids! All ages are welcome to come along and experiment, get your hands busy and learn some new tricks yourself while the kids make themselves busy doing the same.
Cost: Free

Family Market on the Coast


Whangapararoa Playcentre, 41a Stanmore Bay, Auckland map
Saturday 24 March 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Whangaparaoa Playcentre
Whangapararoa Playcentre is holding a Family Market on the Coast! Artisan stalls + Petting zoo + Face painting + Treasure hunt + Delicious food + Ice cream + Music + Good vibes + more. It’s a family friendly environment so bring the kids, they can enjoy the playground while you can relax and check out whats on offer.
Cost: FREE entry


Saturday and Sunday Events

 Pasifika Festival 2018 Editors pick

Picture: Pasifika Festival 2018 in Western Springs, Auckland

Western Springs Park Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 24 March 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 25 March 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

The iconic Pasifika Festival is back. You don’t need to go far to experience island life in the Pacific. Two days, 11 islands, and an island hop away from a gourmet selection of Pasifika favourites including Hawaii’s smoky barbecue, the Samoan delicacy Palusami (best eaten with a nice piece of baked taro) or visit the village of Tokelau for a tasty traditional fish dish.Highlights include: 11 authentic Pacific Island villages, delicious food stalls, arts & crafts and traditional and contemporary Pacific Island music & performances. This family-friendly, free event is a great way to experience the diverse cultures of our Pacific whanau. Pack a picnic rug, slip on your jandals, and get ready to celebrate Auckland’s rich Pacific culture and heritage.

Cost: Free entry

POP Drop

Picture by Auckland for Kids - POP Drop at the Festival Playground

Festival Playground, Silo Park, Auckland 
Saturday 25 March 2018: Noon to 10:00pm
Giant water-filled Pop Drop you can play with, step on, roll on or prod. Imagine taking a small droplet on a leaf and scaling it up 1000%.  You can find POP Drop in the Festival Playground for the Auckland Arts Festival in Silo Park, which is a temporary precinct for music, art, food and family fun. 
Cost: FREE

House of Mirrors Auckland Arts Festival Last weekend


Festival Playground, Silo Park, corner of Jellico and Beaumont Street
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018: 10:00am to 10:00pm

Prepare to get lost in this grand reimagining of an amusement park classic: a massive outdoor walk-through installation composed of a labyrinth of seemingless endless mirrors.

Tickets: FREE for kids under 4; Children 4 and over are $12.50; Adults $12.50

Pasifika Vibes @ MOTAT

Picture: Pasifika Vibes at MOTAT

MOTAT:805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Saturday 24 March 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 25 March 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm


MOTAT is collaborating with the Auckland Museum, Art Gallery and Maritime Museum to celebrate Pacific culture, rhythms and flavours with Pasifika Vibes, an event running alongside the annual Pasifika Festival in Western Springs.Bring the whole family along to chill out with great music, succulent food and live entertainment. Sit back and relax while the DJ spins the tunes and the SAINTZUP Performing Arts Trust (SUPA) showcase the talent of their young performers. Popular Māori food truck, Pūhā & Pākehā, will be on-site serving up their unique blend of contemporary Māori street food or you could grab a woodfired pizza with a pacific twist from the team at Napoli Central.
Cost: FREE admission.  (Note: Only the event village will be open to the public. The MOTAT exhibition halls and rest of the Museum will not be open over these days.) 

Saturday and Sunday Events

The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 Public Art Trail

Picture: The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 Public Art Trail - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Various public locations around Auckland 
Saturday 25 March to Sunday 6 May 2018

Super-sized owl sculptures will descend on Auckland for the Haier Big Hoot art trail. Over 100 owls will roost in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary. There are 47 giant owls (1.65m) that have been individually designed by Kiwi and International artists.  Joining the giant owls are 60 owlets (90cm) – many designed by Auckland school students. The giant owls at the end for the trail will be auctioned off to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation.Find them all using the trail map within the Big Hoot 2018 app – available to download from the App Store or Google Play from 01 March, and collect rewards as you go.


Cost: FREE

Knot Touch at NZ Maritime Museum


NZ Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 25 March to Sunday 29 April 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

An installation by Jae Kang that invites visitors to touch and play.

Read about Auckland for Kids visit to Knot Touch here

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders


Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank

Picture - Let Me Be Myself - The life story of Anne Frank at Auckland Museum

Sainsbury Horrocks Gallery, Auckland Museum, Auckland
Saturday 25 March to Sunday 13 May 2018

Imagine spending years in hiding because of prejudice and hate. Developed by Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the international exhibition Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank explores how life was for Anne Frank and her family, and looks at the events surrounding the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. Auckland Museum is the first to host this exhibition in New Zealand as part of a three-year tour supported by The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders

Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo

Picture by Auckland for Kids - Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2018

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.
Read about Auckland for Kids visit to Bug Lab here
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

Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room at Auckland Art Gallery Ending Soon

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

Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, Auckland
Saturday 25 March 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


Ice Skate Tour at View Road School

Picture - Ice Skate Tour at View Road School

View Road School, 5b View Road, Waiuku, Auckland
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ice Skate Tour New Zealand
Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience on the state of the art, artificial ice rink. With helmets and gloves are provided at no charge (both compulsory for kids) it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating. 
Prices $8 for kids under 16, $12 for adults and $35 for a family pass (2 adults + 2 kids or 1 Adult + 3 Kids). Includes ice skates, helmet, gloves and at least half an hour ice skating (longer if capacity allows).

Sunday Events 

Westhaven Marina Day

Picture: Westhaven Marina Day - Auckland

Westhaven Marina, Auckland
Sunday 25 March 2018: Noon to 4:00pm

It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s all about enjoying Westhaven  marina. Try sailing, boat rides stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and more. They even have a special fishing experience for the kids.

Cost: FREE


Panmure Basin Fun Day

Picture - Panmure Basin Fun Day

Panmure Basin, Panmure, Auckland
Sunday 25 March 2018: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Panmure Business Association

Interactive events and activities for all ages, including some great prizes to be won.  This FREE family fun day is sponsored by the Mt Wellington Foundation Ltd, Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, Panmure Business Association, and organised by Fresh Concept.

 Cost: FREE event

Tennis Community Play

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Various Auckland Tennis Clubs: Pompallier (St Mary’s Bay), Eden-Epsom (Mt Eden) and Te Atatu (Te Atatu Penninsula).
Sunday 25 March 2018: 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Tennis Taster session for the whole family at various clubs around Auckland including:
Pompallier (St Mary’s Bay), Eden-Epsom (Mt Eden) and Te Atatu (Te Atatu Penninsula).
Children’s programme: HOT SHOTS, Adults (13+) programme: XPRESS TENNIS
Cost: $2 per player or $5 per family.

Goat Island Snorkel Day

Picture - Goat Island Snorkel Day - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Goat Island, Auckland
Sunday 25 March 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm
This is the event that was postponed last week to this week.
Postponements announed on www.emr.org.nz and and Facebook.com/mtsct.emr 
Explore the waters Goat Island – NZ’s oldest marine reserve. Find snapper, parore and goatfish. Fun for the whole whanau. Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.  Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting.
Cost: FREE event. Koha/donations welcome.

Whanau Day Auckland Arts Festival

Picture - Whanau Day - Auckland Arts Festival

Auckland CBD
Sunday 25 March 2018: 10:00am to 8:00pm
Auckland Arts Festival

Come and celebrate Whānau Day at the Festival Playground. The last day of the Festival is full of free live music and family-friendly fun. Learn how to make and play your own koauau in our taonga pūoro workshop, listen to Anika Moa as she chop-chops her way through a raucous set of her award-winning songs, and dance into the night with the spectacular Bombay Royale.

Cost: FREE event


The Drums of Fire Auckland Arts Festival

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Auckland CBD
Sunday 25 March 2018: 8:00pm to 9:00pm
Auckland Arts Festival
Take to the streets and be swept along by Deabru Beltzak’s pulsating interactive street theatre – a visceral outdoor procession of drumming and fireworks. The performers will follow a route around the CBD, beginning in one location and ending in another. Bring walking shoes and join them on foot for what promises to be a street parade like no other.
Cost: FREE event

Polish Easter crafts

Picture: Polish Easter Crafts - Auckland for Kids

Polish Heritage Trust Museum, 125 Elliot Street, Howick, Auckland map
Sunday 25 March 2018: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Design your own Polish Easter Egg, create an Easter Palm from paper, taste Mazurek, a Polish Easter cake and more. A family fun activity for bookings phone 533 3530.
Cost: $8 per person

Devonport Family Fun Picnic  Neighbours Day event

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Windsor Reserve, Devonport, Auckland
Sunday 25 March 2018: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Bring a picnic, your family and invite your neighbours to celebrate Neighbours Day. There will be a preschool play zone, bouncy castle, faceprinting and live music to keep us entertained along with a sausage sizzle and ice cream for sale. Caregivers are responsible for people under the age of 14 at this event.
Cost: FREE event

XRACE Auckland

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Totara Park, Redoubt Road, Manukau
Sunday 25 March 2018: 10:00am to 12:35pm

XRACE is a family event for kids and parents. Together they complete 10 mystery challenges. XRACE is the perfect way to strengthen your kids self-esteem. 
Suitable for children aged 6 to 14 years old for the main XRACE and 2 to 5 years old for the nipper race.
Cost: $66 for one team ( 1 child and 1 parent)

Brass at the Falls: Waitākere Auckland Brass Band

Picture: Brass at the Falls - Waitakere Auckland Brass Band

Falls Park, Alderman Drive, Henderson
If raining, the event will be relocated to the adjacent Korean Presbyterian Church. 
Sunday 25 March 2018: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Henderson-Massey Local Board

Enjoy the summer sounds of brass with the Waitakere Auckland Brass Band. Bring a folding chair and a picnic for an afternoon of free entertainment.
Cost: FREE event

Ellerslie School Book Fair

12 Kalmia Street, Ellerslie
Sunday 25th March 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Facebook: Ellerslieschoolbookfair
Come grab a bargain! We have thousands of books in every genre you can think of (including hundreds of amazing cooking books), delicious food carts, live music, arts & crafts, face-painting, balloon-twisting and story-time corner every half an hour by Remuera Library.
Cost: VIP entrance 9am to 10am: $10 per person; General admission from 10am: Free

Oaktree Kindergarten Fair

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Rangitoto College, Mairangi Bay
Sunday, 25 March: 10:00am to Noon
Facebook event page 
A fun, day for the whole family with carnival games, fire truck visit, face painting, sausage sizzle, cake stalls and more.
Cost: Free admission