What's on this weekend
The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
APO 4 Kids Christmas
Auckland Town Hall, Auckland CBD
Saturday 1 December 2018: 10:00am and 11:30am performances
Delight your pre-schoolers with some orchestral fun for the festive season! Actor Kevin Keys presents a concert that will give the littlies a chance to sing-along, dance-along and conduct-along to favourite carols and Christmas songs. The APO will also be joined by special guest Moe from The Moe Show live on stage with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.The fun doesn’t stop there! Prior to the start of the concert, kids are invited to the Music Zoo where they get to learn about the instruments of the orchestra up close. At the end of the show, guests can also experience a walk-through of the orchestra as the musicians play the final performances of the day.
Cost: Children under 2 years old are free. Children 2 and over $15; Adults $15; Family of 4: $50
Kids learn to ride
Greville Reserve, Forrest Hill, Auckland
Saturday 1 December 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Auckland Transport Cycling
Get the kids riding for summer! Learning to ride a two-wheeler is one of those big childhood milestones, and being part of that experience as a parent is a thrill.
If you are wondering how to get started, or experiencing a few bumps along the way then check out the free #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. Sessions are weather dependent and run on a drop-in basis. Bring your own bike or try one of theirs.
Westgate Santa Parade
Saturday 1 December 2018: 10am
Westgate Shopping Centre
Te Atatu Peninsula Christmas And Fun Day
Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland
Saturday 1 December 2018: 9:00am to 2:00pm
The fun day starts from 9am with the Parade at 11am.
Te Atatu Peninsula Christmas Parade And Fun Day
View and buy local products at the NEW Christmas Market, Enjoy the entertainment being hosted throughout Pringle Park, Watch as the parade travels through the village or simply come and enjoy some of the amazing food stalls and FREE rides.
Cost: FREE event
Three Kings Carols by Candlelight
Three Kings Reserve, Mount Eden Road, Three Kings, Auckland
Saturday 1 December 2018: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Christmas entertainment from 6pm and at 8pm Carols by candlelight start.
Cost: FREE event
The Panmure Christmas Street Party
Queens Road, Panmure, Auckland
Saturday 1 December 2018: 11:00am to 2:00pm
Queens Rd will be closed off to make way for lots of free activities for young and young at heart. There will be train rides, animal cycles, circus workshops, entertainment and plenty of clowning around. Of course you will be well fed with many delectable food options, no matter what your taste. Don’t forget to have your photo taken with Santa for free too!
Cost: FREE community event.
Saturday and Sunday events
North Pole Express
Departs The Strand Train Station, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December 2018: Noon, 3:00pm and 6:00pm departures
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December 2018: Noon, 3:00pm and 6:00pm departures
Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the Christmas season! Families will love the magical train ride in one of the specially decorated carriages, you’ll meet Santa, sing, and celebrate this special time of year.Set to the sounds of carols passengers are invited to wear their pajamas and join us to be whisked away on the North Pole Express and delight in the magic of Christmas as the train departs for a round-trip journey to meet Santa who has been magically transported to an undisclosed location along the tracks.The Magical Round Trip Journey includes: Entertainers, Carolling, Iced Cocoa & Cookies, Souvenir Mug, Santa Visit, Special Gift and extra surprises on the way.
Tickets: $81 to $91 per passenger.
Night Noodle Markets
Victoria Park, Auckland
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December 2018: 4:00pm to 10:00pm
The Night Noodle Markets NZ
The Night Noodle Markets are returning to Auckland this summer with the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia! Expect dumplings, curries, barbequed meats and more!
Cost: FREE entry.
Shrek the Musical
Shrek the Musical , a Tony Award winning musical brings all the beloved characters from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story that meets the ears. Shrek delivers a magical night out for the whole family, in a not-to-be-missed, side-splitting adventure of fairytale proportions! Four shows only, and no extension is possible! For ages 3 years plus.
Tickets:$25 to $45, additional booking fees apply.
My Art Time at Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener Street and Wellesley Street, Auckland
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December 2018: 11:00am to 2:00pm each day
New, free, kids-focused weekend event where you can make art together and have fun. Free for New Zealand residents, Members and Children 12 & under.
MUKA Youth Prints
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tämaki, Auckland
Saturday 1 December & Sunday 2 December: 10am to 5pm
Muka Youth Prints is a very special exhibition and art sale for people 5 to 19 years of age only. For 32 years the iconic touring art event has been giving young people the chance to start their own art collection. Each year muka studio invited a number of New Zealand and international artists to exclusively produce a set of original signed and numbered lithographs. The names and signatures of the artists are covered inviting people under 19 to view and appreciate art without any adult influence. Putting the real thing directly in the hands of young people makes it part of their world, very often it became the start of a lifelong interest and passion.
Cost: The children can access the exhibition without admission fee and have the option of purchasing the youth print of their choice at $75.
Bricks and Blocks at MOTAT
MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Join MOTAT and the Auckland LEGO® User Group for a weekend of building, creating, and appreciation of everything LEGO®. Marvel at impressive displays by the Auckland LEGO® User Group and get hands-on in the Build and Bash Space.
Cost: All activities are included as part of normal MOTAT admission fees.
Secret World of Butterflies
Saturday 2 December 2018 onwards
Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns as new exhibition Secret World of Butterflies takes flight. View thousands of butterflies from the Shannon Collection, on display for the first time. Be amazed by these stunning insects in this family-friendly exhibition that reveals unbelievable butterfly facts and is packed full of interactive activities. Zoom in on nature’s designs or create your own butterfly and unleash it into a magical digital garden.
Christmas Tree Showcase 2018
Barfoot & Thompsom Netball Centre, 44 Northcote Road.
Saturday 2 December to Friday 7 December 2018
More than 200 Christmas trees will be on display including both traditional and trees created from different materials such as cans and wood. A large wooden ‘Gingerbread House’ will feature in a ‘woodland’ setting.
Cost: General Admission: $10, Family Concession: $25 (two adults and two children under 15), Gold Card Admission: $8
Above and Beyond
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 2 December 2018 to Monday 11 March 2019: 10:00am to 5:00pm (excluding Christmas Day)
Above and Beyond presented by Boeing and developed in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum brings the wonder of flight to life. Design your own virtual jet and race against other players in a high-speed flying competition, be transformed into virtual birds through motion-sensing technology and ascend to Earth’s orbit in a simulated space elevator.
Cost: Children under 5 are FREE; Children 5 to 15 years $10; Students $10; Adults $19; Seniors $10; Family pass (2 adults and up to 4 children) $45
Farmers Santa Parade Editors Pick
Sunday 2 December 2018:
Pre- Parade Noon to 1:00pm
Parade: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Santa’s Party 2:30pm to 5:30pm
Parade goers will also be treated to a myriad of colourful new costumes along with all new floats featuring The Beginning of Time, The Nutcracker and Lost Boys, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Captain Hook and a specially designed Thomas the Tank Engine.
The much-loved regulars include Clifford the Big Red Dog, Geronimo Stilton, Pinkfong & Yellow Shark, Peter Rabbit, Moe, Queen Elsa, Farmers Santa Bears, Where’s Wally? and more! The Farmers Santa Parade will be followed by the party of the year, Santa’s Party in Aotea Square.
Ellerslie Santa Parade
Sunday 2 December 2018: 11:00am to Noon
Ellerslie Santa Parade is an iconic Christmas event, and a great way to connect with your local community and get into the Christmas spirit.
Christmas Carols on the Green
Vellenoweth Green, Saint Heliers, Auckland
Sunday 2 December 2018: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
www.facebook.com/OrakeiLBChristmas Carols on the Green is a fun, free family-friendly event featuring Santa’s Grotto, free face painters, as well as carol singing and local performances. Either bring a picnic, choose from the delicious food stalls, or get your dinner delivered straight to the park from an online food delivery service.
Cost: FREE event.
Don’t forget to bring a toy for the Auckland City Mission.
Sensory Santa Photos at Wesfield Manukau
Westfield Manukau City, Cnr Great South and Wiri Station Road, Manukau
Sunday 2 December 2018: 8:00am to 10:00am
www.westfield.co.nzChristmas can be an overwhelming time for people with sensitive needs. Enjoy the Christmas wonderland and meet Santa in a comfortable and calm environment before the mall opens.This Sensory Santa event is for families with children who have sensory disorders. Bookings are essential
Cost: FREE to see Santa.