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What’s on this weekend in Auckland for Kids – Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2018

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2018
Fathers Day weekend

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

Saturday Events

Lake House Open Day


Lake House Art Centre, 37 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna, Auckland, 0622
Saturday 1 September 2018: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Lake House Arts Centre

It’s the first day of Spring and Lake House will be springing into action! Students’ work will be on display in various studios to give insight to Lake House Art Centre’s classes for both children and adults.  There will be music, entertainment, art opportunities, raffles, giveaways and more.

Cost: FREE


Mitre 10 Cup:  QBE North Harbour vs Tasman


QBE Stadium, Stadium Drive, Albany
Saturday 1 September 2018: 7:35pm to 9;30pm

Tickets:  Children 4 years and under are FREE; Childre aged 5 to 14 years $5 to $10; Adults $25 to $35


Stargazing Lab


Maraetai Beach, Maraetai
Saturday 1 September 2018: 6:30pm to 7:30pm (weather dependent)

The first family friendly session starts before the sunset in order to explain  basic concepts about astronomy, telescopes, and photography. After that, you will have opportunities to observe the craters and mountains on the Moon, Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and the rings of Saturn. You will also have a chance to observe deep sky objects like star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. Bookings are essential

Cost: Children $10; Adults $15

Tiny Tots Groovers Disco


Orakei Community Centre, 156 Kepa Road, Orakei
Saturday 1 September 2018: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Drama Queens Auckland

Dance the afternoon away with your preschool family, disco lights and bubbles. Bouncy castle, face painting, candy floss and popcorn.

Cost: $5 per child


Stand Up Stand Out Finals 2018


Vodafone Events Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Wiri, Manukau, 2104
Saturday 1 September 2018: 3:00pm to 6.30pm 

Don’t miss an exceptional showcase of talent at the finals of Auckland’s premier secondary school music and dance competition. From RnB, reggae, folk and rock to jazz ballet, contemporary and hip hop, this is your chance to see the stars of our future – plus enjoy a special guest performance from hip-hop collective SWIDT.


Cost: $5 at the door


Saturday and Sunday Events

Beyond Bollywood

Auckland Live Pick & Mix event

Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 1 September 2018: 10:30am
Bruce Mason Centre, 1 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 2 September 2018: 10:30am

Award-winning choreographer Monisha Kumar brings the best of Bollywood to Pick & Mix with dancers from the Monisha Kumar Dance Company, Garagewala and guests. Performing classical Indian, folk and contemporary dance, plus hip hop Bollywood-style.
Learn to dance Bollywood-style and have some fun embracing Indian culture.



Secret World of Butterflies


Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 2018

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.

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders 

Sunday Events

A Special Stardome Father’s Day


Stardome, 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak
Sunday 2  September 2018

To celebrate Father’s Day, all Dads, Granddads and  Fatherly figures will get in FREE* to a planetarium show on Father’s Day. Let Dad sit back and chill out on the reclining seats (they love those!) and catch a family fun show during the day or gaze up and learn about the night sky in the evening. Phone bookings are essential on (09) 624 1246.Show Times
1pm – The Accidental Astronauts
2pm – Tilt
3pm – Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
4pm – We Are Aliens
6pm – Spring Stories in the Sky
7pm – Black Holes
8pm – Spring Night Sky

Cost: Dads go FREE (*one free dad per paying person).


Fathers Day Brunch at Butterfly Creek


Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland
Sunday 2 September 2018: 9:00am to 1:00pm

Treat dad this Father’s Day with a special brunch buffet at Butterfly Creek in The Papillon Room.Book a table and Dad will get a free All Attractions Pass to Butterfly Creek.
Everyone else who joins Dad gets 25% off All Attractions at Butterfly Creek on the day (T’s & C’s apply).

Tickets: Under 3s are FREE; Children $26; Adults $38


Wild Wheels for Father’s Day


MOTAT, Western Springs, Auckland
Sunday 2 September 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day at MOTAT’s fun-filled family event, Wild Wheels! Featuring cars, bikes and vintage vehicles on display. Take some time out to relax in the Village Beer Garden, and enjoy some live music performances throughout the day. There will be plenty happening for the young ones too, with balloon car crafts and more in the children’s activity area, and temporary tattoos for anyone feeling a little adventurous.

Cost: Usual admission charges apply

World Culture Festival

Freemans Bay Community Centre, 52 Hepburn St, Ponsonby
Sunday 2 Sep 2018: 7:00pm to 9:00pm

A competition-winning kids dancing team from South Korea will perform some dances of various cultures, following with a short speech about youth mind guidance, by a professional lecturer in mind education. Korean, Mandarin, Thai interpretation available

Cost: FREE



Dads Eat Free* at the Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen


Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen, 7 Sale Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
Treat your dad this Father’s Day by Sorting his Shirt Out while he eats as much pizza as he can stomach for FREE!* Book for All You Can Eat Pizza & Sides on Sunday 2nd September and Dad not only eats free, but they will also iron two of his shirts to kick start his week ahead.  Make a booking here
* Max of 2 dads eat free with any booking. 


Fathers Day Drags

Meremere Dragway, Meremere
Sunday 2 September 2018: 7am gates open, racing starts at 9am
Cancellations on 1ZB (Rain date Sunday 16 September 2018)
Fathers Day Drags

The American Muscle Car Club once again brings us one of the biggest events on the Drag Racing calendar.   The event celebrates the best of Australia and America’s street legal machines with a Dial Your Own format of racing for all classes except for The MERLIN Top 8 Shootout who will run heads up to find the quickest Australian and quickest American V8 street machine in the country! Their will also be a Burnout Comp so get the skid wagon out!

Tickets: $20 gate entry kids under 12 are FREE