The best of what's on this weekendin Auckland for Kids
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
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Saturday Gallery Club - Soft Sculpture
Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 11 August 2018: 10:30am to Noon
Drop in activity for children aged 4 plus and their families. Learn how to make soft sculptures that you can put in your home, and take inspiration from the Give me Space artists. Make you own site-specific sculpture for your home!
Cost: FREE event
Free Family Fun Day Mash Up Event
Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland
Saturday 11 August 2018: Noon to 4:30pm
Free family event proudly supported by The Whau Local Board. Captain Festus McBoyle’s Travellin’ Variety Show, Le Cirque de JP, Otis Mace and the 1B4s, food and drink by The Lions Club, Blockhouse Bay Primary School and Blockhouse Bay Playcentre. Face Painting ($5 a face). A celebration of family and community and the many differences within.
Pre-North Island Championships Giant Slalom Race
SNOWPLANET, 91 Small Road, Silverdale
Saturday 11 August 2018: 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Races start at 4pm
Come see New Zealand's future best and brightest racers go for the gold!
Cost: FREE to watch (Racers must pay entry free.)
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 11 August 2018: 10:30am
Mangere Arts Centre
Saturday 11 August 2018: 3:00pm
Bruce Mason Centre, 1 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 12 August 2018: 10:30am
DJ Spinderella MC, a young Polynesian boy with two evil stepsisters and a wicked stepmother, must complete three dangerous tasks. Come along and meet the notorious Big Bad Wolf and his wolf pack, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rumpelstiltskin, but most importantly help Spinderella get to the show!
Learn one of the dances from the show and explore how to create and perform your own fairytale.
Cost: FREE but BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL
Secret World of Butterflies
Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 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
Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo Finishes Soon
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 11 August to Sunday 26 August 2018
Don't miss the blockbuster science exhibition from Te Papa and Weta Workshop at Auckland Zoo. 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 go 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
Disney Classics Film Festival - Bambi
Bridgeway Cinema, 122 Queen Street, Northcote, Auckland
Saturday 11 August 2018: 11:00am
Sunday 12 August 2018: 2:00pm
Relive the magic of all your Disney favourite Bambi at the Bridgeway Cinema.
Glenfield Night Market
Glenfield Mall, Glenfield
Sunday 12 August 2018: 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Cost: FREE entry
India Independence Day 2018
Mhatma Ghandi Centre, 145 New North Road, Eden Terrace, Auckland
Sunday 12 August 2018: 10:30am to 12:30pm
India in New Zealand (High Commission of India, Wellington)
Celebrate India's 72nd Independence Day in Auckland on 12 August. Great fun, entertainment and food for the whole family. Don't miss it.
Cost: Free entry and parking