What's on this weekend
The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
Y-tech? Walking on Mars Teen event Editors Pick
With NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CreateOps, NZTech, Nanogirl Labs, Datacom, TechWomen NZ, Manukau Institute of Technology, and Microsoft NZ.
Saturday 11 August 2018: 9:30am to 3:00pm
With NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, take a glimpse of the Europa mission and the quest to find life in our solar system; look at the history of Mars exploration; dive deep into the challenges to land NASA’s rover [Curiosity] on Mars; and embark on a live tour of JPL Pasadena lead by Tom Soderstrom, CTIO. Get to see some of NASA’s newest technologies and understand the impact it can have in space, and on earth. Enter NASA JPL mission control and space craft replica center whilst learning about artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics, 3D printing, and drones. Explore STEM opportunities with Dr Michelle Dickinson, Nanogirl. Registrations essential at https://ytechwalkonmars.eventbrite.co.nz
Saturday Gallery Club – Soft Sculpture
Saturday 11 August 2018: 10:30am to Noon
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
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!
Saturday and Sunday Events
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
Saturday and Sunday Events
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
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.
Disney Classics Film Festival – Bambi
Saturday 11 August 2018: 11:00am
Sunday 12 August 2018: 2:00pm
Glenfield Night Market
Glenfield Mall, Glenfield
Sunday 12 August 2018: 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Cost: FREE entry