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What’s on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018 for Auckland children and families

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

Saturday Events

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.

MIT Manukau, Manukau Station Road, Auckland
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
Cost: FREE event

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. 

Cost: FREE


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.)

Saturday and Sunday Events

Spinderella Auckland Live Pick & Mix event


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.


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


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.
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

Bridgeway Cinema
Relive the magic of all your Disney favourite Bambi at the Bridgeway Cinema.
Tickets: $8

Sunday Events

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