The best of what's on this weekend
Kids Art Day
Uxbridge Arts & Culture, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, Auckland
Saturday 13 October 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm
UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture
The biggest arts event for children in East Auckland! Loads of art workshops and activities! Dedicated to youngsters and the young-at-heart, the focus is on children aged 3 to 12 years old, but this free event is for the whole family. Pop in and out or stay all day.
Cost: FREE family event
Auckland Pet and Animal Expo 2018
ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Epsom, Auckland
Saturday 13 October 2018: 10;00am to 5:00pm
NZ’s biggest pet and animal expo. A Fantastic Exhibition of the Best Products, Services and Entertainment for all those who love pets and animals. Home of the Cute and Cuddly, Fluffy and Famous, Wacky and Wonderful.
Tickets: Children 5 to 16 years $5; Adults $14; SEnior $11; Family pass $39
Heroic Girls Story Night
Central City Library, Auckland Libraries, 44 - 46 Lorne Street, Auckland Central
Saturday 13 October 2018: 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Tamariki take action! Enjoy special admission to the Library after hours! Grab a cup of yummy Milo and settle in for some inspirational stories about girls who are changing the world. Suitable for 5 to 9 year olds.
Saturday Gallery Club #42: Wearable Arts Ages 4 years plus
Corban Estates Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 13 October 2018: 10:30am to Noon
Free drop-in Artweek activity for children (and their families). Using found materials and objects create pieces of wearable art inspired by the artists in the Handshake 4 exhibition. These sessions are family friendly so adults can join in too—children just need to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Free, all art materials are provided.
Circus Workshop on the Wharf
Silo Park playspace area, Silo Park, Auckland
Sunday 13 October 2018
Learn circus tricks with 3 Ring Riot at Workshops on the Wharf.
Cost: FREE event
Saturday and Sunday events
Glow @ Artweek
Devonport Village, Devonport
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018: 5pm till late
Architectural light pavilions designed and built by Unitec's 2nd year Architecture students and powered by Vector's latest renewable energy technology. Designed for admiration, interaction and inspiration, and to a zero waste, zero budget brief.
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
Saturday 13 October 2018: 2:00pm and 7:30pm performances
Sunday 14 October 2018: 4:00pm performance
Air Play is a circus-style adventure of epic proportions – a show that brings to life the air that we breathe. Gasp and giggle as balloons dance in the wind, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk goes flying above your head.
Direct from New York, and the creative team from Cirque du Soleil, Air Play is an international hit playing to thousands of spectators of all-ages across the world.
Tickets: $30 to $49
Tower Champs, Grand Finale
Sky Tower, Victoria St West, Auckland map
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018: 10am to 3pm (last entry at 2:30pm)
Enjoy School Holidays up the Sky Tower with The Tower Champs - Grand Finale! Get your official lanyards, compete in challenges and earn all three wristbands to become the ultimate athlete. In conjunction with Run, Jump Throw and Athletics New Zealand, you can enjoy lots of activities at the Sky Tower, including challenges on the secret level! Suitable for children of all abilities, aged 6-14.
Cost: Normal Sky Tower admission applies. Find out more
October School Holidays at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October 2018: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Majestic male lions, cotton-top tamarin and spider monkey babies are just some exciting reasons to visit Auckland Zoo these October school holidays!
On arrival, pick up the school holidays ‘Master Builders’ activity sheet to learn about the amazing construction (animal) heroes. Journey through the Zoo and collect all the master builder stamps! Also, check out the progress of the Zoo’s awesome master build – a new South East Asian precinct.
Tickets: Children under 4 are FREE; Children aged 4 to 14 years $13; Student $19; Adult $24; Book in advance and save up to 20%.
Spring school holiday fun at Butterfly Creek
Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearch Drive, Auckland Airport
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018
Butterfly Creek has lots of animals to see – plus fun Arts & Crafts, our roaming dinosaur, an educational bee talk from The Bee Lady, face painting with The Fun Team & stick-on tattoos in the school holidays. Visit Scar the crocodile, the butterfly house with over 800 butterflies and Kiwi Forest. There’s heaps to do regardless of the weather as Butterfly Creek is ¾ under cover.
Ticket all attractions: Kids under 3 are FREE; Children aged 3 to 15 years $16; Adults $28. Use promo code "FUN10" to save 10% on online bookings.
Night Rides at Rainbow's End
2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland
6 October 2018: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Get together with your friends and family for a night of fun! With all the rides these will be great nights, don't miss out.
Cost: Child$40, Kidz Kingdom $22, Adult $45, early bird deals as well
Secret World of Butterflies
Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 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
MOTAT: From the old country to our country
Auckland Collectable Doll & Toy Fair
Alexandra Park Raceway, Greenlane Road West, Epsom, Auckland
Sunday 14 October 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm
The largest collection of collectable dolls, toys, games, models, cult figures, Lego, bears, trains, cars, accessories, and all things related -under one roof in Auckland.
Cost: Children under 12 are FREE; Adults $7. Free parking.