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What’s on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018 in Auckland for Kids

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018

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

Saturday Events

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.
Cost:  Free

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.

Open day on the green Auckland Heritage Festival


Auckland Bowling Club, 100 Stanley Street, Parnell
Saturday 13 October 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Auckland Bowling Club, founded in 1861, is believed to be the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere. The clubroom and lounge are lined with historic photos and memorabilia from the very early days and include photos of some of Auckland’s most prominent citizens.
Weather permitting, guests are invited to have a casual roll-up on the grass greens.
Cost: FREE

Badjelly the Witch


The Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna
Saturday 13 October 2018: 10:30am and 2:00pm shows
Share Tim and Rose’s madcap adventure through the great black forest and into Badjelly’s castle. Cheer as Tim and Rose set off to search for Lucy. Laugh with Dinglemouse, Mud-wiggle and Binkle-bonk. And then….BOOOO at Badjelly, as she captures Tim and Rose. Will she turn them into sausages? Will they escape? Who will save them?
Tickets: $22 to $28 each

Avondale’s Chinese market gardeners

Auckland Heritage Festival Event

Avondale Library, 93 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland
Saturday 13 October 2018: 2pm to 3pm
Auckland Heritage Festival
Avondale/Waterview historian Lisa Truttman will explore the stories of Avondale’s Chinese market gardeners, from Ah Chee’s purchase of land on Rosebank Road, to the latter days of such enterprises on Rosebank and New Windsor. Hear about the public opposition to the Sunday work of the Cantonese immigrants, and the acts of kindness by the growers to their neighbours in need. On display, a variety of Chinese vegetables and recipes that promote good health.



Saturday and Sunday Events

Glow @ Artweek


Devonport Village, Devonport
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018: 5pm till late
Devonport Village

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.
Cost: FREE

Air Play


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%.



Saturday and Sunday Events

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

Ports of Auckland Heritage Tugboat Sailings


New Zealand Maritime Museum
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018: 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm sailings
Take a 90-minute cruises aboard the iconic 83 year old William C Daldy steam tugboat during this year’s Auckland Heritage Festival. Experience an all access journey, discover the inner workings of the steam tugboat by visiting the engine room, the heat of the boiler room and the wheelhouse up top. Each cruise will be accompanied by a detailed commentary on Auckland’s maritime history. These family-friendly tours will cruise through the port’s wharves at work and under the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Tickets: Infant FREE; Children $5; Adult $15


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

Manukau Heads Lighthouse

Auckland Heritage Festival Event

Manukau Heads Lighthouse, Manukau Heads Rd, RD4 Waiuku
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 2018: 9am to 5pm
Auckland Heritage Festival
This is a chance to spend the day at the historic Manukau Heads Lighthouse.Enjoy stunning views across to the Waitākere Ranges and the city. Learn about the history of the lighthouse, including stories about the keepers and their families, the Signal Station, and the sinking of the Orpehus in New Zealand’s worst shipping disaster.
Cost: FREE

MOTAT: From the old country to our country
Auckland Heritage Festival Event


MOTAT, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 13 October to Sunday 14 October 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Diverse peoples and history have shaped the city we recognise today. MOTAT’s interactive experiences bring the past to life, revealing the stories of early migrants and what drew them to our shores. Get hands-on with history and become a settler for a day as you discover the realities of life on the gum fields, or experience the thrill of gold fever.
Cost: Under 5s are FREE; Children aged 5 to 16 years and students $10; Adults $19; Family Pass (2 children and up to 4 children) $45 


Sunday Events

Kiwi Guardians Family Fun Day at Ambury Regional Park


43 Ambury Rd, Mangere Bridge
Sunday 14 October 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Toyota Kiwi Guardians

Come and join us at Ambury Regional Park as we launch our awesome new Kiwi Guardians Walk! Say hello to our farm animals, enjoy our bird life, and experience the rich Maori and European history. There will be games, activities, and even prizes! Look out for the Bird Hide when you get there. On it you’ll find a special code word which you can use to receive your Kiwi Guardians medal!
Cost: FREE

Military Heritage Day at Auckland Museum


South Atrium, Auckland Museum
Sunday 14 October 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Military Heritage Day
Join Auckland Museum for a special day exploring the people behind New Zealand’s military heritage.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders

Motu Manawa Kayak Day


Eric Armishaw Reserve, Point Chevalier, Auckland
Sunday 14 October 2018: Sessions at 10am, 11:15am and 12:30pm
Experiencing Marine Reserves – EMR
Explore one of the hidden gems of the Hauraki Gulf, one of our most visited marine reserves with experienced kayak guide. You never know what you might spot! Kayak through mangrove forests. This event is a taster into kayaking – expect to spend 40mins on the water.  Fun for the whole whanau – recommended for children over 7. Children under 13 need an adult companion. Registrations are essential.  Lifejackets are provided.
Cost: Participation by condaiton/koha.

Auckland Collectable Doll & Toy Fair


Alexandra Park Raceway, Greenlane Road West, Epsom, Auckland
Sunday 14 October 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Facebook: Auckland-Collectable-Doll-Toy-Fai
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.

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