What’s on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April 2018 in Auckland for Kids

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April 2018
Autumn School Holidays

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

Saturday Events

Kids Learn 2 Ride: Avondale

Picture: Kids Learn 2 Ride at Avondale - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

Avondale Central Reserve, Avondale, Auckland
Saturday 14 April 2018: 10:00am to Noon (Sessions are weather dependent and run on a drop in basis)

Learning to ride a two-wheeler is one of those big childhood milestones, and being a part of that experience as a parent is a thrill. However, if you are wondering how to get started, or experiencing a few bumps along the way then check out the #Learn2Ride sessions.Auckland Transport’s team of qualified instructors work along side parents to get kids riding. Whether starting on a balance bike or making the transition to pedals the team is there to help. If your child doesn’t yet have a bike but is keen to give it a go, there will be bikes available on a limited basis.

Cost: FREE event

Pump Tracks are for Girls too!


Grey Lynn Pump Track, 60 Dryden Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Saturday 14 April 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Women in Urbanism Aotearoa

Aimed at girls around the 7-11 age range, and there’ll be activities for younger kids too. t’s a chance for girls to have a go in an awesome bike space and hang out with Olympic BMX mediallist  Sarah Walker. They’ll hear about her pathway into BMX, be taught some tricks and go for a few rides around the pump track with her.Auckland Transport instructors will be there to teach the basics of bikes, and give tips on cycling in Auckland. They will also have a woman bike mechanic on hand to give your bikes a check-up. Some bikes will be available for girls to have a go on, so don’t worry if you don’t have one! Younger kids and toddlers can try out balance bikes – a great way to learn how to ride. If you are planning on going please register, so they know how many people to expect on the day.

Cost: FREE event


2018 Korean Day


North Shore Events Centre, Wairau Valley, Auckland
Saturday 14 April 2018: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Korean Day

Experience Korean cultural heritage. The official ceremony is from 1pm to 2pm. Activities include: Korean traditional art performance, traditional games and craft experience, traditional food and beverage and International Youth Arts

Cost: FREE entry


Out & About Summer Skate Series – Flatbush


Papkura Skatepark, Papakura, Auckland 
Saturday 14 April 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm

Grab your skateboard and your mates for a chance to win prizes. Divisions: U 13s, U 17s, Girls Open

Cost: FREE entry


Make your own Jaffa machine


Mt Albert Library, 84 St Lukes Road, Mount Albert, Auckland
Saturday 14 April 2018: 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Build your own invention to dispense Jaffas into your own hand. Suitable for ages 8+.


Cost: FREE


Lego rocket building


Parnell Library, Jubliee Building, 545 Parnell Road, Auckland
Saturday 14 April 2018: 10:30am to 11:30am


Start the school holidays off with a blast, by building your own LEGO rocket. Plus help us launch our Post-it note rocket.


Cost: FREE


STEM in the Park   7 to 10 years


87 Patteson Avenue, Mission Bay, Auckland map
Saturday 14 April 2018: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Facebook event page 


Girls aged 7 to 10 years old are invited to join the adventure team for a challenging and exciting day of STEM activities and experiments. They will learn how to: design and build high towers; make slime and bouncy balls;  use spy skills to break a secret code and more.  Bookings are essential email: ashlyn.baines@girlguidingnz.org.nz


Cost: $25



World on the Street: Latin America


Silo Park, cnr Beaumont and Jellico Streets, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
Saturday 14 April 2018: Noon to 6:00pm

Food and entertainment from Latin America. The home of some of the food that revolutionised our palate with chilli, chocolate and tomatoes!  

Cost: FREE entry



Saturday and Sunday Events.

Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

Picture: Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries - AUCKLAND FOR KIDS

The Trusts Arena, Auckland
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April 2018: 10:00am and 1:00pm shows

Jeepers! SCOOBY-DOO and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been called in to help solve an epic mystery in Auckland. A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theater and SHAGGY, FRED, DAPHNE, VELMA and SCOOBY-DOO are on their way in the MYSTERY MACHINE to help solve it.  This hilarious live theater show brings everyone’s favorite animated series to life.

Prices: $31.90 to $57.50 (Children under 12 months are free entry, provided they do not take a seat.)


The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 Public Art Trail

Picture: The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2016 Public Art Trail

Various public locations around Auckland 
Saturday 14 April to Sunday 6 May 2018


Super-sized owl sculptures will descend on Auckland for the Haier Big Hoot art trail. Over 100 owls will roost in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary. There are 47 giant owls (1.65m) that have been individually designed by Kiwi and International artists.  Joining the giant owls are 60 owlets (90cm) – many designed by Auckland school students. The giant owls at the end for the trail will be auctioned off to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation.Find them all using the trail map within the Big Hoot 2018 app – available to download from the App Store or Google Play from 01 March, and collect rewards as you go.


Cost: FREE 


Uncover the secret world of bugs!

April holidays at Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April  2018

Uncover the secret world of bugs at Auckland Zoo and Bug Lab these school holidays. Explore Bug Lab – home to Te Papa and Weta Workshop’s magical interactive exhibition. Out in the Zoo there’s live bugs to check out, and daily bug encounters with zoo keepers where you can learn more about their unique and genius super powers.

Read about Auckland for Kids visit to Bug Lab here


Tickets to Bug Lab: Kids under 4 years old are 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


Brickman: Wonders of the World


Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 14 April to Sunday 13 May 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Come and visit the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Empire State Building (complete with King Kong), Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe – all made exclusively from LEGO® bricks. Explore these ‘Wonders of the World’ on a different scale, learn more about the history of these global attractions and then get hands-on with your own imaginative masterpiece.


Cost: Under 3’s are FREE; Children $13.50; Adults $24.50; Concession $19.50; Family (1 adult, 2 children) $46.50, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $67.50



The LEGO® Treasure Hunt


Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 14 April to Sunday 29 April 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Some of the bricks from our blockbuster LEGO exhibition Brickman®: Wonders of the World have escaped and hidden themselves amongst Auckland Museum’s taonga (treasures)! Pick up a trail map from the Atrium Information Desk and follow the clues around the Museum to discover LEGO masquerading as Museum objects. Once you’ve completed the hunt, go into the draw to win an awesome LEGO prize pack.

Cost: FREE


Saturday and Sunday Events

The Tower Champs


Sky Tower, Cnr Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, New Zealand 
Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 April 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm daily. 
Last tickets sold at 2:30pm

Tower Champs have arrived at Sky Tower for the April school holidays.   Sky Tower have teamed up with Athletics New Zealand to bring you a day full of fun activities including a relay race on the secret floor up the Sky Tower. Receive your very own racing bib, compete in the challenges and earn all three of the collector’s wristbands to become a sporting legend. There are over $1,000 in total prizes to be won. You can find the entry forms are in the activity booklet.

Entry prices: Normal Sky Tower admissions apply.


Knot Touch at NZ Maritime Museum


NZ Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 14 April  to Sunday April 29 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

An installation by Jae Kang that invites visitors to touch and play.
Read about Auckland for Kids visit to Knot Touch here

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders

Ready Steady Go! Holiday experience at MOTAT


MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs map
Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 April 2018:10:00am to 5:00pm

Race through the school holidays with MOTAT’s “Ready, Steady, Go!” holiday experience. Jump into the fast lane to explore all the ways to travel. This experience gets back to the basics by looking at the most fundamental element of transportation – getting from A to B! Test your design skills by building and customising the cardboard body of a radio-controlled car and then race your creation in the action-packed Turbodrome on a purpose-built track. See marbles cascading down a giant, custom-made marble run and then have a go at building your own with magnetic boards. Make time for a pitstop and create your own weird and wonderful vehicle on the magnetic wall or participate in the transport-themed fun and games on offer.

Cost: Normal MOTAT admission fees apply

Paw Patrol Sea Patrol


SEALIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 April 2018

Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol SEA Patrol are coming to Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s  for the April school holidays.  Kids of all ages are invited to go on an interactive trail and become an honorary member of the pup squad.

Cost: Usual admission prices apply


Butterfly Creek School Holiday Fun


Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport
Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 April 2018

Butterfly Creek has lots of fun activities on for the school holidays. Go on the daily animal encounters. Check out the Kiwi Forest, meet Scar the Crocodile,  walk amongst over 800 butterflies. Go back in time and walk amongst the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Kingdom. On weekdays you can enjoy the Dinomite show and mask colouring too.

Cost: Usual admission charges apply.

Screen-writing Workshop for Teens at TAPAC


The Auckland Performing Arts Centre TAPAC, 100 Motions Road,  Western Springs, Auckland 
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April 2018

In this two-day workshop with acclaimed industry professional Paolo Rotondo, your teenager will learn everything you need to know about how to formulate a good (unique) idea, structure a story, develop deep characters, and professionally format a script. They will also learn about goal-setting and how to pursue a career in film. Suitable for teenagers aged 13 to 16 years.

Cost: $150


Rocket Ropes School Holidays


Rocket Ropes, 12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland 
Saturday 14 to Sunday 29 April 2018: Climbing sessions hourly 10am to 2pm

Rocket Ropes has climbing deals for the whole family – SAVE up to 30%  for the school holidays. For fun and challenging ropes activities, organise a trip for your family today. There is the choice of 2 courses, Rocketeer Course for the littlies aged 2 to 6 or book the Croc Course for kids aged 6 to 18 for more adventurous climbing fun. Bookings Essential.



Aotea Square, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland 
Saturday 14 April 2018 to Sunday 29 April 2018

Place a token in the vintage washing machine come jukebox. Plug in your phone or music device and play your favourite song. Then dance.

Cost: FREE

Lock N Load Adventures School Holidays


Lock N Load Adventures, 46, Nixon Road, Auckland map
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April 2018

Get them outdoors with Lock N Load’s kid’s paintball deal – over 40% off! Let the kids duck, roll and take cover to avoid being shot with paint! Low impact option available for the younger kids. Deal includes entry, gear (exc. overalls) and 200 paintballs. (low impact or regular paintball available).

Cost: From $35 per person. Bookings essential

Sunday Events

Public Volunteer Day at Motutapu


Motutapu Island
Sunday 15 April 2018
Motutapu Restoration Trust

Nursery work continues all year round and extreme weeders will be out and about in the planted forest. Join Motautapu Restoration Trust and make a difference on this beautiful island.


Live Village Day at MOTAT

Picture by Auckland for Kids - Live Village Day at MOTAT

MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Sunday 15 April 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

There is no better time to experience MOTAT than at one of the Museum’s regular Live Days. See MOTAT’s operational collection come to life every third Sunday of the month with a great range of family activities included as part of your normal MOTAT admission. This month Live Day focuses on the historic Village with its cluster of picturesque cottages, quaint chapel and beautiful gardens reminding us of days gone by. Favourite Live Day activities include rides on heritage trams, Little Flick the mini fire engine, a steam train and military vehicles. Visitors can also watch the Black Smith in full swing in the forge as well as the old-fashioned Lolly-man and Bread maker plying their trades.Cost: Usual admission costs apply

JUMP Sensory Session


JUMP East Tamaki, JUMP North Shore and JUMP Avondale
Sunday 15 April 2018: 9:00am

For children with special needs & their families. JUMP turn down the music and dial down the distractions at this session.

Cost: $8 per hour for a sensory child under 110cm with a spectatory only. One carer has the option to JUMP for free with a sensory child admission


Meet the Villagers


Howick Historical Village, Bells Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga
Sunday 15 April 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Visit the Howick Arms for a refreshing drink or ice block on sale today and play some pub games with the Villagers. View the display cases, visit the Bodger, Carpenter and Blacksmith for demonstrations of their traditional occupations.Try your hand at wood splitting,  view the textiles and sewing display. Make butter by hand and play outdoor games and Giant Bubble Making.