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What’s on Sat 15 and Sun 16 Dec 2018

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December 2018

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

Saturday Events

The Nutcracker at TAPAC


TAPAC, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 15 December 2018: 11:00am

Presented by Nash Dom (Our Home) the Russian Edu-Cultural Centre-school, this enthralling production, performed in Russian, captures the magic of Christmas and will delight audiences young and old. The enchanting music written by famous composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is an important part of Russian classical music heritage and this wholesome production is a lovely way to introduce children to classical music and dance.

Tickets: Children $30 includes a book, Adults $20


Ugly Sweater photo


Chancery Square, 1 Chancery Street, Auckland
Saturday 15 December 2018: Noon to 2:00pm
Facebook event page

Put on an ugly sweater and come join us for a Christmas event not be missed! Here’s you chance to have fun and create a lasting Christmas memory. 
Grab your friends or family and get down to Chancery Square for the ugly sweater photo booth.

Cost: Gold coin donation


Otara Christmas in the Carpark


Otara Town Centre, Otara, Auckland
Saturday 15 December 2018: 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Facebook: otarachristmas

Live performances, entertainment, food stalls, FREE rides for kids and prizes to be won.

Cost: FREE entry


Pop-up Christmas cards and lei making


Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland
Saturday 15 December 2018: 11:30am to 1:00pm

Drawing inspiration from Auckland Libraries’ current Heritage Collections exhibition – ‘Playful pop-up books’ – come along to make your own pop-up Christmas cards and colourful lei. Suitable for children aged 4 to 11 years old.
Cost: FREE event

Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races


Alexandra Park, 245 Greenlane Road, West, Auckland
Saturday 15 December 2018: 5:30pm gates open
Cost: FREE general admission

Saturday and Sunday Events


Saturday and Sunday Events

Christmas Lights at MOTAT


MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 15 December to Monday 24 December 2018: 8pm onwards

Meet Santa and his elves and share in the magic of Christmas while experiencing the Museum’s heritage buildings, streetscapes and trams beautifully lit up with sparkling fairy lights.  Starting at 8pm each night, there’ll be a myriad of things to see and do with live entertainment, outdoor movies, tram rides, carollers, Santa’s grotto and more!

Cost: $2 entry and FREE for under 5s


The Greatest Story Ever Told


LIFE Central, 25 Normany Road, Mt Eden
Saturday 15 December 2018: 4:00pm and 6:00pm shows
Sunday 16 December 2018: 6:00pm show

60-minute spectacular combines song, dance and drama with some extra special surprises along the way to bring the classic Christmas story to life. The programme is designed with the whole family in mind including free ice-skating with every ticket!
Cost: Register now for your free tickets!

Secret World of Butterflies

Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 15 December 2018 onwards

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

Above and Beyond


MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 16 December 2018 to Monday 11 March 2019: 10:00am to 5:00pm (excluding Christmas Day)
Above and Beyond presented by Boeing and developed in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum brings the wonder of flight to life.   Design your own virtual jet and race against other players in a high-speed flying competition, be transformed into virtual birds through motion-sensing technology and ascend to Earth’s orbit in a simulated space elevator.
Cost: Children under 5 are FREE; Children 5 to 15 years $10; Students $10; Adults $19; Seniors $10; Family pass (2 adults and up to 4 children) $45

Playful pop-up books exhibition


Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero | Central City Library, 44 to 46 Lorne Street, Auckland
Saturday 16 December 2018 to Sunday 3 March 2019
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Marvel at these 24 stunning examples of movable and pop-up books from Sir George Grey Special Collections. Escape the heat in the pop-up books reading zone or take a snap of the children in your lives by the dress-ups wall!
(Image: Robert Sabuda. Alice’s adventures in Wonderland: a pop-up adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s original tale. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003.)
Cost: FREE event

My Art Time at Auckland Art Gallery


Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener Street and WEllesley Street, Auckland
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December 2018: 11:00am to 2:00pm each day

New, free, kids-focused weekend event where you can make art together and have fun.  Free for New Zealand residents, Members and Children 12 & under.

Cost: FREE


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


Torbay Theatre, 35 Watea Road, Torbay, Auckland
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December 2018: 2:00pm performances
Torbay Theatre Presents their annual Christmas Production, a Roald Dahl favourite – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, featuring music by Jonah Vakapora-Hall.
Tickets: Child $15; Student $20; Adult $25; Senior $20

The Christmas Confetti Room


Westfield Manukau City (Level 1 next to NZ Defence Forces), Cnr Great South and Wiri Station Road, Manukau City
Saturday 15 to Monday 24 December 2018: Noon to 3:00pm each day
The Christmas Confetti Room is an entirely Christmas themed room, filled with confetti and Christmas music to create the ultimate festive activity for the whole whānau. Join in the 20 minute sessions for a a whole heap of sparkle, Christmas spirit and smiles between 12pm and 3pm each day. No booking required, just turn up on the day and get ready to be wowed.
Cost: FREE event

Sunday Events

 APO 4 Kids Christmas


The Trusts Arena, Henderson
Sunday 16 December 2018: 10:00am and 11:30am performances

Delight your pre-schoolers with some orchestral fun for the festive season! Actor Kevin Keys presents a concert that will give the littlies a chance to sing-along, dance-along and conduct-along to favourite carols and Christmas songs. The APO will also be joined by special guest Moe from The Moe Show live on stage with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.The fun doesn’t stop there! Prior to the start of the concert, kids are invited to the Music Zoo where they get to learn about the instruments of the orchestra up close. At the end of the show, guests can also experience a walk-through of the orchestra as the musicians play the final performances of the day.

Coatesville Twilight Market


Coatesville Settlers Hall, 2 Mahoenui Valley Road, Coatesville
Sunday 16 December 2018: 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Facebook: coatesvillemarket

Christmas Twilight MarketCost: FREE entry