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
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
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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
Pop-up Christmas cards and lei making
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.
Alexandra Park Christmas at the Races
Saturday 15 December 2018: 5:30pm gates open
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Christmas Lights at MOTAT
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
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!
Secret World of Butterflies
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.
Above and Beyond
Saturday 16 December 2018 to Monday 11 March 2019: 10:00am to 5:00pm (excluding Christmas Day)
Playful pop-up books exhibition
Saturday 16 December 2018 to Sunday 3 March 2019
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm
(Image: Robert Sabuda. Alice’s adventures in Wonderland: a pop-up adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s original tale. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003.)
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.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December 2018: 2:00pm performances
The Christmas Confetti Room
Saturday 15 to Monday 24 December 2018: Noon to 3:00pm each day
APO 4 Kids Christmas
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
Sunday 16 December 2018: 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Christmas Twilight MarketCost: FREE entry