What's on this weekend
The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland St Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Music Festival
Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
Saturday 17 March 2018: Parade starts at Noon
Festival at Western Park is from 11am to 6pm
St Patrick’s Festival NZ
Family Open Day – 50th Anniversary University of Auckland Medical and Health Sciences
What better way to celebrate the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences’ 50th anniversary than to share it with everyone who has helped or been helped by them in some way over the last half century?Join in the free festivities with live entertainment, children’s activities, games, campus tours, medical wonders, MED Talks, wacky science, robots and a range of food offerings on site to satisfy your appetite throughout the day. Bookings are essential here.
SKYCITYLive, Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
Saturday 17 March 2018: 1:00pm to 10:00pm
A street festival with a difference, paradise will come to Auckland for this one day event featuring a food market, kids zone, entertainment and fashion show.The entertainment line-up includes; Ardijah, Brotherhood, Ministry of Tone, Soul Central and more… The Vodafone Warriors will also be there to meet fans from approx 8pm following their first home game of the season.
Cost: FREE entry. Donations accepted for the Red Cross Pacific Disaster Fund to assist those affected by Pacific disasters like Cyclone Gita.
Trolls – Movies in Parks
Saturday 17 March 2018: 5:45pm onwards
Fair On The Hill 2018
Saturday 17 March 2018: Noon to 6:00pm
Devonport Primary School
All the whānau fun of the fair and more on lucky St Patrick’s Day! Entertainment, food, goodies and bargains galore for all
Smales Farm Outdoor Movie – Thor: Ragnarok Ages 13 plus
Starting with activities for the kids (and kids at heart) to enjoy from 3pm, then sit back and relax from 5pm enjoying the movie thor: Ragnarok (PG13)
Cost: FREE event
Out & About Summer Skate Series – Kinsgland
Nixon Skatepark, Kingsland, Auckland
Saturday 17 March 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Out and About Auckland
Grab your skateboard and your mates for a chance to win prizes. Divisions: U 13s, U 17s, Girls Open
Cost: FREE entry
Music In Parks- Jazz in the Gardens featuring Twistin’ the Swing, Joe Carbery Swingtet and the Manurewa High School Jazz Band
Saturday 17 March 2018: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Tawharanui Snorkel Day
Saturday 17 March 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm
EMR Facebook Event page
Saturday and Sunday Events
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Auckland Arts Festival Event
Saturday 17 March 2018: 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday 18 March 2018: 1:00pm and 5:00pm
Following on from their much-loved Dinosaur Zoo, the team at Erth have built an aquarium and filled it with prehistoric marine reptiles. Either from the safety of their seats, or right up close to the action, families and their children are invited to interact with these majestic aquatic creatures and learn about some of nature’s greatest mysteries along the way.Boasting beautiful puppetry, inflatable environments and an immersive underwater atmosphere, this live-theatre performance is at once an enchanting and educational journey into the world of dinosaurs, natural history and the science of palaeontology.
Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank
Saturday 17 March to Sunday 13 May 2018
Imagine spending years in hiding because of prejudice and hate. Developed by Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the international exhibition Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank explores how life was for Anne Frank and her family, and looks at the events surrounding the Holocaust and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. Auckland Museum is the first to host this exhibition in New Zealand as part of a three-year tour supported by The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.
The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 Public Art Trail
Saturday 17 March to Sunday 6 May 2018
Saturday and Sunday Events
A O Làng Phố Auckland Arts Festival Event
Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room at Auckland Art Gallery
Saturday 18 March to Monday 2 April 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
The obliteration room is a family-friendly installation by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama. Beginning as a stark white interior in December, it encourages you to transform the space with a rainbow of brightly coloured dots. Watch as, over time, a dizzying blur of colour is built up by visitors applying brightly coloured stickers in various sizes to every surface.
House of Mirrors Auckland Arts Festival event
Saturday 17 March to Sunday 25 March 2018: Weekdays Noon to 10:00pm, Weekends 10:00am to 10:00pm
Knot Touch at NZ Maritime Museum
NZ Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 18 March to Sunday 29 April 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
An installation by Jae Kang that invites visitors to touch and play.
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders
Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March 2018
The blockbuster science exhibition from Te Papa and Weta Workshop is on at Auckland Zoo this summer. Featuring massive 3-D bug models within four magical chambers, Bug Lab is a spectacularly immersive and interactive experience for all ages that offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn from the genius of bugs.
New Zealand Association for Gifted Children Conference 2018
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March 2018
Art Club at The Pah Homestead
Drop in and create art inspired by the latest exhibitions in the gallery. The Arts Centre will be presenting fun free art-making sessions for kids on the third Sunday of each month, exploring different art topics and set of techniques each time.
Sunrise Walk for Hospice
Fishing Competition and Summer Festival
Wainui School, 492 Waitoki Road, Wainui, Auckland map
Sunday 18 March 2018 11.30am to 3.00pm
Fish from 4pm Friday until weigh in on Sunday between 12.30-1.30pm. Win fabulous prizes and enjoy the Summer Festival on Sunday with entertainment, games and food. Stay on and purchase fresh fish for your dinner at the fresh fish auction at 2.30pm. Fun for the whole family.
Fishing competition registration cost: Kids FREE; Adults $35
Brass at the Falls: Waitākere Auckland Brass Band
Falls Park, Alderman Drive, Henderson
If raining, the event will be relocated to the adjacent Korean Presbyterian Church.
Sunday 18 March 2018: 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Henderson-Massey Local Board
Enjoy the summer sounds of brass with the Waitakere Auckland Brass Band. Bring a folding chair and a picnic for an afternoon of free entertainment.
Cost: FREE event
RNZAF Black Falcons and Royal New Zealand Airforce – MOTAT Military Day Display
Sunday 18 March 2018: 1:00pm to 1:15pm
RNZAF Black Falcons and Royal New Zealand Air Force
IMPORTANT: timings and display could change due to weather or operational requirements so please check our Facebook page on the day for any changes.
Meet the Villagers
Sunday 18 March 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Howick Historical Village
Live Day, Military at MOTAT
Motors turn over, gears crank, and steam engines burst to life on the third Sunday of every month when MOTAT fires up a range of impressive machines from their collection, celebrating New Zealand’s history of transport and technology. This March, Live day will showcase their Military collection with a host of interactive activities, displays, and more. There will be face painting, model displays, armoury activities, flyovers, and the always-popular Military Rides will be in operation. As will all the usual live day favourites including Little Flick mini fire-engine rides, the Blacksmith working in the forge, tram rides, and lolly-making demonstrations.