The best of what's on this weekend
in Auckland for Kids
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 December 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
A Very Merry Kiwimas
The Pumphouse Theatre, Killarney Park (off Manurere Avenue), Takapuna
Saturday 22 December 2018: 10:30am and 6:30pm performances
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your… no! That’s not how we celebrate Christmas here!
Join Act One Productions in discovering what makes a Kiwi Christmas special. Is it the beach? The bach? Camping? Join our heroes as they go on a journey of self discovery to figure out the true meaning of Christmas in New Zealand… how will Santa cope in the 30 degree heat of a New Zealand summer?! Find out this December in A Very Merry Kiwimas. Kiwi Christmas face painting available for a koha before Saturday’s shows.
Tickets: $21 each; Family of four: $72
Mad Hatter's Tea Party Editors Pick
Bruce Mason Centre, Corner Hurstmere Road and The Promenade, Takapuna
Saturday 22 December 2018: 11:00am and 7:00pm shows
Sunday 23 December 2018: 11:00am and 6:00pm shows
Welcome to the Funatorium! Hats on! Tea poured! Silly faces at the ready! You’re invited to the best tea party in town with the biggest tricks, larger-than-life characters and the catchiest tunes.
Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, enter a weird and wonderful world with incredible acrobatics, circus, singing, dancing and roller skates! Head down the rabbit hole to a psychedelic tea party with popping toadstools in a vast grassy space. Meet a plate-spinning hare, grinning Cheshire Cat, The Queen of Hearts and a cheeky Spanish flamingo who all bring hilarious antics to the stage.
Tickets: Children under 3 are FREE provided they do not occupy a seat; Children 3 years old and over $19 to $33; Adult $21 to $39
Playful pop-up books exhibition
Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero | Central City Library, 44 to 46 Lorne Street, Auckland
Saturday 22 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
Vector Lights for the Festive Season
Auckland Harbour Bridge, Auckland
Saturday 22 to Tuesday 25 December 2018: 8:30pm to midnight
Christmas Lights at MOTAT
MOTAT: 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 22 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.
Secret World of Butterflies
Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 22 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 22 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
My Art Time at Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener Street and WEllesley Street, Auckland
Saturday 22 and Sunday 12 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.