What's on this weekend
The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
Grey Lynn Park Festival 2018
Grey Lynn Park, Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Saturday 24 November 2018: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Grey Lynn Park Festival
Gather your family, friends, buddies, colleagues and acquaintances to enjoy all sorts of fabulous fun that has been put together by a team of festival volunteers right in the heart of Grey Lynn for another year. Just in time for you to do your Christmas shopping, you can find handpicked craft stalls from all over the country and then enjoy musical entertainment, kids rides, house truckers, Roman Centurions, steam engines and a wide range of delicious food.
Cost: FREE entry
Mairangi Bay Santa Parade
Mairangi Bay Village, Auckland
Saturday 24 November 2018: Noon to 1:00pm
Mairangi Bay Village
Annual Santa Parade.
Cost: FREE event
Orewa New World Santa Parade & Orewa Surf Sounds Concert & Fireworks
Orewa Beach, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland
Saturday 24 November 2018
Santa Parade: 4:30pm start
Orewa Surf Sounds Concert and Fireworks: 5:30pm to 9:30pm (Fireworks at 9pm)
The Orewa New World Santa Parade is full of fun and surprises. It’s a wonderful way to welcome in the Festive Season with the parade featuring colourful floats, lively marching bands, cartoon characters and most important Santa Claus!The parade officially starts at 4.30pm from Alice Ave, meanders along the Hibiscus Coast Highway and ends at the Orewa Beach Reserve car park adjacent to the Orewa Surf Club. There is NO rain check date – the parade goes ahead rain or shine. This community event offers fantastic exposure to both commercial / non-commercial businesses, clubs, teams and schools. The parade is followed by the all exciting Orewa Surf Sounds Concert & Fireworks 5.30pm to 9.30pm (fireworks at 9pm).
Blockhouse Bay Primary School Carnival
Blockhouse Bay Primary School, 584 Blockhouse Bay Rd, Blockhouse Bay,
Saturday 24 November 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Fun for the family. Carnival Rides by Funco Amusements, food, treats, games, sports, market stalls, white elephant, silent auctions and more.
Cost: FREE admission
Onehunga Christmas Parade
Onehunga Mall, between Arthur & Princes Streets, Onehunga, Auckland
Saturday 24 November 2018: 11:00am
Come to Onehunga and enjoy the first Christmas Parade of the season. With over 400 participants, the parade has a host of great entertainment including pipe bands, samba and Bollywood beats, stilt walkers, and much more. The highlight of the event is sure to be Father Christmas and Mrs Claus. Join MC Madeleine Sami for a fantastic hour of family fun.
Cost: FREE event
Sensory Santa Photos at Westfield Manukau
Westfield Manukau City, Cnr Great South and Wiri Station Road, Manukau
Saturday 24 November 2018: 7:00am to 9:00am
Christmas can be an overwhelming time for people with sensitive needs. Enjoy the Christmas wonderland and meet Santa in a comfortable and calm environment before the mall opens.This Sensory Santa event is for families with children who have sensory disorders.
Cost: FREE to see Santa. Optional photos are available to purchase from $16.
Saturday and Sunday Events
Secret World of Butterflies
Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 24 November 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
Saturday and Sunday Events
Night Noodle Markets
Victoria Park, Auckland
Saturday 24 November to Sunday 2 December 2018: 4:00pm to 10:00pm
The Night Noodle Markets are returning to Auckland this summer with the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia! This year’s outdoor market will be held across ten massive nights at Victoria Park. Expect dumplings, curries, barbequed meats and more!
Cost: FREE entry
Christmas Tree Showcase
Barfoot & Thompsom Netball Centre, 44 Northcote Road, Auckland
Saturday 24 November to Friday 7 December 2018
More than 200 Christmas trees will be on display including both traditional and trees created from different materials such as cans and wood. A large wooden ‘Gingerbread House’ will feature in a ‘woodland’ setting.
Cost: General Admission: $10, Family Concession: $25 (two adults and two children under 15), Gold Card Admission: $8
Above and Beyond
MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 24 November 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
Weekends of Imagination: Paper Space Shuttles
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
This November, MOTAT is all about the wonders of flight. In celebration of the arrival of international exhibition, Above and Beyond, the Museum is hosting all kinds of aviation themed events and activities. This month create your own aeroplane or space shuttle in the crafts area then put your flying vessel to the test and compete in the space traveller challenge.
Cost: Normal MOTAT admission fees apply
Vector Lights for White Ribbon
Auckland Harbour Bridge, Auckland
Saturday 24 to Monday 26 November 2018: 8:30pm to midnight
My Art Time at Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener Street and Wellesley Street, Auckland
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2018: 11:00am to 2:00pm each day
New, free, kids-focused weekend event where you can make art together and have fun.
Cost: Free for New Zealand residents, Members and Children 12 & under.
The Great Auckland Duck Race
Vector Wero Whitewater Park, 770 Great South Road, Wiri, Auckland
Sunday 25 November 2018: 9:00am to Noon
The countdown is on for Auckland’s biggest duck race at Vector Wero Whitewater Park! Rally behind Life Education Trust to raise much needed funds for Counties Manukau kids.
Tāwharanui Snorkel Day
Leaving from Jones Bay, Tawharanui Peninsula, Warkworth, Auckland
Sunday 25 November 2018
Jones Bay Snorkel – 10:00am and 1:00pm sessions
Tāwharanui Snorkel 9:30am and 12:30pm sessions
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Join EMR and Norma Jean Charters for a guided snorkel and tour in the Tawharanui Marine Reserve – spot the difference between the non protected site at Jones Bay. Minimum age of 8 for the boat trip. Minimum age of 5 for the shore based snorkelling. Bring togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes and lunch. If you have your own snorkel gear you are welcome to bring it along as long as it is fit for purpose (no full face masks). All snorkel equipment included. Bookings required.
Cost: Snorkeling at Jones Bay is by koha/donation. Snorkeling at Tāwharanui is $40 per person which includes the boat trip.
Stoney Homestead Market Day
Stoney Homestead Community Hub, 12 Galbraith Greens, Millwater, Silverdale
Sunday 25 November 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Stalls with handmade crafts, jewellery, woodwork, crystals, herbal remedies and food will feature alongside live music and performances while the kids enjoy a bouncy castle and face painting.