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What’s on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April 2018 in Auckland for Kids

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April 2018

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

Saturday Events

 The Perfect Gift


Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
Saturday 28 April 2018: 11:00am and 6:30pm performances
A warm-hearted, adventurous LOL for kids of all ages! A band of brothers transform into dragon-fighting superheroes, and take a flying carpet ride to seek out the perfect birthday gift for their Mum.
Tickets: Child $19; Adult $25; Family of 4 ( 1 adult and 3 kids or 2 adults and 2 kids) $68


The Wizard of Ōtāhuhu  LAST SHOW


Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Corner Orly Avenue and Bader Drive, Mangere, Auckland
Saturday 28 April 2018: 2:00pm and 7:00pm performances 
An outrageous twist on the children’s story The Wizard of Oz performed with a South Auckland flavour, The Wizard of Ōtāhuhu is a must-see theatre production for this April School Holidays and another clever fairy-tale makeover from Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku. From rap to gospel, hip hop to high kicks and wrestling moves, The Wizard of Ōtāhuhu is full of energy and humour that will have you laughing and wanting to get up and join in! This is a show for the whole family and a true South Auckland community collaboration.
Tickets: Child $10; Concession $15; Adult $20

Chance to dance


Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street, Auckland
Saturday 28 April 2018: 10:00am
All kinds of dance for all kinds of people from hip hop groove to ballroom – a day of dance classes taught at beginner level. Each class is 45 mins long.
Cost: FREE event. Bookings essential

Games@Westgate    12 years plus

Westgate Baptist Church, 67 Hobsonville Road, West Harbour, Auckland map
Saturday 28 April 2018: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Facebook event page
A board and card games event that’s fun for the whole family. There will be a library of games to choose from that you can play, including plenty of old favourites and some modern ‘hobby’ style games. A cafe will be selling food and drink to enjoy while you play.
Cost: $5 per person or $10 per family.

Lights Out U18 Rave at JUMP Teen event


JUMP North Shore; JUMP Avondale; or JUMP East Tamaki
Saturday 28 April 2018: 8:00pm to 10:00pm
U18 rave for teenagers! JUMP the night away to loud sounds and lights with your mates. Recommended for 12 to 17 years of age.
Cost: $20 per person (plus JUMP socks for $2)

Saturday and Sunday Events




Hilton Auckland Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, Auckland, New Zealand  map
Saturday 28 April to Friday 13 July 2018

BODY WORLDS is the Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies – seen by 45 million visitors globally.  Vital explores the wonders of human health and wellbeing.
Cost: Children (0 to 4 years) FREE; Children 5 to 15 years $15; Student $25; Adults and Seniors $28; Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children).

Ice Skate Tour at Highbury Shopping Centre


Highbury Shopping Centre, Corner of Highbury Bypass & Birkendhead Ave, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 March 2018: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Ice Skate Tour New Zealand
Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience on the state of the art, artificial ice rink. With helmets and gloves are provided at no charge (both compulsory for kids) it’s the safest possible way to try ice skating. MoreFM will complete the experience with their bubble machines and will have the music cranking.
Prices Free child’s pass for every $35 spent at Highbury Shopping Centre during April 2018; Kids without shopping voucher $8 entry; Adults $12  Includes ice skates, helmet and gloves.

Brickman: Wonders of the World


Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 28 April to Sunday 13 May 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Come and visit the Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Empire State Building (complete with King Kong), Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Arc de Triomphe – all made exclusively from LEGO® bricks. Explore these ‘Wonders of the World’ on a different scale, learn more about the history of these global attractions and then get hands-on with your own imaginative masterpiece.
Cost: Under 3’s are FREE; Children $13.50; Adults $24.50; Concession $19.50; Family (1 adult, 2 children) $46.50, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $67.50 

Knot Touch at NZ Maritime Museum LAST WEEKEND

Picture by Auckland for Kids - Knot Touch at NZ Maritime Museum

NZ Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 18 and Sunday 29 April 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

An installation by Jae Kang that invites visitors to touch and play.
Read about Auckland for Kids visit to Knot Touch here

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders


The Big Hoot Auckland 2018


Various public locations around Auckland 
Saturday 28 April to Sunday 6 May 2018
Super-sized owl sculptures will descend on Auckland for the Haier Big Hoot art trail. Over 100 owls will roost in parks, public spaces, malls and libraries, turning Auckland into a virtual aviary. There are 47 giant owls (1.65m) that have been individually designed by Kiwi and International artists.  Joining the giant owls are 60 owlets (90cm) – many designed by Auckland school students. The giant owls at the end for the trail will be auctioned off to fundraise for Child Cancer Foundation.Find them all using the trail map within the Big Hoot 2018 app – available to download from the App Store or Google Play from 01 March, and collect rewards as you go.
Cost: FREE 

Saturday and Sunday Events

Tower Champs


Sky Tower, Cnr Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, New Zealand  map
Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 April 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm daily. 
Last tickets sold at 2:30pm

Tower Champs have arrived at Sky Tower for the April school holidays.   Sky Tower have teamed up with Athletics New Zealand to bring you a day full of fun activities including a relay race on the secret floor up the Sky Tower. Receive your very own racing bib, compete in the challenges and earn all three of the collector’s wristbands to become a sporting legend. There are over $1,000 in total prizes to be won. You can find the entry forms are in the activity booklet.

Entry prices: Normal Sky Tower admissions apply.

Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo


Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 28 April and Sunday 29 April 2018

Uncover the secret world of bugs at Auckland Zoo and Bug Lab these school holidays.
Explore Bug Lab – home to Te Papa and Weta Workshop’s magical interactive exhibition. Out in the Zoo there’s live bugs to check out, and daily bug encounters with zoo keepers where you can learn more about their unique and genius super powers.
Tickets to Bug Lab: Kids under 4 years old are FREE; Children $13, Student $16.50; Adult $18.50; Family Pass  – 1 adult and 2 children $36; Family pass 2 adults and 2 children $50

Butterfly Creek School Holiday Fun


Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April 2018
Butterfly Creek has lots of fun activities on for the school holidays. Go on the daily animal encounters. Check out the Kiwi Forest, meet Scar the Crocodile,  walk amongst over 800 butterflies. Go back in time and walk amongst the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Kingdom. On weekdays you can enjoy the Dinomite show and mask colouring too.
Cost: Usual admission charges apply.

Ready Steady Go! Holiday experience at MOTAT


MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs map
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Race through the school holidays with MOTAT’s “Ready, Steady, Go!” holiday experience. Jump into the fast lane to explore all the ways to travel. This experience gets back to the basics by looking at the most fundamental element of transportation – getting from A to B! Test your design skills by building and customising the cardboard body of a radio-controlled car and then race your creation in the action-packed Turbodrome on a purpose-built track. See marbles cascading down a giant, custom-made marble run and then have a go at building your own with magnetic boards. Make time for a pitstop and create your own weird and wonderful vehicle on the magnetic wall or participate in the transport-themed fun and games on offer.
Cost: Normal MOTAT admission fees apply.

Rocket Ropes School Holidays


Rocket Ropes, 12 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport, Auckland map
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April 2018: Climbing sessions hourly 10am to 2pm
Rocket Ropes has climbing deals for the whole family – SAVE up to 30%  for the school holidays. For fun and challenging ropes activities, organise a trip for your family today. There is the choice of 2 courses, Rocketeer Course for the littlies aged 2 to 6 or book the Croc Course for kids aged 6 to 18 for more adventurous climbing fun. Bookings Essential.

Paw Patrol Sea Patrol


SEALIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April 2018
Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol SEA Patrol are coming to Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s  for the April school holidays.  Kids of all ages are invited to go on an interactive trail and become an honorary member of the pup squad.
Cost: Usual admission prices apply


Lock N Load Adventures School Holidays

Lock N Load Adventures, 46, Nixon Road, Auckland map
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April 2018
Get them outdoors with Lock N Load’s kid’s paintball deal – over 40% off! Let the kids duck, roll and take cover to avoid being shot with paint! Low impact option available for the younger kids. Deal includes entry, gear (exc. overalls) and 200 paintballs. (low impact or regular paintball available).
Cost: From $35 per person. Bookings essential

Sunday Events

Waiuku Steel ‘N’ Wheels Festival 2018


27 Queen Street, Waiuku, Auckland
Sunday 29 April 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Waiuku Business and Development Association
Adrenalin pumping action, displays and entertainment to keep you revved up! Cars, Hotrods, Bikes, Live bands, the Kumho Jet Car, Freestyle FMX Display, NZ Police Dogs display, Armed Offenders Squad, Emergency Services displays, Car Crush, Kids carnival, Markets, Special attractions and more. Bring the family for a fun filled day.
Cost: Gold coin donation per person.

World on the Street: East & South East Asian


Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
Sunday 25 April 2018: Noon to 6:00pm
Food Space
Celebration of foods from our over the Pacific ocean neighbours. Travelling from China and Japan, down to Malaysia and Thailand, take your taste buds on a trip through the eastern coast of Asia. 
With a superb range of flavours available from Judge BaoNomNomGinza TeppanyakiHapunan and it’s a food truck lineup dreams are made of.
Cost: FREE entry