What’s on Sat 29 and Sun 2 January 2019

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this holiday weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 29 December 2018 to 2 January 2019

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

Saturday Events

Matakana Village Market


Matakana Village Market Square, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana, Auckland
Saturday 29 December 2018: 8:00am to 1:00pm
Slip into that Saturday morning feeling at the Matakana Villlage Farmers’ Market – a true foodie’s heaven with a focus on fresh, sustainable and local artisan goods. From award-winning coffee, to mouth-watering brunch dishes, there’s plenty to sample and savour. Relax by the riverside to live local music, while the kids explore the rustic treehouse and natural playground.
Cost: FREE entry

Saturday and Sunday Events

Secret World of Butterflies


Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 29 December and Sunday 30 December 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm

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

Butterfly Egg Hunt


Auckland Museum, The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 22 December 2018 to Monday 4 February 2019: 1000am to 5:00pm

Despite their virtual nature, it seems the butterflies from The Secret Life of Butterflies have been laying eggs around the Auckland Museum. Find them all before they start to hatch and eat the objects! Follow the clues and find out how many there to be humanely transported  to the nearest swan plant. Pick up a trail from the information desks.

Cost: FREE for Aucklanders

Saturday and Sunday Events

Above and Beyond


MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 29 December 2018 to Monday 11 March 2019: 10:00am to 5:00pm
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

Playful pop-up books exhibition


Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero | Central City Library, 44 to 46 Lorne Street, Auckland
Saturday 29 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

My Art Time at Auckland Art Gallery


Auckland Art Gallery, Corner Kitchener Street and Wellesley Street, Auckland
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 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.

 Cost: FREE