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What’s on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2018 in Auckland for Kids

What's on this weekend

The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2018

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


Saturday events

Pah Homestead Community Day Editors Pick


Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough, Auckland
Saturday 29 September 2018: 10am to 3pm
Auckland Heritage Festival

This year Pah Homestead Community Day is celebrating the heritage of our people – ngā iwi o Tāmaki Makaurau! With a day of performances, exhibitions, activities and cultural workshops, there’s plenty of opportunity to pick up a new skill. Gather up your family and come along for a day of fun!

Cost: FREE


Otahuhu Food Festival


Otahuhu Town Centre, Great South Road, Otahuhu, Auckland
Saturday 29 September 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Otahuhu Food Festival
Over 130 food stalls lining the Otahuhu Town Centre.
Cost: FREE entry

Ports of Auckland Heritage Tugboat Sailings


New Zealand Maritime Museum
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2018: 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm sailings
Take a 90-minute cruises aboard the iconic 83 year old William C Daldy steam tugboat during this year’s Auckland Heritage Festival. Experience an all access journey, discover the inner workings of the steam tugboat by visiting the engine room, the heat of the boiler room and the wheelhouse up top. Each cruise will be accompanied by a detailed commentary on Auckland’s maritime history. These family-friendly tours will cruise through the port’s wharves at work and under the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
Tickets: Infant FREE; Children $5; Adult $15

Owairoa Gala


Owairoa Primary School, 85 Nelson Street, Howick, Auckland
Saturday 29 September 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Owairoa Gala 2018
Owairoa School gala has food, big rides, entertainment, a huge Garage sale, Plant stall, raffles, Fairy Grotto, games, Trail of Terror and so much more.Cost: 
FREE entry.



Central City Library, 44 – 46 Lorne Street, Auckland Central
Saturday 29 September 2018: 9am – 12pm
Tamariki take Action! Join OMG Tech! and Central City Library for a hands on workshop specially designed to empower young women to become the innovators and inventors of their generation! The workshop will involve elements across the spectrum of STEAM, including coding, 3D printing, math, and engineering.
This workshop is for 8-12 year olds who identify as female.
Bookings are essentialCost: Free event

Ararimu School Ag Day and Gala


Ararimu School, 7 Steel Road, Ararimu
Saturday 29 September 2018: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Animal judging from 9am, Gala opens 10:30am

Watch the lambs, calves, goats and chickens in the judging sections. Then enjoy the gala: delicious home made food, great coffee, kids rides & activities, coconut shy, BBQ, nail driving competition, gumboot throw, raffles, auctions and more. Ararimu is just 5km from the motorway offramp at Ramarama. Don’t miss this great day out in the country!

Cost: FREE entry


Drury School Calf Club & Gala Day


Drury School, Youngs Crescent, Drury
Saturday 29 September 2018: 9:00am to 1:00pm
Friends of Drury School FODS
Come down early and watch the lambs, goats, chickens and small pets on parade and enjoy the food stalls- along with pre-loved clothing, toys and books, fresh produce,artisan breads. Bouncy castle, pony rides, face painting, photo booth, dunk tank, rock climbing, 4D motion master, cycle art and more. Entertainment for the whole family!
Cost: FREE entry

DANZA Opening Party


72 Delta Avenue, New Lynn, Auckland
29 September 2019: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
DANZA Dance Studios is finally opening its doors! Come along, meet DANZA’s teachers and take part in a wide range of dance classes. Bring the family and check DANZA out.
Cost: Free

Badjelly the Witch


The Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna
Saturday 29 September 2018: 10:30am and 2:00pm shows
Monday 1 October to Saturday 6 October 2018: 10:30am and 2:00pm shows
Monday 8 October to Saturday 13 October 2018: 10:30am and 2:00pm shows
Share Tim and Rose’s madcap adventure through the great black forest and into Badjelly’s castle. Cheer as Tim and Rose set off to search for Lucy. Laugh with Dinglemouse, Mud-wiggle and Binkle-bonk. And then….BOOOO at Badjelly, as she captures Tim and Rose. Will she turn them into sausages? Will they escape? Who will save them?
Tickets: $22 to $28 each

Archibald Park Pontoon Opening


Archibald Park, Archibald Road, Kelston Auckland
Saturday 29 September 2018: 9:30am to Noon
Te Whau Pathway Project

Family fun event to celebrate the opening of the pontoon at Archibald Park. Connecting people with the Whau River is one of the aims of the Te Whau Pathway project. The new pontoon will provide great access for the community, especially for kayakers and waka ama groups.
Cost: FREE family event

Everday Heroes at NorthWest!


NorthWest Town Square (Te Pūmanawa Square)
Saturday 29 September 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Bring the family and join us for a FREE fun day out with Everyday Heroes, the NZ Emergency Services.
Activities include:

Cost: FREE



Saturday and Sunday events 

Magical September


Ellerslie Village Town Centre, Ellerslie
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2018: 9:00am to 5:30pm
Facebook event page

Enjoy Magical September at Ellerslie Village. Join in the Fairy Door Trail & Pirate Treasure Hunt, Fairy & Pirate Morning Tea, Fairy Mail Box and Colouring Competition.

Cost: FREE event


October School Holidays at Auckland Zoo


Auckland Zoo, Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 29 September to Sunday 14 October 2018: 9:30am to 5:30pm
Majestic male lions, cotton-top tamarin and spider monkey babies are just some exciting reasons to visit Auckland Zoo these October school holidays!On arrival, pick up the school holidays ‘Master Builders’ activity sheet to learn about the amazing construction (animal) heroes. Journey through the Zoo and collect all the master builder stamps! Also, check out the progress of the Zoo’s awesome master build – a new South East Asian precinct.
Tickets:  Children under 4 are FREE; Children aged 4 to 14 years $13; Student $19; Adult $24. Book in advance and save up to 20%.

Tower Champs, Grand Finale


Sky Tower, Victoria St West, Auckland map
Saturday 29 September to Sunday 14 October 2018: 10:00am to 3:00pm (last entry at 2:30pm)

Enjoy School Holidays up the Sky Tower with The Tower Champs – Grand Finale! Get your official lanyards, compete in challenges and earn all three wristbands to become the ultimate athlete. In conjunction with Run, Jump Throw and Athletics New Zealand, you can enjoy lots of activities at the Sky Tower, including challenges on the secret level! Suitable for children of all abilities, aged 6-14.

Cost: Normal Sky Tower admission applies. Find out more


Auckland Boat Show


Viaduct Harbour, 161 Halsey St, Viaduct Basin, Auckland
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2018: 10am to 5:00pm
Kids under 15 go free at the Auckland On Water Boat Show, which will this year have the America’s Cup on display over Saturday and Sunday. Expert sailors will be on hand to talk to NZ’s future sailors, and there’ll also be a naval ship there to explore.
Cost: Kids under 15 are FREE; Adults $19 to $25

Spring school holiday fun at Butterfly Creek


Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearch Drive, Auckland Airport
Saturday 29 September to Sunday 7 October 2018: 9:30am to 5:00pm
Butterfly Creek has lots of animals to see – plus fun Arts & Crafts, our roaming dinosaur, an educational bee talk from The Bee Lady, face painting with The Fun Team & stick-on tattoos in the school holidays.   Visit Scar the crocodile, the butterfly house with over 800 butterflies and  Kiwi Forest. There’s heaps to do regardless of the weather as Butterfly Creek is ¾ under cover.
Ticket all attractions:  Kids under 3 are FREE; Children aged 3 to 15 years $16; Adults $28. Use promo code “FUN10” to save 10% on online bookings. 

MOTAT: From the old country to our country

Auckland Heritage Festival Event

MOTAT, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 29 September to Sunday 14 October 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Diverse peoples and history have shaped the city we recognise today. MOTAT’s interactive experiences bring the past to life, revealing the stories of early migrants and what drew them to our shores. Get hands-on with history and become a settler for a day as you discover the realities of life on the gum fields, or experience the thrill of gold fever.
Cost: Under 5s are FREE; Children aged 5 to 16 years and students $10; Adults $19; Family Pass (2 children and up to 4 children) $45

Secret World of Butterflies


Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September 2018 onwards

Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns as new exhibition Secret World of Butterflies takes flight. 
Cost: FREE for Aucklanders

Sunday events

Oratia Wild Walk Auckland Heritage Festival Event


Oratia Settlers Hall, 567 West Coast Road, Oratia, Auckland
Sunday 30 September 2018: 1pm to 3pm
Auckland Heritage Festival

A guided walk through Oratia Valley, off the beaten track, sharing stories of early Te Kawerau ā Maki and the kauri gum diggers. The route passes through the valley of orchards cultivated by Dalmatian settlers, a local orchard and other historic places including the folk museum. Bring your gumboots.

Cost: FREE


Prospect for gold! Auckland Heritage Festival Event


Alberton 1863, 100 Mt Albert Road, Auckland
Sunday 30 September 2018: 10:30am to 3:00pm
Facebook event page
Come along to ‘strike gold’ at Alberton!  As part of Auckland’s Heritage Festival 2018, Visitor Hosts from the Thames School of Mines will take over the grounds at Alberton running a gold panning activity for children. 
Cost: Gold panning:  $15 per child. Alberton house entry is optional and costs: Children Free, Adults $10

Magical September Kids Crafts


Christ Church, 169 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie
Sunday 30 September 2018: 11:00am to Noon
Facebook event page

Enjoy Magical September at Ellerslie Village. Join the real life Flower Fairy and Pirate entertainers for some fairy and pirate crafts.

Cost: FREE event


Manukau Heads Lighthouse  Heritage Festival Event


Manukau Heads Lighthouse, Manukau Heads Rd, RD4 Waiuku
Sunday 30 September to Sunday 14 October 2018: 9am to 5pm
Auckland Heritage Festival
This is a chance to spend the day at the historic Manukau Heads Lighthouse.Enjoy stunning views across to the Waitākere Ranges and the city. Learn about the history of the lighthouse, including stories about the keepers and their families, the Signal Station, and the sinking of the Orpehus in New Zealand’s worst shipping disaster.
Cost: FREE

Korean Food Night Market


Glenfield Night Market, 48 Downing St, Glenfield, Auckland 
Sunday 30 September 2018: 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Korean Consulate in Auckland(주뉴질랜드대한민국대사관오클랜드분관)

The Korean Food Night Market is inspired by the vibrant Korean culture; K-Food, K-Pop, and K-Drama!  Come and immerse yourself in the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor Korean street food.The Glenfield Night market alights with a row of around 15 Korean food and groceries stalls. Food-lovers will feast on traditional signature dishes like Bulgogi, Korean spicy chicken, Korean sausage(Sundae), Fritters(Zizimi), and creative fusion dishes such as Ugly hot dog, Crazy Hotba(Fishcake stick), Twist potato, Korean red bean waffle, Chicken Skewer, Aloe juice, and many more!
Cost: FREE entry