The best of what's on this weekend
in Auckland for Kids
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
The Kids Only Market
Fun Palace Auckland Heritage Festival Event
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport
Saturday 6 October 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
Lots of fun, free activities for all ages. Come and learn new skills, experience something different and meet lots of new people in your community. Activities include: archaeology tour, knot tying, playing bass guitar, knitting, learning Te Reo, Mandarin and French, Reiki, sketching and much more.
Crown Lynn afternoon tea Auckland Heritage Festival Event
New Lynn War Memorial Library, 3 Memorial Drive, New Lynn, Auckland
Saturday 6 October 2018: 1pm to 3pm
New Lynn Library and Portage Ceramics Trust will host a free afternoon tea to celebrate the deep cultural history of the Crown Lynn Potteries. The event will include live demonstrations, talks by local experts and an opportunity for West Auckland residents to share their stories of working at Crown Lynn. There will also be pottery painting workshops to recreate some of the Crown Lynn Māori designs.
The Composer is Dead
Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
Saturday 6 October 2018: 2:00pm and 4:00pm performances
A classic whodunnit with dramatic music, mystery and Lemony Snicket’s signature dark humour. Follow the clues as the Inspector interrogates each section of the orchestra about what they were doing on the night of the murder.
Tickets: Children and Students $25; Adult $40.
Beauty & The Beast
TAPAC The Auckland Performing Arts Centre, 100 Motions Road
Saturday 6 October 2018: 1:00pm to 1:55pm
TAPAC & The Stage Company present a colourful and clever adaptation of the classic fairy-tale that will delight audiences of all ages. This is Beauty & the Beast as you’ve never seen it before! With contemporary music, a gutsy heroine, plenty of comedic moments and sumptuous baroque-era costumes, this original production of the age-old love story is set to enthrall and inspire a new generation.
Beauty & the Beast’s themes are as relevant as ever. Look beyond the superficial; dare to be different; love is stronger than hate; believe in magic; and never stop learning remain valuable life lessons for us all.
Tickets: $10 to $23
Free horse and carriage rides up Onehunga Mall
The Day of Action
Central City Library | Auckland Libraries, 44 - 46 Lorne Street, Auckland Central
Saturday 6 October: 2:00pm to 3.30pm
Tamariki take action! Champion a cause, design a poster, craft a zine, make a badge or write a letter to Parliament! Join us for this free workshop teaching everything a young activist needs to begin their campaign! Suitable for 5 to 9 year olds.
Cost: FREE event
Grey Lynn heritage walk Auckland Heritage Festival Event
Grey Lynn RSC, 1 Francis Street, Grey Lynn
Saturday 6 October 2018: 2pm to 4pm
Local identities Reverend Mua-Strickson Pua and his brother Sofi Ulugia-Pua will take you on a guided walk of the streets of Grey Lynn. You'll meet local people and artists and visit places of interest in this lively suburb steeped in history.
Badjelly the Witch
The Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna
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
On Ya Wheel Treasure Hunt
Kiwi Esplanade, Mangere Bridge Boat Ramp, Mangere Bridge, Auckland
Saturday 6 October 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Out and About Auckland
Kiwi Esplanade, Mangere Bridge Boat Ramp, Mangere Bridge, Auckland
Join the Out and About team for our fun family friendly On Ya Wheels Treasure Hunt! There will be two different race options to cater for all ages and abilities. You will receive a Treasure map that you will follow, completing challenges and questions along the way, before collecting your treasure at the end of the race! Please be with the team to start your Treasure Hunt between 10am till 11.30am. Bring your scooter, bike, tricycle, skate board, roller blades or any form of wheels and appropriate safety gear.
Cost: FREE event
Night Rides at Rainbow's End
2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland
6 October 2018: 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Get together with your friends and family for a night of fun! With all the rides these will be great nights, don't miss out.
Cost: Child$40, Kidz Kingdom $22, Adult $45, early bird deals as well
Open day on the green Auckland Heritage Festival
Auckland Bowling Club, 100 Stanley Street, Parnell
Saturday 6 October 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
The Auckland Bowling Club, founded in 1861, is believed to be the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere. The clubroom and lounge are lined with historic photos and memorabilia from the very early days and include photos of some of Auckland's most prominent citizens.
Weather permitting, guests are invited to have a casual roll-up on the grass greens.
Spring into Action - a morning of activities!
1 Olympic Place, New Lynn, Auckland
Saturday 6 October 2018: 10am-1pm
Facebook event page
A whole morning of glorious Spring eco-activities for kids of all ages and their grown ups, like potting baby native plants, learning to weave, upcycling produce bags, and making rat traps. Come along and try out some novelty bikes at the EcoMatters Bike Hub, where there'll be a bike safety workshop for 8-12 year olds. A programme of workshops and panel discussions will keep the adults entertained too.
October School Holidays at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 6 October 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%.
Painting Classes for Tamariki ArtWeek event
New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay & Hobson Street, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Saturday 6 October 2018: 1:00pm to 2:00pm for ages 5 to 7
Sunday 7 October 2018: 1:00pm to 2:00pm for ages 8 to 13
This 1 hour children’s painting class is designed to get kids creative juices flowing. And offer a new experience to learn to draw and paint right at the water’s edge with an experienced tutor. They will leave with a one-of-a-kind painting and the skills to keep creative at home.
Cost: $15 per child bookings essential.
Tower Champs, Grand Finale
Sky Tower, Victoria St West, Auckland map
Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 October 2018: 10am to 3pm (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
The Chocolate & Coffee Show 2018
The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018: 9:00am to 5:00pm
The Chocolate & Coffee Show is a wonderful family event to bring the kids along to! Not only are there tasty treats at every turn but the place will be full of games, cute guide dog puppies and even people dressed up in costume.
Sign the kids up to one of the Masterclasses where they can learn how to make their own chocolatey treats!
Tickets: Children under 12 are FREE; Student and Seniors $13.50, Adult $17.50
Manukau Heads Lighthouse Heritage Festival Event
Manukau Heads Lighthouse, Manukau Heads Rd, RD4 Waiuku
Saturday 6 October 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.
Spring school holiday fun at Butterfly Creek
Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearch Drive, Auckland Airport
Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 October 2018:
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.
Workshop on the Wharf
Silo Park playspace area, Silo Park, Auckland
Sunday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018:
Fun drop in workshops for the kids at Silo Park in the school holidays include:
Saturday 6 October: Arts & Craft Workshop
Sunday 7 October: Open Fort street games and creative play
Cost: FREE event
Celebrate Spring Chinese Culture
Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Road, Manurewa, Auckland
Saturday 6 October and Sunday 7 October 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Learn about Chinese cultural practices and traditions at a weekend of free demonstrations and activities.
• Dragon dance
• Zhen Shan Ren International Art Exhibition
• Paper Cutting
• Chinese calligraphy
• Chinese zither and Bamboo flute
• Waist Drum Dance
• Qi Gong demonstration
• Chinese Herbal Medicine
• Tea ceremony
Cost: FREE family event
Secret World of Butterflies
Sainsbury Horricks Gallery, Auckland Museum
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018
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
New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Championships
Paradice Ice Arena, 490 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany, Auckland
Saturday 6 October 2018: 4:00pm to 8:30pm
Sunday 7 October 2018: 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Watch New Zealand's best ice skaters in this national champsionship event. Remember to dress warmly as it is cold inside.
Cost: $2 per day
Ports of Auckland Heritage Tugboat Sailings
New Zealand Maritime Museum
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 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
NZ Traditional Boatbuilding School open day
NZ Traditional Boatbuilding School, Unit 2, 17 Totara Road, Te Atatu Peninusula
Saturday 6 to Monday 8 October 2018: 10am to 2pm
The skills of boatbuilding are on show as a wooden craft takes shape in the workshop of the NZ Traditional Boatbuilding School. Bring the kids and help make a model boat. Wooden craft have long been a part of Auckland's history. Experience the sights and sounds of boatbuilding in action – the woodworking skills and knowledge that are intrinsic to the industry of yesterday.
Cost: FREE, Koha appreciated.
Goldilocks on Trial
Hawkins Youth Theatre Company, 13 Ray Small Drive, Papakura, Auckland
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018: 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Hawkins Youth Theatre Company
Goldilocks on Trial tells the story of how it went after Goldilocks ran away from the Bear's house. It is full to the brim with boisterous characters and fantastic exaggerations. It pushes truth into the wings, and brings ensemble work and physical expression to the centre stage.
Tickets: Children, Students and Seniors $10; Adult $17
MOTAT: From the old country to our country
Korean Food Night Market
Glenfield Night Market, 48 Downing St, Glenfield, Auckland
Sunday 7 October 2018: 5:30pm to 11:00pm
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
METAMPORPHOSIS by BoyzDance2 Tempo Dance Festival
Q Theatre, Queen Street, Auckland CBD
Sunday 7 October 2018: 6:00pm and 8;30pm performances.
From international choreographers and former BoyzDance2 members, METAMORPHOSIS brings to the stage four electric new creations alongside a retrospective of BoyzDance2’s most significant works to celebrate the network’s 20th anniversary.
Tickets: Children and Students $19.95; Adult $29.95; Family of 4 $22.45 each.
Alberton Vintage Market Day
Alberton 1863, 100 Mount Albert Road, Mount Albert, Auckland
Sunday 7 October 2018: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Alberton's grand ballroom and extensive verandah are the perfect settings for this mini market of vintage and antique treasures!
There will be fine china, textiles, Crown Lynn, clocks, crystal, Depression glass, silver, clothing, paper ephemera, kitchen & tableware, toys, stamps, jewellery, acessories and bric-a-brac! Come along to chat to the collectors and rummage through their wares.
There will be a bakery stall out front and A Sweet Life Ltd serving coffee and Six Barrel Sodas from their cute retro caravan! Old-fashioned games such as stilts,quoits and croquet will keep the children entertained.
Cost: FREE ENTRY to the market. House admission: Children & Heritage New Zealand Members FREE; Adults $10
Rocks, Pops and Quakes - Hands on volcanoes and earthquakes
Fairy and Superhero Kids Day Out
Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen, 7 Sale Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
Sunday 7 October 2018: Noon to 5:00pm
Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen
Kids day out with fairy and superhero themed dress, bouncy castle, face painting, balloon artist, market stalls, clowns and more.
Cost: Koha Entry! - All proceeds to towards raising donations to help with Ella's rehabilitation www.fairysteps4ella.co.nz.