What's on this weekend
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
Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 6 October 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
A kids only market with an emphasis on kids creative arts and crafts, all child made and created along with second hand kids stuff and stall run by kids themselves. Bookings for stalls are essential. Selling, bartering and free cycling encouraged too! Come as a customer even if you don’t have a stall and save the world just a wee bit by re-cycling old toys instead of buying new!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
Saturday 6 October 2018: 10am-1pm
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Saturday and Sunday Events
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
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
Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 October 2018: 10am to 3pm (last entry at 2:30pm)
Cost: Normal Sky Tower admission applies. Find out more
Saturday and Sunday Events
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
Saturday 6 October to Sunday 14 October 2018: 9am to 5pm
Auckland Heritage Festival
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
Saturday 6 October and Sunday 7 October 2018: 10:00am to 4:00pm
• 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
Secret World of Butterflies
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.
New Zealand Ice Figure Skating Championships
Saturday 6 October 2018: 4:00pm to 8:30pm
Sunday 7 October 2018: 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Ports of Auckland Heritage Tugboat Sailings
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018: 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm sailings
NZ Traditional Boatbuilding School open day
Saturday 6 to Monday 8 October 2018: 10am to 2pm
heritagefestival.co.nzThe 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
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
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
Alberton Vintage Market Day
Alberton 1863, 100 Mount Albert Road, Mount Albert, Auckland
Sunday 7 October 2018: 11:00am to 4:00pmAlberton’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
University of Auckland, Central City Campus, Commerce A Building 114, Auckland
Sunday 7 October 2018: 10am to 2pm
Auckland Heritage Festival
Have you ever found a rock and wondered what it was? Want to know why some buildings stand up in an earthquake and others fall down? Or why some volcanoes erupt with lava flows and some with huge explosions?Take part in fun volcano-related experiments and see examples of explosive and oozing eruption styles. Learn about earthquakes and the engineering that goes into keeping buildings up. Talk to volcanologists, seismologists, and engineers from The University of Auckland and ask any questions you have about volcanoes, earthquakes, minerals and rocks. All ages of kids and kids-at-heart are welcome!
Fairy and Superhero Kids Day Out
Sunday 7 October 2018: Noon to 5:00pm
Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen