Weekend what's on guide
The best of what's on this weekend in Auckland for Kids: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April 2018
Our pick of the best weekend events on for families, children and teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand
Sunnyvale Neighbourhood Stream Gathering EcoWest Festival
The Grange Preschool, 48 Awaroa Road, Sunnyvale, Auckland map
Saturday 7 April 2018: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Join Ecomatters on a tour of two backyard streams in Sunnyvale. These streams are currently being restored with help from the neighbours. The tour starts at the Waari Stream (down behind The Grange Preschool) and do a stream test to check the water quality. Then walk over to the stream behind Sunnyvale Hall to do another test to see how the streams compares. Finish with kai to share.
Cost: FREE event
Murrays Bay Wharf Birdman 2018
Saturday 7 April 2018: 10:30am to 3:00pm
The Birdman event is a competition for human powered flying machines and involves human ‘birdmen’ attempting to “fly” the furthest distance off the end of a wharf/pier into the sea, aiming to win the Birdman trophy. Many flyers will take part to help raise money for charities; others design complex machines to aim for the category prizes. Entrants are encouraged to perform a routine and have music.
There is entertainment from 10.30am. At 12.00pm there is the Children’s & Birdman Parade followed by the Birdman Jump; Followed at 1.30pm by the Birdman Prizegiving. There will be more food, fun and entertainment until the event closes at 3.00pm.
STEM in the Park 5 to 6 years
Girls aged 5 to 6 years old are invited to join the adventure team for a challenging and exciting day of STEM activities and experiments. They will learn how to: design and build high towers; make slime and bouncy balls; use spy skills to break a secret code; build a boat that is strong enough to float with lots of treasure aboard and more. Bookings are essential email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotoroa Island Snorkel Day
Rotoroa Island, ferry is arriving at the Rotoroa Wharf and leaving from the Auckland viaduct.
Saturday 7 April 2018: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Ferry leaves from Auckland CBD ferry building at 8.15am – Please don’t be late. Ferry leaves arrives back in the CBD at 6.30pm
Join Experiencing Marine Reserves Rotoroa Snorkel Day run in conjunction with the Rotoroa Island Trust. Snorkel and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket. Ever wondered what lives under the water at Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with our experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire. Safe fun for the whole whanau. Only 80 tickets available.
Book here: https://goo.gl/forms/FKYqUw2jwHEd1l542 Bring: togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes, raincoat, water bottles, walking shoes and a picnic lunch.
Saturday Gallery Club #36 4 years plus
The Homestead Galleries, Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland
Saturday 7 April 2018: 10:30am to Noon
Drop-in activities for children (and their families). Looking at the current exhibition by Toi Te Rito Maihi, we will be weaving bright strips of coloured paper to explore pattern and symmetry. Ages: 4+
Cost: Free, all welcome
Magic Rocks at Woodside EcoWest Festival 2018
Celebrate eco-sustainability and Neighbours Day at a local community garden. Children, come and find rocks and win a prize or paint your own rock to hide in the neighbourhood. Free sausage sizzle, games and storytime.
Cost: FREE event
Saturday 7 April, 10am – 3pm
Free family drop in event. Squiggla is a creative based learning application, developed by the Chartwell Trust to promote creativity through the exploration of mark making. Play, listen and respond to rhythms using line, dots and squiggles to create a one of a kind Squigglework and learn how to upload your images into your own Squiggla gallery using the Squiggla App. The App is free to download and encourages non-judgemental play. If you have one, bring along your own device so the Squiggla team can help get you started.
Guided Walk Along Kurt Brehmer Walkway EcoWest Festival
Kurt Brehmer Walkway, 26 Saunders Place, Avondale, Auckland map
Saturday 7 April 2018: 10:00am to Noon
Join The Whau River Catchment Trust for a guided walk along the Kurt Brehmer Walkway. Ecological Restoration Coordinator Neil Henderson will show you all the key areas of interest as well as update you on the progress of our restoration work. This is a gentle and beautiful walk that is suitable for the whole family. Bookings required: email@example.com
Cost: FREE event
Dog Day Afternoon Silo Park event
Silo Park, Corner of Beaumont and Jellico Street, Auckland, New Zealand map
Saturday 7 April 2018: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Hear ye! Hear Ye! Calling all dog enthusiasts as well as our canine friends from far and wide. Bring your pups, big and small, to Silo Park’s Dog Day Afternoon. Celebrate our favourite four legged friends will include ‘Spot’ prizes, a dog agility course, an onsite vet team from Grey Lynn Vetcare answering your puppy health questions, plus dogs, dogs and more dogs! There will be lots of activities for humans at Silo Park taking place too.
Bradley Lane Illuminated
Bradley Lane, Glen Innes Town Centre, Auckland
Saturday 7 April 2018: 5:30pm onwards
Bradley Lane Illuminated begins as the sun starts to set on the Glen Innes Town Centre. The night is brought to life with activities, live performance and special light displays that highlight the spectacular street art murals tucked away in laneways off the beaten track
Royal Oak Primary Carnival
Royal Oak Primary Carnival, Chandler Avenue, Royal Oak, Auckland
Saturday 7 April 2018: 11:00am to 3:00pm
The popular Royal Oak Primary Carnival is back once again and is fun for the whole family. Pre-loved Sale bargains including clothing, toys, books and much more. There is the Nerf Combat, Pony Rides and Bouncy Castles for little ones, or Dent the Wreck and Dunk Machine for the brave enough to give it a go.
Cost: FREE entry
Saturday and Sunday Events
The Haier Big Hoot Auckland 2018 Public Art Trail
Various public locations around Auckland
Saturday 7 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.
Brickman: Wonders of the World
Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum, Parnell, Auckland
Saturday 7 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
2018 Buddha’s Day Multicultural Festival
Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple New ZEaland, 16 Stancombe Road, Flat Bush, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 7 April 2018 to Sunday 8 April 2018: 10:00 am to 4:00pm
Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple New Zealand 紐西蘭佛光山
Everyone is welcome to be part of a day that promotes Harmony for a World Peace Day. Activities will Include: Pray for World Peace, Baby Blessing Ceremony, Lion Dance, Dunhuang & Cultural Performances, Vegetarian Food Fair, Arts & Crafts for all ages and more.
Cost: FREE entry
Saturday and Sunday Events
Knot Touch at NZ Maritime Museum
NZ Maritime Museum, Corner of Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand
Saturday 7 to 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
Bug Lab at Auckland Zoo
Auckland Zoo, 99 Motions Road, Auckland
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April 2018
The blockbuster science exhibition from Te Papa and Weta Workshop is on at Auckland Zoo this summer. Featuring massive 3-D bug models within four magical chambers, Bug Lab is a spectacularly immersive and interactive experience for all ages that offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn from the genius of bugs.
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
SUPER STEM FAIR Editors Pick
MOTAT 1, Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland map
Sunday 8 April 2018
MOTAT will be hosting a selection of university researchers, industry technologists, engineers, and entrepreneurs for the 2018 Super STEM Fair. Be inspired by their unique and fascinating projects and business stories, get hands-on with activities, and discover new concepts. This family event will inspire curiosity and introduce kids to the world science, technology, engineering, and maths.Meet the 11-year-old kiwi entrepreneur and recent sensation, Katharina Weischede, the Slime Princess. Get wrapped up with Maths origami, dig up a dinosaur, ride a hovercraft, meet virtual reality proteins and more.
Cost: Usual MOTAT admission charges apply
Auckland International Cultural Festival 2018
Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, Mt Roskill, Auckland
Sunday 8 April 2018: 10:00am to 5:00pm
This free-entry festival celebrates Auckland’s distinctive cultural diversity and will be an unforgettable day out with a huge array range of food, cultural activities, entertainment and stalls on offer from over 50 cultures across the globe. There will also be interactive kids and sports zones with plenty of have-a-go activities.
Urban Nature Walks in Glen Eden EcoWest Festival 2018
Come and explore the reserves, streams, and wetlands in West Auckland’s urban areas. These nature walks are a great alternatives to tracks within the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area. Bookings required: firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 826 0554.
Uxbridge Arts and Culture, 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, Auckland
Sunday 8 April 2018: 11:00am to Noon
UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture
Join Mr. Bubbles – he has beautiful soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes. Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles. The Bubble show is interactive and suitable for all ages and children and adults alike thoroughly enjoy the magical bubbling experience.
Come Fly With Me 2018
Onikiritea Park, Bomb Point, Hobsonville
Sunday 8 April 2018: 10:00 am to 2:00pm
Come Fly With Me Hobsonville Point
Once again the skies of Hobsonville Point will come alive in a flourish of flying colours. Kites, flags, parasols, games, crafts, fine local food and organic coffee. Bring your picnic, kites, games and sunscreen and relax for a fun day.
Cost: FREE community day
A day of colour and fun, run, walk or dance your way around the Challenge Course, completing obstacles and activities are showered in a shimmering spectrum of colour, and with a Mass Colour Throw party at the end! For families and friends who like to have fun, and get colourful.
Cost: Individual $12 Family Pass (2 adults, 2kids) $36, extra child $6
Devonport Dog Parade
Windsor Reserve, Devonport, Auckland
Sunday 8 April 2018: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Celebrate our love of dogs with a free action-packed day of events, entertainment, doggy goods and services. Plus the chance to showcase our beloved four-legged friends in a parade. Great prizes too! All proceeds go to Greyhounds as Pets.
Cost: FREE event
Cornwall Park District School Fair
193 Greenlane Rd West, Greenlane
Sunday 8 April 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm
There is something for everyone at one of Auckland’s largest school fairs – bargains galore in the second hand goods stalls, rides and entertainment, silent and live auctions and multicultural food court.
Cost: FREE admission
All Ford Day
Smales Farm, Takapuna, Auckland
Sunday 8 April 2018: 10:00am to 1:00pm
The Auckland All Ford Day is an annual event where Ford enthusiasts from all around the country come to show off their Ford vehicles for the day and have the opportunity to win an array of fantastic prizes.The event is open to the general public and is aimed to be a fun family day out, providing plenty of activities to keep people of all ages occupied for hours.
Entry: Children under 13 are FREE; Adults $10
St Mary’s Catholic School Gala, Papakura
Plenty of fun for the whole family including an auction, crafts, White Elephant, raffles, clothing, books, games and a delicious range of food. Come along for a fun day out.
Cost: FREE entry
Dance with Aaja Nachle at Silo Park!
Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Cnr Beaumont Street and Jellico Street, Auckland
Sunday 8 April 2018: Noon to 3:00pm
Aaja Nachle NZ
Fun filled family afternoon, watch the talented dancers showcase their moves then join us in a series of interactive workshops and events during the day. Plenty of prizes, colour, fun, glitz and glam to make for a perfect Sunday afternoon with friends and family.