Don’t panic! We’ve done a brief round up of some of the fun things on these holidays to keep your kids happy – and luckily some of them are indoors because the long range forecast is looking a little gloomy. Please be sure to follow the links to check on dates, prices and, most importantly, booking information where applicable.
Art Sessions for Kids at the Mairangi Arts Centre – a wonderful selection of arts and crafts activities for kids aged 5 – 14 years. There are 2-hour sessions in mornings or afternoons and some 5 hours sessions from 10am to 3pm. Visit their website to read more details on the classes available and to book online.
There’s a new playground at the south end of Campbells Bay Beach (Huntly Road end). Tide permitting, it’s a lovely walk along the pipeline from Mairangi Bay. Take snacks and drinks and make an afternoon of it!
Theatre shows especially for the holidays:
- Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and his Singing Tiger (Aotea Centre, 1-5 May 2013)
- Three Billy Goats Gruff (Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, 29 April – 4 May 2013)
- The Dragon of an Ordinary Family – Margaret Mahy (The Pumphouse, Takapuna, 20 April – 4 May 2013)
Heroes and Villains at Auckland Libraries – the library is always a great place to visit and these holidays are no exception! Check out events at your local library. Free for library members (and membership is free!)
Imagination Factory at MOTAT – a travelling exhibition from Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre Questacon. Kids will love exploring basic mechanical tools and uncovering how they can be used to create ingenious inventions in this engaging exhibition. Don’t forget the Tinkering Tot’s Under 5s Gallery for the younger ones.
Stardome School Holiday Fun – Cornwall Park – featuring The Little Star that Could.
What if? It Never Happened… at the Voyager Museum (22 April – 3 May 2013). The Voyager Maritime Museum is always a great rainy day option! Free entry for Auckland residents.
Free Workshops on the Wharf at the Wynyard Quarter – a mixture of sports and crafts activities in the wonderful Wynyard Quarter. Combine with a fish and chip lunch and a visit to the playground! Keep an eye on their facebook page for weather plans and other updates.
Wonderful Windows at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum (20 April – 5 May 2013 EXCEPT Anzac Day). Make your own stained glass window to keep. This is a great little museum for the kids as it doesn’t take long to get around and there is a playground across the road to let off steam afterwards! There are also gallery activities for the kids here.
Devonport Community Harvest Fair (21 April 2013, 12-3pm) – competitions and activities for the whole family at Devonport Community Garden.
Angels & Aristocrats Exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery. The Gallery has a selection of arts activities for the school holidays – check out their webpage here. Don’t forget the Creative Learning Centre which kids love – a chance to sit quietly and do some art. If the weather’s ok, head up to Albert Park afterwards for a run around and some tree climbing (take a picnic).