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Activities for kids

Published: 8 April 2020

Occupying the kids during this period of self-isolation is no easy task, but we’re here to help.

Our libraries offer a ton of online resources, and we’ve also got suggestions for how to keep your little ones busy in the backyard, or in your immediate neighbourhood.

Play the #WeGotThisNZ lockdown challenge

Have fun this lockdown with your ‘bubble’ by playing the free #WeGotThisNZ Lockdown Challenge on the GooseChase app.

Packed with family-friendly virtual missions to complete, the Lockdown Challenge is guaranteed to keep kids (young and old) active and occupied while at home, and four new missions are released every day!

Click here to get started now

Auckland landmark colouring sheets

Get creative at home with these four colouring-in sheets featuring Auckland landmarks.

Showing camping in your backyard, cooking with your family, walking in your local parks and playing games with your bubble, these colouring sheets will entertain your kids for hours.

Download them here [PDF]

Auckland Libraries online

Auckland Libraries has plenty of online activities, learning, and entertainment which is available anytime, anywhere and is completely free.

Keep your tamariki busy and learning for hours with thousands of eBooks to choose from, listening to an e-audio book and doing online puzzles challenges.

There’s also a wide range of online resources for tamariki and rangatahi (youth) to help them to succeed with their schoolwork, with homework assistance for curly questions, topic guides, online training courses, tumblemath mathematics challenges and tools to develop timelines of world events.

Find out more on the Auckland Libraries website

Take a look here for a full list of library services

Read more about online learning resources for kids

Start your library membership

Haven't got a library membership yet? Sign up for an Auckland Libraries eMembership online today. It only takes a couple of easy steps, its free and can be done entirely from home.

Sign up now

Dare to Explore

Take on more than 60 challenges with Auckland Libraries, write and submit book reviews to the website and get your photos featured on the Wall of Fame gallery.

Join in the fun today

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo is bringing the animals to you with regular live streams, keeper cams, stories, interactive activities and learning resources for families at home.

Visit for more information, or take a look at the links below:

New at-home lesson plans and learning resources are now available online too, with new themes arriving every Monday and Wednesday.

Fun nature activities for kids

Nature can provide hours of entertainment. Keep the kids amused with some interesting activities to do in the backyard or on your local walk, like bird spotting, building a pollinator, or sketching from nature.

See more on OurAuckland.


MOTAT is bringing the best of its great collection to you at home, with new activities, stories, puzzles, games and videos online every day.

Visit for great self-directed fun and learning for kids, games and projects that can be enjoyed together as a family, and resources for parents and teachers.

See the MOTAT website for more

APO for kids

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has some fun and educational online activities for kids to be completed at home at a time that suits your family.

Make & Do is a series of activity videos designed for pre-school to primary school-aged children. New videos are released every Monday morning at 10am.

APO & Whoa! Guide to the O! - During the lockdown, APO musicians are busy practising their music at home. Join Custard and Buzz from Whoa! Studios to find out about their instruments. How does a violin make a sound? What’s the difference between a clarinet and an oboe? Why is the French horn so curly?

Visit the APO website for more

Get creative with the City Rail Link 

Children between five and 11 are invited to paint and draw images that will then be fired onto ceramic tiles and used to decorate walls in a new underground railway station in the middle of Auckland.

Using paints, crayons, pencils or pastels, kids can be part of New Zealand’s biggest-ever transport infrastructure project. 

Visit the CRL website for more information.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum - While the doors of Auckland Museum are closed, you can still experience some of your favourite parts of Tāmaki Paenga Hira from home.

Watch how volcanoes are made, make an exotic bird come alive in a puzzle or see some never seen before photos of Sir Edmund Hillary and his expeditions.

Visit the museum website

Join the Mini Māui’s kids club

Sign up to the NZ Maritime Museum’s free kids club and receive a quarterly activity pack in the post, plus kids sail for free on their birthdays!

Join the club and download activities here.

Tag us in your Mini Māui’s posts and use the hashtags #NZMaritimeMuseum and #MiniMāuis for spot prizes too!

Read more: At Home


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Reach us - Ways to connect with Auckland Council

Our service centres have closed their doors for the duration of the level four COVID-19 lockdown but there are still plenty of ways you can connect with us by phone and online to get things done.

Learn & Explore - find free courses, e-books and more

Read an eBook, curl up in front of a good film, learn a new skill and learn about Auckland's history with our online services.