Summer fun for kids

Last Updated : 30 Mar 2021
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Whether you need to keep the kids occupied while you are at work, or whether you want some new adventures to share with your children, we have your summer sorted.

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School holiday programmes

Whether you have a budding thespian, an acrobatic dancer, aspiring artist or computer coder, or they just want to have some fun there are plenty of holiday programmes for all ages on offer.

Explore the OurAuckland events page to find a holiday programme best suited for your children.

Alternatively, check out what Auckland Council pools and leisure offer for kids of all ages.

Kauri Kids have care and education options for pre-school tamariki while there are holiday programme options for primary school children and for teenagers including trips to places like Rainbow’s End, Chipmunks and mini-golf and sports competitions.

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Music & Movies in Parks

Free music and movies return to parks this summer.

With concerts every weekend from 16th January through to CultureFest at the end of March, there is plenty to get the whole family dancing to the beat.

Meanwhile, Movies in Parks kicks off on Waitangi weekend and goes through to the end of March with a great selection of recent and classic movies to entertain the whole family.

Get full details of the summer line-ups for both music and movies.

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Summer Reading

Tēnā, whakangahau i tō whanau, i a koe rānei me ēnei wero panui hei mea whakatā i te hinengaro i ngā rā raumati.

Read and relax this summer with fun and flexible reading challenges for the whole whānau or just for you.

With prizes to be won through the reading challenges, now is the time to head into your local library, pick out some books and get reading.

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Getting into Nature

Nothing beats getting out into nature and there are lots of activities to learn, explore and experience outdoors.

Take the kids to the orienteering course set up in Margaret Griffen Park for a competitive family.

Alternatively, have the kids explore what life was in 1883 for the bushmen during the kauri milling days.

Explore the OurAuckland events page to find more activities to get the kids away from the computer screens and out into nature.

For more outdoor focussed activities including Wild Child and Wild Families events, check out Out and About’s Facebook page

We are Sailing

With the America’s Cup on this summer, now is the perfect time to get into the Martime Museum.

Whether it is your first time or your one-hundredth, the America’s Cup Family Trail is a fun way to explore our yachting and boat-building history.

Explore the new Blue Water Black Magic Gallery and find out what would cause a carbon-fibre mast to snap, the connection between bees and the America’s Cup yachts, or get immersed in Sarah-Jane Blake’s interactive artwork.

Classic Kiwi Summer Road Trip

Experience a class Kiwi road trip without being stuck in the car for hours on end.

Spot iconic locations and landmarks as you wander the road-trip inspired trail through MOTAT.

While there, explore and learn what it takes for space travel to occur and what technological advances are needed to allow us to live on other planets.

Wandering around MOTAT throughout the weekend also provides opportunities to see blacksmiths at work, ride a steam train or discover the science behind everyday phenomena.

Building aspiration

The Brickman is back at Auckland Museum to wow and inspire kids of all ages.

The awesome exhibition includes the tallest LEGO® brick model in the Southern Hemisphere and is a perfect afternoon’s entertainment for anyone aspiring to be the next brick-building whiz.

Finish the exhibition by checking out the Brick Room where your imagination is encouraged to run wild and have fun.

While exploring the museum, be sure to check out the partnership exhibition with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.

Called ‘Not One More Acre!”, this free exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the iwi’s eviction from their ancestral lands at Takaparawhau Bastion Point.

More events on OurAuckland

Discover heaps more activities for kids this summer right here on OurAuckland.

Take a look at our events page to find out what's on.

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