Keep your kids busy

Last Updated : 31 Aug 2021
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Auckland Council and partners have lots of ways to keep your children occupied with fun and inspirational online activities.

Auckland Zoo 

Auckland Zoo is bringing the animals to you with interactive activities and learning resources for families at home. 

Visit for more information, or take a look at Fun for kids here


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. 

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

Visit the APO website for more 

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! 

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 

Auckland Council Libraries reopened

All Auckland Council libraries are open from Wednesday 17 November, with some COVID-19 restrictions and precautions in place, making them a great place to reconnect with the books, learning and resources you've missed over lockdown.

Alongside book browsing, Aucklanders will be able to access public computers, printing and Wi-Fi. Integrated customer services will be available too. Research centres will not be staffed, but Aucklanders can get the research help they need by enquiring online.

All library locations across the region are also offering a contactless click and collect service at the front door. This is a great opportunity to get a new set of books or items for the kids to enjoy. Order online today and select the library to collect from. Once the items are ready, you will be notified so you can head down to pick the items up.

Additionally, there are thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks to explore through the digital collections.


Auckland Council Libraries online 

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

Check out some of our dedicated children's resources:  

OverDrive for kids

Browse and check out eBooks written specifically for tamariki (kids) and rangatahi (teens). There's fiction, non-fiction, and more.     

OverDrive video for kids

Watch a classic and keep the kids entertained for free with hundreds of curated films and videos.  

Start your library membership 

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

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