Ideas for kids

Last Updated : 09 Nov 2021
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Like all of us, kids feel a little disoriented during lockdown.

They miss their friends, teachers, sports and their normal daily rhythm. But they’ll see the glass is half full if we can keep our kids busy, entertained and learning.

Try out these great ideas from Auckland Council, our libraries and facilities across the region.

Click and collect from your library

Auckland Council Libraries has launched a contactless click and collect service for Aucklanders keen to keep reading and learning over lockdown.

The contactless click and collect service allows Aucklanders to request specific library items online and pick them up from the library that is most convenient for them. You can also request a Ready-to-Go Read pack, where a genre or age range can be selected online, and librarians will select a pack of books to be collected.

Click here to order your books

Bubble up and make memories with your kids

Your kids might never have seen dad pretend to be the Skytower or mum dance in the park, but now’s your chance to get active outdoors with your kids.

Head to your local park and get amongst some games from your childhood or have a bubble scavenger hunt. You’ll make life-long memories.

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Discover our museums, galleries and zoo

Now that Auckland is at Alert Level 3 Step 2, the kids might be a bit tired of heading down to the local park every week and are wanting to try somewhere new.

A number of our facilities are providing some ways to give kids something new and exciting to enjoy.

MOTAT, Auckland's museums, libraries, galleries and the zoo are all reopening, giving you some great options for fun days out with your family.

Click here for inspiration.

Study at home with Auckland Libraries

Clear the kitchen table and get out the devices – keep kids motivated with online resources that help them succeed with their schoolwork while schools are closed.

Including ebooks, study guides, web resources and more, your free Auckland Libraries membership gives you full access – just log in with your library card and password or PIN, and jump right in. 

Fun nature activities for kids

Getting out in nature is a great way to have fun and stay active during lockdown. We've made a list of some fun activities for you to keep the kids entertained in your backyard or on your walk through your local park.

Find out more here.

Make the most of free ebooks and films

Beat the stress and boredom of lockdown with Auckland Council Libraries' online collections of ebooks, films, magazines and audiobooks.

Available online, for free, to all Aucklanders, our online services offer hundreds of films, documentaries, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. All you need to get started is your Auckland Libraries card - if you aren't a member already, sign up online today and get started.

See what's on.

Cool things to learn for kids

Kids love hands-on learning where they have the chance to try a new skill out for themselves. These cool activities are so much fun, and kids just happen to be learning along the way.

Take a look.

Yoga for kids at home

Looking for ideas to keep the kids busy this lockdown? Check out these yoga-inspired resources, from animal yoga to stretch sessions.

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