Waitangi Weekend events – 2015

It’s a busy long weekend in Auckland. Check out what’s happening here. Let us know if we’ve missed anything!

On all weekend

Light Show, Auckland Art Gallery
10am – 5pm

This weekend is your last chance to see the Light Show at the Art Gallery. General Admission $15, Children 5–13 $10, Under 5s FREE

Friday 6 February

Waitangi Day Festival 2015 – Bastion Point
10am-5:30pm

Waitangi Day 2015 feat. The Black Seeds, Hollie Smith & 1814
A family friendly and free event, taking place at Takaparawhau (Bastion Point). Live music, kids rides, food & market stalls, kites – it has it all.

And, if you missed Tamaki Tales at the Auckland Museum, the programme will also be running at the Festival.

Car parking available on site.

Waitangi Day 2015 Family Celebrations – Barry Curtis Park
10am-5pm
Waitangi Day Family Celebrations

Free event for families. Starts at 10am with live performances on stage from 11am.

There’ll be live music, a tamariki (kids’) zone and an interactive village with Auckland Museum, Auckland Libraries, craft and food stalls.

Car parking available onsite.

Saturday 7 February

Hyundai Beach vs Beach Cricket Cup, Milford Beach
9:30am-4:30pm
HYN1948 Beach vs Beach Banner

While team registrations are closed, if you’ve got a cricket fan, it sounds as though there is still lots to do, including activities for the kids, music, cricket coaching sessions, chances to win and all the match action as teams compete for the Cup. Free entry.

Manly Volunteer Fire Brigade 50th Jubilee, Manly Beach
11am-3pm

The day starts with a parade of specialised fire vehicles from the Plaza Whangaparaoa down to Manly Park, departing at 11am.

Parade concludes at Manly park where there will be fire displays by the Manly Volunteer Fire Brigade, family entertainment, food vendors and more.

Beachlands & Maraetai Trolley Derby, Omana Regional Park
9am-3pm
Beachlands Maraetai Trolley Derby 2015 - Sunday 8th February 8 am start

Sounds like a fun family event, and a bit of a laugh.The Trolley Walk of Fame leaves the Beachlands Hammer Hardware at 10am to get the first views of the 60 entries. You can then watch them race down the hill.

Cat Tunks & Black Sand Diva, Auckland Domain Band Rotunda
1-4pm
Auckland Council Music in Parks- Cat Tunks & Black Sand Diva

One of the many amazing & free Auckland Council Music in the Parks events all over Auckland throughout the summer.

Check out the timetable for the rest of the summer here.

Fire & Rescue Day, MOTAT
10am-4pm
Fire and Rescue DayFire engines, fire fighters, fire demonstrations, rescue displays, fire safety and disaster preparation – surely appealing to most kids!

Plus, face painting, Little Flick rides, old fireman’s bike, fire kitchen demo units, the MOTAT collection of old and new fire appliances. And, all children attending the event will receive their very own cardboard fire truck cut out to take home and make!

Under 5s are free, adults $16, children 5-16 & students with ID $8.

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 February

The Little Star That Could, Stardome Observatory & Planetarium 1-2pm
The Little Star that Could
From the Stardome website: Children can follow one little star’s journey to find a name and family of its own in the new animated space show, The Little Star That Could. Little Star, an average yellow star, searches for planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special and discovers that stars combine to form clusters and galaxies. He also learns about the planets in our own solar system! Young sky watchers will learn that the sun is a star, what stars are made of, why stars are different colours, and how some stars are just the right size and temperature to support life. Perfect for introducing young children to space!

At the end of The Little Star That Could you will take a trip into outer space with a tour of the night sky or a special Planetary Fly-by. In the Night Sky show you’ll gaze up at the universe  to learn more about the stars you can see in the sky above us. In the Planetary Fly-by you get to zoom by Jupiter, Mars, Venus and the other solar system planets to explore each planets special features.”

Recommended age of 4+ on the website.

Adults $10, children $8, family (2 adults + 2 children) $30, & free for Starlight Explorer Annual Pass holders.

On each Saturday & Sunday in February.


The Life of Trees, Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

2-3pm
Life of Trees

From the Stardome website about the show: “Life of Trees lets the audience experience nature from a different perspective. Two quirky insects, a ladybug called Dolores and a firefly called Mike, explain the complex processes that happen inside a tree in a fun and entertaining way: How do trees grow? How do they transport water against gravity to the top of the crown? How do green plants make life on Earth possible by producing oxygen?”

Get a free seed star to take home too.

Adults $10, children $8, family (2 adults + 2 children) $30, & free for Starlight Explorer Annual Pass holders.

On each Saturday & Sunday in February.

Perfect Little Planet, Stardome Observatory & Planetarium
3-4pmPerfect Little Planet
From the Stardome website about the show: “In “Perfect Little Planet,” a family from another star system is doing just that — looking for the perfect vacation spot as they travel through our solar system. Join them and see the solar system from a distinctly different point of view. Soar over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive down the ice cliffs of Uranus’ moon Miranda at breath-taking speeds. Sail through the beautiful rings of Saturn and dare the ferocious lightning storms on Jupiter. Which destination would you choose? You and your family can now explore some of the best known sights of our solar system with. You’ll feel as though you’re actually there – and best of all, no 3D glasses are required!

At the end of Perfect Little Planet you will take a trip into outer space with a tour of the night sky or a special Planetary Fly-by. In the Night Sky show you’ll gaze up at the universe to learn more about the stars you can see in the sky above us. In the Planetary Fly-by you get to zoom by Jupiter, Mars, Venus and the other solar system planets to explore each planets special features.”

Recommended for ages 6+ on their website.

Adults $10, children $8, family (2 adults + 2 children) $30, & free for Starlight Explorer Annual Pass holders.

On each Saturday & Sunday in February.

Barbie in Princess Power 
barbie

Showing Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 February at Event Cinemas. Each child gets a free Barbie poster, and if you go dressed in your favourite Barbie  outfit, there’s a Barbie prize to be given away at each screening.

Tickets $7 each ($1.10 booking fee applies if booking online).

Sunday 8 February

Workshops on the Wharf
11am-2pm
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The workshops are drop in sessions, and are free. They are normally held near the Wynyard Quarter play space, but if it’s raining, or if you can’t find them, head along to the Koranga information Kiosk.

Theme for this week is: Make & Take – things that fly.

Following week themes are:
Sunday 15 February – Make & Take: crazy masks
Sunday 22 February – Come & celebrate Chinese New Year

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