These school holidays (2 - 17 October), try something new and exciting. Whether it be a new place to eat, a thrilling adventure, some fun games or experiencing the city centre's galleries and museums, we are sure you won't be strapped for ideas on what to do these school holidays.

Get the kids to learn something new

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Learn cooking at Kidzkitchen 

KidzKitchen introduces children of all ages to cooking using delicious and nutritious ingredients. Your kids will immerse themselves in a world of culinary adventures, boost their confidence and get inspired to eat healthy in the future. 

Join Auckland Library School holidays online programme

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Enter a 14 Days online reading challenge with Auckland Library

This online programme has heaps of fun activities and reading lists to open up a world of fun and learning for your kids this school holidays. You just need to download Beanstack, an easy-to-use reading challenge app and register the kids for the Around the World in 14 Days online challenge from Saturday 2 October. Check it out here

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Auckland Live's October School Holiday Activities

From artistic activities to dance workshops from New Zealand’s top creatives, there’s plenty for you and your kids to get busy with. Get your pencils out and do some colouring! You can find a bunch of different colouring-in sheets to print out and get creative with. The kids can also take a quiz, do online puzzles and learn some dance moves with the New Zealand Dance Company. Click here to check out all the activities.

Explore 

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New Zealand Maritime Museum | Corner Quay and Hobson Streets

Interactive and immersive, this museum is a great place for young and the young at heart to explore our nation's maritime history. Try your hand at yacht design, relax in the bach, hoist the sails, hear the cannon fire, test your sea legs and batten down the hatches in the rocking cabin. 

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Auckland Art Gallery | Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets

The Auckland Art Gallery has an incredible learning centre that provides families with great resources for learning and visits related to the exhibitions which come to the gallery. The gallery also hosts regular family-friendly events and artistic workshops that will entertain and inspire. 

Fun things to do

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Te Wānanga and its Kōrimurimu nets

Te Wānanga is a gorgeous people friendly space for all to enjoy.⁠ This public space extends out over the harbour and is filled with native gardens and mature pōhutukawa. The kids will love sitting in the unique woven Kōrimurimu nets, or peer into the tidal pool apertures where living shellfish filter the seawater.

Amey Daldy Park, a grassy green park with pohutukawa trees and people sitting on the ground eating lunch.Pack a picnic and enjoy the new green spaces at Amey Daldy Park in Wynyard Quarter

Grab some food, pack a picnic blanket and head to Amey Daldy Park - a pocket park included along the Daldy Street green connection between Victoria Park and the waterfront. It’s home to 12 Pohutukawa trees and make the perfect place for a picnic with the whole family.

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Play a memory game | Tākaro from Shut The Front Door

While having your family picnic why not playing a memory game with the kids. This game is really simple yet entertaining and fun for the whole whānau. Each card features a number of symbols. Each of these symbols will have a direct Māori translation, which players will need to memorize and learn. Tākaro can be played by ages 4+ - a good way to expand your kids' te Reo Māori vocabulary while having fun!

Burn some energy down at Silo Park

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Silo Park  | Corner of Jellicoe Street and Beaumont Street

Silo Park offers striking views across to Westhaven Marina and lots of things to do for the kids. Enjoy the beautiful playground, play basketball or go superyatch spotting. You simply can't beat Silo Park on a beautiful sunny day. 

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Or go on a bike ride

Get moving with a bike ride along the waterfront. Take a ride along our stunning waterfront starting from Silo Park, crossing Te Wero bridge, looping through Princes Wharf and continuing along Quay Street. if you don't have a bike you can hire one at Power to the Pedal.

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And don't forget to stop for an ice cream

What kid doesn't love ice cream?! There are many ice cream shops in the city centre serving delicious gelato. Some of our favourites includes Little Lato, Melt or Island Gelato to name just a few.

Attractions & Activities

Last updated: 04 October 2021

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