These school holidays, April 17 - May 2, try something new and exciting. Whether it be a new place to eat, a thrilling adventure, 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. 

Events and school holiday programmes


Commercial Bay Kids Club | Harbour Eats, Commercial Bay

Commercial Bay & Harbour Eats presents a selection of creative, educational and fun activities to keep your kids entertained during the school holidays. Five different workshops are taking place these school holidays; Cupcake decorating with Bluebells Cakery; Dumpling making with Foo Du; Flower crown workshop with Blush; Mini empanada making with South American Oven; Skateboard painting with Federation. Bookings are essential. See all the details, here.


April School Holidays in Aotea Square

Join Auckland Live in Aotea Square for two weekends filled to the brim with free activities for your tamariki. Catch an outdoor screening of a great film, have a blast at the Latin Fiesta, or learn some circus skills - Aotea Square will be an exciting spot to visit these school holidays. See all the details, here.

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The Sky-High World of Beatrix Potter | Sky Tower

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter tales, at the Sky Tower! Explore and discover the English garden of Mr. McGregor, where Peter Rabbit and his friends get into mischief. Experience the classic tales of Jemima Puddle-Duck and friends, with live book readings daily. Don’t miss the Beatrix Potter face painting and colouring-in! See more, here.


School Holidays at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Get creative at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki! This April school holidays, the Gallery is proud to bring you a hands-on School Holiday Programme inspired by art in their current exhibition – Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art. Designed for children aged 7–12, the full-day sessions will engage tamariki with a wide variety of art practices and themes. See the full programme, here.


Junior Librarian School Holiday Programme | Central City Library

Calling all 9-13 year olds! The Central City Library is opening its doors to immerse you in all the cool stuff they have behind the scenes. Being a librarian is about so much more than books. Spend your school holiday book making with their Preservation team, making stop motion movies with their green screen in the Makerspace, 3D printing bookmarks, finding treasures in the basement, and going on field trips around the city centre.


Kids pizza making class | Gusto at the Grand 

Take the kids to Gusto for a fun and exciting pizza making class. Tamariki will learn about making and rolling dough, then they'll get to design their own pizza before sitting down to chow down on their tasty creations. Parent's are required to join their kids in this class and give them a helping hand at times before enjoying a pasta dish and a glass of vino! Book your spot now.


HAPPY PLACE | Spark Arena 

There's no doubt the kids will LOVE this bright and colourful exhibition. Featuring larger-than-life whimsical installations and multi-sensory immersive rooms, the kids will have a blast in the world’s largest indoor Confetti Dome, a giant rainbow complete with a jumpable ‘Pot of Happiness’, a Cookie Room that smells of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, an Upside Down room that defies gravity, and Super Bloom, a room filled with 40,000 golden handmade flowers, to name just a few. HAPPY PLACE is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. See here for more info and to book your tickets.


Chinese Shadow Puppetry bilingual workshop | Central City Library

These school holidays, explore the story behind shadow play and learn how shadow puppets are made and operated. Kids will get the chance to make their own Little Monkey puppets and practise the skills of manipulation. For more details and to book, click here.


Kidzkitchen | 20 Beaumont Street

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. Check out the classes available these school holidays, here.

Attractions & Activities

Free things to do

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Vector Lights for Anzac Day | Auckland Harbour Bridge, Queen Street

The Auckland Harbour Bridge and Queen Street lights will shine poppy-red, over Anzac weekend (23-26 April) from 6pm until midnight to commemorate the servicemen and servicewomen, past and present, who have displayed courage and self-sacrifice serving our country. On the morning of the 25 April at 5am, the light show on the Harbour Bridge will play to coincide with dawn services. Round up the kids, and head to any vantage point where the Auckland Harbour Bridge is visible to enjoy the show. Or, as the evening sets in, make your way into the city centre and take a stroll along the beautifully lit Queen Street. If you look up, you'll also notice the Sky Tower shining red with a Poppy emblem projected against it!

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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. 


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. The Museum also offers fantastic school holiday activities including creative workshops and heritage sailings.


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. Check out the Whānau drop-ins on Friday's where there's new activities to try each week. 

Last updated: 16 April 2021