Events

Looking for family events or classes for your little one to attend?

Our Events page is full of things to do! Find out about the latest parent and child expos, kids markets, coffee groups, children's entertainment, santa parades and more!

Take a look at our Kids Activities page for ideas too or email us about your own events and we’ll add the details to this page free of charge! 
 

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Auckland Live and The Open Fort present The Space Maze


On from NOW – AUGUST 2020 in Auckland's Aotea Square

FREE Entry!

In partnership with Auckland Live, creative duo The Open Fort have transformed Aotea Square into a playground for all ages with The Space Maze.

Get your friends and whānau together and head down to Aotea Square where you can go head-to-head in colourful races, figure your way out of a maze full of arrows or discover words of kindness hidden right under your feet.

However you play it, The Space Maze guarantees to lift up your winter spirits with play, laugh and fun! Plus, visit after dark and discover a new dimension in the glow of DotDot’s animated projections from high above, on the Aotea Centre Wrap.

To find out all the latest games and a-mazing events over the next few months, visit aucklandlive.co.nz,

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Cross Critters Coffee Group (Free Massages) 


10am-2pm Tuesdays & Thursdays Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, Wellington
 
Pop in on Tuesday or Thursday morning and we have a little something special for you. We dedicate our lovely Guest Room to parents and little ones. This is the perfect space – a large enclosed area with comfy couches and carpet to crawl around on! We also have one of our wonderful staff members on hand – who’ll help to keep your wee one happy while you kick back with a coffee and relax.

During these Cross Critter mornings, between 10am-12pm we have a professional massage therapist, offering up some relief for all of you hard-working new parents. Enjoy a FREE 10 minute back, neck and shoulder massage while our lovely staff member takes your baby off your hands… heaven! 
 
Find out more at Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant ...

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Free Puppet Shows, Kids Theatre & Face Painting 


10am-12pm Saturday & Sunday, Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, Wellington
 
We love brunch as much as any good Wellingtonion – it’s one of our favourite times of the week! Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-2pm, our place is the perfect spot to bring your family and friends for a bite to eat. We’ve got the kids covered, with craft tables set up, colouring activities, facepainting, toys and kid-friendly staff ready to get involved! 
 
On the second Saturday of the month we host free Interactive Kids Theatre - the actors and kids recreate classic fairy tales, using dress ups, props and creative minds! 

On the fourth Saturday of every month we host a free Puppet Show & Workshop. Fingal and her puppet friends have an exciting tale to tell, and their show will be followed by a puppet making workshop. These shows both start at 11am, and take place in the Guest Room.
 
Find out more about Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant ...

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StoryPlace at Te Papa


Spend a magical time with your preschool children (12 months – 5 years) at StoryPlace, exploring the New Zealand natural environment through play & make-believe.

We offer fabulous stories, drama, puzzles, games, and art activities – every day of the year excluding public holidays.

Find out more about StoryPlace at Te Papa ...

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Plunket PEPE Parenting Programme


Various courses around NZ throughout the year

The transition to parenthood is a time of many changes. PEPE groups can play a significant role in helping parents through this process.

PEPE (Parenting Education Programme) is a Plunket-developed national programme which consists of a series of five courses, aimed at supporting parents in their parenting role through the different stages of their child’s early development.

Find out more about the Plunket PEPE Parenting Programme ...

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Wriggle & Rhyme Auckland Libraries


During school term time

Wriggle & Rhyme is a fun, free programme held at libraries across Auckland that provides positive movement experiences to stimulate development of both the brain & body for babies 0 – 2 years.

Find out more about Wriggle & Rhyme at Auckland libraries ...

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Storytime Auckland Libraries


During school term time

The highly popular storytimes are sessions of stories read by librarians and sometimes, by authors or other guests.

These are ideal for kids 3-5 years of age. Some libraries offer regular storytimes in languages other than English, and we often tailor our sessions to incorporate school holiday themes or major celebrations such as Christmas, Chinese New Year, Diwali and Matariki, the Mâori new year.

Find out more about Storytime at Auckland libraries ...

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