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 Other Activties 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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Good as New Winter Pre Loved Kids Market

9.00am - 12.00 noon Saturday 23 June Orewa Community Centre


Grab a few bargains! 40+ stalls selling quality pre loved kids toys, clothes, games, books, buggies and nursery furniture.

The market allows us all to get behind recycling. For families to move on those items their children have outgrown and for new families to have a fun morning picking up some great buys.
 
The charity for the Winter Market will be Bellyfull, an organisation which provides meals to families with unwell infants and babies
 
For more information contact natashagoodasnew@yahoo.com.

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Waikato Baby Expo

9.00am – 4.00pm 30 June & 1 July at Claudelands Arena


New Zealand Baby Expo is coming to Waikato for another fantastic show! Discover all you need to know for you, your pregnancy or young child. Gain expert, up-to-date advice from our diverse range of exhibitors and experiment with products and services to find what best suits your needs.

A Complimentary Creche, Extra Wide Aisles, Baby Change and Mother Rooms are provided onsite to ensure you have everything you need to visit in comfort.

For more information visit the Waikato Baby Expo website.

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Auckland Live Pick & Mix

FREE* 30 June – 2 September 2018 Aotea Centre, Auckland Town Hall, Bruce Mason Centre & Mângere Arts Centre


The popular, family-friendly programme Auckland Live Pick & Mix is back this winter to inspire young minds for an incredible 10th year. Join all the fun over 10 action-packed weekends with FREE performances and workshops around Auckland.

Featuring the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Jandel J and the Funky Friends, National Youth Theatre Company and so many more!

Plus, get set for an extra special weekend where the kids take over! That’s right, you can join the crew and help Auckland Live put on the show, doing important jobs like being an MC, ushering people to their seats, and shining a spotlight on the performers.

There's something for everyone at Pick & Mix, so why not join in the fun! Find out more ...

*This year bookings for Auckland Live Pick & Mix are essential. Book your free tickets at aucklandlive.co.nz

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K-Pop for Kids By Satellites - Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Sat 30 June 10.30am I Lower NZI, Aotea Centre
Sun 1 July, 10.30am  I Bruce Mason Centre


She’s danced with Beyoncé and Justin Bieber, choreographed for BoA, Cosmic Girls and SF9 and now Rina Chae and her crew are back with a high-energy K-pop show for kids.

Workshop: Wear your comfiest clothes and learn some K-pop dance moves! All ages and talent levels are welcome. Find out more

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The Elixir of Love By New Zealand Opera - Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Sat 7 July, 10.30am | Lower NZI, Aotea Centre
Sat 7 July, 3pm | Mângere Arts Centre
Sun 8 July, 10.30am | Bruce Mason Centre


Introduce your tamariki to the wonderful world of opera with this charming and humorous adaptation of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love (in English).

Workshop: After the performance, everyone gets a chance to learn a part and join in the fun for a sing-along! Find out more

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Sugar Plum Family Fun By Royal New Zealand Ballet - Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Sat 14 July, 10.30am | ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Sat 14 July, 2pm | ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Sun 15 July, 10.30am | Bruce Mason Centre


Dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet perform excerpts from classical and contemporary works including the famous Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier Pas de Deux, from the RNZB’s new production of The Nutcracker.

Workshop: Join the RNZB after the show, and learn some simple ballet steps and positions. Find out more

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Auckland Live presents - Big Bad Wolf
A Windmill Theatre Co production written by Matthew Whittet
 
18 – 21 July Bruce Mason Centre

 
Are you afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? He’s the most misunderstood character in fairytale history. But he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and no friends! Luckily, one girl is brave enough to double check this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born.

Turns out this bright-eyed bushy tailed wolf is a “vege-matarian” - that means he eats broccoli, not rabbits! This table-turning tale will have you wondering why you were ever scared of the Big Bad Wolf.

"A clever, warm-hearted parable that... lights up the imaginations of its target audience. It’s an ideal introduction to theatre."  - The Age
 
Tickets: $22 – $28 (plus booking fees). Find out more ...

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Baggage By Jandel J and the Funky Friends - Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Sat 21 July, 10.30am | Lower NZI, Aotea Centre
Sat 21 July, 3pm | Mângere Arts Centre
Sun 22 July, 10.30am | Bruce Mason Centre


Join Jandel J and the Funky Friends in an exciting new adventure, Baggage, told through storytelling, humour and dance.

Workshop: Learn from the masters of physical theatre, Jandel J and the Funky Friends! All ages welcome, come along and learn some cool new dance moves. Find out more

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Mata-ariki by Hawaiki TÛ - Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Sat 28 July, 10.30am | Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
Sat 28 July, 3pm | Mângere Arts Centre
Sun 29 July, 10.30am | Bruce Mason Centre


Hawaiki TÛ is an Auckland-based company of Mâori artists specialising in haka theatre. Watch aspects of Mâori performance through dance, waiata and haka.

Workshop: Flow in wairua with Hawaiki TÛ! Learn the fundamentals of Mâori movement and discover your ihi, wehi and wana! Find out more

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The Messy Magic Adventure By Rollicking Entertainment - Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Sat 4 August, 10.30am | Lower NZI, Aotea Centre
Sun 5 August, 10.30am | Killarney Rooms, Bruce Mason Centre


Spray and Wipe are two cleaners starting their most exciting job ever, cleaning a magician’s house! But when they accidentally let the magic loose, everything goes topsy-turvy. As the house gets messier and messier, Spray and Wipe must get the magic back before the magician returns home!

Workshop: Fire up your imagination in an all-ages workshop, making up stories and using your body to create onstage fun! Find out more

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Spinderella By Black Friars - Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Sat 11 August, 10.30am | Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
Sat 11 August, 3pm | Mângere Arts Centre
Sun 12 August, 10.30am | Bruce Mason Centre


DJ Spinderella MC, a young Polynesian boy with two evil stepsisters and a wicked stepmother, must complete three dangerous tasks. Come along and meet the notorious Big Bad Wolf and his wolf pack, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rumpelstiltskin, but most importantly, help Spinderella get to the show!

Workshop: Learn one of the dances from the show and explore how to create and perform your own fairytale. Find out more

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Kids takeover - Stars of Tomorrow By National Youth Theatre Company - Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Sat 18 August, 10.30am | Lower NZI, Aotea Centre
Sun 19 August, 10.30am | Bruce Mason Centre


The kids are taking over! See the stars of tomorrow today, in performances of recent productions by the National Youth Theatre Company including CATS, Peter Pan, and the best of musical theatre.

Plus, sign up for the opportunity to join the Auckland Live Pick & Mix crew and help us put on a show, with fun jobs like MC, sound operator, usher and lighting operator up for grabs!

Workshop: Join the National Youth Theatre Company for a musical experience you’ll never forget! Whether you love theatre or are a beginner, come along and have some fun acting, singing and dancing. Find out more

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The Golden Pig By UJI Studios - Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Sat 25 August, 10.30am | Lower NZI, Aotea Centre
Sun 26 August, 10.30am | Bruce Mason Centre


The Golden Pig is a digital puppetry show set in a fantasy world of wizards and kings. Digital puppetry is a new, exciting way to engage and share through play. The show will have kids up on their feet and interacting in ways you would not have thought possible!

Workshop: Learn how to create your very own fairy tale characters and make them come to life on screen. Find out more

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Beyond Bollywood by Monisha Kumar - Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Sat 1 September, 10.30am | Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
Sun 2 September, 10.30am | Bruce Mason Centre


Award-winning choreographer Monisha Kumar brings the best of Bollywood to Pick & Mix with dancers from the Monisha Kumar Dance Company, Garagewala and guests. Performing classical Indian, folk and contemporary dance, plus hip hop Bollywood-style.

Workshop: Learn to dance Bollywood-style and have some fun embracing Indian culture. Find out more ...

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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! 
 
You can find us at Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington  P: 04 384 9085 W: www.thecross.co.nz E: cu@thecross.co.nz 

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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.
 
Check out our website www.thecross.co.nz for all the latest event information and dates, or sign up for our special Cross Critters mailing list and keep up to date with the kid-friendly happenings at ours. Our monthly email will inform you of the upcoming activities, specials and events. 
 
You can find us at Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, 39 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington  P: 04 384 9085 W: www.thecross.co.nz E: cu@thecross.co.nz

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Sumner Playgroup

Runs 9.30am-11.30am every Monday during the school term


Any children from the ages 0-5 are welcome with their parent or caregiver. We offer many types of different play, from arts and crafts to messy play, dress up to more physical play like tricycles or a mini jungle gym.

Come join us for morning tea, fruit and crackers for the kids, a cuppa and something sweet for the adults. For more information visit the Sumner Playgroup Facebook page or email sumnerplay@gmail.com.

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Kids Corner Uxbridge Arts & Culture

Open Mon – Thu 9am – 9pm and Fri & Sat 9am – 4pm. Closed Sun.


Our Kids Corner offers an array of activities in this space including toys for both boys and girls, pens and colouring pages, as well as books to read. We also have a café on site, so when the kids play – parents are welcome to grab a bite or a coffee. The Kids Corner is suitable for under 1’s through to 4 year olds and we will be running additional craft activities and screening of films in our theatre every Tuesday & Friday morning.

Come and join us – it’s FREE to attend! Find us at 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, Auckland or visit www.uxbridge.co.nz for more information.

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StoryPlace at Te Papa

Every day of the year! Sessions: 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 2.45pm


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! Our session times are 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, and 2.45pm.

Each 45-minute session takes up to 25 people. All our programmes are linked to the early childhood curriculum. More ...

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The Nappy Lady Workshops

Various venues around NZ throughout the year


Want free nappies? Come along to one of the Nappy Lady workshops and learn all about your nappy options and how you can save lots of money.

Workshops taken by the Nappy Lady – Kate Meads throughout the year. Check out dates and venues of The Nappy Lady Workshops near you.


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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. More ...

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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. More ...

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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. More ...

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Moa Rd Pt Chev Plunket Playgroup – Scout Hall, 93A Moa Rd, Pt Chevalier

Tues & Wed 9.30am – 11.30am during school term time


Where kids meet kids & mums meet mums (and Dads, Grandparents & Carers!). Suitable for newborns to 5 years. Everyone’s welcome!

Coordinator and mum run playgroup with lots of toys for educational and free play, craft activities, great outdoor space with sandpit and ‘mat time’ at the end with music & stories. Costs $4 per family.

Please bring a piece of fruit for shared morning tea.

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Brightwater Community Playgroup Nelson

Wednesdays 9.30am - 11.30am


We are a little playgroup situated in Brightwater Community Church Creche, on Ellis Street, next to Snowden Bush Reserve, Nelson .

We meet every Wednesday 9.30am - 11.30am, morning tea and fun provided. Cost $2 dollars per family. Come and join us, everyone welcome!
 

 


 

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