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! 


Day Out With Thomas
17 & 18 March 2018 Glenbrook Vintage Railway Glenbrook Station Road, Auckland

This is a fabulous event for the little "Thomas" fans (and the family too!) Join Thomas & FriendsTM to enjoy train rides and take part in many Thomas-themed activities, most of which are free when you purchase tickets for the 12km steam train ride.

Thomas the Tank Engine will be offering rides in his trucks. His friends Rusty and Bulgy will be there. Bulgy will be taking passengers on trips around the beautiful local countryside. And of course Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller will be in charge for the day. For more information visit our website.


The Obliteration Room
Runs until Monday 2 Apr 2018 Auckland Art Gallery, Cnr Kitchener & Wellesley Streets

The Obliteration Room is a family-friendly and participatory installation by one of the world’s most popular, well-loved artists, Yayoi Kusama. It encourages visitors, especially children, to experience and engage with the artwork with little or no prompting.

Beginning as a stark white interior, it encourages you to transform the space of our Creative Learning Centre by saturating it with a rainbow of brightly coloured dots. Watch as, over time, a dizzying blur of colour is built up by visitors applying brightly coloured stickers in various sizes to every surface. Find out more about The Obliteration Room ...

Auckland International Cultural Festival

Auckland International Cultural Festival 2018
10am - 5pm Sunday 8 April 2018 Mt Roskill War Memorial Park

This free-entry festival celebrates Auckland’s distinctive cultural diversity and will be an unforgettable day out with a huge array range of food, cultural activities, entertainment and stalls on offer from over 50 cultures across the globe. There will also be interactive kids and sports zones with plenty of have-a-go activities.
The Auckland International Cultural Festival is brought to you by Auckland Council, for event information and updates please follow the Cultural Festival Facebook page.


Odd One Out
Shows 10.00am, 1130am & 1.00pm Friday 1 June Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland

Auckland Live in association with Capital E National Theatre for Children presents Odd One Out. Written by Jo Randerson and Thomas LaHood.

A magical, playful story about embracing the odd one out. Three curious characters live a busy life in a world where everything has a purpose and a place… until one day things start to change. What will the characters in this nonverbal story do about the ‘odd one out’? Recommended for ages 2 – 7 years old.

For more information visit


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: E: 


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 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: E:


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


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 for more information.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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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