7 excellent things you should consider doing with the kids these school holidays

Aside from taking them to the new Bunnings Warehouse every day of the week, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied these school holidays. From skateboarding school to orchestral cinema screenings, here are a few of your better options:

Employing the talents of some of New Zealand’s best skateboarders, Young Guns Skate School teaches kids the essentials of skating in a fun, safe environment. Encouraging ideals of respect and perseverance in mini Tony Hawks of all levels, classes are suitable for children aged 4 to 15, with programmes that run during the term, and not just for the school holidays.

More cultural than a mere trip to the cinema, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child will be screened at the Aotea Centre on Saturday 21st July with the musical score simultaneously performed live by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Following a mouse whose adventurous pursuit of a nut sees him encounter many fellow animals along the way, the kids are sure to love this audio-visual feast.

If that isn’t scary enough, however, perhaps the Big Bad Wolf is. A production that delves into the life of the fairytale kingdom’s most misunderstood character, those who were formerly scared of the menacing character — with his sharp teeth and yellow eyes — will be comforted to know that he is, in fact, a ‘vegematarian’ i.e. he eats broccoli, not rabbits.

Those who are keen to stay active can head to the Aotea Centre’s pop-up ice skating rink. In situ for the entirety of the holidays, with additional lighting installations by Angus Muir that contemporaneously celebrate Matariki, it’s the perfect port of call if you’re after something different and a day in the city.

Head to Huckleberry’s New Lynn, Royal Oak, Mount Maunganui or (brand new) Browns Bay locations for a number of in-store treats the wee ones will love. From the 7th until the 22nd of July free fluffies, fruit and two-for-one Serious popcorn will keep little rascals happily munching while parents peruse. Also, on Wednesday the 18th of July, Allgood Organics will be parking their smoothie bike up at the new Browns Bay store from 11am until 1pm, alongside the store’s dedicated play area, this will make for a fun afternoon out for the whole family.

Little nature lovers will love the Secret World of Butterflies, an exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Featuring thousands of kaleidoscopically coloured specimens, visitors are able to pour over them one by one, zooming in on nature’s incredible designs.

And while it seems like a bit of a ‘cheat’ option, what are the winter school holidays if not a chance to catch a cheeky, animated movie? Luckily, the third instalment of the ever-entertaining Hotel Transylvania is out in cinemas on the 5th July. Bringing a dose of zany antics to screens all over the country, young ones and adults alike are sure to enjoy this holiday-themed film, also showing in 3D.


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