While lockdowns have been hard for us all, it has meant our little ones could be missing a sense of adventure and play during the days. Create some sparkle for them again by visiting one of Auckland’s favourite entertainment venues as they re-open. Let go of some self-imposed parental pressure, and let the experts do what they do best.
The 2021 Denizen Everyday Heroes saw over 12,000 votes cast in support of local businesses, with the aim of shining a light on the people and places whose services make each day brighter. Here are Auckland’s favourite children’s entertainment venues, as voted by our readers. Visiting one of the below is sure to bring smiles to all parties involved.
MOST VOTED: Archie Brothers, Newmarket
This entertainment emporium is designed for hours of fun-filled activities with over 65 gaming machines, bumper cart lanes, a bowling alley and an American-style diner. While a bar opens in the evening for adults, during the day the bright, spinning lights of Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is a child-friendly space for all to enjoy. Book in for the upcoming silly season, and you can soon unleash your inner child as your family gets to feel the excitement of going head-to-head in air hockey or hoops.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland CBD
As a cultural leader in New Zealand, the Auckland Art Gallery is a catalyst for ideas. Its educational programmes for children of all ages ensure they can engage each stage of the next generation of bright minds. The Creative Learning Centre and the Gallery Games, in particular, help young ones relate to the art around them. The Auckland Art Gallery is now open, with social distancing measures in place.
HONOURABLE MENTION: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Parnell
The Auckland War Memorial Museum is one of New Zealand’s first Museums, telling the story of us within its impressive neo-classical columns. Broaden young minds with its innovative educational experiences, including inclusive exhibitions and activity programmes. Situated in the Domain, there are also excellent hills to roll down during a lunch break. The Auckland Museum is open now, with slightly reduced showings.
The rest of the best…
MOTAT, Western Springs
Whoa! Studios, Henderson
Butterfly Creek & Rocket Ropes, Mangere
Tree Adventures, Woodhill Forest
Rainbow’s End, Manukau
Holey Moley, Auckland CBD
Clip ‘N Climb, Balmoral
Paradice Ice Skating, Avondale & Botany
Uptown Bounce, Grey Lynn
Action Ninja World, Matakana
Gravity Trampoline Park, Manukau & Mt Wellington
Flip ‘N Fly Circus School, Eden Terrace
My Wonderland, Albany
VR Voom, Khyber Pass