Auckland Live Kids Club

Kia ora, welcome to the Auckland Live Kids Club! Each week we're releasing some exciting new activities, workshops, videos to watch and so much more to keep you and your whānau entertained at home.

Get Creative

We’re getting creative this week with origami after checking out  Auckland Art Gallery’s new online exhibition Enchanted Worlds: Hokusai, Hiroshige and the Art of Edo Japan. Follow these simple steps to create your own origami teddy bear.



Read along with Taika Waititi and friends

Taika Waititi serves up a Dahlicious treat for Roald Dahl fans, when he and some of his closest (celebrity) friends read the classic story, James and the Giant Peach, with new guests each week. Tune in now!



Story time with Grug

Read along with the actors from Windmill Theatre Co as they bring to life Ted Prior’s beloved picture books. You may even recognise a face from the Big Bad Wolf at the Bruce Mason Centre in 2018.



Get some Grug-ercise

If you loved listening to Grug story time with our friends Windmill Theatre Co then check out these groovy exercises, or should we say Grug-ercises!


Learn some cool theatre words in Te Reo Māori

Each week we're learning a new word in Te Reo Māori.

The final word in te kupu o te wiki is whakaari - meaning show
Example: “Before I go to a whakaari at the whare tapere I make sure I’ve got my tīkiti from the wāhi hoko tīkiti, and a yummy aihikirīmi from the kāmuri. Then I’m ready to watch the kōrero pūrākau come to life on the atamira.”

Last time we learnt:
Atamira - stage
Kōrero pūrākau – storytelling
Kāmuri – café
Aihikirīmi - ice cream
Wāhi hoko tīkiti - box office
Tīkiti - ticket
Whare tapere – theatre

Stay tuned to learn more Te Reo Māori theatre words again soon.


Create your own butterfly!

We loved the Butterfly Garden last year when it took over the Digital Stage in Aotea Square. Now, thanks to Auckland Museum, you can experience the fun at home! Get creative with your butterfly with different colours and designs and then watch it flutter to life in the beautiful virtual garden.



Learn some at home experiments with Nanogirl

You may recognise Nanogirl from her extremely popular shows at the Bruce Mason Centre. During lockdown she's giving us new and exciting activities to try out, including some fun science experiments you can do at home.

Experiments here


Watch Carnival of the Animals

Five years ago Circa brought this incredible show to the Bruce Mason Centre, and now you can experience it again thanks to our friends at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Get whisked away on a circus adventure for families, inspired by Camille Saint-Saëns' delightful salute to feathers, fur and fins. This classical music suite is brought to life for a whole new generation of circus lovers. Watch as Circa’s world-famous acrobats tumble, fly, leap, and spin their way through the many wondrous worlds of the animal kingdom



Learn with the APO & WHOA!

During the lockdown Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra musicians are busy practising their music at home. But they are about to get a video call from Custard or Buzz from Whoa! Studios, who want to find out more about the players' instruments and the orchestra - like how does a violin make a sound? What’s the difference between a clarinet and an oboe? And why is the French horn so curly? Presented by Ivanov Consulting.



Learn with NZSO ENGAGE@Home: Music Room

Every Tuesday and Thursday
Members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra have been busy creating educational videos for children. Lessons range from learning about rhythm to making your own instruments at home.



Create artwork for the Aotea Station.

City Rail Link is calling on children from ages 5-11 to paint and draw images that will then be fired onto ceramic tiles and used to decorate the inside of Aotea Station when it opens. The project is looking for thousands of tiles and is a wonderful way to be a part of what will be New Zealand's busiest rail station.

Find out how you can take part here.


Get tagging

Don’t forget to ask your parents or caregivers to tag #AucklandLiveKids if they’re uploading your brilliant creations on social media, or send them to us at You could be featured in our next newsletter! Have an awesome week, enjoy the time with your whānau, and don't forget to let us know what you want to see in next week's Auckland Live Kids Club.