Family, education and youth

A love of the arts begins with nurturing children’s interests through a range of genres. We introduce school age kids to performing arts through our A Day at Auckland Live workshops and children’s school holiday shows including The Perfect Gift, The Owl and the Pussycat, Big Bad Wolf, Air Play and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. We also have countless free events for your family including Auckland Live Summer in the Square, Auckland Live Pick & Mix, Digital Art Live and school holiday activities in Aotea Square.

We support child-focussed initiatives by our partner organisations, such as the APO 4 Kids, and Auckland Symphony Orchestra’s free concerts. Every year, the Aotea Centre is filled with talented young people taking to the stage in the National Youth Theatre Company’s highly anticipated musical productions.

For upcoming family events, click here.

A Day At Auckland Live

A Day at Auckland Live is a free programme for Auckland primary and intermediate school children held at venues across the Aotea Arts Precinct. The programme is for a full day (10am to 2pm) and students get the opportunity to watch inspirational performances and participate in workshops led by our talented artists.

In 2018, there are three strands to the programme: Let’s Sing, Let’s Act, Let’s Dance.

Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Auckland Live Pick & Mix is back in 2018, bigger and better and celebrating a decade of fun free activity for all!

Auckland Live Pick & Mix is a FREE series of weekend performances and workshops showcasing top New Zealand performers. In 2018, the programme continues to expand at the Māngere Arts Centre, as well as the North Shore’s Bruce Mason Centre, the Aotea Centre and Auckland Town Hall.

Each weekend showcases a new group of high-profile New Zealand performing artists presenting performances and workshops across a wide range of art forms. Pick & Mix offers families the rare treat of experiencing some of the biggest names in New Zealand arts and culture, including Royal New Zealand Ballet, Jandel J & Funky Friends, National Youth Theatre Company and so many more, as well as a kids takeover weekend. Each free 45-minute taster performance is followed by a free 45-minute interactive workshop, with no bookings required.

Donate and make a difference at Auckland Live

When you buy tickets to Auckland Live shows or events on Ticketmaster, you will be asked if you would like to add a donation to your purchase. By making this donation, you will help us extend Auckland Live Kids, an Auckland Live initiative to help introduce more kiwi kids to the performing arts.

Attending and taking part in performing arts events from a young age has been proven to contribute to enriching children’s personal wellbeing, inspiring their creativity and enhancing their academic achievements. Children are encouraged to be curious; to think about diversity; have conversations; to listen, sing or laugh uproariously. These experiences will ultimately give children a love of the theatre, music and dance that will enrich their whole lives, and we at Auckland Live are working hard to make the arts accessible to all. 

For more information about the programme and the terms and conditions, click here.

Thank you.
Auckland Live