Family, education and youth
A love of the arts begins with nurturing children’s interests through a range of genres. We introduce school aged kids to performing arts through our school holiday shows including La Vie Dans Une Marionette, Room on the Broom, Tu Meke Tūī!, Zoe and the K-Pop Kids and Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts. We also have countless free events for your family including Auckland Live Pick & Mix, Auckland Live Digital Stage 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, our venues are filled with talented young people taking to the stage in the National Youth Theatre Company’s highly anticipated musical productions.
Auckland Live Pick & Mix
Tāmaki Makaurau’s favourite weekend performances return for 2019! This year we’re giving tamariki their dose of the performing arts once a month until December – that’s right a whole year of live entertainment and workshops.
Each month will showcase a new group of high-profile New Zealand performing artists presenting performances and workshops across a wide range of art forms including dance, circus, kapa haka, comedy and much more. Pick & Mix offers families the rare treat of experiencing some of the biggest names in New Zealand arts and culture, including the New Zealand Opera, White Face Crew, Touch Compass, Dust Palace and so many more, as well as the return of the very popular kids takeover weekend. Each free 45-minute taster performance is followed by a free 45-minute interactive workshop – this year bookings are required. Book your free tickets from universe.com when the full programme is announced in March.
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.