Family, education and youth

Family, education and youth

A love of the arts begins by nurturing children’s interests in a range of genres.

At Auckland Live, we introduce tamariki to performing arts through a wide range of family shows and free events including our Auckland Live Kids programme, Auckland Live Secondary Schools Programme, curated content on the 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’s highly anticipated musical productions.

Check out our current family events here. And if you’re heading along to a show our Information for Parents page has loads of helpful tips to make your visit comfortable, enjoyable and most of all fun.

Donate to Auckland Live KIDS

Auckland Live aims to ensure every child has the opportunity to discover the wonder of the stage, the beauty of dance, and the magic of music. Through Auckland Live KIDS we work to provide free and low-cost, family-friendly shows and events to the children of Tāmaki Makaurau and beyond.

With your support we aim to do more.

By adding a small donation to your Ticketmaster ticket purchase you can help us extend the Auckland Live KIDS programme, and open the doors of  arts and entertainment to more Kiwi kids.

Parent's feedback: “I just wanted to say thank you so much for the Auckland Live Pick & Mix series this year. We went to the Dust Palace and NZ Opera sessions, and both were of the highest standard. To give these away as free events is unbelievable, and what you have then sparked in our children is so beautiful to see. After the Opera show (sic), for days my six year-old went around singing in operatic tones. And now for the last few days, we’ve had endless circus performance (and a few injuries!) Thank you for creating events that spark a love of theatre and performance in our children. It is something that is priceless and we’re so grateful for these events. Please continue to do the amazing work you do.”

Auckland Live Donations Terms and Conditions Auckland Live is a business unit of Auckland Unlimited a Charitable Trust and Donee organisation approved by Inland Revenue. A tax receipt can be claimed for donations $5 and over. To receive a receipt, please email A tax receipt will be sent to you within seven working days. Donations are non-refundable. Credit card charges apply