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 workshop days. Then there are the major children’s shows like The 13-Storey Treehouse, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and so many more, that come to our venues. We also book children’s theatre to delight and entertain during the school holidays.

We support child focused initiatives by our partner organisations such as the APO 4 Kids concerts and Auckland Arts Festival’s Family Day, and every year the Aotea Centre is filled with talented young people taking the stage for Stage Challenge or in the National Youth Theatre Company’s annual musicals.

For upcoming family events, click here.

Our Auckland Live Kids 2018 family programme, will be announced in February.

A Day At Auckland Live

A Day At Auckland Live is a free programme for Auckland primary and intermediate school children. 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 will be three programmes, Let’s Sing, Let’s Act, Let’s Dance

More details on the companies’ performances and details about the workshops will follow shortly.


In 2018, A Day At Auckland Live will only be held at the Aotea Centre.

Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Auckland Live Pick & Mix is back bigger than ever in 2018!

Auckland Live Pick & Mix is a FREE series of weekend performances and workshops showcasing the funniest, bendy-est and most artistically excellent 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 NZ Opera, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, The New Zealand Dance Company and many more. Each free 45-minute taster performance is followed by a free 45-minute interactive workshop, with no bookings required.

Pick and Mix 2016

Donate and make a difference at Auckland Live

When you buy tickets to Auckland Live Presents 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 Play, an Auckland Live Presents 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