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.

For our Auckland Live Kids Play 2017 family programme, click here.

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 2017, the programme will be centred around Matariki, technology and sustainability.

And for the first time, A Day At Auckland Live will be held at Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, as well as the Aotea Centre.

Auckland Live Pick & Mix

Auckland Live Pick & Mix is back bigger than ever in 2017!

Auckland Live Pick & Mix is a FREE series of weekend performances and workshops showcasing the funniest, bendy-est and most artistically excellent performers. In 2017, 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