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Sun13 Mar 10am - 4pm 


Festival Garden, Aotea Square & Aotea Centre

Family Day

Sunday 13 March

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Experience great live performances, workshops, free music and craft activities to entertain the entire family. Grab your kids, grab some friends, start planning for some fun and prepare to be excited!


The free Festival Garden Party celebrates the next generation of Kiwi talent with free music and fun activites for the families.

I'm Just Saying

A work by John Reynolds and you...

In the age of mass communication, and with a young generation increasingly technologically involved, everything is news.  Combining this willingness to share information with forms of physical action such as the protest march, I'm Just Saying is like a Facebook status update page taken out of the virtual realm and into the streets.  Inviting kids of all ages to share their ideas on placards and banners, I'm Just Saying will be a wonderful absurdist action, a debate with no moot, a protest with too many messages.  Reynolds has long been exploring the intersection between texts, utterances, humour and (mis)communication through drawing, paint and performance.  I'm Just Saying summons ideas and text into space in a clamorous artwork to engage the young people of today.


Come one, come all! Make art not war!

Kids of all ages, it is time to make yourselves heard as part of a new and special mobile artwork.


What matters to you? What does the world need to know? What is important in your world today? Join celebrated New Zealand artist John Reynolds and help create an artwork inspired by the power of Twitter and protest banners. Share your thoughts and opinions in the streets and squares of our BIG little city.

Drop in to make your placard
10am - 4pm
Actions will occur 12pm - 2pm
WHERE Aotea Square


Spiegeltent Storytime

A memorable day of delightful stories and storytelling awaits adults and children alike. Be entertained and excited by well known New Zealanders as they bring their favourite children's storybooks to life. An event that's sure to speak to the child in everyone.

10am - 1pm
Spiegeltent, Aotea Square
30min sessions
AGE-O-METER 5 - 12




Strumming out some excellent tunes, the Kiwileles - a gathering of ukulele orchestras from Auckland primary and intermediate schools brought together by the NZ Ukulele Trust - bring super sounds to the Square. Listen out for the closing number as some special guests join the Kiwileles for a few iconic Kiwi songs.

WHEN 11am - 12pm
WHERE Festival Garden, Aotea Square


Legends of Maui

The legend of Maui -Te Ika is one of the many stories about this famous Maori ancestor. This story tells of Maui's many achievements as a child growing up into a young man and then an amazing super hero!

Rewi Spraggon and Riki Bennett team up taking kids on a journey back in time with the sounds of Taonga Puoro (traditional Maori instruments) and some innovative contemporary sounds added to the mix.

WHEN 12pm - 12.45pm
WHERE Festival Garden, Aotea Square


Play it Strange

Emerging Artists

Rock into the afternoon as young artists who have excelled in the Play It Strange secondary school songwriting competition take to the Festival Garden Stage. Rising stars from Papatoetoe High School, Takapuna Grammar, Rangitoto College, Western Springs College, Aorere College, Kaipara College and Sacred Heart College are included in the talented line-up.

If you are a school student years 11-13 and want to play along side Super Groove band members or Annah Mac in Band of Strangers click here!

WHEN 1pm - 3pm
WHERE Festival Garden, Aotea Square


Band of Strangers

Capping off a great afternoon of free music is Play it Strange's Band of Strangers.

Aspiring teen performers joined by iconic Kiwi musicians come together to create great music. This final hour of the Festival Garden Party will feature Supergroove band members Karl Steven, Nick Atkinson and rising star Annah Mac with a new generation of music icons. Not to be missed!

WHEN 3pm - 4pm
WHERE Festival Garden, Aotea Square



Costume Making

Costume Making

A top-notch team of costume designers will be on hand to help kids create quirky costumes from all sorts of odds and sods. Bring oodles of imagination and crates of creativity to this workshop.

WHEN 11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm
WHERE Limelight, Level 3, Aotea Centre
AGE-O-METER 8 - 12
COST $30

Bookings essential - contact

Physical Theatre

Get inventive with Red Leap Theatre as we explore ways to make stories come to life through play and imagination.

Using games and improvisations we will focus on building trust and commitment in an atmosphere of exploration and fun.

Come ready to move and play!

WHEN 1pm - 3pm
WHERE Spiegeltent
AGE-O-METER 9 - 12

Bookings essential - contact

New Zealand Post Vietnamese Water Puppets Design Competition


Children from 5 to 12 years take some time to create a unique 3D puppet out of recycled materials in our activities area for the New Zealand Post Vietnamese Water Puppet Design Competition. Winners will receive their very own authentic puppet hand carved by the Thang Long Troupe.

WHEN 10am - 4pm
WHERE Blues Bar, Level 3 Aotea Centre
AGE-O-METER 5 - 12

Face painting and wacky hair-dos for kids!

Almost anything goes in this Family Day event as artists and hair stylists create wacky looks for kids.

WHEN 10am - 4pm
WHERE Aotea Square
AGE-O-METER Kids of all ages


While you're here - grab a ticket for these family shows!


Vietnamese Water Puppets

NZSO Family Concert

Passing Wind