Monday, October 8, 2012

free stuff to do with your kids

Recently we went to a fascinating Indonesian shadow puppet show by the Auckland Gamelan Group (yes it was one of the Pick & Mix free shows).

People often ask me how do I know about all these cool free family workshops/events/festivals?  Mostly it's by reading.  Reading the local paper, the Our Auckland mag, posters, newsletters, keeping my eyes open for fun and free stuff to do.  Because we go to a lot of things people tend to mention things to me too, as they know that we might be interested.  I often note things in my phone diary or paper diary if they sound interesting.  I'm not sure about other parts of NZ but Auckland has so much stuff on all the time.

Here are a few places you could look at/bookmark/subscribe to if you're interested:
Auckland Council events page (you can search for "kids" and "free")
The Edge (Aotea Centre, Civic, Town Hall and Aotea Square)
Free family events on Eventfinda
Auckland Libraries school holiday events, Spanish classes, board games and storytelling these hols
Tiny Thrills often has upcoming events on her blog.
Appologies if any of these links are broken.

Getting hands on with the Indonesian shadow puppets at the workshop after the show.

What's coming up (From "The Aucklander"):
Southside Arts Festival (October 12): A month-long showcase of local talent and creative enterprise in fashion, music, art, theatre and dance. The festival has scored a real coup with internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Parris Goebel as this year's ambassador. The south Aucklander was named top female choreographer at this year's World of Dance Awards and has also been choreographing music videos for megastar Jennifer Lopez.
Cult Couture (October 20): One of the marquee events of the Southside Arts Festival, it features emerging designers push the boundaries of fashion in front of judges.
Living Room (October 26 to November 4): Aotea Square is the focal point for this annual public art event, choreographed by MaryJane O'Reilly. Performances include choreographed BMX displays, hip hop fused with digital video art, and a bus tour around the city centre with the Java Dance Company.
Parnell Festival of Roses (November 3-4) Set among the colour and vibrancy of newly bloomed roses, this free family festival features horticulture-themed craft and food stalls, and entertainment.

And just in case you think that we go out doing cool stuff all the time, we don't...

1 comment:

  1. Grandpa12:42 PM

    You always seek out really interesting events and activities for the boys and parents / grandparents and it is lovelly that you share all of this with us. L & C Grandpa xxooxx


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