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24 Sep

Waiheke’s School Holiday Activities

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It’s that time again, the school holidays are about to start and Waiheke Local has put together a list of the school holiday programmes and activities that are on offer, along with our ideas for having some fun on those days off. The good thing about the holidays this time round is that the weather is warmer, spring flowers are out and it’s a great time to be enjoying Waiheke Island.

Kids go free on the Fullers ferry to and from Rangitoto Island
Take the kids on a volcanic adventure during the school holidays with Fullers Ferry. Pack a picnic and walk to the crater summit of Auckland’s iconic volcano. Take a torch and explore the lava caves.

  • 1 child goes free with every full fare paying adult.
  • Valid for travel from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 14 October inclusive.
  • Adult return fare to Rangitoto Island is $27.00.
  • Offer valid for all children aged 5 – 15 years old inclusive.
  • Not valid with Saver Seats or any other discounted fares or special offers.
  • All ferry sailings during this period go in and out of Islington Bay. Walk to the summit approx. 1 ¼ hours each way.

The Red Shed Kidz Art Gallery @ Palm Beach
The Red Shed are offering another exiciting holiday programme jam-packed full of activities, see their schedule below.

  • Mon 1st October to Fri 12th October, 10am-12pm
  • Cost per class: $20 per class, $30 for two kids, $40 for three kids
  • Bookings recommended
Mon 1st: Floatation Stations – Make boats and sail them
Tue 2nd: Cartooning for kids – Create your own characters and cartoon strip
Wed 3rd: Bling-a-Ling – Razzle dazzle with a bit of jewellery making, earrings, bracelets and more
Thu 4th: Glass-tastic – Build a sculpture from glass
Fri 5th: Uglies with Anna – Make your very own original Ugly
Mon 8th: Terrariums and Planetrs – Get growing with style in decorated planters, pots and terrariums
Tue 9th: PlasterMaster – Pour moulds to create plaster creatures and then paint them
Wed 10th: Mask-erade – Make a mask and costumes and then hit the catwalk
Thu 11th: Robot-o-con – Tin man comes to life in this build your own bot workshop
Fri 12th: Freaky Friday – Painting with attitude, colour, footprints and lots of sideways thinking

School Holidays at Waiheke Library
It’s school holidays time and SUDDENLY… there is heaps going on at Waiheke Library. It’s all free and so come and join in the fun with special storytimes and craft sessions. If you know someone 5 – 13 years old who isn’t an Auckland Libraries member, get them to sign up for their free library card in September and they go in the draw to win 1 of 10 awesome Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days movie prize pack.

A Musical Education: Whittaker’s Musical Experience
The Museum is a wonderful, educational venue for all school classes – right through from primary to college and university. A visit here can encourage students to begin learning an instrument. During School Holidays free “Live Shows” are performed for all students.
Our live show of 90 minutes combines 30 years of teaching, broadcasting and recording experience; playing and giving a brief history and their use. You will be entertained with music all will enjoy from the youngest to the oldest, and afterwards you have an opportunity to play an instrument of your choice, or pedal a pianola. It’s fun as well as exciting, and we call it: Whittaker’s Musical Experience.

Take the kids camping
Warmer weather is on its way and whilst it could still be relatively unsettled you might get the place to yourself. The flat campground is set back from a beautiful bay and child friendly beach, and the park offers a number of places to explore and escape from washing up duties. Visit this page for further information about camping on Waiheke within Whakanewha Regional park.

Waiheke Cinema
View their website for a schedule of films to be shown over the holiday period.

Oneroa Village
Plenty has been happening in the village over the winter months with a number of refurbishments and new shops opening in Oneroa. Take a walk, browse the shops, grab a coffee and a tasty lunch, and while you are there don’t miss the opportunity to take the children into Sweets and More, the sweetest shop in the village – bound to excite kids of all ages.

Are you a business that has special offers for children / families during the school holidays? please let us know.

Tell us what you have planned ?

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