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Sometimes it feels like they only just went BACK to school, yet here we are again, getting ready for a new set of school holidays.

No matter the weather, we’ve gathered some of our tried and tested family favourite crafts and activities to keep the kids busy in-and-out of the house, please you’ll also be able to see what is happening around the nation these holidays and find more fun ideas in our directory.


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✨ Specials on School Holiday Activities

July school holidays 2020: 4th July – 19th July

See company websites for T&Cs

Looking to make a saving on your school holiday fun? Check out some of our favourite family deals on activities and backyard breaks here.

whats on

If you don’t feel like venturing into the cold, why not have a movie day at home?

Set up a fort in the lounge, grab some popcorn and pop on one of these family favourite movies – all streaming now.

artemis fowl

Streaming on Disney+


Streaming on NEON

detective pikcahu

Streaming on NEON


Streaming on Disney+


Kids eat FREE these school holidays

Whether you’re catching a movie, amusing the little ones with activities or making the most of exploring our own backyard, Joylab  have your lunch break sorted with free tucker for little tummies all across Auckland these school holidays.

Purchase any main meal valued at $20 or more before 3pm and the kids eat free, up to a maximum of 2 kids per adult dining. Online bookings are essential, so book now via link below to secure your spot.

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🎉 Win a kids party package

They’re also  giving away a bundle of kids joy these school holidays, with two kids party packages up for grabs for their Auckland-wide Joylab colouring comp winners, complete with a 90 minute BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Lego building workshop, pizza making class and pizza + soft drink for 10 kids at Goode Brothers New Lynn.

To enter, ask their staff for a 3-7 or 8-12 year old colouring competition during your next visit, then hand it in before you leave to go in the draw. Happy colouring!

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School Holiday fun at Highbury Shopping Centre

Location: Highbury Shopping Centre, Cnr Highbury & Birkenhead Ave

When:   10.30am – 1.30pm Tuesday 14th– Friday 17thJuly 2020

Cost: FREE

What? Calling all fairies & pirates! Join us for our magical mid-winter craft sessions. We’ll be making Frozen inspired wands, pirate flags, clay ornaments and more. Visit us in the room next to Mr Bagels Café AND go in the draw to win a $50 Paper Plus Gift Voucher. 

Milford Centre’s FREE Story Time events
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Story Time! With NZ Authors,

Location: Milford Shopping Centre, 24 Milford Road, Milford
When: 11am to 1pm Sunday 12th July
Cost: FREE
What: Hear New Zealand authors read their stories at Milford Centre’s Story Time!
This month, hear award-winning author Melinda Szymanik read her three latest kids’ stories. Melinda’s books are entertaining for all ages.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo – no passport required!

Location: Auckland Zoo,
When: daily 9.30am to 5pm
Cost: usual entry costs apply
What: Have your South America plans gone south? Inner West Auckland might be easier. Discover the South America Rainforest Track at Auckland Zoo and connect with South American wildlife. Book your ticket online and plan your day at aucklandzoo.co.nz 

capital e ukelele
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Ukulele Workshop, Wellington

Location: OnTV Studio, Capital E
When: Thursday 16 July, 10am to 3pm
Age: Suits age 8-12
What: Become a Ukulele Rockstar! Join us for this fun, beginners ukulele workshop where you’ll play, sing, and transform into a Rock Star in our OnTV studio! You’ll learn the basics of the ukulele – tuning, strumming techniques, and the basic chords that allow you to play a wide range of songs. Ukuleles will be provided.


Spend these school holidays supporting Kiwi companies

Local businesses need our support now more than ever, so these school holidays we’re encouraging our families and each other to get out and back Kiwi’s. See some of our favourite family activities and school holiday programmes below + search for options in your area in our wider directory.


Family Holidays and Travel Directory

Planning a family getaway? Find online family friendly travel options, accommodation, things to do, where to dine and travel products, so you can make the most of your trip.
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School Holidays Directory

School holiday classes activities are organised during each term break. School holiday camps and programs are offered by local city councils, art and dance studios, sport organisations.
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Family Activities Directory

Family fun can be the best part of childhood! Whether it’s free and on the local playground or requires a bit more investment check out all these options covering all ages, stages and weathers.
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