Don’t turn Inside Out, things to do in Auckland during the School Holidays
It is July in Auckland, what some would say is the most beautiful month of the year in the best city in the world. When else to you get to sit with friends over long meals and a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire or rug up in layers of clothes, using all your fabulous accessories to their best advantage?
Okay okay we get it though, with the rug-rats on the school holidays, the rain pouring down and a vicious chill in the air can be rough! But whether July brings out your best or worst we can all agree it is a unique time in the city, so wrap the kids up warm, buckle their seat-belts because it is time to enjoy all the school holiday events Auckland has on offer.
NATTY NAVY KNOTTERS
At only $3.00 this is a bargain! Catch the ferry to the Navy Museum, Torpedo Bay in Devonport (a event all of its own) and learn how to make you own Natty Navy Knotter. Kids will learn to use the reef, half-hitch and thumb knot to make a cool Natty Navy Knotter to hang from their bag. Afterwards they can explore the Museum and North Head.
BE A CAPTAIN FOR A DAY
Still in the nautical theme, visit the Maritime Museum (Free for NZ citizens and residents) and become a Captain for a day. Follow the Jack Tar trail and uncover the greatest sea captains from New Zealand's maritime history. Gather round to hear the tall tales and create your very own Captains hat and seaworthy vessel. For an additional charge you can also go sailing like a real Captain too! Since you are in the city you can wander over into Silo Square and explore all the nooks and crannies for kids, the cool converted storage containers and Mum or Dad can have a well deserved coffee.
FOR THE SCIENCE LOVERS
Motat has the Science Roadshow holiday experience on, with two great live shows and over 60 interactive exhibits. In the Discovery Dome there is so much to learn about electricity and the one I am most excited about, you and the kids can get hands-on with OZOBOTS, a brand new hi-tech robot toy, teaching the kids all about static electricity.
AND REMEMBER .... THE ZOO IS JUST DOWN THE ROAD
The Zoo has so many experiences on these holidays one of the best in my view being a day where the kids can book in to learn how to be a Junior Keeper for a day.
FOR MORE GREAT THINGS TO DO
One of our favourite sites is Auckland for Kids which has events on every day of the holidays whether you are West, South, East or North of the Harbour Bridge.
Arataki Visitor Centre in the Waitakere Ranges, West Auckland will provide you with a wealth of things to do for the whole school holidays as well.
What ever you do, the best part about School Holidays has to be the extra time you have to kiss, cuddle and laugh with your kids and just love the time you have with them.