Art, animals and theatre in line-up of holiday fun
It’s shaping up to be a busy September school holidays in Auckland with plenty of activities and children’s workshops planned throughout the city. • The inaugural Youth TheatreWorks production of Anne of Green Gables runs from October 8 to 10 at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre in Epsom.
Their recreation of the timeless and heartwarming story is directed by Jan Saussey and stars central Auckland actress Charlotte Chapman.
Youth TheatreWorks is a new Auckland theatre trust for young people.
Tickets are $20 for children and $25 for adults and can be purchased from www.iticket.co.nz. • At the Hawke Sea Scout Hall in Cox’s Bay, the Super Duper Teddy Bears will be performing their Teddy Bear Show.
The action packed show, starring Super Ted and The Furry Princess, features interactive stories, live music, songs, dances and magic for children and their teddy bears.
Tickets are $8.50, to make a booking phone 817-7132 or visit www.starfishmagic.com. • The Auckland Art Gallery is offering free family fun for the holidays starting on September 26.
Kids can get creative at the new Imagination Station at the Goldie exhibition, using magnets and coloured blocks to make their own art.
There are also two-hour workshops inspired by the Rita Angus exhibition on most days which start at 10am and cost $12.
The art gallery’s regular Kids Club will also be continuing every Sunday for kids aged five to 10.
Bookings are needed for Kids Club and the workshops.
For information phone 307-4540 or email kidsclub@aucklandart gallery.govt.nz. • The Edge will be hosting children’s theatre company Phineas Phrog Productions as they perform The Bubbles and Mustard Show at the Civic Theatre’s Wintergarden.
The show, which runs from October 5 to 10, sees the audience invited on a guided radio station tour where they will meet Bubbles the goldfish and a white mouse called Mustard.
For more information visit www. the-edge.co.nz. • The Auckland Sky Tower will be celebrating the release of new Pixar movie Up, throughout the school holidays.
From September 26 until October 11 each child visiting the Sky Tower will receive a free Up activity pack and can go on a hunt for family prizes.
One child will gain free entry into the Sky Tower with every fullpaying adult. Children under five can visit free.
Visit www.skycity.co.nz for more information. • Auckland Zoo will be getting creative with conservation with its Extinct Stinks school holiday programme.
At daily shows at 10.30am and noon, Paddlepop Lion and Denis the Dragon will be introducing their plan to stop their animal friends disappearing forever.
There will also be additional animal encounters running from September 26 to October 11.
A special party on October 3 will celebrate the zoo dragon’s 50th birthday.
One of the zoo’s oldest residents, the dragon has had an extreme birthday makeover which will be revealed at the event.
The party, which runs from 9.30am to 1pm will feature dragon drawing lessons, birthday cake and activities.
For more information on the dragon birthday celebration or the school holiday programme visit www.aucklandzoo.co.nz or phone 360-3805.
Holiday fun: Children can learn how to help endangered Bornean orang-utans like Madju at the Auckland Zoo’s holiday programme.