What to do these July School Holidays in Takapuna!

Takapuna has all you need to keep the kids entertained these school holidays - and we've compiled a list of all the opportunities, no matter what they're interested in!

Lake House Arts have a number of school holiday programmes that offer a varied range of classes for ages 5+ years, with qualified and experienced tutors.

Classes include Clay Creations, Matariki crafts and creations, Polystyrene carving, Virtual Immersion, Flax-weaving, drawing and more!

Check out their website for multiple class discounts and to book!


Bruce Mason Centre has a number of shows on during the school holidays, including Matariki for Tamariki, Poi Queens, and Room on the Broom!

Matariki for Tamariki is proudly a part of the Matariki festival and the Auckland Live Kids 2019 season. The show is about a group of friends, and a whānau that travel throughout Aotearoa and discover its varied landscape.

Check the Bruce Mason website for more information and tickets for all shows.


Shore City has a range of fun, free activities to keep the kids entertained this school holidays.

Week One: They can get their hands dirty planting their very own vegetable garden while learning some fun gardening facts. Tuesday 9th - Friday 12th July, from 10am - 2pm.
Week Two: Join in the squishy fun with the Slime Workshop! Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th July, from 10am- 2pm. Wednesday 17th July: Get crafty on Wednesday making Butterfly Sun Catchers, from 10am - 2pm.

Visit the Shore City website for more info, and find the perfect place to relax or shop while the kids are entertained!


Burger Burger presents a selection of creative, educational and fun activities to keep the little ones entertained these school holidays!

Featuring Honey-Making Workshops with Ponsonbees - kids will learn about the hives, bees and their importance to our enviroment and get to take home some honey (8 & 16 July), Little Chef Classes where kids can decorate their own cookies (11 July) and Kids Craft Classes where kids can create their own dream burger masterpiece (18 July).

Visit the event page on Facebook for more info, pricing and times.


Want a mini Stay-cation? Book a room at the Spencer on Byron!

The Spencer on Byron Hotel has you covered these school holidays.  Treat yourselves to a mini winter break away for $179 per night (T&Cs apply).

Package Inclusions:

  • One night's accommodation in either a suite or studio room on level 6 or higher
  • One complimentary house drink for each adult staying, per night
  • Complimentary parking on site for one vehicle when you book directly with the hotel (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your stay
  • No service charge for any room service food items ordered
  • 1 x single roll away bed in suite, on request when you book directly with the hotel (subject to availability)
  • Late checkout of 12pm
  • Visit their website for more info


There are some fantastic places to forget the winter blues with the kids these July School Holidays, why not check out:

Escape Hunt has a number of fantastic games and scenarios to keep the boredom at bay!

With uniquely kiwi escape themes and adjustable difficulties this activity has something for everyone. Traverse the NZ wilderness in a Forest Escape, recover the goods and save the day in a Great Trophy Heist, or signal for help while escaping an Island Shipwreck. Theircosy dining and foyer space with complimentary food and drink will keep you warm while you prepare yourselves for your adventure. 

Visit the Escape Hunt website for more info and to book!


The VR Club can provide endless virtual entertainment for those looking for a more immersive experience!

They offers a wide selection of games in a fully licensed virtual reality library. They work with kiwi and international developers to bring you the best games! You can play as many as you like and switch games at any time.

There are a variety of price points, group discounts and experience types available - so check the VR Club's website for all options, pricing and to book!


When the weather clears up ...

Why not explore Takapuna with the kids? 

The classic walk along the beach always provides hours of entertainment from sandcastle building to saying hello to the local dogs out for their own walks!

Grab a coffee or some take-away from one our local eateries and cafes, sit back and relax while the kids play and enjoy our fantastic beachside playground.

Don't forget, there is a community piano available for anyone to play! Find it in the container at 38 Hurstmere for those budding musicians, and make sure you visit our "Navigation" Owl in Hurstmere Green!

Make your way down to Lake Pupuke with a picnic or a coffee, and say hello to their resident colonies of ducks and geese!

If a bit of retail therapy is what you're after, or it's some new bits to add to the kids wardrobes you're needing, Takapuna has it all! Or go for a walk down around Takapuna and visit shops like Mummum or the new pop-up Minti!

There are also fun places to take the kids if you're after sweet treats or a good coffee! Takapuna is the proud home to the likes of KiwiYo, Movenpick, House of Chocolate and the Old Lolly Shop (check out their Make your own Lollypop classes and demonstrations!).