Kids never stop wanting to be entertained – rain or shine! Luckily Auckland has some great indoor and outdoor options for having fun and wearing them out, and some of these activities are free!

Stardome Observatory & Planetarium reviewed by Helene R.

You can visit the Stardome Observatory day or night, rain or shine to experience the wraparound sky and special effects of a planetarium. Each clear evening you may also see planets, double stars, glowing gas nebulae, or lunar craters through their amazing telescopes. 

Auckland Zoo reviewed by Helene R.

For the young and the young at heart, exploring the Auckland Zoo makes for a great day out that can be repeated any time of the year. The Zoo is also conveniently located next to the beautiful Western Springs Reserve, home to friendly ducks and a great playground that’ll wear the kids out before the trip home. 

Ti Point Reptile Park reviewed by Helene R.

Ti Point Reptile Park is a huge hit with the little ones, and a great chance to learn more about these fascinating living dinosaurs. Situated in a secluded valley covered with native bush and overlooking the sea, the Reptile Park displays a unique collection of both native and exotic reptiles that will keep kids amused for hours.

Grey Lynn Paddling Pool reviewed by Helene R.

Open 11am-6pm daily (except Christmas Day), the Grey Lynn Paddling Pool is hidden away next to the playground at Grey Lynn Park. Free to use, it's a great place to meet other parents and kids from the neighbourhood - and makes for an easy birthday venue!

Auckland Museum reviewed by Helene R.

The Stevenson Discovery Centre is the Auckland Museum's 'hands-on space for discovering the natural world.' Open daily and free to kids, the space gives littlies an opportunity to examine a fossil, get close to some intriguing animals and befriend glowing pathfinder bugs - or to just curl up with a book. There are visitor hosts wandering around, ready to answer questions - and iPad's available at the research hub for the same purpose.

MOTAT Museum of Transport and Technology reviewed by Helene R.

Free for under-5s, MOTAT offers a highly interactive presentation of New Zealand's transport, technological and social history. A fascinating experience for kids of all ages, it's a great spot to bring the kids before letting them burn off any extra energy at the neighbouring Western Springs Park.