FREE Things to do in the School Holidays

by Renee Greenland

My biggest boy started school this year and so I’m about to experience my first school holidays.

I was lucky before now in that both my boys went to a private kindy so there were no holidays apart from two weeks at Christmas. As you can imagine, this helped immensely in keeping me sane.

So how the hell am I going to survive the school holidays with two kids at home for two weeks?

By having a plan and a toolbox of things to do . . . that’s how!

Have a Plan

When my other business was running, (I made kids activity boxes) I put together some great resources for school holidays. One was a school holiday planner. It was SUPER popular and I had mums contacting me, at the beginning of each holiday period, asking for the download so they could use it again.

You can read more about the holiday planner here.

So I’m going to use the school holiday planner and put a loose plan together. An activity in the morning that gets us out of the house and a chill-out activity at home in the afternoons.

My youngest still gets tired most days so I know that we can get away with one activity a day. Which works fine for me!

And I’m also going to ask My Silver Fox if he can take one morning or afternoon off work to help.

Have a Toolbox of things to do

There’s always heaps happening over the school holidays. If you want to get out and about, here’s a list of ideas:

  • Zoo
  • Motat
  • Movies
  • Snow Planet
  • Stardome
  • Theatre shows
  • Spookers
  • Sky Tower
  • Kelly Tarltons

  • Amazing Maze
  • Rainbows End
  • Crystal Mountain
  • Bounce & Beyond
  • Mini Golf
  • Butterfly Creek
  • Rocket Ropes
  • Tree Adventures

But these all cost money and I don’t want to be spending a fortune every holiday.

So I’m going to organise a couple of play dates, have a craft session at home (being ‘creative’ I have plenty of supplies around the house), head to our local library one day, and get the boys out on their bikes one afternoon.

When you stop and think about it, it’s not too hard to come up with ideas 🙂

But if you want to get out of the house, without spending too much money, and you need some inspiration . . .

Here’s 5 FREE places to take the kids these school holidays

Auckland Museum

The museum offers new activities each school holidays. Check out in the weeks leading up to the holidays to find out more.

Museum open 10am to 5pm.

Botanical Gardens

Get outside and back to nature at the Botanical Gardens! Big open spaces to run around in, you can feed the ducks, explore the Potters Garden, have a picnic lunch . . .

The Botanical Gardens will have various activities planned for the school holidays. Visit their site for details.

Gardens open 8am to 6pm.

Maritime Museum

The kids will have a great time exploring here . . . there’s interactive displays where they can experience sea travel from years ago, learn about the America’s Cup and much more.

Check out the Maritime Museum website for any school holiday programmes, special activities and events.

Museum open 9am to 5pm.

A Playground

Open all day, you can take a blanket and have a picnic, take a bat and ball or the kids bikes and make a day of it. Go exploring and discover a playground the kids haven’t been to before!

Top 10 Auckland Playgrounds
Playground Auckland

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Get out of the house and take the kids on an adventure. Auckland offers plenty of places to go exploring . . .

Manukau Heads Lighthouse
Arataki Visitor Centre
Ambury Farm
Wynyard Quarter
Mt Victoria & North Head

And if the thought of the school holidays is stressing you out, be sure to read these posts for more tips and tricks:

5 Tips For Surviving The School Holidays
Making School Holidays Easier With The School Holiday Planner

Until next time, take care!



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