A list of regular events around Wellington, please check with individual websites before attending! For special one-off events, click here
KIDS THEATRE AND PUPPET SHOWS AT THE SOUTHERN CROSS
KidzStuff, Playshop Theatre and the Southern Cross Bar are joining forces. With fortnightly theatre productions for the little ones in the guest room of the Southern Cross – alternating between interactive kids theatre productions, where the actors and kids recreate classic fairy tales, using dress ups, props and creative minds and puppet shows. The puppet shows will be followed by a puppet-making workshop – just bring a sock and you could be leaving with a new puppet friend! All shows are free and at 11am in the Guest Room. More information: Southern Cross Kids Theatre. More on the Southern Cross Restaurant and Garden Bar on our Wellington Child-Friendly Restaurants page.
HILL STREET MARKETS
A Saturday morning market in the car park of Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul, cnr. Hill and Molesworth Streets, Thorndon. With a great selection of super fresh vegetables and fruit, much of it organic or spray free and other foods grown or made by local producers. A child-friendly market where you can relax under the pohutakawa tree with a coffee and a snack after doing your shopping. More information: Hill Street Markets.
GYM JAM AT NAIRNVILLE RECREATION CENTRE
These sessions run every Saturday (during term time) from 9:00am – 11:30am. The cost is $4.20 per preschooler at the Nairnville Recreation Centre car Cockayne Rd and Lucknow Teracce in Khandallah. For more information, visit the Nairnville Recreation Centre Facebook page.
OPEN DAY, ISLAND BAY MARINE EDUCATION CENTRE
The Marine Education Centre is now open every Sunday. The centre is open from 10am to 3pm and entry is $5 for adults and $2 per child. This is a fantastic place to visit with kids of all ages – it is packed with amazing sea creatures and there’s a huge “touch tank” where the kids can pick up starfish, crabs and more. More information on the website: Octopus.
BIG STEAM SUNDAY AT SILVERSTREAM RAILWAY
Silver Stream Railway is a working heritage railway. It is open to the public for rides most Sundays with a steam locomotive, plus diesel locomotive or railcar in service. Opening hours are 11am to 4pm. More information here: Silverstreamrail.
SUNDAY KID’S SPECIAL AT FERGS
Fergs have a kids special on Sunday mornings from opening to noon: children (up to 14 years old), 10am – 12pm, $8 Entry, $2 Harness. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. More information: Fergs.
ACTIVE FUN PLAY AT ASB SPORTS CENTRE
On Sundays for children 18 months – 10 years. Bouncy castles, ride-on cars, balls and lots of soft-play equipment. From 9.30-11.30am and no booking required. Children must be supervised at all times. More information and charges: ASB Active Play.
FAMILY FUN DAY AT TE PAPA
On monthly on a Sunday, Te Papa has awesome activities from arts and crafts through to science and music. For more information, visit Te Papa.
GOURMET FOOD TRUCK PICNIC SUNDAYS
The Gourmet FoodTruck Picnic is an outdoor family event, which offer an ideal opportunity to enjoy your Sunday evenings on a picnic rug, together with friends and families, in the beautiful Botanic Garden. With some of Wellingtons finest Food Trucks providing a tasty gourmet Sunday dinner, from 4pm. Come along and bring your best picnic rug. In cases of bad weather, they might cancel. Please check their Facebook page for the latest updates.
TODDLER MORNINGS AT UPTOWN BOUNCE
Little ones can bounce to their hearts content at Uptown Bounce in Lyall Bay from 10am-12pm weekdays (excluding school holidays). For more information, visit Uptown Bounce.
WEEKDAY STORY TIME
See our Story-telling class page for all the weekday story-time classes available in Wellington. While Te Papa’s StoryPlace has a small fee, there are HEAPS of free story-time classes all over the capital.
At the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre on Tuesdays from 3.30-5.30pm, Cost $3.50. Bring your own skateboard or scooter. For more information, visit Wellington City Council.
MASSAGE MORNINGS AT THE SOUTHERN CROSS
Pop in on Tuesday or Thursday morning – the Southern Cross dedicates its Guest Room to parents and little ones. This is t a large enclosed area with comfy couches and carpet to crawl around on. We also have our wonderful Andrea on hand – she’ll help to keep your wee one happy while you kick back with a coffee and relax. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 10am-12pm we have a professional massage therapist, offering a FREE 10 minute back, neck and shoulder massage while the Cross’ lovely nanny takes your baby off your hands… heaven! More information: Southern Cross Massage. More on the Southern Cross Resturant and Garden Bar on our Wellington Child-Friendly Resturants page.
SPORT WELLINGTON BUGGY WALKS
The monthly Sport Wellington Buggy Walk is the first Thursday of each month and at different spots around Wellington. For more information see the website: Sport Wellington, or contact email@example.com or (04) 389 0224.
TINYTOWN BUGGY WALKS
Enjoy the company of other parents with guided buggy walks around the Southern and Eastern suburbs each month. No booking or cost just turn up on the day. All participants will receive a FREE muffin and coffee after courtesy of PORSE. Meet at 9:45am walk from 10am. The walks take participants around Kilbirnie and neighbouring suburbs. For more information: TinyTown.
CHURTON PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE BUGGY WALKING GROUP
Come along and join our Buggy Walking Group, every Monday morning. Meet at 9.25am for a 9.30am departure. Once your walk has finished, stay on at the Centre for a warm drink and a chat with other caregivers. We have a warm and comfortable room with heat pumps, couches for feeding, a small range of toys and changing facilties. To register your interest, contact Beckie at the Community Centre: firstname.lastname@example.org or 830 4802.
NAIRNVILLE RECREATION CENTRE BUGGY WALKS
Join other mums and dads on free guided buggy walks around Ngaio and Khandallah. Come and meet new friends, enjoy the fresh air and some exercise! Free coffee and muffin courtesy of PORSE. Meet at 9.20am, walk from 9.30am.
STORYTIME AT ZEALANDIA FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
Join us at Rata Cafe ZEALANDIA on the first Tuesday of every month for a FREE nature themed story time and craft session for Pre-school children. Story time runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and takes place on the balcony of Rata Cafe. Mums, you can relax with a coffee and cake and there are always small size treats for the children to enjoy! Make it a date with your friends and stay on for luncheon afterwards! Visit Zealandia.
BUGGIES GO BUSH AT ZEALANDIA
Wednesdays at 10.30am. Our Wednesday morning walks for new parents are a great way to meet new friends while experiencing some of New Zealand’s rarest native wildlife. This must be the best buggy-friendly nature walk in New Zealand.Get a quick lowdown on what’s out and about from one of the Zealandia team, then pick up a map and head off at your own pace. Stay as little or long as you like to explore the sanctuary before returning to our visitor centre to check out our state of the art exhibition space. Finish with a coffee at Rata – our café with a view. Cost: $10 (admission to sanctuary and exhibition included) under-fives and members free. Buy two coffees at Rata Café and get a third free! More information: Buggies go Bush.
GALLERY BABES AT CITY GALLERY
Pop the baby in the buggy and join City Gallery for a mid-morning tour of our current exhibitions. The monthly tours are pitched at parents and provide a baby-friendly environment for engaging with art. Gallery Babes is best suited to babies aged 0–12 months. Tours are available at alternative times for caregivers and coffee groups by prior arrangement.For more information visit Gallery Babes.
MUMMY MORNINGS AT QUEENSGATE SHOPPING CENTRE LOWER HUTT
Held once a month on a Wednesday, these mornings usually involve some craft or entertainment for little ones and do have limited places. For more information, visit Mummy Mornings.
TERM TIME ACTIVITIES AT CAPITAL E
Held on Tuesdays, Capital E organise different activities each term for your little ones. Past events include dance activities with Java Dance 10am – 10.3oam (FREE). They also have a creative play space available to use 9.30am – 3pm Monday – Saturday (FREE). Check timetables and activities first : Capital E.
ACTIVE FUN PLAY AT ASB SPORTS CENTRE
On Thursdays for children 18 months – 10 years. Bouncy castles, ride-on cars, balls and lots of soft-play equipment. From 9.30-11.30am and no booking required. Children must be supervised at all times. More information and charges: ASB Active Play.
LITTLE SPARKS AT THE DOWSE ART MUSEUM
Introduce your four-year old to The Dowse with a fun-filled session looking at and making art. On monthly on a Tuesday from 1pm, $5 per child and bookings essential. To book, phone 04 570 6500 or email email@example.com
TODDLER DAY, TAWA & KARORI POOLS
A fun learning experience for caregivers and toddlers in a water environment. Karori pool Tuesday 9.30am, Tawa pool Wednesday and Thursday 10am.
WILD START FRIDAYS, WELLINGTON ZOO
Wellington Zoo host Wild Start on Fridays at 9.45am (Term 1 and Term 4), where little ones can learn about animals and animal care. It’s open to all little ones ($10), but Zoo Crew members get free entry for their accompanying adult afterwards. You have to book your space ahead, more details here Wild Start.