EcoFest Events For Kids


On the lookout for family-friendly events with an environmental twist? Here are our top picks for EcoFest events created especially with curious kids and eco-conscious families in mind. 

Explore different cultures through play, music and food

Play Festival celebrates cultural identity, facilitates intercultural connections, and creates a safe and inclusive environment for people to play, interact and JUST HAVE FUN. The purpose of the Play Festival is to bring people together to celebrate cultural identity, diversity, inclusion, friendship, integration, creativity, wellbeing, and fun in life through play.

Play Festival 2024
Saturday 6 April, 11am-4pm
Tuna Mau/Western Park, 5/7 Howe Street, Freemans Bay

Get crafty and upcycle an old T-shirt

Join WasteWise at the Avondale Library for a talk about recycling. Kids will find out about what materials can be recycled and learn to make a tote bag using old T-shirts. Recommended for school-age children with parent/carer supervision. Please bring along an old T-shirt or singlet.

Kids DIY T-shirt Bags and Recycling Talk
Tuesday 9 April, 3:30-4:30pm
Avondale Library, 93 Rosebank Road, Avondale
Free, registration required

Enjoy some good old fashioned school holiday fun

Come and join us on the first day of the school holidays for some vintage family fun! All day giant educational wooden games with Wood Botherer, Q&A with maker Phil from 10.30am, Kowhai and the Giants book reading from 11.30am to 12pm, spot prizes for vintage costumes, ‘Grew it/Made it Myself’ table, second-hand kids’ bikes available for sale and more!

Three workshops will be running for kids – Creative Clay Garden Markers with Jackie Muller Ceramics; Harakeke Weaving and Māori Tikanga with Tina Talaić; and Patch it! Designer Clothes with the Mindful Mender. Places are limited for the workshops, so book your spots now.

Vintage Kids Family Day
Saturday 13 April, 10:30am-4:30pm
EcoMatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn
Donation for general entry, registration required.
Kids workshops tickets $10

Go on an evening entomology excursion

What bugs hide in our bush? Come along to this evening bug hunt to find out! Professional entomologists from Auckland Museum and Auckland University will help you identify as many insects as we can find at Matuku Link’s forest and wetland edge on this evening walk. We will be looking for caddisflies, crane flies, and freshwater insects, and we might find wētā, stick insects, spiders, and glow worms!

Bug Hunt by Night at Matuku Link
Saturday 13 April, 6-8pm
Matuku Link, 111 Bethells Road, Waitākere
Tickets $5, under 12s free

Explore sustainable living from past to present

Come along to historic Bell House for East Auckland Eco Day. There will be resources, demonstrations and giveaways, a chance to chat to experts on composting, chicken and beekeeping and meet local environmental groups. Enter the Howick Historical Village itself to experience the ‘Village Fête LIVE DAY!’ and explore life in the 1850s when everything was homemade, homegrown and nothing was wasted. Make your own butter, learn about bees with the beekeeper at 1pm or make a rug from fabric scraps. The gelato cart will be on site and the sweet shop open. Bring a picnic or have lunch at the Homestead Café. Make a day of it!

East Auckland Eco Day & Village Fête
Sunday 14 April, 10am-2pm
Bell House, 75 Bells Road, Pakuranga Heights
Free entry to East Auckland Eco Day
‘Village Fête’ Live Day from 10am-4pm. Howick Historical Village admission: adult $18, student/senior $14, child $10, family $46, under 5’s free.