Fun, free, eco-friendly events for the school holidays


If you are looking for fun, free, eco-friendly activities for the kids these school holidays, check out EcoFest events running across Tāmaki Makaurau. From bike fun days to craft workshops, there’s something for everyone. Here are some of our top picks of the best free events happening during the school holidays: 

Marble runs are always a winner with the kids and the team at two Auckland libraries are helping the kids design a marble run using recycled materials on Wednesday 12 April. You can join in Titirangi or Waiuku.

Also on Wednesday 12 April you can enjoy the Te Whau Pathway Bike Fun Day. Come along to Archibald Park in Kelston and join our family-oriented event with fun arts activities, kai and music. 

Bike fun

On Thursday 13 April, there are two events, perfect for crafty kids. Egg Carton Creatures at the Waiuku Civic Building is a great way to repurpose egg cartons into cute and quirky creatures. And pop in to Pukekohe Library and make your own craft at the Eco Warrior Activity Station. They’ll have heaps of items and materials rescued from landfill that you can repurpose to make your creation.

There is lots happening on Friday 14 April. In the Beach Haven area, join the Kauri Park School Working Bee on Friday 14 April. This is a great opportunity for families to get involved in a fun and rewarding community event while giving the kids a chance to get their hands dirty while making a positive impact on the environment.

Out in Avondale, Alison and Kanchan from Avondale library will help you make a safe space to shelter insects like bees, ladybirds etc. so that they can raise their babies and keep them away from predators.

And get up close with the amazing aquatic wildlife that lives in the urban waterscapes of Tāmaki Makaurau with Brent Condon, a.k.a. the Eel Whisperer in Wiri.

The Eel Whisperer

Join the Silent Disco City Clean-Up at Triangle Park in Massey on Saturday 15 April. Participants can grab gloves, rubbish bags, and headphones, and get ready to walk, skip, and dance their way through a fun clean-up event! Registration on the EcoFest website is required.

And finally In Blockhouse Bay on Sunday 16 April come and learn more about our butterfly species, what you need to plant and do to see more of them in your own garden. Children will enjoy the experience of seeing caterpillars and butterflies in flight.

So, there you have it, some fantastic and free eco-friendly events for families to enjoy during the school holidays. Don’t miss out on the chance to have some fun, get creative, and learn more about sustainability and protecting our environment. Check out for more information about these exciting events.