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Your high five events for the weekend of 18 and 19 August

It’s all about the kids – and KM – this weekend.

Walt Disney’s 1941 film Dumbo is a perfect movie. It’s short (64 minutes), brilliantly animated, has terrific songs, and is rated G – though the booze-induced psychedelic pink elephant scenes, mean clowns, stereotypically racist crows, and incarceration of the mother (at least they don’t kill her off in normal Disney style) may be too much for some tender tots and their PC parents. Disney are about to remake it in a live action version. Idiots. Forget Mamma Mia 2, The Meg or any of that rubbish and grab a rare chance to see this classic on a big screen with multiple screenings this weekend. I’d go for the 1.30pm at The Roxy on Saturday or Sunday. Details here:

Katherine Mansfield is so hot right now. Feverish even. The 130th anniversary of her birth connects serendipitously with the 125th anniversary of Suffrage in NZ. But if you were hoping to get a seat at Circa Theatre for the opening weekend of Bloomsbury Women & the Wild Colonial Girl by Lorae Parry – bad luck. It’s all sold out.  Book now for one of the available sessions – maybe the Tuesday 21 August one with Q&A. It’s part of WTF! 2018 and KM130.

You may be lucky enough to get the children into Personal Heroes – Art Workshop for Kids at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Shed 11 on Wellington Waterfront from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Sarah Laing, award-winning cartoonist, graphic designer storyteller and creator of the celebrated graphic novel Mansfield and Me, will be running a special art class for 7 to 12 year olds. Participants at this workshop will draw cartoon portraits of their admired people, and test their mettle in a multi-panel comic. Limited spaces available, and bring your favourite art supplies to use – some basic materials will be available.

Kua takaokeoke mai ngā tipua rerekē i ngā pohewatanga o ngā ringatoi, ka tau atu nei ki roto ki te wharetoi!
He mea hanga tēnei whakaaturanga mā te tamariki, mā te whānau ki te tūhura i ngā kararehe haraki kei roto i te kohinga toi a Te Papa (me ētahi hoki kua toro mai).
Haramai ka tūhuratia te take i waihangatia ai ēnei taniwha whakamīharo e ngā ringatoi. Engari kia tūpato – he tipua kino e tauwhanga mai nā i roto!
Curious Creatures & Marvellous Monsters opens today at 10:00am at Te Papa, and runs to 4 November. Te Papa’s first art exhibition designed for children is curated by Dr Chelsea Nichols, Curator Modern Art, and Miri Young, Head of Learning Innovation, with special help from Year 3 to 6 children at Kilbirnie School. The free exhibition encourages kids to look at art with all of their senses and contains a mix of works from well-known and celebrated New Zealand artists, including Judy Darragh, Francis Upritchard, Angela Singer, Alexis Hunter, Bill Hammond, and Lisa Reihana, and new work by Gregor Kregar, as well as international artists like Pablo Picasso and Albrecht Dürer, and historical works dating back to the 15th century.

While you’re on the waterfront, take the children to the Week of Engineering, the annual event inspiring young minds about future possibilities. A free public expo featuring over 70 exhibitors from around the country will give visitors a hands-on look at what engineers do – perfect for kids and anyone who wants an inside look at how things work. There’ll be virtual reality, robots, rockets and lego, along with interactive activities, competitions and spot prizes. Be one of the 10,000 people expected to get along to this free event at Shed 6, Queens Wharf, from 10:00am to 4:00pm.