There’s lots of free fun for children and families this weekend, to kick off a fortnight of school holidays.
If you’ve traversed Taranaki Wharf this week, you’ll have noticed the imposing masts of the Rainbow Warrior, which arrived here on Monday as part of the Making Oil History tour to celebrate New Zealand’s recent ban on new offshore oil exploration, and promote clean energy opportunities. Greenpeace is opening the Rainbow Warrior to the public this weekend, with open days on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm, with registration starting from 8:30am alongside the ship. There will be a chance to tour the iconic vessel, hear about Greenpeace’s climate campaign, celebrate our nuclear- and now oil-free history, and find out how you can get more involved with Greenpeace. There will also be opportunities to get creative, including a screen printing station for you to make your own T-shirt, so take one along. And from 7:30pm on Saturday local musicians Tiki Taane, Warren Maxwell, and the Daffodils will perform at a free Making Oil History concert at the Wharewaka to celebrate the Government’s ban on new offshore oil and gas permits. Register here for free tickets.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet will be at Te Papa with a large range of free events from 10.00am to 5.00pm on Saturday. Face painting, colouring, dress-ups and crafts will take place on Level 4 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. You can observe an RNZB Company Class (dancers doing their daily warm-up, from stretches at the barre to complex jumps, turns, and combinations), at Soundings Theatre, Level 2, split into two 25-minute viewing sessions starting 10:00am and 10:30am to 11:00am. These will be followed by five 25 minute viewings of work-in-progress sessions at Soundings of RNZB’s new production The Nutcracker starting from 11:15am, 11:45am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm and 1:30pm at Theatre, Level 2. No booking required, just turn up on the day. Free dance workshops for ages 5 to 8 at Te Marae, Level 4, from 10:30am to 11:15am and 11:45am to 12:30pm, will explore characters, steps, and scenes based on the ballet The Nutcracker, and learn simple ballet steps and positions, led by RNZB dance educator Lucy Marinkovich. Places are limited so please book now ($5:00 booking fee). A small number of bookings can be made on the day at the RNZB desk, Level 2. Story time for primary school-aged children is at Te Marae, Level 4, from 1:00pm to 1:30pm, 2:00pm to 2:30pm, 3:00pm to 3:30pm, and 4:00pm to 4:30pm, will introduce one of ballet’s most-loved stories, exploring the art of mime and gesture.
Grab the children and head to the Botanic Garden on Saturday to unleash your intrepid explorer at Kids’ Day Out – Around the World in 80 Plants. There’ll be spot prizes for the best dressed explorers, and lots of free activities and tours to keep kids of all ages entertained… and educated! The free adventure starts near the Soundshell or the Cable Car lookout, any time between 11:00am and 2:30pm, as part of the annual Spring Festival which finishes this weekend.
Enjoy Public Art Gallery at 1/47 Cuba Street are holding a free discussion on Saturday from 11:00am through to 12:30pm over pastries and coffee, as part of visiting Auckland graphic designer Katie Kerr’s one-week residency at the gallery. Between bites, Katie will lead a discussion around publication design with Wellington designers Anna Brown and Sarah Maxey, focusing on research, process and methodology and using examples of their work as reference points within an open discussion.
The latest in the series of WTF! play readings on Saturday at Circa Theatre is Tender, by Judith Cowley, directed by Hilary Norris. Over a weekend, four middle-aged women clean up their parents’ bach before it is sold. They argue about childhood memories and family loyalties, but it’s only when secrets are revealed, that the sisters really understand what loyalty is. Tickets are $15:00 to $19:00 for the 2:00pm session, available here.
The Berhampore and Island Bay Community Orchard have their usual monthly working bee on the last Sunday of the month, 30 September, from 10:00am, and are hosting a talk during this by Neil Johnstone called Bee Mythology. There is a Facebook group for the orchard, find out more and join up with this link. The group is a Community Trust working to establish an urban orchard where anyone can come along and pick and enjoy fresh, organic, wholesome fruit.