School holiday sanity savers

The little precious ones are offered plenty for the toughest of the school holidays: winter.


It's "ahoy, me hearties", and time for a rollicking adventure at the NZ Maritime Museum. The museum aims to inspire children to rediscover pirate characters like the vengeful and clever Captain Hook and the notorious Long John Silver with his pet parrot. They'll hear tall tales of bold buccaneers and have the opportunity to create their own pirate persona and a personalised Pirate Tales book to take home. They can also dress in pirate gear from the treasure chest and have their photo taken in it.

WHAT Pirate Tales - Tall Tales of Buccaneers

WHERE Auckland Maritime Museum

WHEN Monday, July 2 to Friday, July 15, 10am-4pm

HOW MUCH Children $5; accompanying adults free. Non-Auckland residents, activities included in museum admission



Auckland City Theatre Academy of Performing Arts (ACTA) celebrates its 15th anniversary with a midyear showcase.

As well as the show below, ACTA is auditioning 8- to 18-year-olds on Wednesday, July 18, 4pm-6.30pm at the ACTA Studios, 251 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead.

WHAT ACTA 15th Anniversary Showcase

WHEN Friday, June 29, 7.30pm

WHERE Centennial Theatre, Auckland Grammar School, Mountain Rd

HOW MUCH Children $17; adults $22; premium $40. Book at


Two top Auckland choral groups share concert billing in Takapuna next week with the prestigious National Boys' Choir of Australia during their New Zealand tour. The Australians' tour doubles as a charity fundraiser for things like Christchurch Cathedral.

The Auckland Boys' Choir and the Orlando Singers will join forces with the visiting choristers to present a programme of classical and contemporary choral music.

The Auckland Boys' Choir has been a musical force in Auckland's youth choral scene for more than 40 years, performing regularly throughout New Zealand, including with the Auckland Philharmonia and the NZSO. Orlando Singers are a specialist 13-voice a cappella group. The concert, Hands Across The Tasman, promises to be an entertaining evening of top choral music.

WHAT Hands Across The Tasman concert

WHERE St Peter's, 11 Killarney St, Takapuna

WHEN Tuesday, July 3, 7.30pm

HOW MUCH Adults $20, concession $15. Accompanied children under 16, free

ENQUIRIES ph 550 2758, or email


Sixty one of the country's finest young singers, including 18 Aucklanders, are rehearsing in the city during the school holidays, preparing for their opportunity of a lifetime.

The group heads to South Africa on July 5 to participate in the Ihlombe Music Festival, joining four international choirs and 10 South African choirs in two weeks of festival performances, workshops and cultural exchange.

Before they go, they are showing home audiences what they can do and will perform on July 4 at St Andrew's First Presbyterian Church, Symonds St.

WHAT New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir concert

WHEN Wednesday, July 4, 7.30pm

WHERE St Andrew's First Presbyterian Church, Symonds St

HOW MUCH Adults $25; seniors $15; students $10. Tickets can be bought at the door, or reservations made by email:

Phone (04) 976 8557



Starfish Magic present an interactive show with an ecological message. Starfish Magic is made up of children's entertainers from The Aunties, and every school holidays they produce a large-scale musical. Miracle Planet, the show for these holidays, is about a crew of visitors, Futons from the Fu Galaxy (2 trillion light years away), who arrive with an important message.

WHAT Miracle Planet

WHEN July 3, 4, 10, 11, 12; 10.30am and 1pm

WHERE Western Springs Community Garden Hall,

956 Great North Rd

HOW MUCH $11; under 3s free; or 846 6613 or 021 023 15184


Time Out Theatre is putting on The Magic Chicken at the Auckland Town Hall for one week in the holidays.

The slapstick show mixes mime, puppetry, soup, breakdancing and live music together "in a big theatrical cauldron". It's aimed at 7- to 12-year-olds and their parents.

WHAT The Magic Chicken

WHEN Monday July 9-Saturday July 14; 11am and 1.30pm.

WHERE Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall

HOW MUCH All tickets are $15 (plus service fees) from the Aotea Centre Box Office or 0800 BUYTICKETS or



- The Aucklander

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