If you grew up with the meanest parents in the world who wouldn't let you get that monkey for your bedroom, head along to Auckland Zoo on Saturday and Sunday for your primate cuddles. Get up close to the punk rock-meets-pussy-cat primates, the cotton-top tamarins, or the little dears - the spider monkeys and lemurs. Join the story time and face-painting and be in to win a behind-the-scenes encounter.
Details: Saturday and Sunday, all day. Website here.
Boys in Blue
Avoid those NRL Nines crowds at Eden Park, and get yourself and the kids to North Harbour Stadium (now known as QBE, apparently) to meet our other footy players - the Auckland Blues. Skills and drills for players of all ages, the bouncy/face painting brigade and giveway games from the New Zealand Herald.
Details: Sunday, 2.30pm until 4.30 pm. Website here.
Greetings little earthlings - take the rug rats on the ultimate space vacation, a cute kid-friendly show at the Stardome Observatory and Planetarium. The show soars over the surface of Pluto, dives down the ice cliffs of Uranus' moon, sails through the beautiful rings of Saturn and leaves you well educated about the solar system. Plus, it's in a cool, dark place, which might be what you need on a Sunday. Also check out booking a party there - cool for big and little kids.
Details: Stardome Observatory & Planetarium, 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain. Sunday, from 2 until 3pm. Website here.
There's something about the sight of happy, healthy tykes duking it out on the water, furiously pedalling their bikes and running their lungs out that puts a glow in our heart and a hope for the future. Thousands of kids (and their support team) will turn up for one of the last of the WeetBix Tryathlons on Sunday at St Heliers. Sweet too, how they idolise the sporting stars who turn out to cheer 'em on - big ups to Jonah Lomu, Valerie Adams, Tom Abercrombie, Mahe Drysdale.
Details: Vellenoweth Green, Sunday, from 8.30am. Website here.
All the big stuff going on:
• Auckland Lantern Festival: Friday until Sunday after dark, Albert Park, Queens Wharf, Sky City.
• Eminem: Saturday, gates open at 3.30pm, Western Springs, Auckland.
• Auckland Nines: Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 10.30am, Eden Park.
• Splore festival: Friday until Sunday, Tapapakanga Regional Park. Check out the website here.
The weekend's weather: