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Arty Birthday Party Fun at Lake House!

Are you looking for some fun Birthday Party options for your kids? We are offering some great Arty Birthday Party’s with experienced art tutors in one of our pre-setup art studio’s – a great alternative to the chaos and mess of having kid’s parties in your home!

Arty Birthday Party options:
Fairy Wands and Garlands

Who is living at the bottom of your garden...? You guessed it! FAIRIES! You’ll make a sparkly fairy wand and garland for your head, woven with flowers and ribbons to turn you into proper little fairies.
$30 per child, 5+ yrs

Ceramic Cup or Garden Lamp
Make a funky drinking cup or garden lamp of your own design from clay. Children can use their imaginations to attach creatures, flowers, leaves and make beautiful patterns & designs on their cups or lamps. The creations will be bisque fired, glazed, then high-fired in the kiln.

$35 per child, 7+ yrs

Funky masks
You can make a jungle animal mask, your favourite superhero or tv character!
Using preshaped paper mache masks that can be cut, shaped, painted and glued on to, kids will create their own special funky mask to wear during the party and take home. $30 per child, 5+yrs
Fashion designer: Design and Paint a t-shirt
Design and paint your very own T-shirt using special fabric paints that set when heated. The T-shirts can also be redesigned by cutting slashes & making fringes.
$35 per child (Children provide own t-shirt to redesign), 8+ yrs

Ring or email ( for more information or check our website under Classes.

Venue Hire at Lake House
Have you been searching for somewhere to hold a special event, small conference, meeting or run a course? We may have the perfect space for you! 
From the moment you step onto the Lake House grounds you are surrounded by the beauty and elegance of this stunning heritage building. Built entirely of heart kauri in the 1800s and relocated in 1996 from Takapuna beach and gracefully restored, it now hosts a vibrant community arts centre. The stunning gardens, ample free parking and accessibility to Auckland City makes Lake House an ideal venue for hire.

The Lake House complex comprises several different spaces including the delightful onsite Café which can be hired after hours. Venue hire options at Lake House include a formal board/meeting room, larger rooms to hold courses, events or a private party as well as gallery spaces for cocktail functions or events such as book launches. The Lake House exterior grounds are also available for hire and make the loveliest setting for outdoor activities and occasions. We have a digital projector and screens, tea and coffee making facilities available for a small fee and the onsite café can provide catering options.
Contact us on or check out our website for more information.

The April School Holiday classes are already available on our website so get in quick with your enrolments!

For more information on any of our services and activities please check our website, email or phone (09) 486 4877.

Lake House Arts Centre is located on Fred Thomas Drive (Barry’s Point Reserve) in Takapuna and is housed in a beautiful 19th century Edwardian/Victorian heritage building that once stood on Takapuna Beach.

The Lake House has a constantly changing exhibition programme, a café with delicious homemade fare, artists studio’s and a vibrant and varied arts education programme with  something for every member of the family, including weekend workshops, after school classes, holiday programmes and adult daytime classes.

Lake House is open 9:30am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday.

Closed on public holidays. 

by Channel Editorial