Sort a restaurant table at Britomart and parking close to Spark Arena before you leave the house, and your family outing will be stress-free.


The Lion King is a true musical theatre phenomenon, performing around the globe for almost 25 years, winning six Tony awards (including the first Best Director award for a woman, Julie Traynor), grossing over $1 billion and kickstarting Broadway’s new era as a family-friendly destination.

Next month, the Auckland season opens at Spark Arena on Thursday 24 June, running until Sunday 18 July, with a diverse international and local cast performing a spectacularly staged production of the story and Elton John and Tim Rice’s music. 

If your family is planning to go, booking lunch or dinner at one of Britomart’s family-friendly restaurants for before or after your performance and securing a carpark at Britomart Carpark (only a couple of minutes walk from Spark Arena) in advance will make the whole experience run as smoothly as the show itself. 

The Brit, The Chamberlain, Mexico and Better Burger all have super kid-friendly menus, and Better Burger is offering a free fries when you show your ticket for a Lion King performance on the same day. If you’re attending a Sunday showing, you could also take advantage of the kids-eat-free-with-paying-adults offer at Mexico.

For who have kids with more adventurous palates, Amano and Ebisu offer wide-ranging menus with something to please everyone, and plenty of space for larger groups.

If you’re attending a matinee performance, The Store and La Petit Fourchette make great lunchtime options, or if you’re short on time, a quick stop for a hot chocolate or gateaux at Miann is always a hit with kids. 

Britomart Carpark offers an event rate of $20 for 10 hours (entry after 3.30pm) – click here to pre-book a space  and just press the event button on the pay machine when you return to your car. If you’re attending a matinee and eating at Britomart, save your receipt (for $50+) from the meal, and the first two hours of your parking at Britomart Carpark will be free.

The Lion King Info:

Performance dates:
Thursday 24 June – Sunday 18 July 2021

Run time:
Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval.

Performance times:
Monday:  No Show
Tuesday:  7.30pm
Wednesday:  7.30pm
Thursday:  7.30pm
Friday:  7.30pm
Saturday:  2.00pm & 7.30pm
Sunday:  1.00pm & 6.30pm