Children’s Festival

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21 – 28 May, 2017

Gladstone’s inaugural 2017 children’s festival is a unique festival just for kids aged 12 and under.

Curated by the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, the 2017 Children’s Festival will aim to unite art and education magically in an exciting week- long program with a mix of both free and paid for events. The Festival aligns with under 8’s week and National Simultaneous Story Time.

Exciting Shows coming to Children’s Festival

Tuesday May 23

11am & 1pm
Tickets: From $8.50

Saturday May 27

9:30am & 11:30am
Tickets: $15

Headlining performer…

Jay Laga’aia

Check out the program for show and workshop details

Parents workshop: Come and play with Jay Laga’aia

Children learn about themselves and their world through play. From birth, children are developing at a massive rate, and play is one of the ways they can try out new ideas and learn about themselves and the world. Join Jay Laga’aia to learn how to support your child’s early learning and development as they learn and grow through play.

Performance: Rhythm and rhymes today with Jay Laga’aia

Come and join our Early Years ambassador and every under eight’s favourite uncle Jay Laga’aia for a moving and grooving, rhyming time as we celebrate the moments that make the early years count, the moments with you! The show will take children and their families on a journey of discovery about the wonders and benefits of the early years through singing, dancing and play.

Exciting Workshops

Trash Test Dummies

Winners of the best Children’s presentation at the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 and 2015, the Trash Test Dummies are as full of laughs as their bins are full of surprises.

Amaze – Cardboard Labyrinth

The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard. Ruby our presenter offers fun, engaging and organic education. She gives a hands-on, educational experience with cross-generational interaction.

Toddler Town Kindy Sport

Toddler Town is designed for preschoolers and toddlers to have fun, socialise and develop fundamental movement skills through active play. Your child will bounce and play for joy amongst a range of inflatables and age appropriate soft play sporting equipment.

Children’s Festival Program

Jump to each day of the Festival below!

Sunday May 21

Family Fun Day

Where: Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Price: FREE ENTRY
Activities include: Inflatables, Laser Skirmish, Rock Climbing, Circus Performers, Activities, Sausage Sizzle

Trash Test Dummies Circus Workshop

Where: Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Time: 9am
Price: $10

Largest Natural Wind chime

Where: Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Price: FREE ENTRY
Come along and add your creative touch to Gladstone’s largest natural wind chime landscape. This Gladstone-wide art project invites everyone to decorate a found natural object (leaf, stick, seed pod) with white markings enhancing the natural beauty of our land. Together we will add each piece to an ensemble of wind chimes decorating the library square for the Little Day Out on Sunday 28 May.

Trash Test Dummies Show

Where: Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Time: 11:45am
Price: FREE
Come and see the amazing Trash Test Dummies in their free outdoor show!

Swimming Lessons

Where: Gladstone Aquatic Centre Indoor Heated Pool
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Price: FREE ENTRY
Age: 3 years – 8 years
Bookings are essential. Call (07) 4972 6822 to book. Please note: New customers only, one free lesson per child.

Monday May 22

Trash Test Dummies Workshop

Where: Gladstone Convention Entertainment Centre
Time: 3:30pm
Price: $10
Come and see the amazing Trash Test Dummies in their free workshop!

Amaze Community Workshop

Where: Gladstone Convention Entertainment Centre
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

Tuesday May 23

Toddler Town Kindy Sport

Where: Kev Broome Stadium
Time: 10:15am – 11:45am
Price: 2for1 $10
Toddler Town is designed for preschoolers and toddlers to have fun, socialise and develop fundamental movement skills through active play.

Play @ Barney Point Park

Where: Barney Point Park
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Price: FREE
Lots of fun activities including yoga and Under 8’s week fun!

Amaze Schools Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

The Witches

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 11:00am
Price: $15
Brave boys and girls are in for a wicked and wonderful time with this bubbling concoction, based on David Wood’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic.

Amaze Schools Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

Amaze Community Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

Wednesday May 24

Amaze Schools Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

Amaze Community Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

Amaze Community Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

National Simultaneous Storytime

Where: Gladstone Libraries: Gladstone City, Boyne Island, Mirriamvale Mt Larcom, Agnes Water, Calliope
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Price: FREE
National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. This year, we’re reading the Cow Jumps Over the Moon.

Thursday May 25

Amaze Schools Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

First 5 Forever

Where: Library Square Gladstone
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Price: FREE

Amaze Schools Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

Amaze Schools Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

Gladstone Child and Parenting Expo

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Price: FREE
This event will provide you with the opportunity to meet local services providers, participate in demonstrations or just enjoy a day out at a child friendly event.

Friday May 26

Library Book Sale

Where: Gladstone Library
Time: 9am – 5pm
Price: FREE
Friends of the Library

Amaze Schools Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time:  9:30am – 11:30am &
1:00pm – 2:30pm
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

Amaze Community Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Price: $5
The maze world is a sustainable playground, constructed mainly from cardboard, offering fun, engaging and organic education.

Baby Bounce

Where: Gladstone Library
Time: 11:00am
Price: FREE

Multi-Cultural Playgroup

Where: 105 Toolooa Street, Gladstone
Time: 9:30am
Price: FREE
Socialise through art and craft activities, storybook reading, outdoor water play and a fenced in playground!

Saturday May 27

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 9:30am
Price: $15
One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 11:30am
Price: $15
One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family.

Parents workshop with Jay Laga’aia

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 2.00 – 3.00pm
Come and play with Jay.
Children learn about themselves and their world through play. From birth, children are developing at a massive rate, and play is one of the ways they can try out new ideas and learn about themselves and the world. Join Jay Laga’aia to learn how to support your child’s early learning and development as they learn and grow through play.

Library Book Sale

Where: Gladstone Library
Time: 9am – 5pm
Price: FREE
Friends of the Library

Tondoon Botanic Gardens FREE

Where: Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Time: 10am – 12pm
Price: FREE
Bowling, Croquet, colouring in competition and more.

 

Sunday May 28

Little Day Out @ GECC

Kindermusik with Clare

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 8:45am – 9.15am
Price: FREE CLASS
Come and enjoy a fun Kindermusik class. Limited numbers. 

Meraki Circus Workshop

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre Foyer
Time:  9.45am – 11.15am
Price: FREE

Roll up, Roll up! If you have ever wondered what it is like to run away and join the circus, well here is your chance! Join us for a fun filled and exciting FREE workshop exploring all things circus. Learn how to juggle and use a hula hoop, test your skills with spinning plates and try out your balance skills with human pyramids. Meraki Circus, Dance and Entertainment is a local team of passionate and talented performers and teachers trained in various backgrounds of the physical arts

Amaze

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 8:00am – 2:00pm
Price: FREE ENTRY
Come and see our completed cardboard maze!

Crafty Activity Station

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 8:00am – 2:00pm
Price: FREE

Library Square Public Art

Where: Gladstone Library Square
Time: All day
Price: FREE
Come and view Gladstone’s Largest Natural Windchime Landscape!

Veils of Arabia Little Jewel Dance Class

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre Foyer
Time Session 1: 10:30am – 11:00am &
Time Session 2: 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Price: FREE ENTRY

Nurture Nature Wind Chime

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Price: FREE ENTRY
Come and join Janie Petersen for this schools art project.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Highlights Reel

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 11:00am
Price: FREE
Come and see all the fun highlights from the awesome performance of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

Performance: Rhythm and rhymes today with Jay Laga’aia

Come and join our Early Years ambassador and every under eight’s favourite uncle Jay Laga’aia for a moving and grooving, rhyming time as we celebrate the moments that make the early years count, the moments with you! The show will take children and their families on a journey of discovery about the wonders and benefits of the early years through singing, dancing and play.

Jay Laga’aia Concert #1

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 9:30am
Price: FREE (bookings required)

Jay Laga’aia Concert #2

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre
Time: 11:30am
Price: FREE (bookings required)

Feast on East Markets

Where: East Shores
Time: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Price: FREE

Gladstone Pregnancy and Birth Expo

Where: Yaralla – Gladstone Events Centre
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Price: FREE
Educational talks, exhibitors and products.

Major Partners

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council Partnership to support local arts and culture.

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