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7 top children’s festivals in 2015:

Combine a holiday or a short stay with a children's festival and you have a truly memorable experience for your family.
By Will Norquay
Date: April 18 2015
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There's nothing more memorable than sweeping your children off their feet with an amazing kids festival. Fortunately, there are children's fesetivals in almost every corner of Australia throughout the year.

Here's a selection of seven top children festivals to look out for in 2015 that will give your kids an experience to remember. 

Adventure Kids Festival 

When: 18-19 April 2015

Where: Lake Mountain, Victoria

Adventure Kids Festival is designed to promote the benefits of outdoor activity and adventure play for families, offering various walks, runs, climbs, obstacles courses, bike rides, orienteering and more. The festival is hosted in different locations boasting the most exciting outdoors opportunities. All sites are easy to reach and are quite affordable as the festival offers a wide range of packages and accommodation fitting every budget. A great idea for showing your children the fun of outdoor activities.

Come Out Children's Festival

When: 22-30 May 2015

Where: Adelaide Festival Centre

This is an amazing event packed with all kinds of activities, workshops and performances. Its rich program includes plays, theatre performances, the International Film Festival for Kids, a circus safari called the Carnival of the Animals, as well as boat rides along the River Torrens in a historic Popeye cruiser.

The highlight of the festival's program for families is the Big Family Weekend on 23-24 May, which will feature lots of performances, free activities and workshops for children – also, an attempt at the world record for the largest number of people contributing to one painting! That's something your children will remember for a very long time.


When: 28 June – 4 July 2015

Where: Warrnambool, Victoria

Fun4Kids Festival is a massive festival that features a number of incredible fun zones full of kids’ entertainment and activities. Every family can choose their own adventure and enjoy the Festival at their own pace. The festival lasts seven days and the ticket range offers maximum flexibility.

Children can enjoy interactive workshops, games and activities organised in each themed zone, as well as a selection of the best children’s performances from Australia and around the world. Perfect for children aged 2-12, the festival is a great summer option for every family in search of an adventure.

Bankstown Children Festival 

When: 12 September 2015

Where: Paul Keating Park, Bankstown

This is a Bankstown edition of Sydney's famous Children Festival, which aims to celebrate the multiculturalism for children and families in Australia. Children can share, learn and explore the culturally diverse character of modern cities that we all live in and share with one another, preparing them to live harmoniously in a mixed community.

The festival features various cultural traditions, costumes, dances, performances, songs, lion dancing, drumming workshops and share traditional and delicious foods with one another. Activities for children include scout adventures, lantern making, costume parades, arts and craft, rides, animal petting zoo and more.

Sydney's Children Festival

When: late September/early October (usually through school holidays)

Where:  venues in Sydney and greater Sydney (last year's Festival was held at the Seymour Centre)

This festival celebrates the excellence and innovation among children aged from 5 to 12. Its attractions include dance, theatre, circus performances, visual arts, as well as a wide range of workshops exploring activities like storytelling, dance, sculpture, mural-making and others.

Children will also get a chance to admire several performances – last year's edition featured a musical adapting songs from I'm Still Awake, Still! or a magical show called Twinkle. If your children are a creative lot, this is the place to be!

Awesome Festival 

When: 3-12 October 2015

Where: Perth Cultural Centre

Organised by Awesome Arts, 2015 Awesome International Festival for Bright Young Things will be all about exciting arts – from theatre, dance, early childhood activities to music, film and hands-on activities. The past editions included shows and exhibitions from all over the world, featuring cutting-edge animation films and artistic spaces made of objects that could be touched and explored by the young ones.

Children's Week 

When: 24 October – 1 November 2015

Where: Bracken Ridge (Brisbane) 

The primary aim of Children's Week festival has always been to bring the value and the needs of young children to public attention. Children can participate in a variety of activities every day and see shows by other kids, who are part of orchestras, choirs, dancing groups, and even debating groups. Children performing for children – it couldn't get more inspiring. Perfect for children of every age.

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