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Out & About with Kids - - DID YOU KNOW...? -

You can get Out & About with YOUR Kids at a whole host of fan­tas­tic fam­ily events and fun fes­ti­vals in the com­ing months. Wher­ever you are, it’s a sure bet there’s some­thing on near you, any time of the year, that plays right into the in­ter­ests, and cu­rios­ity, of your fam­ily. Here are some of our favourite kids and fam­ily events com­ing up.


Alice Springs, NT – Par­rtyeme – A Fes­ti­val in Light

Aus­tralia’s big­gest ever light show in­stal­la­tion will il­lu­mi­nate the area, in­clud­ing the mighty Mac­Don­nell Ranges, when the first au­then­tic Indige­nous light fes­ti­val of its kind in the world comes to Alice Springs!

From 23 Septem­ber to 2 Oc­to­ber, 2016 the team be­hind Syd­ney’s iconic ‘ Vivid Fes­ti­val’, to­gether with Cen­tral Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal artists, will present this breath­tak­ing light and sound dis­play of orig­i­nal, au­then­tic Indige­nous art cre­ated by lo­cal artists, stu­dents and the com­mu­nity. High­lights in­clude a series of large il­lu­mi­nated 1950s-style cir­cle skirts fea­tur­ing the wa­ter­colour art­work of Le­nie Na­matjira, grand­daugh­ter of Al­bert Na­matjira.

The event takes its name from the Ar­rernte word “Par­rtma”, mean­ing “light up” or “light­ing up”.


Sun­shine Coast, QLD – Caloun­dra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

Kick­ing off on 30 Septem­ber 2016, and run­ning through to 3 Oc­to­ber 2016, the 10th an­nual Caloun­dra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val is a four day treat of sun, surf and soul for the whole fam­ily, at beau­ti­ful Kings Beach on the Sun­shine Coast. The not-for-profit fam­i­lyfriendly com­mu­nity event prom­ises a great line-up of en­ter­tain­ment fea­tur­ing the best of the Aus­tralian mu­sic in­dus­try, as well as in­cred­i­ble in­ter­na­tional artists, plus food, arts and lo­cal cul­ture.


Cowra, NSW – Sakura Mat­suri (Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val)

Cel­e­brat­ing the birth of spring, this an­nual fes­ti­val at­tracts per­form­ers from around the world giv­ing vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence tra­di­tional el­e­ments of Ja­panese cul­ture, when the cherry blos­soms are at their peak, at the Cowra Ja­panese Gar­den on 24 Septem­ber, 2016. A great day out for the whole fam­ily, the fes­ti­val features en­ter­tain­ment, cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and mar­ket stalls.


OC­TO­BER 2016

Syd­ney, NSW – Kid­topia

This ex­cit­ing new fes­ti­val for kids, and their grownups, is headed to Par­ra­matta Park in the Oc­to­ber school hol­i­days (7 to 9 Oc­to­ber, 2016) burst­ing with live mu­sic, amaz­ing food, and fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment in a fes­ti­val ex­trav­a­ganza jam-packed full of de­light­ful ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions. But Kid­topia is not your usual day out with the kids. Lis­ten to live mu­sic or dance like no one’s watch­ing at the silent disco, learn in­cred­i­ble cir­cus tricks, take part in cook­ing and sci­ence work­shops, sam­ple del­i­ca­cies from some of Syd­ney’s hottest eater­ies, and fin­ish the day watch­ing a movie un­der the stars with friends and fam­ily. Tick­ets are on sale now, and you can save 50% off the door price by tak­ing ad­van­tage of the early­bird of­fer on­line be­fore 6 Oc­to­ber, 5pm AEST. Early bird tick­ets range from $10-$15 per per­son, free for kids un­der 5 years.


Lith­gow, NSW – Hal­loween Fes­ti­val

Join in the night­time ex­cite­ment that em­braces all that is spooky (and fun), when Lith­gow trans­forms into a Hal­loween street fes­ti­val spec­ta­cle on Satur­day, 29 Oc­to­ber 2016.


Port Mac­quarie, NSW – Tast­ings on Hast­ings

A Har­vest Lunch by the river hosted by chef Matt Golin­ski, chef Matt Wilkin­son’s din­ners at The Stunned Mul­let, and a pop-up Oys­ter Barn are just a few of the tasty new events an­nounced for Port Mac­quarie’s 14th an­nual Tast­ings on Hast­ings to be held 28 to 30 Oc­to­ber, 2016. Tast­ings on Hast­ings main fam­i­lyfriendly fes­ti­val will take place in the town on 30 Oc­to­ber with around 120 food, wine, beer, farm­ers, pro­duc­ers, ar­ti­sans and mak­ers from around the re­gion.


Bathurst, NSW – Su­percheap Auto Bathurst 1000

It’s the V8 Su­per­car event of the year so start revving your en­gines and grab the per­fect track-side seat for the Su­percheap Auto Bathurst 1000 ( 6 to 9 Oc­to­ber, 2016). Mount Panorama comes alive as the legends of past and fu­ture push their cars, teams and them­selves to the lim­its, on the ul­ti­mate bat­tle­ground - where a 1,000km en­durance race on an un­for­giv­ing moun­tain­ous track is won and lost in the last lap.


A Fes­ti­val in Light

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