5 "Family Friendly" Events In 2018

Aleney De Winter on July 18th, 2018

Mary Poppins Festival

That magical Mary Poppins’ author P L Travers was born in Maryborough (Bundaberg North Burnett region), so it’s fitting that each year these historical streets bring the colourful characters of her popular book alive.

This year’s Mary Poppins Festival will celebrate the art of storytelling for all ages and through all art forms.

There will be music concerts at the Brolga and pop-up performances in the Bond Street Basement as well as exhibitions and public art installations.

Enjoy the nanny races, chimney sweep challenges, chalk drawings, street theatre, circus shows and grand parade.

Creative children’s’ workshops will include storytelling, puppets, circus acts, yoga and umbrellas.

Date: Fri 29 June – Sun 2 July

Whitsunday Reef Festival

Celebrating everything that makes the Barrier Reef so great, the Whitsunday Reef Festival brings Airlie Beach to life every August.

It combines family fun with community events, celebrations, food, fashion, fireworks and some of the biggest street parties north of Mackay.

A firm family favourite of this event is the Rotary Street Parade where spectators flock to the main street to watch a flotilla of businesses, community and school groups.

A highlight for younger kids is the Telstra Family Fun Day which includes circus performers, face painting and games such as 3-legged and sack races, and a selfie competition and a slushy slurping event.

Date: 2 - 5 August

Bowen Family Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend

They say it’s often “blowin” in Bowen, part of the Whitsundays region, but that doesn’t stop the fish from biting.

An event which attracts anglers both big and small, the Bowen Family Fishing Classic and Wet Weekend, is considered the biggest of its kind in Australia.

Not only aimed at fishermen competing for a range of prizes, the whole family is invited to play and be entertained during this weekend along Bowen’s beautiful Front Beach.

Date: 22-23 September

Wallaby Creek Festival

Staged at the delightfully-named Wallaby Creek near Cooktown, this festival is a three-day celebration of music and the arts at the Home Rule Rainforest Lodge in Rossville.

Among the musicians, artists, workshops, market stalls, healing spaces, street artists and entertainers, is a dedicated children’s festival and activities.

In this safe and creative space, children can enjoy comedy, mime, magic, puppetry, concerts, yoga, storytelling, hip hop, Frisbee, drumming and song.

Date: 28 – 30 September

Reef Feast Palm Cove

Billed as one of Tropical North Queensland’s premier community events, this festival celebrates the region’s cuisine, produce, live music, culture and lifestyle.

While there’s plenty for adults on which to feast, quite literally, kids will also love this event for its Reef Feast Palm Cove Market Day along the Williams Esplanade.

Here, among the fresh produce, arts and crafts, there are buskers, circus shows and workshops.

The Reef Kids program includes activities such as yoga, youth buskers, circus workshops and face painting as well as a Youth Performance Stage.

Date: 19 - 21 October

 

If you need anymore information don't hesitate to contact the Barrier Reef Australia team on 1300 231 118

Aleney De Winter

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