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2011 Northcote Kids Festival

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It is time again for the Northcote Kids Festival. The name says it all, this is the ultimate kids festival with over two weeks of fun performances, workshops, and competitions too. Whatever your kids are into, you'll find something that they'll love at the festival.



The festival runs from September 25th to October 9th, ticket prices vary, depending on what shows you want to see, and what workshops you want to attend. There are things for kids of all ages.

There are plenty of shows to take the kids along to. If your children have ever dreamed of running away and joining the circus then there are a few that they might love. The Famous Maurice Flea Circus has strong men, jugglers, and acrobats, in a very funny performance. Or science loving circus fans might want to go to It's Not Circus, It's Science! where they'll enjoy 'acrobatics, clowning, neuroscience, and physics'. Or try the fun and exciting Bangin' Bigtop Bonanza, where dancing, magic, shake charming, and more, all combine.

See Your Kids Smile at Northcote Kids Festival


Afterwards look at sending your kids along to one of the circus workshops. You can choose between the Three Thumbs Up Circus Workshop, the Preschooler's Circus Workshop, or the Bam Bam Circus Skills Workshop. The kids can learn all the fun skills they've seen in the shows.

Three Thumbs Up Circus Workshop


Circus fun isn't the only thing available at the festival. You can enjoy music, plays, storytelling, and puppets. The shows are all designed for children, but parents can also go along and have a good laugh. Workshops and shows range from around $8-$40, but most will cost the kids about $10.

Let your kids participate in workshops that suit their interests, or let them choose something new they've never done before. Any mini masterchefs will like the free Cake Decorating Workshop, this is a kids only workshop where your kids will decorate yummy cupcakes, and then eat them. There are workshops about illustrating, or storytelling if that is their thing. Your kids can even become sock puppet creators.

Puppets at Large! Workshop


One of the great workshops available at the festival is the Story Masks Workshop. This 90 minute workshop is specially designed for children on the autism spectrum. Children will create masks, share stories, and then even perform. This workshop is $40 per person, or $140 per family. Adults are welcome to come along and watch their kids play and learn.

Your kids can even get involved before the festival starts, through the 'KidsWrite! Competition'. This is a free competition that gives children the opportunity to get published and see their name in print. The details on what to write can be found on the webpage, and there are some cool prizes for the kids.

So visit the website and find out how you and your kids can take part in the Northcote Kids festival. There things for kids of all ages, and their parents to enjoy. You even have the opportunity to win some free tickets in the lead up to the festival.
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Why? Two fun-filled weeks for the kids
When: Sept 25th till Oct 9th
Where: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote, Victoria
Cost: See website for price details
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