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Australia Day Children's Festival @ Darling Harbour

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Children's Festival Australia Day Darling Harbour

Are you a big kid at heart wishing you were still a child?

I am, due to there being just so many options for fun to be had than when I was a child. From zorb balls to super slides, children today are spoilt for choice. Australia Day is no different and Darling Harbour is turning into a huge festival playground for children, featuring everything from watermelon eating contests to salsa and gypsy music.

In Tumbalong Park, you'll find those colourful Wiggles on stage singing their classic favourites that will have you up and dancing like a Hot Potato whilst MC Jimmy Giggle (of Giggle and Hoot) will add to the hilarity with his commentary. An action packed circus show 'Children are Stinky' will further entertain with incredible acrobatics, daredevil stunts and loads of laughs from Circus Trick Tease.

The Wiggles
Facebook - The Wiggles - They've ditched the big red car for the big red boat and they'll be arriving soon at Darling Harbour

Bob the Builder has built his very own construction site and will let you play with his diggers. Craft stations and building blocks will also keep the little ones occupied. Don't forget the camera as Bob is happy to pose for a snap with the kids.

To be fair, there is fun for the adults too with a 'wife' carrying competition where you can substitute 'wife' for husband, father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, cousin, etc. After heaving and hobbling, try some spinning with the thong throwing competition. It just wouldn't be Australia Day without thongs involved and the whole family can come together for this one.

There's true blue bush challenges that will also get you into the Aussie spirit along with a mob of bouncing kangaroos and, ladies wait for it, some hunky guys on Beach Patrol to dazzle you with their bronzed surf sculpted bodies. Well, I may have overplayed that, they're actually the inflatable type.

roaming characters - Roaming characters happy to pose for a photo

When you're in need of a break, chill out at the water playground and watch the kids frolicking through the fountains cooling down in the summer's heat. At night the water seems to be dancing when the fountains light up and change colour. It's a magical site in the evening.

Darling Harbour water playground
By day and by night

Find your groove and dance to classic 90's hits as well as Danny G Felix and his salsa band Malo Malo. Swing to gypsy beats and the sounds of the Balkans with the Lolo Lovina band and get funky with Gervais Koffi and the African Diaspora's Afro-Caribbean and Latin music. There's a lot to jump and sing to this Australia Day.

All that fun requires energy and there's plenty of restaurants, cafes, chocolate shops and ice cream to be had around Darling Harbour to revitalise you. The food court in Harbourside Shopping Centre is huge and has plenty of seating for diners.

The festival is free and runs from 11am-6pm but don't leave when it's over. Hang around for more enjoyment afterwards with the Australia Day Spectacular. An evening concert and fireworks extravaganza are on the agenda for a night of fun. Live music and entertainment will honour our Aussie identity that kicks off with an Indigenous welcome song, performed by Wuruniri Music and Dance Group.

We'll meet our newest citizens and listen to stories from this year's NSW Australian of the Year recipients, revel in a parade of vessels in the harbour and cheer on dragon boats as they race to the finish line in the Cockle Bay Cup before pyrotechnics light up the sky to a symphony of sound.

Darling Harbour fireworks
The lights around Cockle Bay and the fireworks make for a pretty picture

Dress up in Aussie colours for a fabulous day out and don't forget the sunscreen and hat.
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Why? For a super day of fun
When: 11am-6pm
Phone: 02 9228 5555
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great job Irenke! Looks like lots of fun for kids
by Brooke. A. R (score: 2|405) 1182 days ago
That sounds like a whole day & night full of nothing but fun...
by RC (score: 3|1221) 1185 days ago
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