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Unstoppable fun this school holidays
Brisbane Powerhouse is presenting Brisbane's Annual Children's Festival over 11 days in June and July. Argus, one of the various festival events, performed by the Dead Puppet Society will tell us the tale of an unusual wonderland. This Tim Burton inspired play is aimed at kids but there is a little something in there for anyone who enjoys exploring the curious depths of their imagination.
In this wonderland of Argus, tables sprout grass, water bottles are oceans and just ordinary household objects and four pairs of hands are used to make this story come to life. The story of Argus focuses on an odd little creature desiring to find a new home but he does not know how to fit into this strange world. A situation many of us may find familiar.
Argus is a fun performance that hopes to tap into your imagination and play with it. It will be a fun display that will keep your kids, or indeed yourself, entertained for its 50 minute duration. Come see Argus between the 26th until 30th of June on Wednesday (9:30am, 12:30pm and 6:30pm), Thursday to Saturday (9:30am and 12:30pm) and Sunday 12:30pm. It will be performed in the Visy theatre. Tickets are $24 for an individual and $84 for a group of four. It could be an interesting something to do with your family this school holidays. This is a four years and over event.
Creating in the kitchen. From: brisbanepowerhouse.org
The theme of the festival this year is 'My Hero'. The theme aims to help children understand the qualities of a true superhero and teach them what it means to aid others. As wells as Argus, there is two other theatre shows to consider. These are: The Empty City and KAPUT. These and other events can be found on the Brisbane Powerhouse website.
During the festival there are daily free activities where children can play, create, sing, read, laugh and meet Network Ten TV personalities. There are two special days: Grandparents Day on the 4th of July (a perfect opportunity to spend the day with the people you may not have seen for a while) and Laser Beak Man Day on the 30th of June (9am until 2pm). The latter is a day for families and children with autism.
One of the free events is Bernie's Footy Club on the 26th, 28th and 30th of June as well as the 2nd and 4th of July. It is a 60 minute session beginning at 10am. Your kids will learn new AFL skills and just play. Everyone who plays becomes a member of Bernie's Gabba Gang footy club which involves gifts and giveaways. Remember hats and sunscreen unless you want your kids to come back cooked. The Book Nook is another event happening at Park Mezzanine on the 25th of June and the 5th of July. Here stories will be told, books will be read and craft will probably leave your kids' hands sticky but their brains happy.
Unfortunately, some events may have you reaching for your wallet, nevertheless, will also have smiles tugging up your children's faces. One of these is the Hero Booth open to all ages. For a sum of $5 - $15 your child will enter the booth and, much like superman's phone box, emerge a hero. The Bazil Grumble team will help your child transform into a super hero. We are talking the works: costume, make up, hair, mask and more. The booth will be in the Graffiti Room between the 25th of June and the 5th of July. Monday to Friday it will be open from 9am until 11am as well as 12pm to 2pm. On Saturday and Sunday it will again be open for 9am to 11am for those who do not get the weekdays off.
If you are always searching for ways to keep your children entertained (or even want to unleash your inner child) this festival is your answer. Argus seems to be a touching and creative performance that you and your children are unlikely to forget. And other events promise fun, smiles and a happy child. And a happy child makes for a happier parent.