For Brisbane city residents the official 2018 EKKA public holiday is on Wednesday 15 August. Many areas in regional Queensland recognise the show holiday as being on Monday 13 August 2018 and this includes the Moreton Bay Region, hence the reason Caboolture are having their Family Fun Day on Monday 13 August.
If you are looking for an affordable alternative to a day at the EKKA and let's face it, everybody nowadays needs to do a bit of penny-pinching, especially when it comes to having multiple offspring, then the Caboolture Family Fun Day is just the place for you and your family to spend a memorable day full of fun.
Rides, rides and more rides and they're all FREE - Image: Visit Moreton Bay Region FB
The Caboolture Family Fun Day's theme for 2018 is Carnival and between 10.00am and 4.00pm families will get to enjoy an array of rides, stage shows, activities, show bags, markets, food stalls and so much more. And the best news of all is that all the entertainment and rides are totally FREE.
11.20am| Scoot the Stunt Juggler Mark Easson is Scoot the Stunt Juggler and has performed at hundreds of major events and festivals for more than twenty years. Mark is one of the original members of the Minibike Stunt Team and has even been a semi-finalist on Australia's Got Talent. Scoot the Stunt Juggler has a Guinness World Record in juggling and with one of the World's Tallest Unicycles, brings a touch of breath-holding danger and fun to the juggling show.
12.00noon| Puppet Show starring Larrikin Puppets The Larrikin Puppets perform a crazy, multi-coloured and fun puppet show, starring "Troggg" the blue monster and all of his weird and furry friends. Brett and Elissa are the masters behind the Larrikin Puppets and were formally trained in America by Jim Henson Puppeteers from Muppets and Sesame Street fame. We are definitely in celebrity company here! You might even have seen them on Network Ten's show Totally Wild.
The Larrikin Puppets including "Troggg", the blue monster - Image: Moreton Life Magazine to Caboolture Family Fun Day
12.45pm | Nickleby the Magician We all know Nickleby the Magician, who is highly skilled at making people and objects appear and disappear. Nickleby is highly entertaining and combines illusions while participating in world record escapes. Nickleby the Magician loves nothing more than making people laugh and creating a sense of wonder within his audience.
2.55pm| Phoenix Music A fun, energetic and professional duo who will keep audiences thoroughly entertained.
Please note the above programme is subject to change, but hopefully will stay just as it is.
RIDES, RIDES AND MORE FREE RIDES
Oh my gosh who doesn't love FREE carnival rides! This year's Caboolture Family Fun Day will be featuring more rides than ever before. Family favourites include the Swinger; the Giant Worm; the Giant Slide; the Pirate Ship; the Train Tunnel and much much more. Tiny tots will have a ball pit; an inflatable and a horse carousel in the Redwood College Kids Zone. Heaps of fun and it's all FREE!
FREE workshops and FREE arts and crafts - Image: Visit Moreton Bay Region FB
The day just keeps getting better. The Redwood College Kids Zone will be filled to capacity with FREE activities; FREE workshops; arts and crafts; plus FREE face painting for little kids and big kids too.
The professional Skyfall Silks will be on hand to teach wannabe aerial daredevils some super-amazing aboveground skills - climb the aerial silks and balance on the aerial ring before learning how to juggle, ribbon dance and hula hoop.
Be a daredevil and climb the aerial silks - great fun for the whole family - Image: Skyfall Silks FB
Look out for the Redwood College Busking Stage, featuring some super-talented buskers too.
UNITY WATER HYDRATION STATION
Don't forget to pack your reusable water bottle as you will be able to fill it up at the Unity Water Hydration Station. FREE chilled water will be available all day from the Back2Tap Van - how awesome is that! Saving our planet one baby step at a time.
Bring your reusable water bottle for FREE chilled water all day! Image: Terry White Chemmart Samford FB
Parking is limited at the Caboolture Family Fun Day venue. There is additional parking at Caboolture Town Square multi-storey car park and Caboolture Train Station.
Disabled parking will be made available directly opposite the entrance to the event, adjacent to the Caboolture Tennis Club. On entering, please show your Disabled Parking Permit to the car park marshals, who will direct you through to the disabled parking area.
Please note that access to Centenary Lakes for this event is via Riverview Street. Patrons accessing via Morayfield Road will be directed to Riverview Street.
FREE SHUTTLE BUS
FREE Shuttle Buses will run from Caboolture Station and Caboolture Town Square to the event from 9.15am to 4.30pm. Prams must be folded. Unfortunately no disability access on the shuttle bus, however disability parking will be available (please find details under 'parking').