The newest family festival on the North Shore, The Chatswood Family Festival, will take place during January when families are able to make the most of it's offerings. The event will start on Friday January 9, and run to Monday January 26, with all activities to be held at The Concourse.
The events that make up the festival range from free activities to ticketed shows. Running the whole time will be The Festival Retreat, an outdoor, almost beach-themed oasis with deck chairs, children's toys and, in the afternoons, a Ben & Jerry's ice-cream cart.
Also running every day will be screenings of classic 1960's Surf movies, which you can catch at 12.00pm on The Urban Screen. A list of the films screening each day can be found here. There will also be family films screened on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6.00pm (you can find out which of those will be shown here).
Performances to catch include Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, which has a cast of 150 who are all under 20 years old (with the exception of special guest Sam Moran). Baby Proms: The Conductor and the Clown offers a good way to introduce kids under 13 to symphonic music. It will only run on January 21.
The Young Creators is an exhibition of artworks by Michelle Cawthorn and Tianli Zu running from Wednesday January 14 to Saturday January 31, with workshops catering to variety of ages taking place frequently during this time. Further details are here. Other workshops, run by NIDA, will take place from Monday January 5 to Saturday January 17.
The festival also incorporates the Sydney shows of the Giggle and Hoot and Friendsnational tour, which will run from Tuesday January 13 to Friday January 16. The popular pair will be joined on stage by Hootabelle, the Bananas in Pajamas and Zap, Mimi and Jango from Hoopla Doopla.
The other activities rounding out the schedule of events for the first Chatswood Family Festival are the library activities from Wednesday January 14 to Wednesday January 21 and the Australia Day celebrations. For more information on these or any of the others events, including prices, times and booking information, you can find the outline of the festival with all the links here.
To get to the venue, you can either catch a train to Chastwood Station, which is a very short walk away from The Concourse (buses also stop there and there's lots of interesting art to see), or drive, as there is underground parking at the facility.