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Children's Week Activities Brisbane 2013

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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All children have the right to play
In an age where we celebrate everything from airplanes (the paper variety) to zombies, surely it's only fitting that there should be a celebration of our most precious treasures - children. In Australia we have National Children's Week, this year running from 19th to 27th October, with a host of activities, family fun days, events and story-telling all around the nation.

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Image from Queensland Children's Week website.

Every year celebrations are organised around a theme that reflects a principle enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year's theme is 'Celebrating Children Focus on the Right of the Child to Play', based on Article 31 of the convention, which states that every child has the right to 'rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts'. And how much better would the world be if this somewhat simple and self-evident principle was respected everywhere?

The Queensland Children's Week Association organises events in Queensland under the patronage of Governor-General, Quentin Bryce and State Ambassador for Queensland Children's Week 2013, Barry Salmon, Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. The full program of Queensland events is available here. There are Brisbane child-friendly events every day of the week, but below I've highlighted the pick of the Brisbane events.

You can let your child run wild with play, imagination and fun at the following events and activities. Join in, and you're bound to have some fun yourself; perhaps even adults should have the right to play.

Sunday 20th October

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Image from the Society of Creative Anachronism (River Haven) website.

Event: Children's Week Festival
Where: Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Mt. Coot-tha (the Bandstand area).
Times: From 10am to 2.15pm. FREE entry
Details: BYO picnic and dress as your favourite superhero. There will also be face painting, baby farm animals and a display of life the Middle Ages by the wonderfully named Society for Creative Anachronism.

Monday 21st October

Event: Queen Street Mall Program
Where: The Mall
Times: From 10am to 3pm
Details: Performing arts and dancing displays

Tuesday 22nd October (Kids Safe Day)

Event: Community Cook-Off Competition
Where: King George Square
Times: From 10.30am to 3pm.
Details: The Kidsafe Culinary Cook-off! will show off the talent of 20 teams of would-be chefs. There will also be displays by emergency services organisations and safety information from Kidsafe Queensland.

Wednesday 23rd October (Universal Children's Day)

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Image from Queensland Children's Week website.

Event: Children's Week Breakfast
Where: Brothers, Grange
Time: From 7am to 9am
Cost: $27.
Details: This one is for the adults with a breakfast seminar headlined by Barry Salmon, Acting Commissioner for Children & Young People & the Child Guardian.

Friday 25th October

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Image from Queensland Children's Week website.

Event: Day for Daniel
Where: Various venues around Queensland
Details: No Queenslander can forget the horrible abduction and murder of Sunshine Coast school boy, Daniel Morcombe, or the extraordinary bravery and grace of his parents, during the nine years of his disappearance and the subsequent trial and conviction of Daniel's murderer. Determined to make a difference in Daniel's honour, the Morcombes created the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, which works with the community to promote child safety initiatives.

The main event is the Walk for Daniel, which goes from Woombye to Palmwoods.
See the website for details of all the day's events.

Sunday 27th October

Event: Magic and Mayhem
Where: Roma Street Parklands
Time: 4pm
Details: A Halloween concert with the Brisbane Symphonic Band conducted by Stefanie Smith.

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Why? Share the joy of Children's Week.
When: From Saturday 19th October to Sunday 27th October
Where: Various venues. See article for details.
Cost: Most events are free.
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