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The Children's Week Festival at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens will officially kick off Queensland's Children's Week which will also be celebrated around the country from the 18th - 26th October.
The gardens will be alive with the sound of excited children, their families and carers enjoying a range of activities and entertainment provided to celebrate this special week. The festival promises to be a day of fun for the whole family, with something for everyone. Children (young and young-at-heart) are encouraged to come along in fancy dress, one-sies, a special hat or wreath. Why not bring the picnic rug and basket and enjoy being in this beautiful outdoor setting?
Activities and entertainment will keep everyone busy and happy. Keep an eye out for Knitted Nancy, Bubbles the fairy and Bumbles the Balloonatic who will be amongst the many roaming artists you'll see on the day.
Onstage performances and events will be taking place throughput the day on the Band Stand Stage. These will include three performances by Nickleby the Magician (at 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm), Bollywood dancing by "Dance Masala", and performances by Sunnybank Brass 2 (accompanied by Smarty Pants the Clown) and 10-year-old Country and Western singer, Felicity Kircher.
Don't miss out on the cuddly baby farm animals or having a balloon sculpture made for you - perhaps in the shape of a flower or a pirate sword. The Wowee face painters will also be on hand, decorating hair and painting little faces. For a small fee, there'll be pony rides and bat mask and wing making. All proceeds help to feed the bats from Bat Conservation and Rescue QLD Inc when you participate in the bat activities.
Child-friendly organisations, including Save the Children and Playgroup, will provide lots of free hands-on activities and demonstrations for children.
The official opening ceremony of Queensland's Children's Week will take place at 11am on the Band Stand Stage and amongst the special guests will be Junior Ambassadors, Junior Masterchef twins Sofia and Isabella Bliss and Harry Peuker.
The Bardon Lions Club will be amongst the fun at the festival, satisfying grumbling tummies with a sausage sizzle and quenching thirsts with cold drinks.
Everything's in place for a fabulous day of fun in the Gardens so mark the 4th annual Children's Week Festival in your calendar and come out to play!