The exquisite labyrinth of lush greenery, hidden trails and duck ponds that is Mt Coot-tha's Botanic Gardens will again host this year's Far OUT Forest Festival, a Brisbane City Council initiative that promotes fun and learning in a healthy outdoor environment.
Running from 10.00am - 2.00pm on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July 2013, the festival is a free school holiday event guaranteed to keep the kids entertained and leave them exhausted at the end of the day. An exciting program of games, activities, music, crafts and live entertainment will be spread across various areas of the gardens.
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The gorgeous Japanese Garden will host African drumming (11.00am - 1.00pm), wearable art workshop (10.00am - 1.00pm) and insect discovery, while Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander games and a bush string making activity will be held on the lawn near the Bonsai House.
Catch worm magic, ab-fab fibonacci, and bats and batty art at the Bandstand lawn, or a live show with storytime from 11.00am - 1.00pm at the Children's Trail Lookout, and the Yarn Tree show (12-12:45pm), Roving Knitted Nancy (10:30-11:15am) and Hildegard on Safari (1:15-2pm) at the Bandstand Stage.
Pack yourself a picnic lunch and make a day of it. Parking at the gardens is limited but there is plenty of street parking in the surrounding areas. If you don't want to cart children and prams too far, there is a free shuttle bus every fifteen minutes to and from the gardens from Bus Stop 23, Toowong Village on Sherwood Road.