Banyule Council, what's going on? When I heard you were hosting some gigs I thought, yeah, okay, okay. But this flagrant bombardment, I mean... For want of a better word, is cockamamical! How much fun you think we can to handle?! In one weekend?! Twilight Sounds, then this the morning after? What are you trying to pull, Banyule? Or...hang on. Is this follow-up Arty Farty farty-party-thing a ploy? To deter Twilight revellers from becoming Twilight stop-outs; dreading their kids hauling them out of bed early Sunday morning? Aha!! So readers, be warned: I...uh...thought I had a point.
Well luckily, Arty Farty does have a point: fun. But when I say fun, I don't mean fun. No, siree. I mean F-U-N!! Out-and-out shivoo, where the little tackers can run wild. Explosive extravaganza, where your children can unleash. Fully sick spree, where they can expend... Okay, Chris! I get the picture! But what are you talking about exactly? Sills Bend, Warringal Parklands. About to become an enthralling land of enchantment, for kids of all ages to explore. With a host of thrilling activities - to climb, bounce, slide, paint, dig, sing, dance, even blow bubbles. With this absolute plethora (see table of event highlights, just below), every penchant covered.
It's all here. I mean, that list above isn't even exhaustive. No, there's also: a creative news station, mobile library, sand art, bouncy castle, interactive performances (see festival program - which I'll get to), Back to the Future Delorean exhibition, Crazy Bikes exhibition, even a Sensory Friendly Chill Out Zone to unwind and cool off. All within a context of opening young minds to the wider world around them. Furthermore, given the preceding Arty Farty parade (at 10am down Heidelberg's epicenter, Burgundy St), this festival's effectively an à la mode after-party. Plus, with these activities completely FREE, making it slightly easier to drag weary parents out the door.
With limited parking, organizers encourage cycling in - if practical. Fine folk of Banyule BUG (Bicycle User Group), happily minding it for free. Another option is public transport - to Heidelberg Train Station, then jumping on the Free Mee's shuttle bus (departing every 40 minutes from 10.05am). If driving in's your preference however, a map's been included, also viewable on the Arty Farty webpage. Not to mention, a downloadable version of the festival program, that's also accessible from the webpage. If you go, have an awesome time! And feel free to take a gander at last year's: