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North Sydney Children's Festival 2017

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Have fun while learning something new
Are your children between 3 and 12 years old?

Are you looking for something for the kids to do in October?

Do they have a creative side?

If so, why don't you bring your kids along to the North Sydney Council week-long extravaganza of creative workshops.

North Sydney Children's Festival 2017. Image courtesy of the North Sydney Council.

It will start on Sunday 22nd of October with the science-themed creative workshops and will wrap up on Saturday the 28th of October with a celebration of childhood at the Children's Festival, bringing together the North Sydney community for a day of creative and family-friendly fun in Civic Park.

Image courtesy of the North Sydney Council

The North Sydney Council is excited to add these new additions Council's Children's Week festivities and all explore this year's theme of 'Art Meets Science'. The workshops include shadow puppetry, papermaking, paper dying, card making, painting, pinhole cameras, origami, body percussion, exploring art through senses and make your own magnetic brooch.

Due to the big demand in attending these workshops, you will need to make sure that you book your places.

Sunday 22 October - Kids Collect & Create Workshop for children aged five to 12. Coal Loader Artist Studio, Waverton, 10am 12pm. Bookings:

Sunday 22 October - Shadow Puppet Workshop for children aged five to 12. Primrose Park Artist Studios, 12pm to 2pm. Bookings:

Sunday 22 October - 'Greetings!' Card-making Workshop for children aged five to 12. Primrose Park Artist Studios, 1pm to 4pm. Bookings: or

Sunday 22 October - Exploring Art Through the Senses for children aged five to 12. Primrose Park Artist Studios, 2pm to 4pm. Bookings: or 0435 371 549

Image courtesy of the North Sydney Council

Sunday 22 October - Papermaking using Recycled Paper and Plants, Origami and Paper Dyeing for children aged three to 12. Primrose Park Art and Craft Centre, 11am to 3pm. No bookings necessary.

Monday 23 October - Body Percussion: The Science of Drumming Workshops for children aged six to nine. Big Music, 85 Alexander St, Crows Nest, 3.30 to 4pm and 6 to 6.30pm. Bookings: 8622 6550

Friday 27 October - Oil and Watercolour Paintings: Create an Ocean Scene workshop for children aged three to five. Start Art School, 25 Atchison St, St Leonards, 11.30am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 1pm. Bookings: or phone 0421 711 178

Saturday 28 October - Pinhole Camera Workshop for children aged eight to 12. Contact Sheet, 60 Atchison Street, St Leonards, 1pm to 3pm. Bookings:

Saturday 28 October - Make your own Magnetic Brooch Workshop for children aged eight to 12. Studio 20/17 Project Space, 53 Ridge St, North Sydney, 2pm to 2.45pm. Bookings: or 0403 923 583

At this year's festival, children can step into the Storytime Teepee and join storytellers from the Aboriginal Heritage Office and Stanton Library. For more information contact the Aboriginal Heritage Office or Stanton Library.

They can marvel at erupting volcanoes with North Sydney Scouts, grow their very own Native Grass Head with Council's Bushcare Team or solve a crime with North Sydney Police using fingerprint forensics.

Children can also discover the science of sound with North Sydney Girls High School Band and learn about the importance of blue carbon in combating climate change with the science whizzes at Culture at Work.

There will also be A Window to the Future primary school children's art exhibition exploring the future from the 19th of October to the 4th of December 2017. It will be open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm in the Transit Art Space, Council Chambers.

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Why? A great way to learn and have fun at the same time.
When: Various starting and finishing times
Phone: (02) 99368100
Where: Refer to each workshop
Cost: Some works are free and some have a cost.
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