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Out of the Box Children's Festival 2012

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by Michelle MacFarlane (subscribe)
Brisbane writer and busy mum of two boys. See my parenting articles at www.brisbaneschild.com.au and www.kidsonthecoast.com.au.
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As the Out of the Box website says, it's only 44 more sleeps (or even fewer by the time you read this) till this hugely popular kids' festival is on again -- and tickets are on sale now.

Running from 12-17 June at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Out of the Box will celebrate its twentieth birthday in 2012.

But kids will be the ones who get the present, with this year's festival once more featuring top-quality shows and activities especially designed for babies to eight-year-olds.

We've been to our fair share of Out of the Box performances in the past, both as a family and on school excursions. I have fond memories of a show featuring spectacular dinosaur puppets, plus the many free activities that we've enjoyed over the years.

The Flying Orchestra
The Flying Orchestra
This year my younger son is eight, and there's still plenty to entertain him. I have my eye on The Flying Orchestra, which features innovative puppetry and live music, Hello Spaceboy!, a physical theatre show, and Digital Play, a workshop that allows kids to make their own 'sound story' using digital technologies and gaming.

We'll also be rocking up for free activities like the Tongue Twister tent and the very cool Sticky Maze.

Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Other festival highlights are likely to be the Dinosaur Petting Zoo -- where kids can get up close and personal with reconstructions of the big dudes -- and a massive cardboard city, which will be built by children and their families. These ticketed events will be held on the QPAC lawns.

If you have real littlies, this year's Out of the Box includes a tent especially for 0-5 year-olds, featuring baby yoga, baby music, a teddy bear concert, and other gentle entertainments.

Bear with Me for 3-6 year-olds
At the other end of the scale, a few events are advertised as being 'all ages', so you can take the whole family along.

There are around 30 different events on offer, so you really need to check the program yourself to see what might appeal to your children.

While prices for ticketed events are not super-cheap (generally $15/child for workshops and $20/child for shows), the quality is usually far superior to what you find at other children's events.

Many years I've only been able to afford one ticketed event, but then combined that with free events and a play at South Bank to create a full-day outing.

Tickets for Out of the Box always go very fast, so, if you're interested, visit the website now.

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Why? For top-quality kids' shows & activities
When: Tues 12 to Sun 17 June
Where: Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Cost: Some free, ticketed events from $15 per child
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