A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Festival full of creative cultural excitment for families
The biennial Out of the Box Festival for children eight years and under is a family friendly cultural event not to be missed. For 22 years this celebration of curiosity, fun and play has been inspiring Brisbane kids and bringing out the inner child in plenty of adults too. This year's festival, running from June 25th until July 2nd at QPAC and the Cultural Precinct, promises to be even better than ever. Check out this year's highlights below and find out why this is the most important thing marked on the calendar for the children of Brisbane, aside from Christmas morning.
1. Free Events
It's rare to find free family entertainment with so much variety on offer. The best part is that these festival events are highly interactive so kids are thinking, doing, inspiring and creating. Here's a sneak peek at some of the free events running daily which are sure to excite children's imaginations and satisfy thrifty parents. Monster Hotel - experience Australian artist Hiromi Tango's magical creation as it takes shape on the Cultural Forecourt. Typography Design Workshop - be a graphic designer and create your own font for the State Library's ABC book creation. QUT Pop-Up Playspaces - dotted throughout the festival, these areas are designed for little people with plenty of creative energy. Playbox - Melbourne Street Green will be transformed into the most amazing play area complete with props, costumes and an outdoor stage.
Monster Hotel - image courtesy of Out of the Box
2. Celebrity Concerts
This year's celebrity guests come from a talented pool of children's TV personalities, ARIA award winners, and even a former Wiggle. Justine Clarke, Jay Laga'aia, Katie Noonan and Sam Moran will be hosting concerts at the QPAC Concert Hall from June 28th to July 1st. Don't miss the opportunity to sing, giggle and move to the beat of these internationally famous artists. Click here for further details, ticket prices and bookings.
Sam Moran - image courtesy of Out of the Box
3. Especially for Families
Families with children eight years and under with be happy with the variety of offer at Out of the Box. The very young have been catered for with the theatre experience Nursery. Older kids can take part in workshops including an Illustration and Alliteration workshop designed for 5-8 year olds. Plus there will be plenty of opportunities for families to hang out together at the festival by taking part in one of the all-ages activities such as the Courier Mail Story Space, or by simply choosing a green space or spot by the river to relax.
This year's festival will be a cultural extravaganza. Indigenous performances will bring together art, dance, music and story-telling in the shows Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pananui and Saltbush. The Under-Age Stage Asia will be the coolest place for kids to soak up some of the Out of the Box fun with traditional and contemporary Asian culture. Kids can join free interactive workshops here including Bollywood Dancing and Japanese Drumming. Remember to stop by Gong Garden to explore the sounds of this ancient musical form or Henna Hands to create your own decorative memento of the festival to take home.
Image courtesy of Out of the Box
5. School Holidays
Out of the Box Festival is perfectly timed to coincide with Queensland winter school holidays. However for families travelling out of town for the holidays, you can catch the beginning of the festival just before school's out. Check the program of events for full details and to plan your Out of the Box Festival adventure for 2014.