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What is the collective noun for a group of children's entertainers? A giggle? A family? A nest? Whatever you call it, thirteen of the hottest names in children's entertainment will be in action for a seven-hour frenzy of family fun on 22 January 2012 at RNA Showgrounds when the IGA Rhymes Kids Music Festival 2012 hits Brisbane.
Justine Clarke, the darling of the pre-school set, is headlining the Brisbane event. Play School presenter and kid's recording artist extraordinaire, Justine will perform favourites from her Great Big World, Songs to Make You Smile and I Like to Sing hit CD's that will get the littlies wiggling and giggling.
Nick Jr's Dora the Explorer will present a live action show with music and high-energy dancing.
Long before the Wiggles or Hi-5 there was Peter Combe - one of the pioneers of quality musical entertainment especially for kids. Classics like Toffee Apple (the first Australian hit video clip for kids) and Newspaper Mama were staples of the eighties. Now it's time to introduce your children to his infectious tunes and creative lyrics.
Lazy Town legends Sportacus and Stephanie (approved licensed costumed performers, NOT the TV actors) will feature in the Lazy Town Live Show - Warm Up - Get Moving - Get Active.
Zingzillas are a puppet primate musical band (what will they think of next?) and stars of the BBC hit show. The Zingzillas show will bring live animatronic characters to the RNA Showground for a kindy musical romp.
Other acts include Michael Turner presenting Spikey and Friends, the Happy Feet Two - Time to Tap Interactive Experience, Jurassic Joe's Dinosaur Show, Raggs Kids Club, Ukulele Baby Music and Lucas Proudfoot'sCircular Rhythm, featuring Australian indigenous music and performance. There will even be a Silent Dance Disco, which I'm sure will be greatly appreciated by tonally tired-out parents and carers. 200 headphones will be available for 8 hours for tiny toe-tappers to really let loose and parents can supervise while enjoying the silence. The full entertainment line up is available here.
Michael Turner's Spikey and Friends - Image from Festival website.
Venue: RNA Showground Exhibition Hall and surrounds.
Date: 22 January 2012.
Time: 9am to 4pm. Gates open at 8am. Event timetable available here.
Tickets: Every person attending the event who is aged two years or older must purchase a ticket. Tickets are available through TryBooking.com here
Cost: Children under 2 at time of event are admitted free, but tickets should still be booked for them.
Adults and Children 2 and over: 1 to 9 tickets in one transaction - $39 per person; 10 or more tickets in one transaction - $36 per person; Afternoon Pass (admission after 12.30pm) - $22.50.
Bonus Offers: You can purchase copies of Rhymes Live (A CD with 14 tracks from the tour). 2 for the price of one @ $5. The Rock Pak (inflatable rock guitar, microphone and hand) is also available 2 for the price of one @ $5. These items can be ordered with your tickets and picked up with your tickets on the day.
BYO: Food and drink and picnic rugs. Prams and strollers are allowed but must be folded down during performances. No alcohol or glass.
Full event information is available in the event FAQ's here.
Lucas Proudfoot presents Circular Rhythm - Image from Festival website