A spell is being cast over Castle Towers Shopping Centre to whisk away young wizardry fans to a magical land of adventure. From 11-24 January, head to Centre Court on level 2 for some mind-bending magic and wander-ful workshops.
It's brewing at 11am and 1pm, where first you will be mesmerised by free illusionist shows in a wondrous school-style setting complete with a school crest, a staircase and a bookcase spilling with spell books and potions.
The 30-minute stage pop-up show, running Week 1, will see guests greeted by cloaked wizarding folk and ushered to seats where a skilful sorcerer will bamboozle the audience with his magical powers that include making objects move with the wave of a wand, making books burst into flames, and making items vanish and then re-appear, along with escaping from a locked box.
Those attending are encouraged to dress up in their favourite wizardry robes and hats. Daily prizes are up for grabs for the best-dressed wizard.
For Week 2, the stage will transform into classroom-style with desks and workbenches where children can unravel the mysteries of magic and learn the tricks of the trade with four bewitching workshops. But first, students must take the magician's oath, reciting the laws of magic around a magical scroll.
At a cost of $10 each, here's what your 5-10year olds can choose from –
Learn the ancient art of potion-making, from a Hogwarts-inspired professor, and how to conjure up slime and create dragon's milk fireworks.
Potion Making Workshop
This one follows on from the slime workshop and advances their skills in potion-making with tricks to try out at home that further their journey to becoming a great wizard.
Children will be taught how to twist and twirl potions to conjure up a boiling bubbly jar of mystery. They'll also learn the special ingredients to create a jar that just keeps on bubbling.
Wand Making Workshop
All budding magicians, wizards, witches and apprentices need a magic wand and here you'll create your own individual wooden wand as you decorate it with gems before undertaking the secret wand ceremony and learning the correct use of your special wand.
Each workshop is half an hour in length. There's two timeslots, 11am and 1pm, and upon completion, your child will be bestowed with a personalised certificate to show they are ready to take their magic tricks into the real world.
Advance bookings are required. Be sure to get your budding Harry Potter or Hermione Granger in quick before they book out.
Getting to Castle Towers has been made easier recently. Whilst there is plenty of parking in the shopping centre car parks and buses frequent the area, you now have another transport option with the new metro station open. So why not try out the driverless train as the Castle Hill stop is right out the front of the centre.