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The little blue folk are back with a 4-metre tall friend
Deep, deep in the forest lives a hidden village of tiny blue human-like creatures, whose antics bring them out into the wider society every so often. You may have heard of them, or even seen them. The Smurfs? Of course, you know The Smurfs!
The little blue people have been entertaining generations of children since the late 1950s, and now Australia's biggest Smurf is visiting Cockburn Gateways Shopping City during the January school holidays. Standing at four metres tall, this Smurf sure towers above the rest of the blue clan. And everyone else, for that matter.
In a first for Western Australia, Cockburn Gateways will host Smurf World, an exhibition for children and parents alike, which will run from Monday, 8 January to Sunday, 28 January 2018. Come and marvel at the giant Smurf, tour the life-size Smurf village and check out the mushroom houses (located near Big W) then head over to the information desk to view some of the original drawings by Smurfs' creator, the Belgian artist Peyo.
Visitors can also get creative in the free craft zone from Monday, 8 January to Sunday, 21 January between 11am and 2pm, with a different activity to do each week. Snap a selfie with the gentle blue giant for a chance to win a Smurf prize pack – just tag #CGSurfSelfie to be in the running.
Smurf World is part of Cockburn Gateway's Summer Festival of Fun, which runs until Sunday, 4 February and will feature a myriad of fantastic activities at the centre. Every Saturday from 13 January to 3 February, the kids can have a go on the carnival ride or bouncy castle, while every Sunday from 14 January to 4 February, the bouncy castle will be back, along with free face painting on Sunday 14, 21 and 27 January.
Each weekend, the Piazza will host a local musician or band while you dine, and look out for the Nova 937 Cassanovas on Thursday evenings to claim some freebies.
It's time for a new generation of children to love the Smurfs, and what better way to introduce them than a jaw-dropping four-metre giant? It's an exhibition for the ages and a great way to spend some time in the school holidays.