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Something on Saturday - Adelaide Festival Centre

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Family fun in the transformative world of the arts
Something on Saturday - Adelaide Festival Centre
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For over four decades now, Something on Saturday has helped parents while away the winter months with an assortment of fun, engaging live performances and free craft workshops at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

The 2019 program now builds upon 40 years of introducing kids to the transformative world of the arts to deliver a year-round program of performances and hands-on activities to inspire the little future artists and performers of Adelaide.

In May, the program will be delivering a couple of stage performances in the Space Theatre aimed at ages 8 and under, including Tinkertime: The Broken Bubble Machine on 4 May. Here you can join the musical, dancing adventures of Nay Nay from ABC Kids and her tinkering friends onboard the globe-trotting HMS Curiosity, their grouchy old airship that runs on bubbles.

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Al, Joel and Drums the Panda form The Mik Maks Play will be taking to the stage on 11 May, exploring the themes of sharing, sibling play, packing up good eating and dental hygiene through the language of catchy rock kid's music.

The Mik Maks Play - Something on Saturday - Adelaide Festival Centre
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On 29 June the Dunstan Playhouse will host the antics of Private Detective Jack Spratt, who runs about trying to solve the mysteries of a Happy Valley crime wave in the musical comedy, Porridge by Theatre Bugs. Intended for 4-12 year olds, amongst the brazen criminal acts are the kidnapping of Marigold the cow and the disappearance of Ma Hubbard's prized recipe book.

Porridge - Something on Saturday - Adelaide Festival Centre
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There will also be carefully curated workshops on offer for the kids, themed around each performance. These Kids Corner Workshops are funded by the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation, which raises funds for projects that inspire an interest for children in the arts, so the kids can join in on these and get their creative juices flowing for free. Hands-on making of glow puppets and musical instruments from household recyclables will be amongst the fun.

Seats at the shows are $15 for all ages. Be aware that the Centre's car park is closed, but you can use Wilson Adelaide Central car park at 225 North Terrace. Use promo code AFCPARK for discounted parking. There's baby change facilities in the Festival Theatre and Dunstan Playhouse foyers and pram parking is available during all Adelaide Festival Centre events.

Visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website for further information on the Something on Saturday program if you're keen to spend a Saturday amongst the arts.
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Why? Inspire your kids with the arts
When: Saturdays in May and June 2019
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: Performances $15 and craft workshops free
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