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Once upon a time, you may have partied away in Glastonbury or the Big Day Out but now your greatest adventure might be a Wiggles concert. Thanks to Lost Lands, parents can now enjoy a smorgasbord of festival fun, which has earned the stamp of approval from kids as well.
Class acts We went to Lost Lands 2018 and found it particularly well-suited for families with kids aged three to 12. We spent most of our time in The Big Top, watching premium performances you would typically find at the Arts Centre such as The Listies and Gravity and Other Myths. All set within a tent – Lost Lands style - you can lounge on hay bales and mats, surrounded by magical lanterns and chandeliers above.
Organised by the creators of the Falls Festival, Lost Lands features an impressive lineup of acts the likes of Baker Boy, Gomez, Vika & Linda Bull, Holy Holy, Regurgitator and Sampa the Great. A perfectly tossed squid salad in one hand and a sparkling drink in the other, you can almost imagine yourself at some faraway music festival until someone tugs at your hand saying they need to go to the toilet.
With a giant ferris wheel and the Werribee Mansion as your backdrop, Lost Lands offers an aura that is both surreal and historic. Notable activities include games made from recycled material (think pinball made from old bicycle parts). The Visy play area where kids can use Visy cardboard to build forts and whatnots. And the Frankentoys workshop, where you can mix and match the heads and bodies of discarded soft toys, coming up with your own unique reincarnation.
The Listies - kids comedy even grown-ups will enjoy
Lost Lands prides itself on being green and you will notice this the moment you walk in. Decorations are crafty and make use of ribbons, textiles and knitted flowers. Festival-goers are encouraged to use the water refill stations and recycle their rubbish. Unlike the usual big festival, it was a pleasure not to find overflowing trash cans and quality food trucks serving up items like gourmet burgers, fresh fruit slushies and more.