Children’s Festival in Darling Harbour
- 26 January 2017
- 11:00am – 6:00pm
WhereTumbalong Park stage
Darling Harbour is set to become a giant playground for the young and young at heart on Australia Day.
Head to Darling Harbour early for the best in children’s entertainment, global rhythms, dancing, true-blue bush challenges and more.
CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT FROM 11AM TO 3PM
- 11:00am to 12:00pm: 'Hot potato’ like nobody’s watching as the world-famous Wiggles headline the Children's Festival in a free show guaranteed to get you on your feet.
- 12:20pm to 12:45pm: Dig, build and construct in your imagination at Bob the Builder's brand new show.
- 1:00pm to 1:55pm: Fresh from an astounding season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Circus Trick Tease's action packed show “Children are Stinky” will deliver daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, loads of laughs and a heap of 90s hits.
- 2:00pm to 2:10pm: Q&A with Bob the Builder and Scotty Cam
- 2:30pm to 2:55pm: Leo Bonne's interactive circus show will have you in stitches.
Popular television host Jimmy Giggle from Giggle and Hoot will MC the show and add to the hilarity.
Take a break from the entertainment and cool off at the wonderful water playground for kids.
BOB THE BUILDER ZONE FROM 10AM TO3PM
Play in Bob the Builder’s construction zone. Diggers, craft stations, building blocks will keep the little ones busy.
There’s also a chance to meet and get a photo with Bob the Builder himself between 11:30am to 12:00pm, 1:15pm to 1:35pm OR 2:30pm to 3:00pm.
COMPETITIONS AND CHALLENGES FROM MIDDAY TO 4PM
Join your host Benny Time for true-blue bush challenges and get into the Australia Day spirit.
- 1:00pm: Hurl, heave and hobble in the Wife* Carrying Competition. * “Wife” includes husband, partner, defacto, significant other, lover, brother, sister, mother, father, daughter, son, friend, sister from another mister, brother from another mother, uncle, aunty, nephew, niece, that distant cousin you wanted to disown at Christmas, etc. You get the picture!
- Midday to 4pm: Munch your way to victory at the watermelon-eating contest.
- Midday to 4pm: Spin (or flop!) your way to victory at the Thong Throwing Competition.
Salsa and boogie to global beats.
- 3:00pm to 3:45pm: Sydney-based pianist and producer Danny G Felix and his eight-piece salsa band Malo Malo bring a classic 1970s New York sound to Darling Harbour. Musically complex but with raw energy, Malo Malo are great for dancing.
- 4:00pm to 4:45pm: Gypsy Balkan band Lolo Lovina ('Red Beer') are an intoxicating brew infused with swing, gypsy beats and the distinctive sounds of the Balkans. Fronted by Australian-born Hungarian Romani-Gypsy singer Sarah Bedak, Lolo Lovina’s music reflects the cosmopolitan identity of an artist who grew up with three native tongues and cultures.
- 5:00pm to 5:45pm: Get down and funky to Gervais Koffi and the African Diaspora’s Afro-Caribbean and Latin music. Dance, jump and sing along to their infectious grooves and melodies.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DJ?
Finalists, aged 12 to 17, will be judged on entertainment value, presentation, song choice, mixing ability and originality. Extra points will be awarded for use of Australian content.
The winner will be announced at 6:00pm.
What better way to celebrate Australia Day than with a mob of bouncing kangaroos and the bronzed heroes of surf?
Jumping up to a metre off the ground and two metres in one bound, the Roos are a phenomenal sight.
Eager to prove they're ready to rescue, Beach Patrol will dazzle you with their sculpted bodies. Marvel at their mouth to mouth! Heroic? Certainly. Posers? Definitely. You'll need CPR after these moustachioed musclemen have bared their biceps while diverting danger. Swim outside the flags at your own peril. Sharks beware!
FOOD & DRINK
Satisfy your tastebuds at one of the many outdoor restaurants. There’s food from all over the world, not to mention our own backyard. Just wander in and pull up a chair for a catch-up brunch, long lunch, beer in the sunshine, littlies’ feeding frenzy, super-chic dinner or fancy pants cocktail in one of the city’s coolest clubs. Check the Darling Harbour website for restaurant information.
As the sun goes down, stick around for an exhilarating symphony of light, sound and pyrotechnics at the Australia Day Spectacular.
DOS AND DON’TS
DO arrive for the Australia Day Spectacular before 6pm to avoid disappointment due to crowd capacity.
DO NOT BYO alcohol or bring glass to Darling Harbour. This is not allowed.
FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
Toilets for people with disability and limited mobility are available at this event.
For more information, please contact the Event Access and Inclusion Manager.