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Children’s Festival in Darling Harbour

When

Date
26 January 2017
Time
11:00am – 6:00pm

Where

Tumbalong Park stage
Sydney NSW

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Darling Harbour is set to become a giant playground for the young and young at heart on Australia Day.

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$Free access

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

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.

LIVE MUSIC

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?

From 4:00pm to 6pm, listen to finalists from the Youth DJ Competition play their best mix to win great prizes from Store 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.

ROVING PERFORMERS

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.

EVENING SHOW

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.

DO check out the health and safety tips

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

 

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