Fun4Kids Festival

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Fun4Kids Festival

As Dr. Seuss wrote – ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small’. There is a joy found in children that is so free that it is utterly infectious. Plus, they are the coolest toys you could have. They don’t even need batteries. So why shouldn’t kids have a festival just to themselves?
Fun4Kids Festival is Australia’s best children’s festival. 2014’s event is an eight day ripper featuring 15 zones of kids’ entertainment and activities. Taking place inside a purpose-built 2.5 acre indoor village, Fun4Kids was originally designed to provide regional children with an arts, entertainment and educational resource that they may otherwise have been unable to experience. It now stands as Australia’s premium family tourism event, winning several awards and induction into both the Victorian and Australian Tourism Hall of Fame. That’s the business; now let’s have a look at the fun.
The 15 zones include the Telstra Festival Hall. This is where great live music takes place every day of the festival. In 2014, MC’s Scott Tweedie and Liv Phyland will introduce musical acts including Taylor Henderson, Justice Crew and Justine Clarke. Kids are known to get a little messy in the kitchen, so Coles Kids Kitchen is perfect. Combining hands-on cooking, eating and learning, the little ones will have a blast while learning a few handy skills. The Discovery Hub is where science, learning and fun collide. Make your own lava lamp or design your own marble run. Sungold Busy Bodies is like a real-life videogame adventure. The little ones can take in the junior commando assault course or try their hand at a new sport. And that is just four zones!
There is never any trouble booking performers for Fun4Kids and in 2014 you have a line-up that will make your kids scream with delight – that lovely, piercing scream of joy. Featured performers include Taylor Henderson, Jai Waetford, Justice Crew, What About Tonight, Justine Clarke, Peppa Pig, Sam Moran, Dora the Explorer, Zimboyz, Mr. Spin, Go, Diego, Go, Dorothy the Dinosaur and Justine Sane.
If the feedback on Twitter is anything to go by, the announcement of Taylor Henderson caused Beatles-like delirium among the youngsters. We got to know Taylor through his appearances on Australia’s Got Talent and The X Factor. His debut single, ‘Borrow My Heart’, and debut self-titled album both debuted at the #1 position on the ARIA Charts.
Is it science? Is it circus? Actually, it’s the best of both worlds. It’s Not Circus, It’s Science is a show full of acrobatics, clowning, physics and neuroscience. Professor Wild and Professor Barnard will thrill you as they teach you about force and pressure, create a sonic boom and tweak your neural pathways.
Tom Flanagan is behind Kaput, a show that combines chaos, comedy and acrobatics. A live tribute to the slapstick comedy of the silent movie era, Kaput follows a young silent movie projectionist whose seemingly uncomplicated goal of projecting a movie is complicated by a temperamental projector.
The Fun4Kids Festival takes place in Warrnambool and kicks off on the first week of the winter school holidays – Sunday, June 29 through Sunday, July 6. Festival doors open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets can be purchased as single passes or as an eight-day pass. For further information please visit Make sure you play Warrnambool Whale while you’re there.