Spot On Children’s Festival

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Spot On Children's Festival
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Photograph: Supplied/Riverside Theatres
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Photograph: Supplied/Riverside TheatresThe Tip Toe Giants

Time Out says

This festival for children and families brings kids to the arts and even gets them on the stage

Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre will host four days of stage productions, workshops, and interactive musical performances for kids these school holidays. Spot On Children’s Festival is back for its ninth year from September 29 to October 2, and for the first time the program will incorporate livestreams of all the main shows, allowing local families to choose how they participate and opening the festival up to a national audience.

The huge festival program will feature new acts and family favourites returning to Riverside’s stage. There’s the all-singing, all-dancing musical trio the Beanies with their new show The Beanies Egg-straordinary Day (11am on Tuesday, September 29) live on the stage (ages 3-8) as well as a Podcast Pals Workshop in the afternoon (1pm) that will take little beanies behind the scenes of the Beanies’ award-winning podcast (ages 5-10). 

Rhythmic geniuses Junkyard Beats will transform ordinary household items and unwanted junk into extraordinary musical instruments in The Box Show  (12.30pm on Wednesday, September 30) and teach some creative recycling techniques in an afternoon workshop (2.30pm) where children and their adults can band together to create a Junkyard Orchestra.

The Tip Toe Giants, an all-female musical trio creating songs about the big and small things in life, invite little ones (ages 0-7) to stomp, dance, and tip-toe with them at their Colour the World live show (11am on Thursday, October 1). The energetic hip-hoppy group Avocado Smash is serving up a yummy show (11am on Friday, October 2) with songs like the ‘Brekkie Rap’ and the ‘Chilli Song’ (ages 0-7) before Jojo from the band hosts a music-making workshop (1pm) with singing, body percussion, dancing and more (ages 4-6).

Dr AudiYO, a beatboxing clown-come-superhero, will be taking to the stage twice for interactive performances of Dr AudiYO’s Giant Adventure (1pm on September 29 and 30, ages 8+). There will also be a rom-com stand-up variety show in the form of The Ridiculously Entertaining Adventures of Kiki and Pascal (October 1 and 2 at 1pm), and you can ship the kids off to clown school for an afternoon with a Comedy for Kids Workshop by Kiki and Pascal (1pm on October 1), both suitable for ages 5+. 

The festival will be the first time Riverside Theatres is opening its doors to live audiences since the nationwide lockdowns that began in March. All performances and workshops will follow physical distancing and hygiene procedures. Live shows and workshops start at $20, or $35 for show and workshop combos, and digital shows are $5. Check out the full line-up and buy tickets here.

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