The Peats Ridge Children’s Festival is a festival-within-a-festival with three different precincts that cater to the desires of all ages.
Now in its eighth year, representing the best and brightest of Australian and international music acts, Peats Ridge offers a festival experience like no other. Staged at Glenworth Valley along rolling green riverbanks (29 December – 01 January), the Festival is just an hour’s drive from Sydney – ideal for a three day New Years camping escape.
Peats Ridge is an over 18 event. Children and youth are permitted only if accompanied by a guardian of parental age.
Children’s Festival Director, Kristina Karasulas says Peats Ridge is made for Festival fans of all ages so whether you’re a child or just a child at heart, there is something for everyone. “We’ve got three magical areas – for the littlest of tykes, for tweens to play and for teens to escape mum and dad for mad cap adventures”.
‘The Rainbow Garden’ for 0-7yrs provides a natural labyrinth in the trees. A special pirate ship dominates the space for tiny buccaneers. Activities are based on natural play, a philosophy centred on the cultural philosopher Steiner’s principles of promoting creativity, building social awareness and problem solving.
The under-12 age group are spoilt for choice at Kids on the Hill. A place to chill on the hill, the zone is jam packed full of entertaining shows, workshops and a wonderland of creative installations to navigate through.
A special ‘parents free’ area just for teens has open mic and DJ sets with Joel Smith and friends to keep the beats pumping. ‘The Swamp’ also houses the hilarious ‘Rich Latimer Trio’ and ‘Beauty and the Bastards’ to get the giggles going and encourage teens to perform aside comedians and circus performers.
The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) volunteers will ensure the teens at ‘The Swamp’ are supervised and encouraged to speak their minds, share their music and expand their scope for their future. Karasulas says “We want to do more than entertain the kids. We’ve put together a program that encourages them to participate and join in with the performers as well as educate them. Over the 3 days there are a huge number of workshops like hip hop, belly shaking, clowning and ‘comedianship’ to keep everyone engaged.”
The headline act this year is the ever fabulous Amazing Drumming Monkeys featuring furry friends Bongo & Congo banging away on African drums in a puppetry display of song, dance and magic tricks. A must see for the little ones.
Liz Thompson, the creator of the award winning series ‘SharingStories’, will host an art workshop and create a series of paintings to illustrate the story of the Darkinjung people, the local indigenous community. The paintings and story will be made into a laminated book that will be gifted to the Darkinjung people.
Resident circus workshops continue with Dolores Lorette’s ‘Circus in a Suitcase’. This workshop is where making hoops, juggling balls and spitting out favourite jokes will be put to good use when kids perform to the crowd.
The WET ZONE provides a splash and squirt approach to fun. MartySports, the masters in games, physical activity and education are on hand to provide classic group games and activities like the classic sack and spoon races.
There is also mask making and face painting for a special New Years Eve Kids Parade with the Brackets and Jam drummers leading the mini marching band through the festival site.
General release 3 day season passes:
Adult (18+) $320 +bf
Child (6-12) $20 +bf
Under 6 free
Family season passes:
As peats ridge is an over 18 event, youth tickets can only be purchased as part of a family pass
1 adult, 1 youth $420 +bf
2 adult, 1 youth $725 +bf
Extra youth (13-17) $85 +bf
Early bird camping passes (allows access to camping on the 28th):
Adult (18+) $40 +bf
Youth (13-17) $40 +bf
Child (6-12) free
Under 6 free
All season passes include camping and festival entry from 29th December 2011 – 1st January 2012.
For further information & ticket sales visit Peats Ridge