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Dr Karl, Grammy-winning purple tuxedos and toilet-training-inspired pop will all feature at this year’s Woodford Folk Festival. 

Eight venues within one of Australia’s most beautiful festival sites are colourfully curated to give ages 1 to 12 amazing opportunities to play – to wake up their imaginations, challenge their thinking, and stretch their bodies, many of them designed as interactive experiences for parents and children.

Deputy Festival Director Amanda Jackes says, ‘We know that families are already planning their holidays and we know that as part of the bigger festival, our Children’s Festival is one of the best, and most affordable, family holidays available in the Moreton Bay/Sunshine Coast region. You can enjoy Christmas at home and then come up for an event that really does suit the whole family, with over 300 individual workshops and performances in an entire area dedicated to Children.’

Annual pleasures such as storytelling, yoga, puppetry, face painting, ‘Jinibara Speaks’ Indigenous language discussions, dance, music making, circus, the ever-popular Boo Crew bamboo play construction and the 9th Annual Junior Chess Championship are punctuated by new offerings such as Dungeons and Dragons, Nurlu Indigenous dance and art workshops, the Kopan Nuns of Nepal’s sand mandala and a nightly, progressive story tour. The natural world is explored in situ with the making of natural paintbrushes, the progressive creation of a permaculture garden and nature garlands and crowns.

The Children’s Festival is looking forward to welcoming some brand new special guests this year: California’s Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, a Grammy-winning, internationally touring, purple tuxedo- rocking family funk and positive hip hop phenomenon! His beats will get the whole family making funk faces and his lyrics never dumb it down.

In 2015, sisters Byll and Beth from folk-pop band The Little Stevies started playing around writing some children’s songs, inspired originally by the need to teach Byll’s three-year-old about the challenges of toilet training. This resulted in a full length album from The Teeny Tiny Stevies, and The Brisbane Times reported that Byll and Beth had ‘achieved the impossible – they have made children’s music that won’t rob adults of their will to live’. Their second album Helpful Songs for Little People is out now and their animated music videos can now be seen on ABC4Kids – but you can see the real thing at Woodfordia!

In a series lovingly created by Children’s Festival programmer Becky Wandell, special guest Dr Karl discusses what caught his imagination as a child and made him want to be a scientist, and the Kelly Family Band talk about how to make music with your family.

‘We have always believed in presenting a programme for children that they can jump into, roll around in, drink, breathe in and be immersed in,’ says Children’s Festival producer, Becky Wandell.

‘We want it to be something that is inspiring, where they can have fun, learn something new and where giving and receiving is really important. We really love that many of our festival children are now the young adults of the world and are carrying values they learned at the festival out into the world.’

The Children’s Festival makes its home in a shaded grove close to the Season Camping Ground – also close to the Festival’s dedicated child-minding service, The Land of Nod. Families will also enjoy the spectacular annual Welcome and Closing Ceremonies, as well as street theatre performers, the nightly Pond puppet show – and of course, the Woodford Folk Festival.

The Woodford Folk Festival’s Children’s Festival can be enjoyed as a day trip, or stay for the duration of the event from 27th December 2018 – 1st January 2019.

Explore the Children’s Festival programme online at woodfordfolkfestival.com

Tickets available online only now at Woodfordfolkfestival.com/tickets