Whatever Easter means to you and your family, there are always plenty of fun events and activities happening all around the country. This year Easter falls outside of school holidays so we've put together an extra What's On Easter with our picks of fun family entertainment over the Easter break.
This Easter long-weekend, Australia’s premier circus and street performance festival, HOOPLA, will return to Darling Harbour for three nights and four days of family-friendly entertainment from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2013.
Presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, HOOPLA promises something for all ages and boasts three indoor venues that will play host to breath-taking performances from some of the most exciting international and local street theatre and circus acts ever seen in Australia!
World record-breaking sword swallower Aerial Manx will mix it with the likes of internationally-renowned performers from Cirque du Soleil, Legs on the Wall and Circus Oz to deliver visually stunning displays of favourite circus tricks and comedy to-boot.
Hoopla’s roving street performers and CircusWorks’ Circus Playground will continue the hilarity outdoors to provide the perfect opportunity for little ones to run away with the circus and enjoy the spectacle.
It's an annual tradition and a great day out - delighting kids and families for generations and bringing regional NSW to the city with wood chopping, cattle, horses, sheep, dog trials and fruit and vegetable displays, the 'District Exhibits', that are amazing!
Competitions are the events run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW to measure and maintain excellence in agriculture. Held almost continuously since 1823, these competitions set the quality benchmark for a wide range of animals, produce and skills, and encourage development and innovation.
Apart from the excitement of checking out award winners, where else can you take your pick of hundreds of fantastic showbags - one of the big drawcards of the Show for kids? There are plenty of amusement rides for all ages and a sideshow alley, cake displays, arena shows, food stalls and easy bus and train options including all-inclusive transport and show entry ticket packages for families.
It's only on once a year - so don't miss it! For more information visit www.eastershow.com.au
During the Easter Long Weekend at Hunter Valley Gardens there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy with the largest Easter Egg Hunt in the Hunter Valley on Saturday March 30 and Sunday March 31, 9 am-12-45 pm plus a variety of other activities including a visit from the Easter Bunny on both days between 9am and midday.
The best part of gingerbread cookies is decorating them. Using chocolate and icing to resemble clothing or hair children can bring their Gingerbread to life at the Gingerbread Workshop - only $3 per child.
Easter craft, Easter games, hatching chickens and so much more!
Visit Hunter Valley Gardens
On display at Sydney Tower Eye’s Observation Deck for a limited time only, the chocolate tower, complete with miniature chocolate SKYWALKERS, will be wowing visitors from 20 March through 28th April 2013. During this period, guests will have the opportunity to guess how many kg of Lindt chocolate was used to create the tower.
If you guess correctly, you’ll win the correct weight guessed in Lindt chocolate! Kids will also take home some FREE Lindt chocolate after their visit.
This year’s Easter Fun Festival at Churchill Island is set to be bigger and better than ever when the cast of ‘Madagascar’ and ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ perform live shows across two big days - Saturday March 30 and Sunday, March 31. Join in the fun on Saturday 30 March when Alex the Lion learns how to juggle and hula hoop in the “Madagascar” live show.
Learn some classic circus moves with Alex who’ll be joined on stage by a circus ringleader and some crazy clowns. The fun continues on Sunday 31 March with everyone’s favourite chipmunks – Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Dance and sing along to the exciting ‘Chipwrecked’ show with fun-loving Alvin and gang. And don’t forget – you can meet the characters at noon.
The annual Easter Fun Festival will be entertaining for the whole family with games, rides, crafts, music, food and live performances from family favourites. The Easter Bunny will also be dropping by on Sunday to give out free eggs!
For more information visit www.penguins.org.au
Sovereign Hill has unveiled a treasure trove of treats and tricks to be explored at the outdoor museum these Easter holidays. Visitors will be spoilt for choice with enthralling Easter-themed activities and events such as pantomime and performance, Victorian Easter Crafts, Pace Egg Play and traditional Easter Carnival Sports.
Sovereign Hill is also continuing its ‘Free Second Day’ offer, entitling all visitors of the museum to return for a second day at no charge. The ‘Free Second Day’ ensures all visitors can experience every enticing activity and event these Easter holidays at Sovereign Hill. From Friday, 29 March – Sunday, 14 April - for more information on activities and activity times visit www.sovereignhill.com.au
Head to NMIT Kyneton Park on Sunday, March 24 for the merging of all the excitement of country horse racing with good food and wine at the Macedon Ranges Cup Day - a perfect day out for of all ages. Throughout the day you can listen to live music, visit local food and wine stalls, and there are activities for the kids too.
The world’s first national junior participation surfing program, VEGEMITE SurfGroms, is back for a third year with its learn to surf and beach safety/ocean awareness program for 5-12 year olds. Over 8,000 kids registered in 2012, with over 10,000 expected this year. Parents can sign their kids up for a variety of programs to suit their individual needs and skill level including 8, 6, 2 and 1 week intensive classes.
Registrations are open now and the first classes start from Friday 29 March (better get in quick!) with ongoing programs on offer across the school holiday break and into July. The Vegemite SurfGroms program runs at a variety of locations throughout Victoria with local surf schools offering a range of classes to suit all ages and skill levels. Parents can find information on local surf schools and classes in their area by visiting www.surfgroms.com
The Workshops Bilby is dusting off the red dirt to make a special appearance at The Workshops Rail Museum’s Outback Easter weekend on 23 and 24 March. This year, for the first time, visitors can get up close to live outback animals such as black cockatoos, snakes and gliders as well as take part in the popular sing-alongs with the Bush Galah, meet The Workshops Bilby and create some Bilby treasures to take home. The Workshops Bilby will meet and greet Museum goers, on the hour from 10am to 3pm, with treats to share.
The Bush Galah, a true blue larrikin that loves to make people laugh, will also be strumming tunes for sing-a-longs throughout the day.
Toyland Express is also running at The Workshops Rail Museum from 30 March to 14 April. Headlining the event is Ehmers Puppets, introducing younger generations to the long standing artistry and entertainment of marionette puppets, plus a session in creating puppets out of recycled materials.
Fun & Games, a new exhibition featured during the event, will showcase toy collections from the 1900s through to current times, including toy technology and its advancement through the decades.
For further information and ticket prices, phone (07) 3432 5100 or visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.
This Easter Monday, bring the family along to a FREE Funday of facepainting, laser force, kids games and entertainment at the 14th annual Redlands Easter Family Festival at Cleveland Showgrounds. With a host of sideshow rides, animal farm, entertainment acts, children's performers and wide range of kids activities, street theatre, free food and drinks and lots more, the event attracts around 15,000 people every year!
Visit www.redlandschurches.org for more information.
Head down to the Straddie Sharks Football Club at Dunwich on March 30 for the Easter Carnival and Fireworks Spectacular. This is an excellent event for families. The festivities begin at 3pm, finishing up at 8.30pm.
Cruise the Brisbane River on Easter Sunday from 8am and get ready for an Easter egg hunt and see if you spot the Easter bunny! Fun for all the family. Lucky door prizes. For more information visit Kookaburra River Cruises.
The Mad Hatter’s Lobby High Tea is a surreal twist on the traditional High Tea, encapsulating all that is fine and elegant in wonderland. From Wednesday 20 March through to Sunday 14 April (excluding Easter Friday), the elegant lobby high tea will be transformed into a world of dreamlike bliss. On the menu is White Chocolate Rabbits, Queen of Hearts Jam Tarts, Eat Me Up Cakes, Fairy Floss Brulee and, of course, Easter Eggs.
From $45.00 per adult and $30 per child. Reservations are essential. Phone Stamford Plaza Brisbane on: (07) 3100 5749.
Be at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Easter Saturday, 10am-5pm for a great family fun Easter. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for kids under 18.
Head to Harley Park, Labrador for a fun Easter hunt for the whole family, with free entertainment 11am-2pm on Easter Sunday.
Held on Easter Saturday, this is your chance to indulge in the best bounty of the Mary Valley. Compete in the unique Cheese Rolling contest and, for the kids, the Cheester Egg Hunt. This event is a great day out for the whole family – market, food demonstrations, and activities for all. Visit www.kenilworthfoodfest.org.au
It’s the internationally renowned Fremantle Street Arts Festival, which will be in full swing from Saturday 30 March to Monday 1 April, showcasing some of the worlds most acclaimed street, outdoor theatre, music, comedy, circus and cabaret performers.
Presented by the City of Fremantle, the event has grown since its inception in 1999 to become the largest street arts festival in Australia. 2013 is set to be the biggest yet, with more than 30 of the world’s finest street performers and an expected 150,000 spectators.
The annual Rockingham Easter Carnival will be on over the Easter long weekend from Friday 29th March until Sunday 31st March, 2013. This is a free, family event featuring loads of entertainment on the main stage, carnival rides and games, foods, a spectacular fireworks display and much, much more.
The Woodvale Tavern is hosting an Easter Sunday Family Fun Day on Sunday 31st March, 2013. Offering great food and fun, a visit from the Easter Bunny, a balloon artist, colouring-in, fairy floss and prizes to win. The Carvery Roast will cost $24.90 for Adults and $13.90 for Children.
The Donnybrook Apple Festival, on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March, 2013, is a huge event with loads of fun for all the family, featuring log chops, face painting, pony rides, displays, wine tastings, free children's activities, live music, animal exhibits, street parade, Sideshow Alley and a fireworks display.
This free family event will be held over Easter on beautiful Semaphore Beach. See large inflatable kites including the octopus, orca, UFO, mermaid, frog and frill-necked lizard. Kids will love Ravellos Comedy Circus and the carnival rides.
Adelaide Kite Festival
There will be around a hundred stalls at the Meadows Four Day Easter Fair with craft, collectibles, produce, plants and much more. Admire floral and artwork displays while the kids are entertained with face painting, animals and a clown. Friday March 29- Monday April 1 from 9am-4pm at Meadows Memorial Hall, Mawson Road.
A Rare Day Out is something a bit different for the whole family to enjoy! On March 24, enjoy fine food, farm tours, pat-a-piggy, funky music by the Doctors Rocksters, seven sheds brewery, red cow dairies and plenty of children's activities. Adults $10 and children under 16 FREE. From 11am-4pm call 03 6437 1106 for more information.
Join in the non-stop entertainment at the 47th National Folk Festival over Easter. Take part in a cultural celebration of traditional and contemporary music, dance, poetry and storytelling in the nation's capital. Almost 200 different acts give you a non-stop flow of entertainment across multiple venues.
With 90 market stalls to explore and a special kids program, the National Folk Festival will entertain the whole family.
At Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell. For more information visit www.folkfestival.asn.au