What’s on for kids and families in April? In addition to the school holiday activities and workshops, there are plenty of other events for kids and families throughout April. We have picked some of the top events for kids and families in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

SYDNEY

  • Bring the kids to First Fleet park in The Rocks on Sunday 8th April for Children’s Festival 2018. Children’s Festival is a day for everyone, especially children to get together in a multicultural environment where they enjoy fun together, do things together and share their new experience with each other.
  • Nature Play week is the perfect time to start healthy habits and get your kids playing outside like the good old days. Head to Centennial Parklands to experience the nature play programs from the 11th April-22nd April.
  • Check out one of the many family friendly exhibitions happening around the city this April.
  • It’s William Shakespeare’s birthday and you’re invited to the State Library of NSW for all things Shakespearean- visit the beautiful Shakespeare room, try your hand at sword fighting and travel back in time to the world of William Shakespeare.
  • Check out the list of Train events happening in Sydney and surrounds in April.
  • Head to the Australian National Maritime Museum for a family friendly torchlight tour. Join your character guide for a dramatic after-dark tour through the secret spots of the museum, staying behind when everyone has gone home.
  • Catch a family flick at the Luna Park Rooftop cinema before the weather turns cold. Choose from latest releases like The Greatest Showman to popular animation like The Incredibles to cult classics like Edward Scissorhands.
  • Come and celebrate the beauty and diversity of Australia’s heritage vessels and meet their craftspeople at the free Classic & Wooden Boat Festival in the heart of Darling Harbour.
  • Catch a performance of Monkey Baa’s latest production ‘Josephine Wants to Dance’ based on the book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley.
  • CDP Kids are bringing their latest production ‘Billionaire Boy’ based on the book by David Walliams to venues throughout Sydney this March and April. Catch this wonderful show at the Riverside Parramatta, the Joan Theatre, and the Sydney Opera House throughout April.
  • Riverside presents a shake & stir theatre co and QPAC Production
    Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine this April. George’s Marvellous Medicine is packed to the rafters with mischief, music, magic and mammoth laughs.
  • The Sydney Comedy Festival returns to Sydney for another year this April/May. Check out the program of family friendly belly laughing shows HERE.
  • City of Ryde Cinema in the Park returns for another year this April with three fabulous family friendly movies; Ferdinand, Jumanji and Boss Baby.
  • If want your child to play in nature but are not quite sure how to create the right experience, Families in the Wild is for you. Bring your family to the Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan for an activity packed two hours where you will be shown how to explore, take risks and be challenged in a natural learning environment.
  • Explore the highlights of the southern sky on a night tour at Sydney’s oldest observatory. Use our telescopes* to see the stars, Moon, a nebula or the planets during this quintessential Sydney experience.
  • Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ — in Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

MELBOURNE

  • The (Very) Big Laugh Out is renowned for its exciting and surprising all-ages programming jam-packed with stellar acts and returns to Melbourne this April.
  • ACMI Family Sundays return this Easter long weekend. Enter an enchanting world of imagination and meet the Easter bunny with the magic of green screen, and build your own digital wonderland with everyone’s favourite block-based game Minecraft.
  • Check out the list of Train events happening in Melbourne and surrounds in April.
  • Check out one of the many family friendly exhibitions happening around the city this April.
  • The Melbourne Comedy Festival will have you rolling down the aisles with laughter this April. Check out the family friendly program HERE.
  • The PBS 106.7FM Rock-A-Bye Baby Music sessions return to the Fitzroy Town Hall on Thursday, April 12 with Zimbabwean born and Melbourne based singer songwriter thando.
  • Children aged 0-5 years, and their carers, love to explore and play with MSO in The Seasons Jam musical workshops with presenter Karen Kyriakou.
  • Take your family on a glorioumptiously fun adventure, exploring the imagination and sardonic world of the irrepressible Roald Dahl at Dahlesque.
  • Visit the Viking exhibition at the Melbourne Museum to see how 450 artefacts come together to form the largest collection of its kind displayed in Melbourne.
  • The PAW Patrol SEA Patrol pups will make a splash when they swim into SEA LIFE Melbourne for an all new adventure this April! The interactive experience will take families on a ‘PAWsome’ underwater quest throughout the aquarium to help find the missing PAW Patrol pups and save the day.
  • Marvel fans of all ages; assemble your team and head down to Fed Square for an action-packed day of Marvel activities, live entertainment and character appearances.
  • Introduce the family to the wonderful world of Studio Ghibli by catching a film at ACMI during April including; My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away, PONYO and Arrietty.
  • CDP Theatre producers bring Andy Griffith’s madcap book The 78-Storey Treehouse to life this April.

BRISBANE

  • Catch an outdoor screening of Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature at the Sunset Cinema before it concludes for the season.
  • Wander through the ‘Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection‘ exhibition at GOMA as children engage in imaginative play and discover strange and curious creatures that inhabit a burrow-like environment.
  • Check out the list of Train events happening in Brisbane and surrounds in April.
  • Check out one of the many family friendly exhibitions happening around the city this April.
  • Head to the Musuem of Brisbane every Sunday morning and enjoy fun and engaging story-telling sessions with our talented Museum team, dance to your own rhythm as part of Anne Scott Wilson’s exhibition Every Day I Wait, create your own kite as part of the inspiring Kite Wishes Project at our MoB Maker station and beat the crowds to our family-friendly summer show Mao’s Last Dancer the exhibition.
  • Check out what happens at the Queensland Museum when the sun goes down at the Night at the Museum event. Get access to the entire museum including Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibition, find the hidden scarabs in the Egyptian Mummies family trail, construct and take home a pharaoh mask, enjoy whacky science experiments, dance at the disco party, get a temporary tattoo and heaps more.
  • Head to the Arts Theatre and catch a performance of The Witches .
  • Meet six mummies and unlock the secrets behind their wrappings using the latest CT scanning technology in Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives.
  • Climbing Web at the Ipswich Art Gallery features a hand crocheted climbing tunnel by artist Evelyn Roth that fills the entire Children’s Gallery! The Climbing Web is a large-scale multi coloured crocheted net suspended from the gallery ceiling.
  • Step into the wonderful world of Disney with a trip to Disney’s Aladdin -the musical at the QPAC this April. With breathtaking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 300 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast, Aladdin is exactly what you wish for.
  • Brisbane is showcased to the public at the Festival 2018 with a FREE  program featuring music, exhibitions, theatre, dance, film, comedy, markets and more.

ADELAIDE

  • Check out one of the many family friendly exhibitions happening around the city this April.
  • Check out the list of Train events happening in Adelaide and surrounds in April.
  • Catch Windmill Theatre’s Production of Grug and the Rainbow at the Adelaide Festival Centre this April.
  • CDP Theatre producers bring Andy Griffith’s madcap book The 78-Storey Treehouse to life this April.
  • Create colourful combinations by experimenting with wax and watercolour in art workshops, meet colourful characters in storytelling and performances and join family tours that explore the use of colour in art at START AT THE GALLERY on Sunday 1st April.
  • Grab your little Maestro and head to Junior Jams with the ASO this April. Junior Jams gives children a chance to sing, dance and experience the sounds and sights of various musical instruments.
  • Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets— in Concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • Check out the latest baby and kids brands on the market, get expert tips and advice and enjoy the FREE family entertainment at this year’s Pregnancy Babies and Children Expo.
  • Enter through the Yellow Brick Road and see the Land of Oz come to life in sand at this year’s Sandstorm Events presents The Wizard of Oz.  9 Australian and international sculptors will intricately carve over 300 tonnes of sand into amazing sculptures bringing this wonderful story to life.
  • Grab your picnic blankets and beanies, Nature Play Forest Festival is returning to Kuitpo Forest in Autumn 2018!
  • Step back in time and explore the DINOSAUR rEVOLUTION exhibition at the SA Museum.

PERTH

  • Cap’n your own pirate ship, design a fearsome flag, and arm yer’self with wicked weapons – from cutlasses to cannons at the Horrible Histories Pirate Exhibition.
  • Check out one of the many family friendly exhibitions happening around the city this April.
  • Check out the list of Train events happening in Perth and surrounds in April.
  • Head to Northbridge Piazza for an outdoor screening of Captain Underpants, LEGO Ninjago Movie, Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3.
  • Families are invited to Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural festival on the 14th & 15th April. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained for the whole day including baby blessings, mass meditation sessions, multicultural performances, vegetarian food fair, numerous cultural displays, and fireworks!
  • More than 20 artists have been hand-picked to stimulate your senses with interactive projections, vibrant light sculptures and entertaining satellite performances on show at the ARTTRA Light Festival.
  • The Groundswell Kids Festival is back for 2017. Completely FREE event for children aged 5-12 and includes inflatables, gooey lucky dip, crafts, face painting, free sausage sizzle, lawn games and more.
  • The streets of Subiaco will come alive again this April for the third annual Subiaco Street Party. The Kids quarter will be packed with plenty to keep even the littlest party animals entertained for hours with face painting, craft activities, Aussie Homeloans sand art, Pawesome pet’s petting zoo, Dymocks Storytime, carnival rides, circus acts and a host of amazing eclectic buskers, including roving divas and Groovesaurus!
  • The Kids Big Carnival is coming to the Wanneroo Showgrounds under a massive big top! A massive fun filled event with unlimited kids rides and non stop kids entertainment all day.
  • York Residency Museum has created a major exhibition for the Shire of York to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC during 2018. The whole family can experience this never before seen exhibition which features a comfy sofa rest area with hands-on children’s activities, a ‘cinema experience’ to show WW1 photographs never seen before as well as the chance to find out if you have a York ANZAC ancestor.

NEWCASTLE

  • Come and see the wonderful collaboration between the Newcastle Youth Orchestra and National College of Dance in the beautiful children’s tale, Peter & the Wolf.
  • Bring the family to the Newcastle Writers Festival family day on the 8th April. Enjoy performances by the NYO, and listen to your favourite authors as they share their books and stories with you.
  • Enjoy a performance of Disney’s Aladdin jnr presented by Hunter Drama
  • Steamfest returns for another year this April! Book a historic steam train trip, view vintage machinery displays and demonstrations, listen to live music and enjoy  interactive heritage walks and displays, vintage car display, market stalls, food stalls, kid’s activities and more.
  • Head to Maitland Showground for a fabulous night of ultimate monster truck madness. Enjoy a night of crazy stunts and action at Maitland Smashfest.