Spring is HERE and there are some fabulous events happening around the country for the whole family to enjoy.  Check out our Top Family Friendly Events happening in your city below.

  • Join the animals after dark for a sleepover at Centennial Park at their Park after Dark event. Families will enjoy a nature filled night of camping and outdoor activities at this wonderful family friendly event.
  • Sydney Fringe returns this September with another fabulous Fringe Kids program bringing musicals, magic and all the general mayhem to families.
  • Join other Sydneysiders at Sydney’s Lost Picnic at the Domain this October. A wonderful family friendly event featuring live music, kids entertainment and much more.
  • Enjoy the beautiful spring weather at the Pyrmont Festival this September. With delicious food, kids activities, big stage entertainment, a picturesque harbourside setting and more, this is a wonderful family friendly event to put on the calendar.
  • Catch a family friendly kids concert or show over the Spring season. Check out our full list HERE.
  • Trick-or-treat your way through the spooky activity stations in Centennial Park at this year’s Swamp Monsters. A must do family friendly event this Halloween.
  • A first of its kind, Fambo offers a unique opportunity for children and families to engage in queer contemporary arts and culture during the school holidays this September.  Fambo will roll out an exciting program of workshops, activities and performances led by LGBTIQA+ artists to celebrate the queer experience through connection, creation, participation and play.
  • You’re invited to spend an unforgettable night at the Australian museum this Spring! This October and November kids have the opportunity to see what the museum is like after dark with the Dinosnore sleepover.
  • Families are invited to Sydney Park this October to pedal, jump, dance or climb at The Big Adventure; a celebration of the outdoors and active living.
  • Calling all mini Jedis! Visiting Australia for the first time and exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition will allow fans to discover rare treasures from the Lucas film archives and see original costumes, props, models and artworks up close as you go behind the scenes of the movie-making process.
  • Explore the world of the arts, delve into stories of magical creatures and places near and far, and experience the power of live theatre and dynamic cinema at this year’s Spot On Children’s Festival in Parramatta.
  • Thomas and Friends return to the NSW Rail Museum for a feature packed weekend of family fun with A Day Out with Thomas. Meet the Fat Controller as he oversees all of the exciting activities on offer!
  • Enjoy exclusive after-hours access to HMAS Onslow and Action Stations at the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Torchlight Tour followed by creative capers and light refreshments.
  • The St Ives Medieval Faire returns for another year this September! Loyal subjects of all ages are invited to visit and explore this captivating experience.
  • Cabramatta comes alive in September with this year’s Moon Festival. Families will love the diversity of foods, cultural performances, the famous lion dances, fireworks, and most notably the Moon Cakes.
  • Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk this October as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. See the spectacular coastal walk transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 
100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.
  • For an exclusive spine-tingling four nights, Luna Park Sydney will be completely transformed into a creepy and curious carnival of magic, monsters and mayhem! Following a sell-out event last year, Halloscream 4 has been extended over four huge nights. From mild to wild there is something for all the family to enjoy.
  • Running from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 September, NSW Bike Week is a state-wide celebration of all things bikes. People of all ages and bike riding abilities are encouraged to get involved at one or more of the 55 events taking place across NSW.
  • Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens for some spooky Halloween fun this October. For the first time the Royal Botanic Gardens is holding their first ever Halloween event where you will visit five stations and be tricked and treated.
  • Don’t miss one of Ryde’s biggest festival across the year; The Granny Smith Festival, celebrating one of the district’s most famous citizens, Maria Ann Smith – aka Granny Smith. There will be plenty for everyone including a dedicated toddler friendly area.
  • Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood and returns again across Australia this October. Thousands of children and their families around the country are involved in activities and events during “The Week” through the participation of schools, playgroups, childcare, kindergartens, cultural groups, libraries, departments and community groups.
  • National Children’s Week Picnic will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens this October! The free event from 10.30am till 2pm will include a range of activities including storytelling, roving entertainers, seed planting and a mud kitchen.  Families will also be able to participate in the fun nature trail experience to discover some of the delights of the garden for children.

 

  • Melbourne Fringe returns for another year with a jam packed lineup for all age groups. Choose from a smorgasboard of kid friendly shows including;  The World’s Worst Babysitter, Woody’s World Presents: The Ukulele Kids Show, Children are Stinky and many more.
  • Get set to scream this Halloween as Melbourne’s Luna Park transforms into Luna Dark, a spook-tacular Halloween weekend full of Carn-Evil delights!
  •  Spooktober is an annual Halloween event celebrating it’s 6th year of scaring Melbournians of all ages.  The Festival includes 2 Haunted Houses, games, amusements, Food Truck Village, Roaming Entertainment, costume contests and Melbourne’s safest Trick or Treat Trail.
  • Jurassic Creatures is set to open in Melbourne this September. Jurassic Creatures is an exhibition with over 30 + dinosaurs that will captivate young and old alike.  Explore a prehistoric world full of life like moving dinosaurs and be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes and come alive.
  • Santa’s Magical Kingdom returns from November 23 for another fabulous year of festive fun! Visited by thousands of people from all around Australia, Santa’s Magical Kingdom has become a Christmas tradition for many families.
  • Audience’s young and old will be all smiles and feeling the magic of Christmas this year at Santa’s Christmas Spectacular LIVE at the NEW beautiful Empire Theatre Docklands.
  • Giddy Up! The Melbourne Cup Carnival concludes its festivities with Seppelt Wines Stakes Day and is traditionally the day the whole family is invited to to enjoy the spring carnival. It all heats up off the track as well with free activities and live entertainment for children of all ages.
  • The Little Bookroom is thrilled to present its first festival: we are taking over the Fitzroy Town Hall’s Grand Ballroom to celebrate the magic of storytelling! Kids Book Fest will bring three hours of reading, music, dancing and book signing!
  • The Royal Melbourne Show is Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual event celebrating excellence in agriculture. So much to see and do including hands on activities, rides, entertainment and don’t forget the show bags!
  • Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood and returns again across Australia this October. Thousands of children and their families around the country are involved in activities and events during “The Week” including everyone’s favourite Romp and Stomp at the Melbourne Museum.
  • Catch a family friendly kids concert or show over the Spring season. Check out our full list HERE.
  • Catch the last days of the New York New York Exhibition at the NGV this September/October!

  • Brisbane Festival is one of Australia’s major international arts festivals.  Each September, it explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events.
  • Brisbane will unlock the city when it opens its doors across 100 of Brisbane’s best buildings for you to explore on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October.  Kids will love the Kids Colour Hunt and the fun kids activities planned across the weekend.
  • Head to the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium this spring where the kids will have an out of this world adventure watching ‘The Little Star that Could’, ‘Perfect Little Planet’ and ‘We are Aliens’ narrated by Rupert Grint.
  • There’s nothing like a family movie under the stars and this October-November, American Express Openair Cinema returns to Rainforest Green, South Bank with some great kid friendly movies including The Incredibles 2 and Smallfoot.
  • Catch a family friendly kids concert or show over the Spring season. Check out our full list HERE.
  • The BrisBricks Chandler expo is the largest show in the BrisBricks annual calendar and returns this September/October.
  • For two weekends in October, families will be able to experience the German culture when Oktoberfest is celebrated in Brisbane. Kids will love the baby animals, the rides and face painting.
  • The Manly Harbour Village Halloween Street Party returns in 2018 with a day of street and stage entertainment, children’s activities, Harbourside Eat Street, on water activities and displays, market stalls, rides and amusements.
  • A new kids exhibition APT9 Kids comes to QAGOMA this November. As part of ‘The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9), APT9 Kids features 8 interactive artworks, hands-on and multimedia activities created by exhibiting artists, especially for children and families.
  • Brisbane Festival 2018 will explode across the city in September, featuring a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera, the return of Treasury Brisbane Arcadia and Sunsuper Riverfire.
  • Kids are invited to explore the Queensland Museum as the sun goes down at the Night at the Museum event happening in September. Discover what happens at night when the Museum closes and see the animals before they go to bed.
  • Ghouls, goblins and ghost busters are invited to the Queensland Museum for a wicked night time adventure this Halloween. Win prizes for best Halloween costumes, explore the Museum and brave the gruesome creepy crawlies, see spooky science, dance at our Halloween Disco, and when you’re all partied out, you can purchase edible bugs for both your trick and your treat!
  • Explore 40 interactive exhibits across three zones and discover how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) affect your everyday world at the new SPARKLAB Sciencentre when it opens this September.

  • OzAsia Festival is Australia’s leading international arts festival engaging with Asia and runs over 18 days during October and November. Families can enjoy the very best in contemporary dance, theatre, music, visual art, film, literature, food, family events, workshops, talks and more from across Asia today.
  • Boo at the Zoo returns to Adelaide Zoo for another year and this year it’s promising to be bigger than ever. Your little wizards and witches will love the trick-or-treat trail, Halloween-themed animal presentations, spooky entertainment, ghoulish giveaways and much more!
  • Adelaide’s biggest Christmas pageant returns for another year on Saturday 10th November. Over 172 bright and colourful sets, including floats, bands, dancers and clowns will entertain thousands of people, culminating in the arrival of Father Christmas himself in Adelaide.
  • Catch a family friendly kids concert or show over the Spring season. Check out our full list HERE.
  • Experience the night sky through the telescopes at public viewing nights at The Heights Observatory and at other locations around South Australia during September, October and November.
  • Nature Play has teamed up with Flinders University to be part of their annual SpringFest event. Nature players are in for a treat with a day of cubby building, nature potions, family yoga, seed bomb making, digging for diprotodons, basket weaving and much more on Saturday 6 October 2018!
  • Over the 13th & 14th of October the Port will come alive with fun for the whole family. Vintage boats, trains and planes will be on show in the museums and there will be free entry for kids to the maritime, railway and aviation museum.
  • It’s on again! Bigger and much better! The Adelaide Steampunk Festival returns to the National Railway Museum this September. You’re invited to a celebration of frivolity and festivity as we blow off steam and revel in all that is Steampunk.
  • Adelaide’s family favourite Moon Lantern Parade will take over Elder Park with an explosion of colour, lights and free entertainment for the entire family.
  • There’s nothing better than watching an outdoor movie when the weather heats up. American Express Outdoor Cinema comes to Adelaide from the 23rd November with a great line up of family friendly films.
  • The Adelaide Town Hall and Government House will be open to the public on 7th October. The day will be as much for young, inquisitive minds as seasoned history and architecture buffs, with fun activities for kids, interactive displays, and fascinating insights from our tour guides.

  • The Kings Park Festival runs from 1 – 30 September and celebrates ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. Western Australian wildflowers form the stunning backdrop to a month long extravaganza of walks and talks, outdoor exhibitions, art installations and fun for all the family.
  • Perth Zoo turns a whopping 120 this year and to celebrate the dinosaurs of Zoorassic Park are coming back! Use the discovery trail to record the creatures you spot on your travels. Be sure to visit regularly to see how these worlds evolve.
  • Catch a family friendly kids concert or show over the Spring season. Check out our full list HERE.
  • The Perth Royal Show returns this spring with a huge array of family friendly entertainment, rides and attractions over the 8 day period.
  • The Swan Festival of Lights (SFOL) has become a key event on the Perth cultural calendar, eagerly anticipated each year by a crowd of over 25,000 people who flock from overseas and interstate and from the many diverse communities that live in Perth and Western Australia over its three day duration. Experience something special this Deepavali, from local to international dance and music performances, from camel rides to floating a lamp at Elizabeth Quay and watching a movie under the stars.
  • Bricktober returns to Perth this October showcasing models built from LEGO® by fans of the brick in Perth W.A. Plenty of activities for kids and families on the day.
  • The Children’s Week Family Picnic Day will have fun for the whole family, including an interactive Scavenger Hunt through the Kwinana Adventure Playground, mud kitchens, nature crafts, and a special visit from the Bush Fairies!
  • Discover the history of Cathedral Square and the State Buildings during Perth Heritage Days. Heritage Perth unlocks the doors to some of Perth’s most iconic heritage buildings and invites guests to explore, learn and discover. Take a self-guided tour, play some heritage games, or just settle with a picnic and enjoy the entertainment.
  • Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood and returns again across Australia this October. During Children’s Week, families are invited to check out the schedule of kids events happening in Perth and surrounds.

  • The Mattara has a new location in 2018 and is setting up all the festivities at Wallsend Park. Don’t miss the rides, workshops and local performers across the 10 day period.
  • Families are invited to join the University of Newcastle’s Confucius Institute and come together to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and start dialogues to harness Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the annual Newcastle China Week event.

  • Catch a family friendly kids concert or show over the Spring season. Check out our full list HERE.
  • Riverlights Multicultural Festival celebrates diversity through food, music, dance and interactive experiences. Riverlights transforms Central Maitland into a global village.
  • The Living Smart Festival will be back at Speers Point Park on Saturday 22nd September. Lake Macquarie’s largest sustainability event returns to Speers Point Park this September, offering a family-friendly day out to explore how you can adopt sustainable practices in your everyday life.
  • You’re invited to a special unveiling of Newcastle Museum’s newest acquisition. Tour  the museum after hours, re-discover the hidden stories and many mysteries locked within and use your wits to solve the riddles of the Museum – there is more to these stories than meets the eye. The Night of the Living Museum is an immersive experience that will entertain and test your brain.
  • The Richmond Vale Railway Museum’s Santa Special is an exciting event held in November every year to celebrate the joy of Christmas. Santa arrives by historic train about 12:00 (noon) then walks over to the Mining Museum where he will meet with all the children. Mrs Claus will help Santa hand out lollies and show bags.
  • The Newcastle International Animation Festival returns for another year between 9 and 11 November at Tower Cinemas and is jam-packed with lots of wonderful and wacky films for kids.