Big Family Weekend
A joyous, fun, BIG inclusive event that will span many and varied locations along North Terrace and a few to the side. DreamBIG Children’s Festival Big Family Weekend is a trail of art and wonder for children and their families over two days with shows, workshops, activities, exhibitions, eating, making, watching, laughing, thinking, chatting, questioning, dancing, singing and performances. There really is something for everyone.
The Big Family Weekend is a cornerstone event of DreamBIG Children’s Festival. Saturday and Sunday (May 20-21) will see Adelaide Festival Centre and various inner-city locations along North Terrace transformed into a child’s wonderland of adventure and discovery.
This year it takes the shape of art trails of creativity at many iconic venues and public spaces such as the State Library, Art Gallery of SA, South Australian Museum, Mercury Cinema, Migration Museum, Ayers House Museum, Freemason’s Hall, Carclew and Tandanya. On offer are performances, workshops, activities, food, and exhibitions. A free map will be available at all venues detailing various age appropriate arts trails (ages 0-4, 5-8, 9-11, 12+, and all ages).
The Big Family Weekend will see trees on North Terrace wrapped in coloured fabric creating the “DreamBIG forest”. There will be Dig a Dino outside the museum (where kids can dig up dinosaur bones in a ball pit), mud play activities, Silent Disco walking tours, outdoor circus workshops, tours of Government House (Sunday only), roving entertainment and much more! Two stages (Elder Hall stage and King William Rd stage) will have free entertainment all day from 11am-3pm. Highlights include drumming from Heathfield High School Renegades, classical Indian dance with Shruthi Adelaide, ballet with Les Petits Danseurs, swing with Swing Out Adelaide, Bollywood from Fusion Beats, and hip hop from the Indigenous Hip Hop Project.
Follow the trail for your age-group and discover an assortment of great events along the route. There are age-specific trail maps available online and on the day from all locations.
Free activities at the DreamBig Family Weekend
- Government House and Gardens Open Day (Sunday Only)
- Mud Play, Loose Parts Play & Cubby Building with Climbing Tree
- The Little Barista Program by Bean Bar
- Paper Planet
- The Children’s Republic of Adelaide
- Ayers House Open Day
- Into the Jungle
- Leigh Hobbs
- Pop-Up Science Lectures with The Children’s University
- Silent Disco
- Colour Mapping
- Come Dance with Me, Again
- Silent Disco Walking Tour with Mucho Micho
- Messy Play with Playgroups SA
- CubbyTOWN Gallery
- Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants performed by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
- Chalk-Board Gallery by Nonsense Inc
- Lights! Camera! Action! By AusDance
- Honk! Pop Up Play
- Outdoor Stages
- Food trucks
FOOD & DRINK
There will be a huge range of food and drink options available, with food vans dotted along North Terrace and several businesses offering GREAT FAMILY DEALS during the Big Family Weekend:
- Al Italia Food Truck
- Cargo Spud & Toasties Spuds
- The People Vs Coffee Coffee
- Golden North
- Signor Arrosticini Arrosticini
- Sky Doodles
- Bean Bar
- Soza’s Sri Lankan Street Food
- Foyer Café, Adelaide Festival Centre
- La Boca Bar & Grill
- Adelaide Central, Dine Central Foodcourt
Find out more about this year’s DreamBIG Children’s Festival here
What: Big Family Weekend
When: Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 May 2017 | 10am onwards
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre | North Terrace, Adelaide and surrounds – see above
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