Adelaide Festival | Family Friendly Events | 1-17 Mar 2019

Adelaide Festival | Family Events

Whether you’re eight or 80, there is a whole heap of fun to be had at the 2019 Adelaide Festival.

Discover a hand-picked selection of shows and events that are perfect for kids of all ages, from Baba Yaga and Foehn to the Adelaide Writers’ Week’s Kids’ Day and the Free Opening Weekend Concert, National Geographic Symphony for our World. There’s something to share with every member of the family, so embrace your inner child and explore some of the most delightful and wondrous events of 2019 at the Adelaide Festival.

Free Opening Concert | Saturday 2 March 2019

National Geographic Symphony For Our World

Since its iconic yellow-spined magazines embraced imagery over a century ago, National Geographic has defined the art of nature photography and helped shape our understanding of the earth.  Its vaults are vast and now have been artfully plundered to create a spectacular 90 minute film synchronised to a gigantic five movement symphony for live orchestra and chorus.

This free, live performance featuring Aurora, the Festival Statesmen Chorus and the Adelaide Festival Orchestra conducted by Jessica Gethin will be an unforgettable experience for you and your family, a fitting and celebratory opening to the 2019 Adelaide Festival.



Baba Yaga | 27 February – 6 March 2019

Windmill Theatre Co.

A clever reboot of a Slavic folktale, Windmill Theatre Co’s new work Baba Yaga introduces young audiences to Vaselina, the shy and nervous concierge of the Poultry Park Apartments. Saddled with the unenviable task of enforcing the pernickety regulations of the body corporate, Vaselina must investigate the strange and noisy emanations from the new and terrifying penthouse resident, Madam B. Yaga.

Her trip to the top floor leads Vaselina to a scary and uproarious rendezvous with its defiantly ‘different’ tenant.


Be part of a magical day of stories, performances and hands-on fun as authors, actors and adventurers take over Kids Corner to entertain and inspire our youngest readers.

This free event, held at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial Garden includes an all-star line-up of visiting story-tellers plus Nest Studio, Evelyn Roth’s Nylon Zoo and Face Painting with Fizzbubble.



A Day for Middle & YA Readers | Sunday 3 March 2019

Writing in all its forms is celebrated in a day for tweens and teens. The Gardens are a relaxed backdrop for music, spoken word performance and events from Australia’s best authors writing for readers aged 8 -18.

DJ from 10am, Henna body art, giant Jenga and other games all day.



Foehn | 13-17 March 2019

Compagnie Non Nova / Conceived and directed by Phia Ménard

Armed only with a pun (“foehn” is a warm Mediterranean breeze), some sticky tape, fans and a pile of shopping bags a single puppeteer/magician seems literally to breathe life into the inanimate and adds another French masterpiece to the chain.

Your jaws and those of your young charges will go slack as the little plastic dancers flit, swirl and waltz on the rising currents of air. No strings. No tricks. Just a brilliantly conceived and planned improvisation that to believe… well, you must see!


Foehn - Cie Non Nova - © Jean-Luc Beaujault.jpg


Zizanie | 14-17 March 2019

By Meryl Tankard / Restless Dance Theatre

Zizanie is a great French word that can mean anything from “shambles” or “discord” to wilfully “stirring the pot”. It can also mean “weeds”. This exciting new work for all ages created by Australian dance icon, Meryl Tankard for Adelaide’s own Restless Dance Theatre, celebrates the beauty in difference and reminds us of Grayson Perry’s inimitable words that “weeds are just flowers in the wrong garden.”

Recommended for ages 7+


For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival website

What:  Adelaide Festival

When: Friday 1 – Sunday 17 March 2019

Where:   Various locations around Adelaide

Who:   Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Adelaide Festival website


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