Something on Saturday 2019 | Adelaide Festival Centre | Jan – Nov 2019

something on saturday 2019

Adelaide Festival Centre’s Something on Saturday Fun for Families

For over 40 years, Something on Saturday has enchanted thousands of children with memorable live performances and craft workshops during the winter months.

In 2019, this family favourite will become an annual program of carefully curated events especially for young people. From performances to exhibitions and hands on arts and crafts, this is every child’s chance to experience the transformative world of the arts.

Kids Corner Workshops:

For many of the Something on Saturday events, there are FREE workshops themed around the performance. The Kids Corner Workshops are funded by the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation. The Foundation raises funds for projects that inspire young people through the arts. For this reason, workshops are free.

The Children’s University:

All Something on Saturday performances are validated by Children’ University Adelaide. In order to receive a stamp in your Passport to Learning for any performances, members must complete a Performance Review. For more information visit the Children’s University Australia website HERE and search for ‘Adelaide Festival’.


Something on Saturday’s music program is contributing to the vibrancy of Adelaide’s music culture for children and their families. They are proud to support the designation of Adelaide as a UNESCO City of Music.

The Something on Saturday Program so far:

Sunday 10 February 2019 | Chinese New Year Concert & Come and Try Workshops

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at this family event that draws on both the old and new, from China and the West. Come and try free cultural workshops, including calligraphy writing, mask painting, music and stories, before celebrating the Year of the Pig with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Workshops from 2pm – 4pm, Concert starts 5pm

Venue: Festival Theatre Foyer


Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 March 2019 | Zizanie

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.”

Ages 7 and up | Space Theatre


Tuesday 23 – Sunday 28 April 2019 | Especially on Birthdays

A wildly imaginative image-theatre performance for 4-8-year-olds and families.

Free kids corner: Saturday 27 April 2019 from 11am – 3pm | Party Animals: make pop up cards & party dioramas

Ages 4-8 | Space Theatre


Saturday 4 May 2019 | 1pm & 3pm | Tinkertime: The Broken Bubble Machine

Join ABC Kids star Nay Nay and her friends on board HMS Curiosity, an old bubble-powered airship that flies world-wide.

Free Kids Corner: Saturday 4 May 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm | Glow Puppets: Make a glow in the dark jellyfish puppet

Ages 8 and under | Space Theatre


Saturday 11 May 2019 | 11am & 1pm | The Mik Maks PLAY

Bringing the ROCK to kids music while exploring themes of sharing, sibling play, healthy eating and brushing teeth!

Free Kids Corner: Saturday 11 May 2019 from 11:30am – 1pm | Junk Music: turn your household recyclables into instruments and strum away.

Ages 8 and under | Space Theatre


Wednesday 22 May – Saturday 1 June 2019 | Firefly Forest | Patch Theatre Company

An immersive magical lighting installation.

All ages | Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre


Wednesday 22 May – Saturday 1 June 2019 | Playable CubbyTOWN

Modern technology meets old fashioned storytelling in this interactive cubby house experience bursting with sights and sounds.

Ages 4 and up | Artspace


Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 May 2019 | Big Family Weekend

A free fun-filled weekend for the whole family.

Theatres, galleries, museums, universities, libraries, and gardens will be full to the brim with hundreds of children and families immersed in arts activities and dreaming BIG. Follow the trail for your age group and discover a world of art and wonder around every turn.


Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 May 2019 | The Gruffalo

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End and Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia!

Ages 4 – 8 | Dunstan Playhouse


Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 May 2019 | New Owner

A story of love, loss and new beginnings from the creators of the international smash hit The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. Combining puppetry, live action and animation, New Owner takes us on a world of adventure through a dog’s eyes.

Ages 9 – 14 | Space Theatre


Saturday 1 June 2019 | Beep | Windmill Theatre Company

From the makers of Grug, comes this slightly sideways tale about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit, and learning to mix it up a little.

Ages 2 – 7 | Space Theatre


Saturday 1 June 2019 | Robot Song

When the arm of a giant robot appears on Juniper’s doorstep, her eleven-year-old world is turned upside down.

Ages 8 – 13 | Dunstan Playhouse


Saturday 29 June 2019 | 1pm & 3pm | Porridge

An immensely, funny musical comedy that begins with the words, “Once upon a crime!”

Free Kids Corner: Saturday 29 June 2019 from 1pm – 3pm | Detective Tales: create your own detective gadget and help solve a mystery

Ages 4-12

Venue: Dunstan Playhouse


Friday 5 & Saturday 6 July | 1pm & 7.30pm | Boojum!

Not quite an opera, not quite a musical comedy, Boojum! is an irresistible contemporary snark hunt.

Free Kids Corner: Saturday 6 July 2019 from 12pm – 1pm | Junky Critters: Make your own monster out of household odds and ends

Ages 6+

Venue: Dunstan Playhouse


Saturday 6 July | 10.15am & 11.15am | The Nana Magic Children’s Show

Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019

Free Kids Corner: Saturday 6 July 2019 from 10am – 12pm | NAIDOC Magic Makers

All ages | Quartet Bar, Adelaide Festival Centre


Saturday 13 July | 1pm & 3pm | Trash Test Dummies

Everyone put your bins out, tonight’s bin night and the Trash Test Dummies are on duty!

Free Kids Corner: Saturday 13 July 2019 from 1.30pm – 3pm | Trash Test Puppet: Use trash and create a puppet you can crash!

Ages 5-12

Venue: Space Theatre

Saturday 20 July 2019 | 11am & 1pm | The Ukulele Kids Show

Musical expression is made easy when Woody teams up with the entire audience to learn and play the ukulele together!

Free Kids Corner: Saturday 20 July 2019 from 11.30am – 1pm |A Medley of Melodies: Collage with us using shapes, paper and templates.

Ages 4-10

Venue: Artspace


Saturday 24 August | 1pm & 3pm | Junior Proms

Join the fabulous Eve McMillan and Adelaide Youth Orchestra with a delightfully entertaining collection of childhood songs and music.

Ages 1-7

Venue: Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre


Saturday 31 August | 1pm & 3pm | Peter Pan

By hook or by crook this will be the best adventure yet! Featuring live narration by TV’s Brenton Whittle and Book Worm.

Free Kids Corner: Saturday 31 August 2019 from 1.30pm – 3pm | Wands & Swards Galore: Make a prop, inspired by Neverland

Ages 6 and up

Venue: Festival Theatre


Saturday 28 September | 1pm & 3pm | This Show is NOT Rubbish!

Turning trash into (scientific!) treasure…

Free Kids Corner: Saturday 28 September 2019 from 1.30pm – 3pm | Dump Bunnies: Upcycle animal headdresses.

Ages 5 and up

Venue: Space Theatre


Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October | 2pm, 6pm & 6.30pm | Techno Circus

Mind-blowing visual effects, dance, comedy, high-energy music and FUN for the whole family!

All ages | Dunstan Playhouse


Saturday 19 October | Moon Lantern Parade

Australia’s largest Moon Lantern Parade!

All ages | Elder Park


Saturday 9 November | 11am & 1pm | 80’s Baby: A Kids Disco!

Join cabaret darling (and Mum) Amelia Ryan, for a sing-along, dance-along, 80s pop party for little people!

Free Kids Corner: Saturday 9 November 2019 from 11.30am – 1pm | Funky Felt: Get into the spirit of the 80’s with these retro felt creations!

Ages 2-7

Venue: Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre



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

What:   Something on Saturday

When:    January – June 2019 | See program above

Where:   Adelaide Festival Centre |  King William Street, Adelaide

Who:   Kids aged 1-12

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 Centre website


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