Wednesday January 3 to Saturday January 13 // QPAC, Playhouse, Cnr Grey & Melbourne St’s, South Bank

Hats on! Tea Poured! Silly faces at the ready! You’re invited to the best tea party in town – The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. With the biggest tricks, the largest characters and the catchiest tunes, it’s guaranteed to have each and every party guest calling for more. Starring Monica Trapaga (Play School) and a cast of incredible circus performers, it’s a show full of acrobatics, circus, singing, dancing and roller skates! It’s an immersive party experience brought to you by the best artists from the world of circus and cabaret – and it’s made just for kids! Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you’ll be whisked into a weird and wonderful world where you’ll meet all your favourite characters and discover incredible talents far beyond the pages of the book.

For more info visit www.qpac.com.au

Now thru to Saturday December 23 // QPAC, Cremorne Theatre, Cnr Grey & Melbourne St’s, South Bank

Something MONSTROUS is keeping Emily Brown awake…One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley find a Thing crying outside their window. He has lost his cuddly and absolutely can’t get to sleep without it. Emily and Stanley bravely set off into the Dark and Scary Wood in search of the missing cuddly but on their return they find that the Thing can’t sleep without hot milk or his tickly cough medicine. The question is: what is really troubling the Thing – and will anyone ever get to sleep?

For more info visit www.qpac.com.au

Now thru to Saturday December 23 // QPAC, Playhouse, Cnr Grey & Melbourne St’s, South Bank

Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre. Speaking of movies, our friends are going to be famous! The legendary Mr Big Shot has arrived to make a Hollywood blockbuster! But when his first step is to fire Andy and replace him with a monkey – well the battle is on. Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry? And why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere

For more info visit www.qpac.com.au

Now thru to Saturday 23 December // South Bank Parklands, South Bank

Let your festive season be merry and bright at South Bank’s Christmas Village! Enjoy the giftmarket, village train, carols, kids’ craft and dance activities, beach cinema and more!

For more info visit www.visitbrisbane.com.au

Now thru to Monday December 25 from 7.30pm – 12am // City Hall, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane City

With its enchanting narrative and creative flair, The Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular has fast become a highlight of the festive season. Running nightly, the Light Spectacular features an exquisite, animated Christmas story beaming brightly onto City Hall every 15 minutes. This year’s story is a playful, Aussie take on The Night Before Christmas. Set in a suburban backyard during a hot, Brisbane summer, it’s bursting with whimsical adventure, cuddly creatures and plenty of fun. City Hall’s clock tower will sound nightly to signal the start of each show.

For more info visit www.christmasinbrisbane.com.au

Tuesday December 26 thru to Sunday February 4 // QPAC, Lyric Theatre, Cnr Grey & Melbourne St’s, South Bank

Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s heart-warming tale centres around Sophie, a young bride-to-be. On the eve of her wedding, Sophie’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. A celebration of love, laughter, family and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is exactly what the world needs right now.

For more info visit www.mammamiathemusical.com.au

Wednesday December 27 thru to Monday January 1 // 87 Woodrow Road, Woodford

The Woodford Folk Festival, an event of international standing, is held annually over six days and six nights with more than 2000 performers and 438 events featuring local, national and international guests. This year will be the 31st Woodford Folk Festival and the 23rd held at Woodfordia.

For more info visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

Now thru to Friday January 12 // Brisbane Arts Theatre, 210 Petrie Tce, Petrie Terrace

Your family will adore this fairy tale classic, which shows how love between a sweet young woman and a ghastly beast is only a heartbeat away.

For more info visit www.artstheatre.com.au/beautyandthebeast

Now thru to Sunday January 21 from 9.30am – 5pm // Sciencentre, Cnr Grey & Melbourne St’s, South Bank

Enjoy mind melting illusions, sensory sensations, playing with perception, and discovering the world inside your head. This hands-on exhibition will challenge your sensory signals and explore how your brain perceives the things and people around you. Discover how people may perceive the same thing in a different way and that reality is not what it seems. Your kids will get a chance to test their balance while wearing special glasses, confuse their mind with phantom  hand illusions, look to infinity through a deep tunnel, pick up a robot floating in the air and much more!

For more info visit www.sciencentre.qm.qld.gov.au

Now thru to Sunday February 11 // GOMA, Stanley Pl, South Brisbane

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is an international phenomenon. Her beguiling creations and unique perspective, irrepressibly expressed across a career of more than 60 years, have made her a pre-eminent figure in 21st century contemporary art. ‘Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’ explores her key motifs, her engagement with the body, and her conception of space.

For more info visit www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

Now thru to Saturday February 24 from 10am – 5pm // Museum of Brisbane, City Hall, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane City

Your kids will enjoy designing their own kite or be inspired by the koinobori fish template created by Brisbane artist Elysha Rei. They are then invited to return to the museum on Saturday February 24 and send their wishes flying high as part of a kite procession from King George Square to Kisaragi-Sai Festival at the Roma Street Parklands.

For more info visit www.museumofbrisbane.com.au

Summer holidays are here! Yhipppee! Check out some highlights of where to go and fun things to entertain the kids these school holidays.
Find out more here www.havenmagazine.com.au/schools-out

Check out our December/January calendar for all of the coolest Christmas, food, fashion and art and craft markets in Byron Bay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast!
Find out more here www.havenmagazine.com.au/markets

If you’re looking for somewhere to get a snap with Santa, check out our guide to find the jolly ole fellow in Brisbane and the Gold Coast!
Find out more here www.havenmagazine.com.au/santa-photos

Check out our Christmas Carols event calendar for your favourite festive singing nights in Byron Bay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast!
Find out more here www.havenmagazine.com.au/fa-la-la-la-la

8pm & 12am, Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise
Find out more here www.goldcoast.gov.au



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