It’s that time of year, people!

Kids Take Over – one of HOTA’s most beloved events for children and adults alike – is making a comeback for the last weekend of the school holidays, but the fun won’t stop there.

From September 30 to October 2, kids can step into a land of storytelling and creativity, where their only obligation is to dream, and dream big.

Whether they are learning to write and illustrate their own books, solving mysteries, dancing the Haka, singing along with Lucas Proudfoot from Play School or enjoying craft workshops, film screenings and so much more, Kids Take Over is a weekend that’s all about them.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The end of Kids Take Over brings the start of the first ever WONDER – a live program packed with musical performances, sensory art, circus, film, storytelling, workshops and so much more, with free and ticketed outdoor events for the whole family.

The pinnacle of the event, Gaia, is an internationally-renowned installation by Luke Jerram that’s set to make its Australian East Coast premiere at HOTA from October 1 to October 11. 

Gaia uses 120dpi detailed NASA imagery to let spectators play astronauts, offering a rare view of our planet as though from outer space. The WONDER program will literally orbit the awe-inspiring Gaia as it rotates and floats serenely from HOTA’s outdoor stage, to a backdrop of local live music and a specially-made composition by BAFTA Award-winning composer, Dan Jones.

“One of the things HOTA does best is bringing incredible art and people together, and Luke Jerram’s magnificent Gaia is truly enchanting,” says HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke. “Not only does Gaia capture both the beauty and fragility of our planet, it will also inspire a timely sense of reflection and connection as it revolves, glistens and glows.”

Making the most of the glorious spring weather, WONDER will bookend the highly-anticipated Kids Take Over festival delivering plenty of free and affordable fun for the whole family.

Along with the jam-packed WONDER program, be sure to pay a visit to HOTA’s Lawn Bar on Fridays or start your Sunday morning right with a free yoga session led by experienced coach Ian Cariaga, before roaming the Bundall Farmers’ Markets.

There’s so much WONDER to experience at HOTA these school holidays – and beyond.



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