HOTA’s Kids Take Over school holiday program returns this January, delivering an action-packed mini fest that’s just for kids. 

Get creative, be messy and be entertained in this four-day extravaganza, designed to encourage kids to embrace their inner superhero with the theme, ‘Save the World’. 

From January 14 to 18, an exciting program of activities will see the HOTA parklands taken over by a mega Boxwars battle, amazing performances, upbeat dance parties, creative and cutting edge technology workshops and so much more.

“Our Kids Take Over program is one of the best yet, jam packed with a mix of free and low cost performances and activities that will keep your little creatives entertained this summer,” says HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke. 

Here are a few program highlights to head along to…

Air Play
From New York City group Acrobuffos comes ‘Air Play,’ a visual poem that took years of experimentation with simple materials, movement, air and technology to create. Featuring elements of comedy, sculpture, circus and theatre, Air Play has captivated audiences around the globe. Embark on a magical circus-style adventure, complete with bold reminders of childhood and growing up; expect clowns, balloons which have a mind of their own, confetti that turns into the night sky and so much more.

Laser Beak Man
Laser Beak Man is saving the world one story at a time. From the creative mind of Australian artist, Tim Sharp, this high energy puppet show is packed with the trademark humour and visual puns that come from Tim’s literal interpretation of language. Playing at HOTA from January 16 to 18, audiences will learn all about the adventures of a local hero who works hard to keep his city perfect and safe from evil in a performance that explodes with colour and energy.

After it’s huge success last year, Boxwars returns to HOTA. Battling it out from January 14 to 18, Boxwars invites people of the Gold Coast to join the Thunderbirds’ International Rescue Team in building objects out of cardboard in their Kids and Adult Boxwars Workshops, and then destroying them in a huge battle to end all battles on the very last day.

Create a Comic
Toonworld returns to HOTA from January 14 to 17 with Create A Comic, an activity where kids can learn to draw cartoon characters, create a storyboard and their very own larger than life comic strip on a wall at HOTA.

Eco Warrior Workshop
From January 15 to 17, kids can learn to be heroes in the Eco Warrior Workshop by creating individual reusable cups for the HOTA café to help reduce the use of disposable cups; work on a range of design and business challenges in the Inventors Lab where participants will develop their own products and build their own businesses; and learn how to manipulate shapes and create an augmented reality in Technology in Play.

And more…
Kids will also have the chance to hit the decks this summer with DJ Workshops and a 10-Minute Dance Party, work with veteran buskers to become Mini Buskers for the day, chill out with free movie screenings, enjoy a sausage sizzle, and get messy making their very own oozy slime in The Slime-o-logy Project.

In order to save the world, kids will receive their very own passport on arrival at HOTA where they can add their thumb print and details, write about their heroic adventures, and collect stamps throughout the school holiday program. 

With plenty to see and do, HOTA’s super Kids Take Over program will be one for the whole family to experience this summer. It’s all happening from January 14 to 18.




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