HOTA’s bi-annual Kids Take Over school holiday program returns from October 3 to October 5, bringing a jam-packed, adventure-filled program of activities along with it. Get your kids ready to create, explore and let their imaginations go wild – it’s all in keeping with this year’s theme, ‘Into the Wild’.

Kids are encouraged to don their explorers hats and take part into the fierce, fun min-fest each day from 10am until 2pm. With activities for all mini-explorers and lovers of adventure, the precinct will go wild with live performances, interactive experiences, arts and crafts and so much more. 

“Parents can raise their expectations these school holidays,” says HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke. “We’ve got some of the best theatre companies at Kids Take Over – I’m talking Circa and Shock Therapy amongst others – with some fantastic, imaginative experiences, just for kids.

“There’s a jam-packed program of art activities and creative experiences for kids and families to get amongst – including great coffee and cinema options running during workshops to keep the adults entertained too.” 

Between beloved Australian performer Dan Sultan headlining the festivities on October 5 – taking to the stage with his very first album for kids Nali & Friends – and stop-motion animation workshop Toonworld! on offer from October 1 to 3, there’s seriously something for everyone. 

Mini acrobats will leap to take part in an exclusive breath-taking series of circus workshops, Danger Club by Circa, running throughout the week. Hosted by one of the best circus companies in the world, with only seventeen spots available, kids between the ages of 8 to 13 will learn a range of circus skills that will culminate in a special performance, put on for a live audience at the end of the Kids Take Over program. 

For those younger ones wanting to experience some circus fun during the three days, there will be Circus Antics Workshops with Spaghetti Circus, where kids can drop in and learn about takings risks, showing off and having fun with circus props.

Delving into the power of imagination, Gold Coast company Shock Therapy has created a colourful and iconic interactive experience that invites kids to take a walk with bush adventurer and mythical creature researcher, Pat Malone, through The Magic Garden – a fun-fuelled interactive journey of exploration and creativity for families. 

The wild theme of this year’s program is complemented with African Beat, an African drumming workshop that shows kids how to move their hands and feet to the rhythm of the jungle beats.

Kids will also receive their very own passport on arrival at HOTA, which encourages them to collect stickers that they earn from each activity; travelling on to experience their next adventure throughout the school holiday program.




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