Children's Program

childrens

Welcome to our blockbuster children’s program, with events for little kids, big kids, teens and kids-at-heart!

Our School Days program runs all week and features Andy Griffiths, Jacqueline Harvey, Leigh Hobbs, Anthony Horowitz, Laurie Halse Anderson, Garth Nix, Melina Marchetta and Brenton McKenna.

The fun continues after School Days with a jam-packed public program.

Expect all manner of silly antics if you’re lucky enough to catch one of our favourite festival highlights: actor, comedian and children’s superstar David Walliams! Mischief and mayhem will also ensue when king of the kids, Andy Griffiths, appears at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres and takes up residence all day at Family Day.

Family Day is on Sunday 24 May and is our biggest yet! Come down to The Big Backyard in Pier 2/3 for craft and activities, book readings in the Enid Blyton Storytime Clubhouse, Lulu Bell’s Magic Word Garden, Minecraft storybuilding workshops, face painting, treasure hunts, chalk-art and much, much more. Plus there’s a full line-up of events throughout the day on the Big Backyard Club Stage.

We also have a killer program for teens including the first ever TeenCon 2015, an exclusive sneak peek at the hottest upcoming YA releases.


 
Family Day

CLUB STAGE

FAM207 ANDY GRIFFITHS LIVE!
May 24, 10-10.45am, Pier 2/3 Club Stage | Free
Catch one of Australia’s best-loved children’s authors, Andy Griffiths, on stage.

FAM225 ILLUSTRATOR BATTLE ROUNDS
May 24, 11.15am-12pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage | Free
It’s the greatest drawing showdown this side of the harbour: Illustrator Battle Rounds!

FAM234 TASHI'S 20TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
May 24, 12.30-1.15pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage | Free
Celebrate Anna and Barbara Fienberg’s Tashi books with a Flying Bark Productions animation screening, author readings and birthday cake!

FAM235 LIES, FIBS AND TRUE TALES
May 24, 1.30-2pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage | Free
Test your lie detection skills with a range of hilarious stories and big fat lies.

FAM244 JUSTINE CLARKE SING ALONG
May 24, 2.15-2.45pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage | Free
Sing along with Justine Clarke, much-loved Australian actor, entertainer and children’s author, as she performs stories and songs from her bestselling picture books.

FAM245 DRAW ALONG WITH LEIGH HOBBS
May 24, 3-3.30pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage | Free
Come and draw Old Tom and Mr Chicken with artist and award-winning children’s book illustrator, Leigh Hobbs.

 

THE BIG BACKYARD

FAM216 STORYTELLING WITH MINECRAFT
May 24, 10.30am-12pm or 2.30-4pm, The Big Backyard | Free, bookings essential
Combine your love of stories and video games in these exciting hands-on Minecraft workshops.

FAM217 LULU BELL'S MAGIC WORD GARDEN
May 24, 10am-4pm, The Big Backyard | Free
Join Lulu Bell author Belinda Murrell and illustrator Serena Geddes in their magical word garden.

FAM218 CRAFTAMANIA
May 24, 10am-4pm, The Big Backyard | Free
Get messy! Get creative! Get into our crazy craft area!

FAM219 CHARACTER FACE PAINTING
May 24, 10am-4pm, The Big Backyard | Free
Drop in to the face-painting station and choose from our gallery of popular picture-book characters to be transformed!

FAM220 CHALK ART
May 24, 10am-4pm, The Big Backyard | Free
Watch your step outside the entrance to The Big Backyard, or you might just step into the jaws of a giant 3D chalk creature!

FAM221 THE GREAT BOOK TREASURE HUNT
May 24, 10am-4pm, The Big Backyard | Free
Find all the bookish clues hidden around The Big Backyard and go into the draw to win one of several prize packs.

FAM223 ENID BLYTON STORYTIME CLUBHOUSE
May 24, 10am-4pm, The Big Backyard | Free
Pull up a cushion and let your favourite children’s authors read to you.

FAM224 MEET ANDY GRIFFITHS
May 24, 11am-4pm, The Big Backyard | Free
Have your photo taken and get your books signed when you meet Andy Griffiths, one of Australia’s most cherished children’s authors.



 
Festival Highlight

SR44 ANDY GRIFFITHS: OFF HIS TREE
May 22, 5.30pm-6:30pm, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta Adults $20/Children (under 16) $15/Family tickets $60
Join Andy Griffiths as he journeys through his ever-expanding treehouse of crazy ideas and tall tales.


 
Teen/Young Adult

176 THE RISE AND RISE OF YA: A LOOK AT THE FASTEST-GROWING CATEGORY IN FICTION
May 23, 1.30-2.30pm, Sydney Dance 2 | Free
Young Adult is the fastest-growing category in fiction and one of the hottest sources for Hollywood films. What makes YA so attractive?

242 KEEPING IT REAL: REALISTIC ISSUES IN TEEN FICTION
May 24, 1.30-2.30pm, Sydney Dance 2 | Free
Acclaimed YA authors talk about writing books that resonate with real teens facing real-world issues.

FAM254 TEENCON 2015
May 24, 4-5.30pm, Pier 2/3 Club Stage | Free, bookings essential
Exclusive sneak peeks of the hottest upcoming YA novels from Australia’s biggest publishers.

261 TELL IT TO ME LIKE I'M A KID
May 24, 4.30-5.30pm, Sydney Dance 2 | Free
Learn about composing music from presenter of ABC RN’s The Music Show Andrew Ford, entrepreneurship and big business from Deanne Weir, and quantum science from Professor Michael Biercuk.



 
Suburban and Regional

SR38 THE WHOPPING WORLD OF WALLIAMS
May 22, 6.30-7.30pm, The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood | Adults $20 / Children (under 16) $15 / Family $60
David Walliams talks about his work, reads from his bestselling books and answers all your burning questions in an audience Q&A session.

SR44 ANDY GRIFFITHS: OFF HIS TREE
May 22, 5.30-6.30pm, Riverside Theatres Parramatta | Adults $20 / Children (under 16) $15 / Family $60
Join Andy Griffiths as he journeys through his ever-expanding treehouse of crazy ideas and tall tales.


 
School Days

School Days is a fantastic opportunity for schools to engage with their favourite authors, discover exciting new voices and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive day.

The Primary School Days program is sold out for 2015. Tickets are still available for schools for Secondary School Days:

SECONDARY SCHOOLS DAY: PARRAMATTA
May 19, 10am - 2pm, Riversides Theatres Parramatta.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS DAY: CHATSWOOD
May 20, 10am - 2pm, The Concourse at Chatswood.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS DAY: SUTHERLAND
May 21, 10am - 2pm, Sutherland Entertainment Centre.

Please note: students attending School Days events need to bring pencils and paper.



 


 

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