Explore the 2024 Program

Free kids activities

Let your imagination run wild with our free activities for kids

Photo credit: Jacquie Manning
Photo credit: Jaimi Joy
Sunday 26 May 2024
Event Code: BBY1–BBY4

Russ the Story Bus 


Russ the Story Bus is no ordinary bus – he’s covered in illustrations, has a belly full of books and is a mobile library open all day for you to borrow from.

Nine years ago, Sydney Writers’ Festival transformed an ordinary bus into Russ the Story Bus: a bright and colourful creative space full of bookshelves stocked with books and comfy benches for kids to read. Each year, Russ the Story Bus visits over 8,000 children in Western Sydney and regional NSW to support children at the very beginning of their reading journey and spark a lifetime love of storytelling, reading and creativity. Come chill out and be transported in an instant.

The Big Family Day Backdrop


Attention artists of all ages!

We need your help to create an amazing backdrop for our Family Day shenanigans. Fire up your creativity and come prepared to contribute to our ever-changing art and craft wall. You might even meet a real life famous illustrator hanging out there.

Badgemaking with Cheryl Orsini


Join Cheryl Orsini in creating a magical memento of your time at Family Day.

Cheryl is the much-loved author and illustrator of picture books including The Magic Bookshop, Little Book Baby, and Caravan Fran and she’ll help you make a badge you’ll be proud to wear. This popular activity has become almost an institution at the Festival.

Amanda’s Craft Corner


Drop by the Craft Corner for a range of hands-on craft activities for all ages.

Let your imagination soar as you dive into the world of craft and stories, hosted by author and craft connoisseur Amanda Lieber. Activities include creating bracelets, mini storybooks, story stones and more. The storytelling possibilities are endless.

Russ the Story Bus is supported by

ARA, James N. Kirby Foundation, Jibb Foundation, Thyne Reid Foundation and Waratah Education Foundation.

Carriageworks, Bay 22
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015