Family Day

Each year, we set aside a full day of events for families of all shapes and sizes. Whether you’ve got young, effervescent kids who love music and performance, attentive kids who love to listen to stories, or creative kids who like to colour-in and do craft, we have something for everyone!

This year Family Day will take place at Carriageworks. Book your author talks in Tracks 8 and 12 or head to The Big Backyard for a selection of free whacky, weird and wonderful bookish activities.

Russ the Story Bus

Russ the Story Bus is no regular bus. He’s more of library on wheels! Jump on board and pull one of your favourite books from his many shelves and settle in to read. Or, wait for the hour to tick over and have a Storyville actor read a story to you.

Chris Riddell and A.F. Harrold Bring Quirky Tales to Life

Watch words come to life live on stage when former UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell (Goth Girl and Ottoline series) illustrates A.F. Harrold’s (Greta Zargo) whacky poems.

Outside: A Feast of the Senses

Awaken the senses and celebrate the wonder of the garden in this all-encompassing kids’ event. Renowned children’s author reads excerpts from her book, Outside to the accompaniment of a musical quartet, all while illustrations are beamed live-on stage.

Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies

During his time on The Chaser, comedian Andrew Hansen demonstrated his superior musical abilities, at this session, you’ll see what a fantastic storyteller he is. Alongside author and illustrator Jessica Roberts, Andrew will transport you to the ancient city of Mumphis, which is populated with all sorts of spooky personalities.

The Pink Hat

Follow the journey of Andrew Joyner’s Pink Hat as it’s swiped by a pesky cat, used as a baby’s blanket, and finally makes its way to the head of a young girl marching for equality. The prolific author and illustrator, best known for The Terrible Plop and the Boris series, will illustrate his incredible story on stage.

Illustrator Battle Rounds

This crowd favourite returns for the ultimate drawing showdown. ABC Radio Sydney’s James Valentine hosts the Olympics of illustration, which promises to be colourful, cutthroat and completely outrageous.

The Mister Chicken and Old Tom Draw-Off with Leigh Hobbs

Ever wanted to draw the outrageous Mr Tom or the well-travelled Mr Chicken? Discover how when former Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs shares the stories behind his wickedly funny cast of characters.

May Gibbs Colouring-in Wall

For the more creative types, this year the Big Backyard is covered in May Gibbs illustrations that are begging to be coloured in, meaning the walls at home will be spared from the texta for one precious weekend.