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Experience curiosity with Geelong Arts Centre’s Wonder Children’s Festival

Thursday 12 – Thursday 26 September

Experience wonder, joy and boundless curiosity with Geelong Arts Centre’s Wonder Children’s Festival!

Young people and families are invited to round out Term 3 and dive into the school holidays at Geelong’s premiere children’s festival through a stacked line up of unmissable performances and activities!

With the latest redevelopment, Geelong Art Centre is Australia’s largest dedicated regional performing arts centre.

Browse the full program here

Highlights include


Friday 13 – Saturday 14 September

Magical and meaningful, IMAGINE LIVE is a celebration of creativity, friendship and our precious natural world. With the help of the audience, performers play and sing their way through the pages of Alison Lester’s iconic best selling book and quickly discover there is WAY more to these pages than they first thought.

Spot a leopard, dive with a dolphin or dig up a dinosaur as this iconic book springs into life before your eyes. Created by the multi-award winning team from Robot Song, IMAGINE LIVE is a 60 min interactive musical performance for families…Nana’s are especially welcome!

Little Blue Dot

Wednesday 18 September

Camping together on a star-lit night Dad and Kid wait for a comet passing by for the first time in 50,000 years. While they wait, Kid explains to Dad gravity, light years, space- time and blackholes.

Using puppetry techniques, Lemony S Puppet Theatre transports audiences into space with this striking performance for children and their families

What do a team of astrophysicists have to do with making children’s theatre? Quite a lot at Monash University! LITTLE BLUE DOT has been developed in collaboration with Dr Rosemary Mardling and Dr Alex Wallace from the Monash University School of Physics and Astronomy and commissioned by Monash University Performing Arts Centres with co-commissioning support from Geelong Arts Centre.

Grounded in a camping star-gazing adventure between a child and their dad, LITTLE BLUE DOT tackles the big questions we ask about space, our place in it and why this precious little blue dot floating in space, matters so very much.

Illustration of person holding blue dot
Little Blue Dot at Wonder Children's Festival

The Gruffalo

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 September

A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood …

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia!

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups…

Header image credit: Peter Foster

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