Children's Events

For the young and the young at heart, there’s much family fun to be had at Tanks Arts Centre.

Our monthly Market Day is an ever-popular family event, held on the last Sunday of every month from April to November.  The Tanks Markets are a unique slice of cultural life in the tropics, with a blend of market stalls, free live music and gallery exhibitions. The Kids’ Tank arts workshops are a fun part of market day, offering children the opportunity to learn anything from how to write a short story to printmaking..

Tanks is also home to annual family events that are eagerly anticipated within the community.  The Cairns Children’s Festival in May is a dedicated and diverse one-day program to celebrate and support creativity, adventure and innovation for children and their families, and Carnival on Collins in September offers loads of free family fun as a signature event of Cairns Festival.

Lastly, there are always School Holiday and Weekly workshops programmed throughout the year, arts-based activities for all age groups.

If you are a children's entertainer or a workshop facilitator with a new and innovative idea the Tanks would like to hear from you. Contact us about your ideas?


Screen Stories – Youth Workshop

Mon 3 Apr - Fri 07 Apr

Don’t miss out on this engaging, dynamic and productive workshop
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5 Minutes of Fame Stage

Sun 21 May
Free

Children from around the region have an awesome opportunity to perform live
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Green Zone – Art Play and Nature Experiences with Family Day Care

Sun 21 May
Free

From nature brushes, charcoal drawing, to weaving and building there will be something for every little creative
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Tanks Arts Centre presents Frank Woodley, Noodlenut - A show for kids

Sun 21 May
One price $15.75 inc b/fee

Cairns Children's Festival 2017
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screenPLAY Zone

Sun 21 May
Free

Children who love filmmaking can enter their films into screenPLAY
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Tinkering Tank

Sun 21 May
Free

Tinker away with creative play activities
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Moving and Grooving Dance and Drum Workshops

Sun 21 May

This will transform the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre into a hub of beats and free movements expression!
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Diamonds Found in Dreams

Sun 21 May
$15.75 (one price) $47 Family ticket inc b/fee

Unbelievable stunts, hilarious slapstick comedy and a giant unicycle!
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Wild Lands

Sun 21 May
Free

The Botanic Gardens will come alive with a range of free activities
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