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


Peter Shanahan's Insect Exhibition - Children's Activity

Tue 16 Apr - Sun 19 May
Free

Peter Shanahan has spent a lifetime collecting insects and educating children and adults about the fascinating lives of these little creatures.
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Bamboo Connect by Co-Lab | Free Activities for Kids

Sat 11 May
Free

Come and build a giant art installation out of bamboo for the Cairns Children’s Festival.
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A is for Art Forum - Children's Art Forum

Thu 16 May
Free

This year, the Cairns Children’s Festival is holding its first exhibition of children’s art, A is for Art.
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Tinkering Tank

Sat 18 May - Sun 19 May

Come in and discover a space dedicated to tinkering!
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Karrkay Binalmal -The infant Zone

Sat 18 May - Sun 19 May
Free

Karrkay Binalmal is an exclusive space for expectant parents, partners, carers and their children aged 0-12 months.
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Lift Off

Sat 18 May
Free

It’s time for our youngest creatives to light the spark and LIFT OFF.
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The Undersea Garden

Sun 19 May

Dive into the Undersea Garden, save a whale, explore the reef, learn about recycling, invent new fish species and play in this undersea wonderland.
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screenPLAY

Sun 19 May
Free

Catch the newest releases from our youngest filmmakers.
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Creepy Crawly Cardboard Castle

Sun 19 May
Free

Join C&K at the Creepy Crawly Cardboard Castle to invent, draw, make and create a creepy crawlies to adorn this cardboard play space.
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The Whale’s Tale by Born in a Taxi

Sun 19 May
Free

It’s time to put on your shrimp helmet, take a deep breath and dive inside the jaws of Manilayo the giant humpback whale that needs your help!
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Creation Stations

Sun 19 May
Free

Be surprised by these innovative installations
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5 Minutes of Fame Stage

Sun 19 May
Free

At this year’s festival, children from around the region have an awesome opportunity to perform live on the fully produced ‘5 Minutes of Fame Stage’.
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Jina's Journey - A Show for Kids

Sun 19 May
$15.75 (ONE PRICE) | Family (2 adults + 2 children) $47 | 0-3 FREE (on parents lap only) inc. b/fee

A journey of adventure, a journey of discovery, a journey of learning.
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