Cairns Children's Festival

The Cairns Children's Festival is an annual celebration children aged 12 years and under. The festival aims to put our youngest creatives in the spotlight whilst also creating a safe and fun environment for families explore, create and imagine.

The 2019 Cairns Children's Festival will take place from 18-19 May 2019 with events at the new Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Tanks Arts Centre and Cairns Botanic Gardens.

The Cairns Children's Festival has opportunities for local artists to design installations and activities as well as opportunities for our youngest creatives to be part of the festival. Please see information on this page and keep and eye on our Facebook page for more information.

Download the full 2019 Cairns Children's Festival Program here.

Questions? Comments? Feedback?

Contact us at cairnschildrensfestival@cairns.qld.gov.au

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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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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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