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Early Start Festival of Play

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  • Wollongong Campus
    Early Start Building 21

Our FREE program will engage, educate and entertain children, families and early childhood educators alike. The festival will feature magic, interactive music and dance performances, circus play, puppetry, creative workshops and storytelling by wonderful performers, as well as parent talks and educator workshops presented by Early Start experts and our friends at ABC Kids.   

Entry to the Early Start Discovery Space and all activities will be FREE on the day (bookings essential).  

We are also proud to present the PLAY! Photographic Competition and Exhibition. You can find entry details on this site and view the exhibition on the day. Festival eats and tasty treats will be available for purchase to help fuel your family day of play! 

  • Play in one of Australia’s only children’s museums
  • Hear from leading experts and researchers in early childhood
  • Explore our Play & Learn Together free online play-based portal
  • Take part in our educator professional development

Plus special guests, exhibitions, prizes and fun play-based activities for little ones AND grown-ups!