Early Start Festival of Play

Saturday March 26, 8.30am-3.30pm

Welcome to the inaugural Early Start Festival of Play, designed to celebrate the importance of play in early childhood.

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. Download the Early Start Festival of Play full program and map.

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! See our program of activities below. 

Girl with pink plate infront of her Children's program
Performers, Cinnamon Twist Belly Dancers Family Program
# women standing in Discovery Space, with one holding a baby Parent and Educator Program

PLAY! Photographic Competition

Early Start’s PLAY! Photography Competition and Exhibition invites playful entries from children, families, schools and community groups, with categories and prizes for ‘Playful Families’ and ‘Playful Children’. A collection of entries will be on display on festival day.

Find out more about the PLAY! Photographic Competition
Child smiling and having fun