Festival of fun draws crowd

Published 2:54pm 19 October 2020

Festival of fun draws crowd
Words by Kylie Knight

Families jumped at the chance to get outside and enjoy activities, stage shows, rides and more at Moreton Kids Festival on October 18. About 7500 people joined in the fun at the region’s first COVID-Safe event of this size.

After spending a large portion of 2020 stuck at home, children relished the chance to make flower crowns and door hangers; kick, bat, catch and throw balls; pet sea life; enjoy the rides and watch Peppa Pig and her brother George light up the Strathpine Centre main stage.

There were five worlds of fun to explore; Brisbane Fun Kids, Creative Kids, Green Kids, Sesame Lane Active Kids, and Innovate Moreton Bay Innovative Kids. Three stages of live entertainment - the Strathpine Centre Main stage, Little Groovers stage and Enviro Stage entertained crowds all day.

Festival of fun draws crowd

Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) CEO Shane Newcombe says it was wonderful to see so many families enjoying the event at Strathpine’s Pine Rivers Park.

“This year, as we all know, looks very different to any year with the events industry adjusting to and navigating through the new normal. With extra cleaners on site, lines marked on the grass to facilitate social distancing and ample hand wash and hand sanitising station throughout the park it was great to see families out and about in our region and having fun again,” Mr Newcombe says.

“There was a perfect mix of family fun for all ages with the very popular unlimited free rides in the Brisbane Kids Fun Kids zone returning, plus five worlds of fun that had something to spark the curiosity of every little mind and a full day of entertainment on the Strathpine Centre Main Stage.

“There was something at Moreton Kids Festival for every member of the family to enjoy.”

Festival of fun draws crowd

Popular program

On the Strathpine Centre Main Stage, children were treated to two Peppa Pig shows as well as some fan favourites such as Nickleby the magician and Dino Encounters shows throughout the day.

Unlimited free rides in Brisbane Fun Kids were once again popular, with the favourites being the giant slide and the swing ride.

Creative kids was abuzz with creative little minds, crafting everything from flower crowns to origami.

In Green kids, Ocean Life touch talks were popular with kids getting up close and personal with starfish, sea cucumbers and even a baby shark.

The Sesame Lane Active Kids zone was the place to burn off some energy and test skills at shooting hoops, foot mini golf, and the Juiced up Groms agility course – by far one of the most popular activities.

Innovate Moreton Bay Innovative Kids zone was a drawcard for inquisitive kids keen to delve into new technologies with augmented reality, virtual reality and robotic activities on offer.

The community engagement area was also popular this year, giving children the chance to learn CPR, press buttons in a police car and watch the cherry picker of a Queensland Fire & Rescue truck reach sky heights.

Moreton Kids Festival was proudly presented by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) and supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council, Strathpine Centre, Brisbane Kids, Sesame Lane and Innovate Moreton Bay.

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