25 & 26 May 2019

A free fun-filled weekend for the whole family

This FREE family event for children of all ages will take over the North Terrace Cultural Boulevard for two fun-filled days. Theatres, galleries, museums, universities, libraries, and gardens will be full to the brim with hundreds of children and families immersed in arts activities and dreaming BIG. Follow the trail for your age group and discover a world of art and wonder around every turn.

Take a look at our Big Family Weekend adventure map and start planning your day! Collect a copy of the map from the volunteers during the Big Family Weekend.

Regurgitator’s Pogogo Kids Show

JUST ANNOUNCED: Introducing Regurgitator’s Pogogo Kids Show, to headline the Big Family Weekend Elder Hall Outdoor Stage!

This new project sees renowned Brisbane mashup rock/electro/punk/poppin’ funtime outfit Regurgitator cooking up a sugar-soaked record written especially for kids!

Longtime Regurgitator trio Ben Ely, Quan Yeomans and Pete Kostic joined by the effervescent Koko direct from Planet Rainbow have already struck a chord with families around the country – with the album The Really Really Really Really Boring Album having quickly climbed to #1 on the Children’s iTunes chart. The band’s wildly-varied jumping castle of sounds will come as no surprise to longtime fans, catch this one at 3pm on Saturday 25 May, on the Elder Hall Outdoor Stage.

Outdoor Stages

Image: Cath Leo

Two stages, two days jam packed with performances, activities and workshops for all ages! Located on the Museum Lawns and Goodman Lawns, the DreamBIG outdoor stages have your family singing, dancing, laughing and applauding all weekend!
Enjoy beatboxing with MCME, the Junkyard Beats crew, It’s Rhyme Time with Little Big Book Club, music by the City of Adelaide band, and Class of Cabaret, plus
many more!

Full outdoor stages set times now available, including Big Family Sing, Girl Nation and Junkyard Beats, check it out here!

Grab a Bite to Eat

Stop for a bite to eat at one of the many family-friendly food trucks and vendors along North Terrace.
Find the food pit-stops outside Art Gallery South Australia and near the War Memorial. Check out the scrumptious snacks on offer here!

Adelaide Festival Centre

Enjoy one of the many performances on during the Big Family Weekend and stay to check out the many activities and exhibitions in and around Adelaide Festival Centre. 

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Enjoy one of the many performances on during the Big Family Weekend and stay to check out the many activities and exhibitions in and around Adelaide Festival Centre. 

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Roving Entertainment

There is plenty to do along North Terrace, but you won’t miss the many roving entertainers weaving their way around the crowds! These cheeky characters will be sure to make you smile.

10 Minute Dance Parties

Experience the shipping container dance phenomenon that has delighted audiences across Australia.
10 Minute Dance Parties is an interactive dance party like no other. Enter the converted shipping container and experience an explosion of sound, colour, light and art.

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Of All the People in All the World

Direct from the UK, this provocative installation uses grains of rice to bring abstract statistics to startling and powerful life.
Witty, at times shocking, and always thought provoking, this ever changing landscape of rice will engage students of all ages, causing them to reflect on their own place in the world.

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Dance Like Everyone is Watching

Feel the power of dance with moves to make you feel brave, strong and happy. When you dance like everyone is watching, you can take on the world.

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The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things

There was a boy. The boy who loved tiny things. He would like to show you some of his collection.
Explore the South Australian Museum and contribute to an enormous collection of precious tiny things nestled within The Armoury.

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Game Theory

A 20 minute dance performance in which order and precision give way to chaos, havoc and a whole lot of mess.

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Same Like Yesterday

This colourfully animated visual performance sees six Adnyamathanha women share stories of their ancestors and the memories of growing up on their country.

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Nature Craft

By Kate Hubmayer

Be inspired by nature and create a beautiful mosaic made from seeds.
Using beans, peas, rice, lentils and much more, watch as your colourful designs come to life.
Crafter and author Kate Hubmayer leads children on this journey of discovery driven by creativity, free thinking and the use of all-natural materials.

Sensory Play

By Playgroup SA

It’s all about exploring and experiencing the fun with this sensory workshop from Playgroup SA.
Learn all about our world using your senses to explore, see, hear, smell and touch, and make a mess.

Cubby Building, Junk Parts and Mud Play

By Climbing Tree
Image: Claudio Raschella

Get back to nature with these messy, muddy and imaginative outdoor play stations.
Children can immerse themselves in these back-to-basics nature play areas where fun and creativity are limitless.

DreamBIG Forest

By Nonsense Inc
Image: Cath Leo

The whimsical DreamBIG Forest is back! Last festival’s forest accumulated 2,000 dreams, wishes and aspirations. You are invited to make the forest bigger and more inspirational than ever - add your special dream to the forest, and wander through the trees to reveal the dreams of the DreamBIG community.

Make Your Own Dukkah

By Sprout Cooking School

This interactive cooking experience gives children the chance to create their own dukkah using seeds, herbs and spices from around the world.
This culinary session for the senses will see children explore the taste, smell, feel and look of ingredients from Australia and abroad.


By Slackline Australia

Slacklining is a balance sport that involves dynamic movement on a length of tensioned webbing.
Slackline Australia offers fun and professional instruction to help you evolve your balance and take your first steps along a slackline. All ages and abilities welcome!

Being. in space

By Urban Mind & the Adelaide Botanic Garden and the Commissioner for Children and Young People

Here is your mission.
You have discovered a galaxy far from home and are about to take off on an interstellar expedition to explore it. There are great challenges ahead, but the design code you  must develop will help you navigate the journey, so you can safely explore all the planets in the cosmos! Five, four, three, two, ONE!

Pop Up Science

By Children’s University
Image: Children's University

Children’s University Adelaide will deliver science lectures.
Come and listen to these engaging talks: Dreaming of the Big World of Botany (Saturday 25 May 10am) and The Magic and Wonder of Science (Saturday 25 May 1pm).
These talks are presented by experts in their field to delight curious minds and inspire budding scientists.

Calligraphy Writing & Paper Cutting

By Confucius Institute, The University of Adelaide

Come and experience the beauty of the brush stroke as our artists compose the characters of Chinese calligraphy with your Chinese name.
Take the opportunity to learn the unique art of Chinese paper cutting.
It will be a whirlwind exploration of Chinese culture for the weekend.

Drag Queen Storytime

Join Adelaide drag queen Miss Molly and The Southern Sisters as they host Drag Queen Storytime at the State Library.
Miss Molly will join some of Adelaide’s favourite drag queens who will read stories to children, bringing books to life through these larger than life storytime sessions.

Weaving in the Chapel

By Southern Elders Weaving Group, Migration Museum
Image: Krystle Aunger

Share in the rich culture of the Kaurna people as you learn the traditional art of basket weaving.
Aunty Alice Janice Rigney, from the Southern Elders Weaving Group, will lead these culture sharing workshops aimed at 10–18 year olds.
Along the way, Aunty Alice, a Boankik Elder, will share traditional stories of her people, revealing the importance of handing down culture to future generations.

BIG Family Sing

Image: Krystle Aunger

Nothing brings people together like a big tune. From the crew who brought us PUBsing comes the Big Family Sing, an intergenerational feel good sing-a-long. 
Enjoy the sound - sing it loud and proud. Song list will be available here soon!

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour

By Guru Dudu
Image: Kelly Champion Photography

Everybody loves a silent disco, but this phenomenon has reached a whole new level with Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour. Created in Australia but taking the
world by storm, you can pop on some headphones, feel the beat and follow your funky leader around the Riverbank Precinct – with plenty of stops for dance breaks. You will enjoy interpretative dancing around local landmarks, spontaneous flash mob routines and lots of crazy improvised fun.

Protest Lab

By Centre of Democracy

What makes a good protest? Your voice does!
Come and share your voice, your opinion, and your creativity at the Centre of Democracy’s Protest Lab. Make a placard, a protest poster, a campaign slogan,a badge and more as you learn about the importance of free speech for all and the right to be heard.

Dream Big in a Big House

By National Trust
Image: National Trust of SA

Get up close to a grandfather clock and stand under a 3,000 piece chandelier. Dress up in a top hat, play some knuckle bones or make a keepsake in the interactive school room.
Entry by gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the work of the National Trust of South Australia.

Government House Open Day

Image: Cath Leo

You’re invited to Government House Open Day, on the Sunday of the Big Family Weekend. Explore the gardens and learn about the current workings of the
house from Government House volunteers.

Neo Teen Art Tours

By the Art Gallery of South Australia
Image: Art Gallery of South Australia

Explore the Australian Collection with a Neo Teen Art Tour. Discover the collection from a unique perspective, led by 13-19 year-old trained guides.
Then drop in to the vibrant, paint-spattered world of the Art Gallery of South Australia Studio as Joe Quilty teaches art tips and techniques and
create a bold ‘remix portrait’ with oil pastels.

The Little Barista Program

By Bean Bar
Image: Bean Bar

Learn how to make the perfect coffee with Bean Bar! Find out everything you need to know to make mum or dad a special cuppa.


Family Meditation

By Lifeflow Meditation Centre
Image: Cath Leo

Learn meditation and mindfulness in this fun and interactive workshop for all ages.
You will be guided through simple techniques to help you slow down the mind and body and focus on just being present.

Family Yoga

By Blooming Hearts Yoga

Get connected with yourself and each other in this interactive yoga workshop for the whole family.
No experience necessary – just a willingness to try yoga poses, games, mindfulness, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and creative expression.

Animate My Mob

By Life Without Barriers

Join the Living Arts team to add you and your mob/family/favourite people to our special Big Family Weekend Animation Project! Watch the stop-motion stories created by young people in the Story Hut and then create your own family out of paper, plasticine, Lego and more.
Once you’ve created your characters, step up to the animation station to bring them to life!

Imagination Playground

You can create anything you can imagine with Imagination Playground’s giant blue blocks. There’s cubes, bricks, cogs, curves and cylinders that can fit together in any way you imagine.

Collaborative Bunting

Join in and add to the growing bunting in and around the trees on North Terrace.

DreamBIG Post

Children write down a piece of advice for anyone who wants to Dream Big, place it into an envelopeand post it in our post box.
Twice a day, our postie wanders down North Terrace and delivers the letters to unsuspecting members of the public!

Sky Doodles

When you look up into the sky, the fluffy clouds can become fairy animals and creatures - the limit is only your imagination!
Catch a sweet piece of cloud or even learn how to create your own!

Blackout Poetry

You are a poet, but you might not know it!
Have a go at creating a poem from newspaper clippings and texta and be taught the art of this form of poetry creation.

Giant Games

Become larger than life and take on the world of big games. Play, jump and conquer!

RAA Rangers bubble creations

Be astounded by the ginormous, shiny, bubblicious creations of the RAA Rangers!

Baker’s Delight fairy bread activity station

 Want to know the secret behind a really good fairy bread? Who better to teach you than the experts at Baker's Delight! 

The Museum of Tiny Things

Take a look at the South Australian Museum’s collection of tiny things, in celebration of The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things interactive theatre.

Portrait Making

Learn the art of creating a portrait from some of the best in the biz, while enjoying your surrounds among the amazing work in the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Mini Melts ice-cream

Come try the flash-frozen, coldest ice cream in the world!

Something on Saturday Foundation Kids Corner

Image: Cath Leo

All are welcome at the Something on Saturday Foundation Kids Corner workshops; have fun crafting and creating to your heart’s content all weekend!

What Animal Are You?
Create your own terrific animal tail! Find inspiration from the animals around you or from your pets at home. Have fun with fluff and fur creating your very own tail to take home.
Fun Foresty Headbands
Take a stroll through the deep dark wood. Stick, paste and cut your way to creating a crown fit for a forest king or queen!




A word from the festival’s Creative Producer…