Banyule's annual kids arts festival where everyone gets to play, create, experiment and have fun!
Sunday 17 March 2019
10am - 11am - Grand Parade down Burgundy Street Heidelberg
11am - 4pm - Kids ArtyFarty Fest at Sills Bend
Sills Bend - Warringal Parklands
The Kids ArtyFarty Fest is a magnificent event that gives kids the opportunity to experience and explore arts practice in all its various forms.
Activities, workshops, food, performances, storytelling, games and more... all set in a quiet patch of bushland alongside the Yarra River.
The Festival kicks off with the Grand Parade, marching down Burgundy Street Heidelberg, and continues with a day of creativity and entertainment in the park at Sills Bend.
Come and be part of one of Melbourne's longest running children's events, filled with inspiring activities and performances that are exciting, colourful and even perhaps a little strange.
Performer and Artist Applications
Applications for Kids ArtyFarty Fest 2019 are now open, click here to apply through the online application process. Applications close mid-January.
Parking is limited for both the parade and festival.
Sills Bend is near Heidelberg Station and the 903 bus route.
Shuttle Bus (Free)
Catch a free shuttle bus (Mee’s Bus Lines) from Heidelberg station, Bell St Mall or Olympic Village to the Kids ArtyFarty Fest and back.
Walk, run or ride
Ride or walk to the event along the Main Yarra Trail. The Banyule Bicycle User Group is also providing free supervised bike parking.
Auslan interprators will be visible at the Common Ground Tipi all day.
The Phonic Ear system is available, as well as accessible toilets, and a recharge point for motorised scooters and electric wheelchairs.
Limited accessible parking is available for people with a disabled parking permit.
Note: The Festival is set in a park which includes rough terrain and unpaved paths.
Breastfeeding is welcome at the Parents Retreat, hosted by The Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Kids ArtyFarty Fest 2018 Snapshot
The festival is always jam packed with a variety of activities, shows and activations and this year was no exception! The 'Get Moving Tent' got everyone up and moving with interactive movement activities, similarly the 'Busy Hands Art Tent' was a hive of activity with kids big and small joining in the art projects. Westside Circus took over our 'Circus Tent' with a full day of performances, acrobatics, circus skills and clowning fun!
The 'Common Ground Tipi' presented by Miles Real Estate showcased a huge range of performances and acts. Highlights of the day were Zabelle Belly Dancing and The Skulls mariachi brass band of puppeteers.
Other activities on offer were:
- Homefront project - a preview of Banyule's latest public art project
- Banyule Leisure Snack Stop - kids could make their own little healthy snack to munch on as they explored the festival
- Jets Disco - presented by Banyule's creative studio Jets, a pop-up fun disco under a large oak tree
- Boat Rides - with the Ivanhoe Scouts in the river
- Face painting - presented by WaterMarc
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Bendigo Bank, Heidelberg Central Traders, Miles Real Estate, Mee's Bus Lines, Ivanhoe Foot Posture Clinic
If you are interested in sponsoring the Kids ArtyFarty Fest please contact Festival Officer, Margaret Summerton on 9433 7727.