Signature Events for 2018

Our Events are full of fun things to do!


2018 Program

All Aboard the KidsFest Express

Illawarra Light Railway Museum

Bring the family together picnic, play and ride the steam trains. Call 1300 656 169 to secure your 1 hour steam train family pass. BYO Picnic.

Activities include:

  • Steam train and miniature train rides. NB Covered footwear must be worn on the miniature train ride
  • Symbio Wildlife Park Zoo2You- Meet animals and reptiles and see how the Illawarra Credit Union’s Wildlife Saver program helps protect our natural environment and endangered animals
  • “Be Inspired” Creativity Party. Come and be arty and crafty with Early Years Care
  • Music ‘Jam n Bread’- Come and jam on amazing instruments made from recycled materials
  • Your Imagination and the Stories It Tells with Cindy Russell 11-1:30pm
  • Circus Play Zone with Honora
  • Help artist, Anita Larkin, create a tactile maze through the trees with yarn, objects, and fabrics
  • UOW Motorsport’s Racing Simulator
  • Live performance by Grace Mae 10:30am and 12:30pm
  • Roo Theatre Company present excerpts from their upcoming musical ‘Oliver’ 11am and 1pm
  • Sensory Play Experience with Pearl Perfumery
  • Make a healthy fruit kebab with our friends from Housing Trust
  • Lantern making- help Bertie make some big lanterns for our finale parade at Killalea State Park on Saturday

Sunday May 20 10am – 3pm Ages 0 – 12

Calderwood Valley Circus Capers

Create a circus character, learn some skills, play in the circus zone & perform. This is a hands-on, interactive session for families that like to roll up their sleeves and have a go.

Calderwood Valley Sprout Hub, Corner of Escarpment Drive and Brushgrove Circuit, Calderwood

Monday May 20 9.30am – 11.30am

"Helper Friends" Emergency Services Expo

Meet emergency service workers from NSW Rural Fire Services, Fire Rescue NSW, NSW Police & NSW Ambulance. Kids will get to crawl through a smoke house, try the fire trucks powerful hose, climb inside an ambulance, sit on a police motor bike and make their own Emergency Services helmet with Bunnings. Free sausage sizzle provided by Bunnings.

Illawarra Rural Fire Service Control Centre

37 Airport Drv, Albion Park Rail

Tuesday May 22 10am – 2pm

Magic Show with the amazing Daniel Dwyer

Dress up as your favourite costumed character and help save the day, as Daniel uncovers some cheeky, mischievous magic toys that threaten to make a big mess. Party games, modelled balloons and seedling planting will follow the show.

Ravensthorpe Guesthouse & Restaurant

56 Tongarra Rd Albion Park

Wednesday May 23 10.30am – 12 noon

Communities for Children Picnic

Blackbutt Forest Reserve; Enter off Shellharbour Road. Some parking onsite and in side streets off Woodlands Drive.

Come along and help the Mayor of Shellharbour celebrate Paint Shellharbour REaD’s mascot Bangu’s 2nd birthday. Enjoy free activities such as Paint Shellharbour REaD’s Reading Tent and Art Activities, face painting, art and craft, reading, ball games, Inspiring paint party with Early Years Care, Live Butterfly House Experience, Wollongong Conservatorium’s ChiME music activities, Park and Play, SCC Road Safety Officer, Munch and Move, Billy Back Pack, Barnardos Play Ranger van and much more.

Bring a picnic, hat, sunscreen and rug. Check website for alternative location in case of bad weather.

Thursday May 24 10am – 12 noon

'Love Your World' hosted by Early Years Care

Come and join in the fun and get back to nature with many hands-on activities to encourage sustainability and outdoor fun, nature craft, healthy treats, music, make a clap pot and plant a seed, Live Butterfly House Experience and maybe some animals!  Don’t forget to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty in.

Blackbutt Youth Centre, LOT 201 Cygnet Ave, Shellharbour City Centre

Friday 24 10am – 12 noon

KidsFest Finale at Killalea State Park

Killalea Camping Ground, Killalea Drive, Shell Cove

Come and Try Activities from 2pm-5pm

  • The Scouts Climbing Wall
  • Craft, reading and visit from Bangu with Paint Shellharbour REaD
  • Meet the Frog Man & the Shellharbour City Council’s Environment team
  • Live butterfly experience with Butterfly House Experience The Illawarra.
  • EARLY YEARS CARE Creativity station-Make your own creature or art work from recycled materials
  • Junk Kids Koutoure- create your own fantastic costume creation from recycled materials & then parade the outfit you created. We’ll have sewing machines and sewers on hand to help you create your outfit – be it a giant carrot or a sparkly jumpsuit. BYO old clothes, fabrics and inspirations.
  • Beat Construction with the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music
  • UOW Motorsport’s Racing Simulator
  • Sensory Play Experience with Pearl Perfumery
  • Explore your creative self with Da Vinci Art Studio
  • Circus Play Zone with Honora
  • Make a clay pot, plant a seed and sing a song with Marvellous Meg
  • Your Imagination and the Stories It Tells with Cindy Russell
  • Lantern making with Bertie- come make a lantern for our finale parade.


Saturday May 26 2pm – 7.30pm


Rhee Taekwondo 3 – 3:30pm

Zumba with Fernwood Fitness 3:30 – 4pm

Bollywood dancing 4 – 4.30pm

Roo Theatre Company present excerpts from their upcoming musical ‘Oliver’ 4.30pm

Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Gerald – 5pm

Little Ngargens Aboriginal Dancers with Richard Campbell – 5.15pm

Join the Finale Parade – featuring lanterns, music & dress ups – 5.30pm

Damper cooking with Fred’s Bush Tucker

Make yummy spicy potatoes with Pramila

Stories round the campfire with Richard Campbell

Star gazing with Wollongong Amateur Astronomy Club

FREE Movie Screening of local short film ‘Protection’ 7pm

Made collaboratively with children from public housing areas in the Illawarra ‘Protection’ uses a unique blend of film and animation to tell stories about childhood -inspired by the lives and experiences of the film’s adventurous and often hilarious young cast.

Music around the campfire with Nick and Rick

Camping overnight – Bookings essential. Please phone 42378589 (Mention KidsFest to get 10% off). BYO tent, mat, sleeping bag, torch, food and drink.

Look at the program for timings and dates