Exciting New River Kids Precinct Unveiled at River Festival

Published on 29 June 2023

The Vegetable Plot

Get ready for a sensational family experience at the upcoming Rockhampton River Festival as we introduce the brand-new River Kids Precinct, filled with an array of free workshops and performances for children of all ages. The festival, taking place from 28th to 30th July, promises a weekend of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams is thrilled to extend a warm welcome to an exciting line-up of interactive stage shows and programs designed to delight kids of all ages.

“Prepare to be enchanted by the puppet mastery of Larrikin Puppets, groove to the infectious tunes of renowned kids’ band, The Vegetable Plot, be captivated by the skilful performances and workshops of Helly Hoops and unleash your creativity at the engaging art workshops on offer,” Mayor Williams said.

“With the creation of the River Kids Precinct on Rod Laver Plaza, Rockhampton River Festival promises an unforgettable experience for our communities’ young families looking for engaging and educational content.”

Acting Executive Manager Advance Rockhampton Zac Garven is encouraging families to plan their weekend at Rockhampton River Festival's River Kids Precinct!

"We are absolutely thrilled to deliver an exceptional children's program this year, catering to the desires of local families seeking exciting and free experiences for their little ones. The River Kids Precinct is the ultimate destination for endless fun over the River Festival weekend," said Mr Garven.

“This incredible line-up of stage shows, and workshops guarantees an affordable weekend filled with endless fun and creativity.”

“We encourage everyone to mark their calendars and join the celebration from 28th to 30th July for a truly magical experience across the entire Rockhampton River Festival with live music, art installations, workshops and cultural performances!”

What’s in the River Kids Precinct?

Larrikin Puppets will captivate young audiences with their colourful and exciting puppet shows allowing children to join in the fun, featuring zany characters, catchy songs, and plenty of opportunities to talk, dance, sing, and play along. Larrikin Puppets' performances not only entertain but also nurture child development and celebrate the values of fun, kindness, and diversity.

Joining the festivities is the beloved Aussie kids’ band, The Vegetable Plot. These talented musicians sprouted onto the scene in 2014 and have since become a favourite among children and adults alike. As part of the ABC Kids music family, this internationally acclaimed band is known for their earthy, organic music that both parents and kids can enjoy. Their live show promises a bumper crop of tasty grooves, dances, jokes, and veggie bangers that will plant seeds of inspiration in the hearts of the audience for years to come.

Additionally, Helly Hoops, a powerhouse entertainer, will bring her unique hilarity and skill to the River Kids Precinct. With her professional clown and hula hoop performances, Helen is sure to leave children in awe. From giant bubble workshops to mixed circus play, and LED hula hoop playspaces, Helly Hoops will provide endless excitement and laughter.

But that's not all! Calling all little artists, Maggie Moo Music invites you to their super fun Paint Your Own Plant Pot People Workshop. This free workshop allows children to unleash their creativity as they decorate their very own terracotta pot. And as an added bonus, Maggie Moo will assist them in planting a cute little plant in their masterpiece, which they can proudly take home and watch grow. *Parental supervision required. 

To stay updated on the latest news and program release www.rockhamptonriverfestival.com.au or follow www.facebook.com/rockhamptonriverfestival and www.instagram.com/rockhamptonriverfestival for more information.

About Rockhampton River Festival

Friday 28 – Sunday 30 July 2023
Rockhampton Riverside Precinct - Quay Street, Rockhampton
Free Entry, All Ages event

Rockhampton River Festival is the quintessential winter festival on the Central Queensland calendar, showcasing a diverse line-up of nationally recognised artists and up-and-coming talent. Held in the picturesque Rockhampton Riverside Precinct, the festival aims to create a vibrant celebration of music, art, food and culture that captivates audiences of all ages. With its commitment to delivering unforgettable experiences, Rockhampton River Festival solidifies the region as the Events Capital of Central Queensland.