“Out of the Box is a wonderful way for parents to encourage children to love the arts and to grow up to be creative leaders and future problem solvers.”
– Chief Executive, QPAC, John Kotzas
The first time I visited The Out of the Box Festival was back in 2008, with my class of enthusiastic and lively Preppies. I loved every second of it and vowed to return every time (in either the capacity of teacher or parent).
At the 2010 festival, I had my first little one of my own, Bean, who was just a baby; then in 2012 I took both Bean and Bug (three and one), and we had a ball together.
This year I’ll be taking along all three mini-Bradys, and I can’t wait. We’ve already been busily planning which performances to see, and which activities to join in with, using the fantastic website (choc-full of information).
In our family we place a high value on the importance of immersing our children in the performing arts, and Out of The Box is an internationally recognised event which has entertained, inspired and engaged children for 20 years. How lucky we are to have QPAC facilitate this fantastic festival right in our own pretty city!
Having just finished a month of circus learning activities at home, which you can view here, we are particularly looking forward to the world premier of a new work by the internationally acclaimed Circa. Entitled Carnival of the Animals, the performance features “a blend of circus and multimedia, (and) is a magical reinvention of the classic music by French composer, Camille Saint-Saëns.” – OOTB website.
In the spirit of embracing diverse learners, and in partnership with Autism Queensland, Out of The Box will present a Sensory Friendly Performance of Carnival of the Animals, on Monday June 30.
Another event we’re keen to attend is Nursery, a play space where babies, two dancers and a musician join together to create an interactive performance. Sponsored by C and K (of which I’m a huge supporter) and choreographed by Sally Chance Dance, this promises to be an amazing experience for parents and babies. Rosie and I can’t wait. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Families of young children are often on a tight budget, so it’s great to attend a couple of performances and then plan to enjoy the free activities!
We’ll be heading over to The Courier Mail Story Space for Boppin’ Babies. The Story Space is a free activity which runs from 9.30am to 2pm daily.
You can also check out Pattern Bandits at The Gallery of Modern Art, which is also in the cultural precinct. Check out how much fun we had at Pattern Bandits here.
From 10-3 daily you can check out QUT’s pop-up play spaces, which are run by Early Childhood students from QUT. I was one of those, once!
Then there’s the Toddler Program, running on Monday 30 June. It’s free but you’ve got to book so head to: qagoma.qld.gov.au/kids/programs to do that!
There will be so much to do for a huge range of ages and abilities in the eight-and-under crowd, I think I’ll have to make a few trips into the cultural precinct just so we can take full advantage of the Festival and all that it has to offer.
We can’t wait to experience this together! We’re buzzing with anticipation.
Keep an eye out on Preschool Mummy for reviews of all the events I attend with my little crew!
And now for the pep-talk: If I can manage ninety-odd five year old students on public transport with two teaching colleagues and three teacher aides, surely I can survive wrangling my three – it’ll be so, so worthwhile for us all!
Over to you! How do you help your children experience the arts?
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