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Family fun at Darwin Festival

Darwin Festival isn’t just for the Top End’s big kids – there’s plenty on for the little and not-so-little family members, too.

Every year teddies and teacups take over the Esplanade for the beloved City of Darwin Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

This year is no different and Danielle Andrews and Amy Hetherington from Team Fun will be among Big Ted’s guests, hosting a special jungle party disco in The Aurora Spiegeltent. 

The free picnic, packed with performances and delicious food, is just one of many family events on this year’s Darwin Festival line-up.

Festival Park will be a playground for curious young minds with a huge range of interactive activities.

Mini humans will have their own mini festival, emBARK!, with three nights of artistic adventures. Chill out in the City of Darwin Libraries’ pop-up story corner, see the world in a new light thanks to  virtual reality, get moving at a dance party, explore robotics or build with Lego.

There will also be some new play equipment in Festival Park – with a twist. 

Three semi-intelligent seesaws will invite festivalgoers to jump on and have a chat and talk about what’s important to them. 

Over at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) a light will be shone on the great beasts that inhabited Central Australia more than six million years ago – quite literally. 

The renowned Melbourne-based theatre company Barking Spider Visual Theatre has teamed up with MAGNT to create a unique and captivating shadow puppetry installation, bringing stories of ancient megafauna to life in an event sure to enchant the whole family. 

City of Darwin Teddy Bears’ Picnic | Sun 12 Aug | 9am-12pm | Darwin Cenotaph | Free

Team Fun | Sun 12 Aug | 9am-12pm | The Aurora Spiegeltent | $5 Door

emBARK! | Tue 21 – Thu 23 Aug | 5.30-7pm | Festival Park | Free

Pivot | Fri 10 – Sun 26 Aug | From 4pm (Closed Mondays) | Festival Park | Free

Megafauna: In The Shadow Of Great Beasts | Fri 17, Sat 18 & Sun 26 Aug | 10am-5pm | Museum & Art Gallery of the NT | Free


Thumbnail and inset: City of Darwin Teddy Bears' Picnic

Header: emBARK!

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