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Cairns Children's Festival

Saturday 15 at CPAC & The Court House
Sunday 16 May at Tanks, 9am - 3pm

The Cairns Children's Festival is an annual celebration for children aged 12 years and under. The festival aims to put our youngest creatives in the spotlight whilst also creating a safe and fun environment for families to explore, create and imagine.

Events and activities are held across multiple locations including; Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Botanic Gardens and in 2021, the newly refurbished The Court House, too!

Want to know what's on at the Tanks? See the event listings below!

Or pick up the latest issue of Vibrance Magazine for the full program - available from Council libraries and customer service centres, Ticketlink, CPAC, Tanks, as well as cafes and shops around the city.

A huge THANK YOU to our exclusive automotive sponsor:

Volunteer at Cairns Children's Festival

Cultural Services is looking for Volunteer Site Assistants to help out at the 2021 Cairns Children's Festival on Saturday 15 May (at The Court House) & Sunday 16 May (at Tanks Arts Centre). Find out more here.


Cairns Regional Council is following Queensland Health guidelines and encouraging physical distancing measures and good hygiene practices for all attendees.

Please practise 1.5m social distancing at all times. This is essential.

Visitors must check-in on entry using the QR code available on signage around the venue and gardens to record your personal details for contact tracing purposes.

Please note the following important information:

  • - Stay home if you are unwell, are positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19
  • - Use hand sanitiser and practice good personal hygiene

Before attending, please read our COVID Safe Venue Guide



screenPLAY Zone

Sun 16 May
Free

Catch the newest releases from our youngest filmmakers.
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Tinkering Tank

Sun 16 May

Bamboo Connect further explores the collaborative installation which started in 2019.
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Ngamumu - Infant Zone

Sun 16 May
Free

Ngamumu has been created by mothers and artists Merindi Schrieber (Kuku Yalanji) Lia Pa’apa’a (Samoan/ Native American).
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First 5 Forever Story Walk

Sun 16 May
Free

Ever wonder what it’s like to be swallowed whole? You’re about to find out!
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5 Minutes of Fame Stage

Sun 16 May
Free

Children have the opportunity to perform on a professional stage, with their own technicians, PA, microphones and lights!
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Regurgitator's Pogogo Show

Sun 16 May
Free

Ever since the heyday of Yo Gabba Gabba, alternative and indie rock bands have been no strangers to the world of children’s music.
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Cairns Minecraft Live Build Battle

Sun 16 May
Free

Watch Cairns best Minecraft builders battle it out - live!
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Beyond The Waves

Sun 16 May
Free

Join the ARC performance ensemble for the premiere of their new puppetry and visual theatre work.
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