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PlayFest – Great family day out for Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Dad Day Out review: Melbourne

Thanks to the always spectacular Always Josefa, and the wonderful team at PlayFest, Little E and I won free tickets to this “Big Day Out” for kids today (Friday 21st Nov 2014).

I’ll keep this simple so that you can pop on over to their site and buy tickets for tomorrow… it was REALLY AWESOME!

If you want something brilliant to do with the kids this weekend, then I highly and hurriedly recommend PlayFest for non-stop entertainment.

Tomorrow is the last day of PlayFest for 2014 (Saturday 22nd November), so click here to buy your tickets! 

[This is not a sponsored post. Little E and I had a great time and we don’t want anyone to miss out, and have to wait 12 months until the next fest.]

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There are 3 performance stages, a storytelling tent, smash and bang music corner, Lego construction Brickfest, Silent Disco, Sports fun stand and a chill-out IKEA Little Play Zone for the under 3’s.

Essentially there is more going on than you can possibly get to.

The Main Stage is non-stop kid-ertainment. The fun sing-song acts echo around the whole venue. As today was more of a toddler day, we had Abi Tucker and Alex Papps, of Play School renown, hosting a range of colourful, ever-enthusiastic, and musically impressive groups. Every time I turned my back, Little E would make a mad dash to get back to the Main Stage.

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The two smaller stages are more intimate and allow some brilliant audience participation with action-based songs and even some prizes given out.

The Yamaha Music Corner has professional guitars, keyboards and drum sets just waiting for tiny hands to go crazy with. Little E went nuts bashing his drum set even began this funny duet-ish approach with another kid, on another drum set. One of them would bash away and then throw it over to the other kid. Literally. With a big arm flourish. Where do 2 year olds learn this stuff?

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All of the other activity points are cool, but I have to tell you about the BEST EXPERIENCE EVER! Colin Lane (from the ex-comedy duo Lano & Woodley) reading the Gruffalo. To toddlers.


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Colin was not only hilarious, but he learned the kids names and interacted with them as he read, for half an hour. He even asked Little E to sit in the chair beside him and join in the storytelling.

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I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in forever.
A BIG THANK YOU to Colin Lane for being the world’s greatest/ funniest/ most-hilarious-asides-ist storyteller Melbourne has ever seen!

I’ll stop typing now, or this post won’t go up until midnight. If you are in Melbourne and don’t have plans for tomorrow (Sat 22nd Nov) seriously check out PlayFest.

We thought it was awesome!

What celebrity storytellers have you taken your kids to see? What crazy shenanigans happened?

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?