Help me find... five DreamBig Children's Festival events under $5

Last updated 17 May, 2023

Need something to keep the children entertained this May, and on a budget? Look no further than the DreamBig Children's Festival, which features an array of free and low-cost events for families.

Head to the Adelaide Festival Centre (AFC) and Festival Plaza from Saturday 20 May to Sunday 21 May for the The BIGGEST BIG Family Weekend for a selection of events to celebrate the iconic AFC's 50th anniversary.

There are workshops, shows and exhibitions available for children of all ages, including babies, along with the BIG Family Weekend Gala — a variety hour celebrating some of South Australia’s best young performers.

There will also be the Kidtrepreneur Markets in the Festival Theatre's Dress Circle Foyer where budding entrepreneurs can sell their wares and get an introduction to running a business.

Can't decide what to do? Here are Experience Adelaide's top five events under $5. 

1. Patchworked

Presented by Carclew
Until 26 May
Adelaide Festival Centre, The Galleries, Festival Theatre Foyer
Suitable for all ages
Cost: Free

Patchworked showcases the creativity of children under 12 years old who have put together an exhibition featuring prints, ceramics, drawing, painting, collage and digital animation to give an insight into a youngster's imagination and perspective.

Patchworked, as part of DreamBig Children's Festival

2. On my 50th Birthday exhibition

Curated by Lucy Timbrell and Mali Isabel
Until 26 May
Adelaide Festival Centre, The Galleries, Festival Theatre Foyer
Suitable for ages five years old and up
Cost: Free

Children from across South Australia have imagined what the world might look like on their own 50th birthday in this exciting exhibition. 

On my 50th Birthday event hero image

3. A Song for Your Child

Created by Lullaby Project Australia
20–21 May
Adelaide Festival Centre, John Bishop Room
Suitable for children aged zero to four years old.
Cost: $5. Admit one includes one child + one adult ticket

Musicians will help you create a personal lullaby for your child that can be passed down to generations to come. The lullabies aim to celebrate families, culture, connections and community.

DreamBig Children's Festival - A Song for your child

4. Flock Together

Presented by Mini Mad Things
20–21 May
Festival Plaza
Suitable for all ages
Cost: Free

A rolling workshop where children can decorate a wooden native bird and place it in garden beds around the Plaza.

Flock Together at DreamBig Children's Festival

5. Found Objects — Hover, Axle, Spin

Presented by Shaun Parker & Company
20–21 May
Festival Plaza
Suitable for all ages.
Cost: Free

Five exceptional dance and physical theatre artists present an epic outdoor dance theatre work using everyday objects. Hover pays homage to pop groups through the ages, Axle features a duet between a parkour performer and a remote-control car, while basketball becomes the centre of an imaginative and thrilling adventure in Spin.  

Found Objects as part of DreamBig Children's Fesival

Popular events including Fluffy, Sea of Light, Guru Dudu's Mysteries of Nature Silent Disco Walking Tour are sold out, however, there may be a limited number of walk-in tickets available on the day.

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