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Let your imagination run wild at Greater Dandenong Children's Festival

Let your imagination run wild at Greater Dandenong Children's Festival

14 September 2017

Take a walk on the wild side at Greater Dandenong’s Children’s Festival 2017

This two-week celebration for the young and young at heart will be held throughout the school holidays from September 23 to 8 October.

Now in its sixth year the annual City of Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival is celebrating an Animal Kingdom theme.

Families are invited to let their imaginations run wild over the school holidays, with a series of free and low cost events which include daily movie screenings, craft workshops, storytelling and puppet making.

The headline event – Little Day Out – For Big Imaginations – is back again this year and will be held at Ross Reserve on Sunday 1 October from 11am to 4pm.

This year visitors to the Little Day Out will be able to ride a camel, visit an animal farm and try their hand at circus play.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Cr Jim Memeti said the festival appealed to children of all ages and encouraged children to explore their creative side.

He said more than 17,000 people were expected to attend the Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival during the two weeks.

“Combining live performances, craft-making workshop and a rich array of family-friendly activities, this festival is unique to the City of Greater Dandenong,” Cr Memeti said.

“This festival has quickly become a regular feature on people’s school holiday calendar and offers affordable, fun and imaginative ways to keep the children busy.”

This year’s festival will also feature the inaugural Shorter Cuts Film Festival – a junior festival specifically tailored towards children.

Some of the films featured have been created by local school students and will screen in Harmony Square in Dandenong on Wednesday, 27 September at 12pm.

During this year’s festival the Dandenong Civic Centre will also feature a large inflatable which includes the five festival mascots.

The characters sum up everything the Children’s Festival aims to be – fun, creative, healthy, interesting and entertaining

Mona Beeza the Bee is the creative one in the group. She is artistic and imaginative and loves drawing.

Birdtoven the birds is the actor of the group. She loves to perform and to keep people entertained.

Bob the Reader is quite an intellectual pooch. He loves books and enjoys learning about new people, places and things.

Healthy Shelby is the healthiest koala going around. She always makes sure she eats her five vegetables and two pieces of fruit each day. She loves being a role model for healthy eating and nutrition.

Puss ‘n’ Hoops is a cat with lots of energy.  She loves being active, is always on the go and her enthusiasm is catchy.

For a full list of Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival events for 2017 go to

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