9 Reasons Kids will LOVE Apple & Grape Festival!

Kids (and parents) are going to LOVE the fun of the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival 2020! It’s only on every 2 years, so don’t miss the action of the big weekend, 7 – 8 March 2020. The festival has partnered with Woolworths to deliver big new fun at a Kids Zone in Weeroona Park…

Kids (and parents) are going to LOVE the fun of the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival 2020! It’s only on every 2 years, so don’t miss the action of the big weekend, 7 – 8 March 2020.

The festival has partnered with Woolworths to deliver big new fun at a Kids Zone in Weeroona Park from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March. Kids enter FREE and parents need only pay $10 per day (plus the same entry ticket gives entry to the Heritage Bank Food & Wine Fiesta right next door!).

Read on for 9 things to kids will LOVE at the festival…

1. Kids Cooking Classes

Kids will get hands on with the colour, movement, smell, touch and tastes of Bubble Muffin Cooking Classes! The classes will be a mix of education and entertainment that teach children how to enjoy healthy food choices.

Join in the classes at 10.30am, 12pm, 1pm or 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday inside Kids Zone!


2. Watch the Spectacle of the Grand Parade!

A festival highlight for the whole family is the Channel 7 Grand Parade which sweeps through Stanthorpe’s main street in a colourful celebration!  

The parade runs along High and Maryland Streets from 2pm Saturday 7 March. Straight after the parade the marching and brass bands will all gather in the main street for a bands finale, from approximately 2.30pm to 3pm.


3. Whip Cracking Show & Workshops for Kids!

Nathan Griggs – Australia’s number 1 whip cracking entertainer will be joining the fun in Kids Zone to demonstrate why he is a 4-time Guinness World Record Holder! He’ll also be giving whip-cracking tips in workshops for kids.

See Nathan Whippy Griggs in Kids Zone, Weeroona Park 11am – 11.30am on both Saturday 7 and Sunday 8th March.


4. Pirates & Lots More on Stage

Kids will delight in the shows on stage in Kids Zone – here’s what they can expect to see…

WHALE TALES STAGE SHOW

A Pirate Tale of the high seas – kids will love meeting these pirates and learning the dodgy art of piracy. Polly Wanna cracker, Willy Woodeneye and Horacio Nose-Blower show what it takes to be a brave pirate, they take some young audience hopefulls on a journey of learning. Lots of pirate drinking songs, sea shanties, tests of bravery and learning the pirate alphabet  

MARSUPIAL MADNESS

Kids will smile at the silliness, slapstick comedy and Australian songs along the journey of camper Sally Goody Socks as she hopes to catch a real bunyip monster. She unfortunately meets naughty rodney roo and super-nice kattee koala and some local wildlife along the way, so take it on themselves to persistently ‘help her’ in her quest to find a bunyip, until the truth of the Bunyip is revealed.

TALES FROM THE TOYBOX

Toy room characters Lulu the clown doll, Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Annie come out to play when the entire household is asleep. The audience are sworn to secrecy and can join in all there fun and games and become real toys themselves through the fun of songs and dancing.

View the Kids Zone Schedule…


5. Sandcastles, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Craft and More…

Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash

The Kids Zone precinct will be a hive of fun for the kids all weekend – when the kids aren’t watching stage show, they can join in on many more activities. There’ll be face painting, sandcastles building, a petting zoo, balloon artists and roving entertainers coming and going – making for a festive atmosphere any kids will delight in!

A favourite it sure to be the kids craft workshops, held in the marquee in Kids Zone 11am Saturday and Sunday.


6. Watch the Grape Stomping Mess!

grape crush

Things are guaranteed to get messy and what kid doesn’t love that! The Stanthorpe Border Post Grape Crush Championships are a challenge to see who can crush grapes to produce grape juice the quickest – but the grape crushing action always descends into a very messy finale of grape throwing fun.

Be there at 4pm Saturday 7th March in the main street of Stanthorpe to watch the very messy spectacle! Tell the kids to look out for Livio Regano in the grape crush – they may recognise him from the Channel 7 weather reports on TV.


7. Visit an Apple Orchard

It’s not often kids get the chance to see where their fruit comes from, so many parents will jump at the chance for the family to visit an apple orchard during the festival! Free orchard tours are available Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March. …Read more about orchard tours


8. Fireworks

fireworks

We’re going to finish Saturday night off with a bang when the Rossow Bulk Haulage Fireworks are set off above Carnarvon Bridge at 7.30pm. Find a spot on the bottom end of Maryland street, or find a spot on the lawn at the Visitor Information Centre to watch the impressive display.

There will be road closures, so follow where directed and note that there will be some action nearby on Maryland street from 6.30pm with a grand performance of the Band of the 1st Regiment Royal Australian Artillery.


9. Plus More to Explore for Kids Around Stanthorpe…

There’s a whole stack of kids fun around Stanthorpe… a giant maze, strawberry picking on the farm, a Christmas Tree Farm with Santa’s animals and even a bushranger hideout to scramble through and explore! …Read more: 17 Kids Experiences You’ve Probably Never Heard About Hidden in Wine Country


Find Accommodation Vacancy

There are still some accommodation vacancies to be found during the festival.  …Read more about how to get here and where to find a bed

View the Full Festival Program

Click here to search the daily schedule of festival events.

Or click the image below to scan through the official festival printed program.

About Kids Zone…

Kids Zone will be in Weeroona Park from 10am to 4pm on both Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March.  Kids enter FREE and parents need only pay $10 per day (plus the same entry ticket gives entry to the Heritage Bank Food & Wine Fiesta right next door!).

Kids Zone has received valuable support from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Tackling Tough Times program.

Without Woolworths it wouldn’t have been possible to deliver such a packed Kids Zone program in 2020! Kids Zone is an exciting new edition to the festival and look out for Woolworths – they’ll be there with a marquee inside Kids Zone.

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