Come for the flowers, stay for the fantastic family-friendly adventures at the 2017 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers!! What’s not to love about brilliant spring air, playing amongst the petals and enjoying fabulous local food and wine?
So, for all the families keen to step away from digital domination, here are the top 10 family friendly adventures:
Saturday, 16 and Sunday 17 September at Upper Queens Park
Take your little people to The Cubby House – it’s like a festival for kids within the Carnival! They can cook with Chef Carmel, garden and learn to make planter boxes, build in the super-sized sandpit, have their faces painted for free and play with some gorgeous fluffy ducks and chickens! On Saturday morning the much loved characters Ben and Holly take to the stage.
Saturday, 16 September at 3pm
Be a part of colourful history and join the revellers on the streets of Toowoomba for the famous floral parade. It is truly an experience not to be missed and is the centre of the Carnival. Spectacular performers, carnival characters, stilt walkers and incredibly decorated floats are the stars, with flowers everywhere. Before and after the parade there’s chalk art on the streets to keep the kids busy!
Take your train enthusiasts to the heritage listed Spring Bluff Railway Station to learn more about 150 years of railway history and explore the gardens and flowers. Why not book a rail tour and explore the region aboard a steam or diesel hauled train?
It’s not called the Carnival of Flowers for nothing, so go explore Toowoomba’s spectacular parks and gardens all alive with colour. Did you know: Queens Park has been planted with 40,000 Annuals and 8,000 Bulbs; Laurel Bank Park with 68,000 Annuals and 10,500 Bulbs; Picnic Point with 26,000 Annuals; the CBD (Ruthven/Margaret Streets) with 6,500 Annuals and 1,500 Bulbs and Newtown Park, Vera Lacaze, Chalk Drive with 11,000 Annuals, and on Spring Bluff, 8,000 Annuals. You can go at your own pace or join a tour, there’s plenty!
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 September at Upper Queens Park
This mouth-watering, world-class festival includes incredible food and wine, made with produce grown fresh in Southern Queensland Country. Sample local fare and wonderful local wines at tastings and food stalls, and check out a range of cooking demonstrations starring acclaimed Australian chef Anna Gare. The kids will love the flower crown making station and the music line-up on the main stage.
Friday, 22 September and Saturday, 23 September at Laurel Bank Park
Family movie night never looked so good. Pack your blankets, beanbags and popcorn and settle in for a night under the stars watching the hilariously colourful Trolls movie, or long-time family favourite The Lion King.
Friday 15-17 September at Lower Queens Park
High octane entertainment for the kids – of all sizes!!! Enjoy the thrills and spills in Sideshow Alley and brave the rides, including the hair raising 360°, or try your luck on a top shelf prize at a sideshow game. Take in the Matt Hollywood magic show, catch Dr Bubbles Big Bubble Show, try some crazy science and then kick back for the stunning fireworks display.
Sunday, 17 September at SideShow Alley
Yes, it’s former X Factor winner!! Get your groove on and see first-hand why this 17-year old talent was the 2017 Australian entrant for Eurovision.
Throughout the festival
There is so much to discover in Toowoomba so strap on your walking shoes and take the family touring the Garden City. Learn about the city’s architecture, rail history, dark and spooky side or explore the hidden laneways dotted around the city.
Friday, 22 September – Sunday, 24 September at Glennie School, Herries Street
Flowers and Fairies – it’s the perfect combination for any family!! There will be fairy wing and fairy garden workshops, artisan stalls and fashion parades. Yes, even the boys will love this!