Spring Jam – just add kids: New children’s festival coming this October

Published: 28 Aug 2018 4:04pm

Outdoor adventure is coming to the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens this October school holidays.

Kids will be able to lose themselves in the fun and excitement of Spring Jam, a new children’s festival that combines circus acts, adventure play, interactive fun, live entertainment, safaris, treats and more.

There will be everything from hands-on interactive activities for the two to five-year-olds, to wild and wonderful experiences for six to 12-year-olds.

“Spring Jam is Wagga Wagga’s newest and biggest outdoor festival dedicated to kids,” Wagga Wagga City Council’s Visitor Economy and Events Coordinator Fiona Hamilton said.

“So, mark Saturday 6 October in your calendars and bring the whole family along for a day of outdoor fun and excitement.”

Spring Jam will have a range of zones across the Botanic Gardens, including:

  • Big Top featuring two ticketed children’s performances (all ages)
  • Main stage with free, live entertainment (all ages)
  • Active/outdoor kid’s area with free activities/entertainment (five to 12 years)
  • Workshop zone with free activities/entertainment (two to four years)
  • Chill-out zone with food vendors, tepees, installations, information tent, activities for toddlers and ample seating

The ticketed Big Top will feature performances by Children are Stinky, fresh from their five-star show and children’s choice award at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Children are Stinky delivers daredevil stunts, incredible acrobatics, lightning fast hula hoops, and loads of laughs. And it’s not just all for kids – the show is set in the 1990s with plenty of throwback laughs and nostalgia for mums and dads.

If your child prefers to be centre stage rather than a spectator, Council is on the lookout for some local chatterboxes to be Spring Jam (SJ) Radio Reporters.

One boy and one girl from the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area, aged 10 to 12 years, will be selected to be the SJ Radio Reporters in partnership with Hit 93.1 Riverina.

“If you’re chosen to be an SJ Radio Reporter, you will be taken through the inner workings of the radio station, be interviewed on morning radio, and do some reporting of your own at Spring Jam,” Ms Hamilton said.

“Have Mum or Dad record a 20-second video of you telling us why you want to be an SJ Radio Reporter by 7 September.”

To find out more about how to be an SJ Radio Reporter or to buy tickets online for Children are Stinky, head to visitwagga.com/springjam.

Spring Jam

  • Saturday 6 October
  • 10am-4pm
  • Free entry
  • visitwagga.com/springjam