Kids Take Over HOTA these school holidays

KIDS TAKE OVER is the playful program planned for children and parents alike, as HOTA’s precinct transforms into the ultimate playground and a central hub of entertainment for four days during the school holidays.

CEO at HOTA, Criena Gehrke, said that it’s about the kids taking ownership and getting the whole family involved.

“Our school holiday program is all about expressing a sense of kids being in control. Think fun, chaotic and messy activities that appeal to the whole family and get your creative senses buzzing,” she said.

“Whether it’s taking a moment to watch a show, have a belly laugh or get your hands dirty in one of our interactive activities, there is something for everyone and we’re so excited to get the Gold Coast involved.”

Headlining is Haircuts by Children, a free activity run by Canadian production company – Mammalian Diving Reflex – where a group of twenty children under the age of ten will be given a crash course in hairdressing, prior to taking the reins of their very own salon and offering free haircuts on The Terrace at HOTA from 29-30 September.

Teaming up with Byron Coathup from Maverick’s Salon in Coolangatta, the production company will set up a fully functional mobile salon out of a container in front of HOTA for five days to train the kids, while taking bookings for the dedicated coiffures and daring adults.

Children Are Stinky is a show, presented by Circus Trick Tease and featuring a talented acrobatic duo on a mission to prove that kids “stink”. With wild laugh out loud moments, riotous daredevil stunts and incredible circus skills to a 90s soundtrack, The Space at HOTA will play host to this interactive show each day during the school holiday program.

HOTA’s Arts Theatre will home the Kids Comedy Hour, with a cracking line-up of comedy talent, music, adventure and magic that is showing on September 28. Featuring the renowned puppet comedian, Randy Feltface; Brisbane-based and internationally recognised artist, singer and comedian, Madame Lark; multi-award winning comedian for children, Mickey D; and Chores by Cluster Arts, the brothers and duo inspired by slapstick legends, Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

Boxwars is the final free activity planned as part of HOTA’s school holiday program, where both art and destruction play a part. Using nothing but cardboard to engineer a masterpiece, children and adults can join in the fun with a series of free workshops to construct mega mysterious creations and costumes that culminate in the battle of battles on September 30.

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All the way from Melbourne and fresh from touring around Australia, this will be the first time the Gold Coast will host the box warriors battle on HOTA turf, in a family-friendly festival with a coastal beach and sea creature theme that comes to life with live music on HOTA’s Outdoor Stage.

With plenty to see and do, HOTA’s KIDS TAKE OVER will be jam-packed with activity for the whole family during the September School Holidays.


The Terrace
Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 September, 10am-2pm
FREE – bookings required


Ages 3 – 10
The Space
Friday 28 September – Monday 1 October, 10am & 12.45pm
Adults $22 | Concession $14 | Kids $14 | Family $60 (2A, 2C)


Ages 5 – 10
Arts Theatre
Friday 28 September, 11.30am & 2pm
Adults $22 | Concession $12 | Kids $12


Paradise Showroom
Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 September, 9am-5pm


Ages 7+
The Basement
Friday 28 September – Monday 1 October, 10am-2pm


Outdoor Stage
Sunday 30 September, 12-2pm

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