WATCH: Kids take over HOTA for action-packed school holiday program

An action-packed mini fest where kids can get creative, be messy and be entertained has kicked off at HOTA, Home of the Arts.

The Kids Take Over school holiday program is on until January 18, with an exciting lineup of activities including mega Boxwars battle, amazing performances, upbeat dance parties, creative and cutting edge technology workshops and so much more.

HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said kids and their adults will love what’s on at HOTA this January.


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“Our Kids Take Over program is one of the best yet, jam packed with a mix of free and low cost performances and activities that will keep your little creatives entertained this summer,” she said.

“Highlights for me include the awe inspiring Air Play from New York’s Acrobuffos, the hilarious and quirky Laser Beak Man from acclaimed Australian artist Tim Sharp and a special Heroes High Tea kids can design and host a beautiful high tea for their hero.”

See some of the school holiday fun on offer in the video below:

Laser Beak Man is a high energy puppet show packed with the trademark humour and visual puns thanks to the creative mind of Australian artist, Tim Sharp. Playing at HOTA from January 16 to 18, audiences will learn all about the adventures of a local hero who works hard to keep his city perfect and safe from evil in a performance that explodes with colour and energy.

After it’s huge success last year, Boxwars returns to HOTA with Gold Coasters invited to join the Thunderbirds’ International Rescue Team in building objects out of cardboard in their Kids and Adult Boxwars Workshops, and then destroying them in a huge battle to end all battles on the very last day.

Toonworld also returns to HOTA with Create A Comic, an activity where kids can learn to draw cartoon characters, create a storyboard and their very own larger than life comic strip on a wall at HOTA.

From January 15 to 17, kids can learn to be heroes in the Eco Warrior Workshop by creating individual reusable cups for the HOTA café to help reduce the use of disposable cups; work on a range of design and business challenges in the Inventors Lab where participants will develop their own products and build their own businesses; and learn how to manipulate shapes and create an augmented reality in Technology in Play.

Kids will also have the chance to hit the decks this summer with DJ Workshops and a 10-Minute Dance Party, work with veteran buskers to become Mini Buskers for the day, chill out with free movie screenings, enjoy a sausage sizzle, and get messy making their very own oozy slime in The Slime-o-logy Project.

In order to save the world, kids will receive their very own passport on arrival at HOTA where they can add their thumb print and details, write about their heroic adventures, and collect stamps throughout the school holiday program.

For more information on HOTA, Home of the Arts or their Kids Take Over program visit: hota.com.au/festivals/kids-take-over-save-the-world/

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