Horizon Festival: Kids Commandeer Wonderland Spiegeltent!

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Before the sun sinks below the horizon and vibrant delights illuminate the shadows, Horizon Festival’s Wonderland Spiegeltent becomes a creative playground for our little makers and spectators!

Every morning from 26 August to 4 September, kids and their keepers commandeer the Horizon Festival hub with imagination, self-expression and a sprinkle of chaos.

During Family Hours from 9am to 12pm, the Wonderland Spiegeltent Garden blooms – a space thoughtfully curated for the Coast’s little artists to have a laugh and dirty their fingernails.

Free, self-guided arts and craftery abound with creative workshops and activities! Create a coastal collage in a self-guided activity designed by The Butiner or get messy making clay animal figurines! Colour, make music, or just chill out in the reading nook, thanks to New Dreaming Art, King Street Music School, and Sunshine Coast Libraries.

A new short animation of Guyu and friend Mr Pelican, narrated by author and illustrator Aunty Hope, will play on a loop. Afterwards, grab a Kabi-Kabi language activity book and a copy of Aunty Hope’s beautifully illustrated story!

Featured Weekend Workshops

Instrument Circuit with King Street Music School

  • Saturday 27 August, 9am to 12pm
  • Sunday 28 August, 9am to 12pm

Decorative Ornaments with Art for Earthlings

  • Sunday 4 September, 9am to 12pm

Outside Family Hours, this garden of paint, glue and beanbags transforms into a tent full of circus, music and comedy. The Wonderland Spiegeltent Kid’s Program is packed with performances and activities to make little people and their big people laugh, dance, sing and learn!

Circus Wonderland

Audiences young and young at heart will be all smiles enjoying the spell-binding magic of Circus Wonderland! Embark on A Neverland Adventure bringing the fantasy world of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the Pirates to life with a fun-filled, enchanting and high-intensity circus of astounding feats and hilarious antics!


  • Friday 2 September from 11am – 12pm
  • Saturday 3 September from 11:30am – 12:30pm and 3pm – 4pm
  • Sunday 4 September from 12pm – 1pm and 2pm – 3pm

All ages

Tickets from $25

Everybody Roar! The Best of Justine Clarke

Justine Clarke and her band bring all the favourites to this special set as she invites you to join in the fun and sing and dance along with her. Having recently released her “best of” CD Everybody Roar, she’ll sing her way through classics like Watermelon, I Like to Sing and Dinosaur Roar as well as new hits like Everywhere’s a Dancefloor and A Banana Is A Banana.

Joined by Sydney’s finest musicians, Zoe Hauptmann on double bass, Evan Manell on drums and Cameron Bruce on keyboards, the opportunity to hear and see this band play all the favourites live and up close is not to be missed.


  • Tuesday 30 September from 10am – 11am
  • Wednesday 31 September from 10am – 11am

All ages

Tickets from $20

Free for ages 2 and under

Babushka Kids: Right to Party 

School of Rock meets Beastie Boys and the Spice Girls in this rebellious party playlist!

Award-winning group Babushka have cooked up their first-ever show especially for kids aged five and over. This feisty trio wants to break rules, sing killer tunes and show the next generation how to be rascals, radicals and ratbags.

Beasties young and old are invited to this punk-rocking celebration of musical ground breakers and game changers over the past 50 years, from The Ramones and Queen to Lizzo and P!nk. So, spike your mohawk and fight for your right to party!


  • Saturday 27 August from 2pm – 3pm
  • Sunday 28 August from 10am – 11am and 2pm – 3pm

All ages

Tickets from $15

Free for ages 2 and under


HOLY BIN AMOLEY! is a comedy sketch show brought to you by three ridiculous, bin-loving sillies. Meet bin-vestigators catching out non-recycling nannies, boogie with the bin chickens, witness the world’s first Bin Doggy Show, and so much more!

This show is the ultimate guide on how to become your best bin self! It’s a show for the whole family with a focus on working out where each piece of rubbish should go and what happens to it next. The Art for Earthlings theatre collective use clown-based comedy, musical interludes and a wide range of colourful, charismatic characters to keep the audience engaged and laughing throughout. They aim to form good habits with the next generation of recyclers through fun and laughter.


  • Saturday 3 September from 10am – 11am and 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Sunday 4 September from 10am – 11am

All ages

Tickets from $15

Free for ages 2 and under

Wildlings Forest School

With a focus on adventurous, creative, risky play, Wildlings Forest School will take young people (and their adults) on a journey through flower art, raft-building, clay play and paint.

These experts in outdoor play aim to help children build resilience, connection and environmental stewardship through wild adventure and nature immersion.


  • Painting with Jandamarra – Thursday 1 September from 9am – 12pm
  • Hapazome: The Art of Flower Pressing – Friday 2 September from 9am – 12pm
  • Clay Play – Saturday 3 September from 9am – 12pm
  • Making Mini-Boats – Sunday 4 September from 9am – 12pm

All ages

Tickets from $20

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SAVE THE DATE! 9 December, 9am-3pm @stevensstreetgallery for their Christmas Market!

Discover 20+ makers showcasing unique art, ceramics, jewellery, and more from the region`s finest artisans.

Shop local and creative this Christmas for the perfect gifts. Don`t miss free workshops and entertaining programs.

Every purchase supports local artists and boosts the creative community. A festive day trip awaits, filled with creative spirit!

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When: Monday, December 11th, 2-4pm
Where: YouConnect Hub (Warehouse) @ headspace Maroochydore

Ready to reframe those thoughts and conquer anxiety? Register now via the link in the bio or call 5409 4900 and kick those worries to the curb!

Get ready to time-travel through art history @caloundraregionalgallery ! From 8 December, 2023, to 21 January, 2024, join the ultimate print party curated by Kyoji Takizawa from the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts!

Dive into the wild world of ten artists who flipped the script on contemporary art using prints in the 1970s!

Thanks to the magic of the Japan Foundation, Sydney, and the Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane, this show is an art extravaganza you won`t want to miss!

Time to rediscover prints and redefine your art journey! (link in bio)

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Friday 8 December - Christmas Night Market from 4-8pm! Immerse yourself in the holiday magic with dazzling lights, festive treats, and a FREE climbing wall for the kiddos!

Then, on Saturday 9 December at 9am, join for a Saturday Market day like no other! Join the Christmas Card Workshop – a merry morning of creativity, crafts, and spreading holiday cheer!

Mark your calendars for a weekend of joy and jolly vibes!

Get ready to jingle all the way at the 59th Annual Peregian Beach Carols – the Coast`s OG carolling extravaganza on Wednesday 20 December.

This year, the dynamic trio of @peregianfamilyandfriends , @thevillageperegianbeach and @peregiansurfclub are teaming up to make your holiday season merry and bright in Peregian Park!

What`s on the festive menu?
- Live beats and carol classics by local bands, solo stars, and dynamic duos
- Foodie delights and artisan stalls to snag those last-minute Christmas goodies
- Kid-friendly fun, including face painting for the little elves
- A special sky-diving Santa soaring onto the beach (around 6pm, weather ready!)
- And hold onto your reindeer hats for a surprise grand finale at 8pm!

To unwrap all this awesomeness, just throw in a jolly $15 per family – covering EVERYTHING, from tunes to the main man himself, Santa!

Let`s make it a Peregian party to remember – see you there! (link in bio for tickets)

Sleigh bells are ringing! Have you booked your spot yet?

Join us @coolumbeer on Thursday, 7 December, as the @coolum_business_and_tourism community jingle and mingle to celebrate the merriest time of the year!

Let`s wrap up the year with a dash of holiday cheer and join your Coolum Business and Tourism community for an unforgettable evening, marking the official start of the silly season!

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Date: Thursday, 7 December, 2023
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Coolum Beer Co. | Unit 1, 2 Junction Drive, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

Tickets: Members $35.00 | Non-Members $45.00