Lift Off Kids Festival

Monday 8 - Friday 19 April

Lift Off is the new annual children’s festival for 3 to 13-year-olds at Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, dedicated to igniting young imaginations and celebrating children’s creativity!

Lift Off puts children at the centre, with heaps of high-quality events and activities to explore - performances; interactive, participatory, and immersive experiences; workshops; design projects; exhibitions; parades and much more.

The schools programme kicks off the Festival, from April 8-12, with a variety of dedicated performances, workshops and arts experiences for schools and kindies. This includes a design-and-make project, called Take Flight, where students use repurposed or recycled materials to create a set of wings, then take part in a parade and celebration at Toitoi on Thursday, 11 April. 

On Saturday, 13 April, Toitoi will be completely transformed for Whānau Day, with theatre shows, interactive backstage tours, roaming characters, immersive experiences, playmaking spaces, storytelling, and even Club Kids with a DJ so you can dance the day away! You’ll find a surprise around every corner - it'll be Toitoi like you’ve never seen it before. Bookings essential for The Messy Magic Adventure, Flutter and Backstage Buccaneers.

Lift Off's headline show this year comes all the way from Australia! Robot Song (April 16 and 17) is an award-winning theatre production with cutting-edge digital technology, startling animatronics, and beautiful original music.

Creative Me (15 – 19 April) is a week of creative workshops for ages eight to 13, designed to ignite kids’ creative curiosity, and nurture and develop creative skills. Workshops including playmaking, acting, singing, dancing and puppetry. Join us for Puppet Making and Performing, Find your Voice, Make a Play in Three Days, and Dance Day.

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