March 8th – 11th you will find Adelaide’s Botanic Park transformed for our favourite annual, huge, worldly, cultural musical event – WOMADelaide. Affectionately shortened to WOMAD.
Now, my husband, who has lived in this fine state for 11 years JUST learnt this week that WOMAD is not in fact any thing to do with secret women’s business, so sort that out with the men in your life if they are as ignorantly unaware. I kid you not. I was slightly bemused given I have been a ticket holder on more than one occasion. Our convo went like this: Me “Hey Fifty Shades” (I call him that because his last name is Gray)……..”Do you want to see Christine & The Queens with me at WOMAD this year? I know you love them”. Husband laughing “Yeheah???? But that’s some secret womens event isn’t it?”…….I wish Fifty Shades, I wish….. but I digress.
So this year we are going as a family! Did you know that children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult and that discounted Youth Passes are available for those aged 13 – 17? It is such a great cultural and immersive weekend to get your kids around.
There are a few rules for kids. Like, children’s must wear a wristband – found upon entry from just inside the gates, the Info Booth, or KidZone. Please write the responsible adult’s name AND mobile number on clearly. (How’s that for organised eventing?)
WOMADelaide is extremely family friendly. There is no limit on the number of children under 12 an adult can bring in and they do not need a ticket in advance. This is awesome because we all know kids just might not be up to it on the day (for seven bazillion varied reasons).
It is also worth noting, minors are not permitted to enter the bars even if they are with a parent or responsible adult.
Lets talk about KidZone. KidZone is an entire area at WOMADelaide dedicated to little humans, with daily activities programmed specially for kids. Immersive activities, science discoveries, story telling, dress-ups, face painting, bouncy things and much more!
You are more than welcome to bring prams or strollers, and baby changing facilities can be found in the KidZone as well as next to the Plane Tree Drive toilet block.
KidZone is much more than just a place to keep the kids happy. It’s a destination where thousands of grown-ups began their WOMAD love affair and a place where a new generation of lifelong WOmemories begin.
ABC KIDS listen will host a mask making and kids dance floor space at the ABC KIDS Listen Zone from 12pm on Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10. Think ‘crafty dance party for the whole family’!
Find the ABC Radio Adelaide tent next to the WoShop.
Thanks to Stratco, parents with babies and toddlers can enjoy a shaded, comfortable and discrete Parenting Room. Located next to St John, nursing parents at WOMADelaide have access to feeding chairs, baby changing facilities, a microwave and more. WINNING.
Finally I can’t leave you with out the most important thing…..highlighting some of the KidZone and Park activities that we look forward to enjoying as a family this year. (This is not an exhaustive list – the kids program is loaded and I will pop the link at the bottom.)
- Story time with funny man Peter Helliar https://www.womadelaide.com.au/artists/story-time-with-peter-helliar
- The Talking Trees https://www.womadelaide.com.au/artists/the-talking-trees-sayarts
- Climbing Tree Nature Village https://www.womadelaide.com.au/artists/the-nature-village-by-climbing-tree
- The Colour of Time https://www.womadelaide.com.au/artists/artonik-the-colour-of-time
- Ephemeral City https://www.womadelaide.com.au/artists/ephemeral-city
For more event info visit the webiste here: www.womadelaide.com.au
Grab the full 2019 lineup here: https://www.womadelaide.com.au/lineup
For KidZone line up info hit here: https://www.womadelaide.com.au/lineup/kidzone
Tickets can be purchased here: www.womadelaide.com.au/tickets
Happy WOMADelaide every one!