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Kids Take Over: Story Wonderland


Kids Take Over is back!

These school holidays explore our jam-packed program for kids that love stories. Visit Luke Jerram’s spectacular GAIA installation on the Outdoor stage, learn how to write and illustrate your own book, get creative and enjoy storytelling, dance and song at our popular kids mini-fest.

And the whole thing will be captured by our HOTA mini reporters, who will be reporting for Kids Take Over I The Wave on events, issues and stories that really matter through the eyes of kids.

Scarlett Sloth is Not the Best

If you would like to purchase a copy of “Scarlett Sloth is Not the Best” please email [email protected]


Kids Take Over: Story Wonderland takes place between Wed 30 Sept – Fri 2 Oct, and is presented as part of WONDER.

See full event details by clicking the ‘Find Out More’ buttons below.


Experience the wonder of GAIA (Oct 1 & 2), a stunning self-rotating replica of the Earth, as it suspends from the Outdoor Stage.

Write Like an Author *Sold Out*

Dreaming of being a writer? Learn tips from a professional author and create characters storylines that spark the imagination.

Draw Like an Artist *Sold Out*

Learn how to create, develop and draw awesome pictures that will bring your story to life.

Stories through Performance *Sold Out*

Over 3 days compose music, write a libretto, learn vocal and movement skills, and perform your story.

Stories and Songs:
Lucas Proudfoot

Enjoy storytelling through song and dance with songwriter and Play School presenter, Lucas Proudfoot.

Drums of the Pacific

Get ready to get physical and learn the traditional dances of the Pacific.

Mini Detectives **Sold Out**

Solve the crime of the kidnapped canine with the one and only Detective Louis LeBlanc.

Story Surprise

A jam-packed craft and storytelling session.

Astro Kid (G) **Sold Out**

The Kids Take Over film is Astro Kid! Follow the out of this world adventure as ten-year-old William gets separated from his parents while travelling through the galaxy.

Mini Reporters

HOTA’s mini reporters – reporting on events, issues and things that really matter through the eyes of kids.

Keeping you safe

It is incredibly important to us that you have a safe experience when you come to HOTA. We have a COVID Safe plan which you can read on our FAQs page and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA.

All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.