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Kids Take Over

Our mini fest for kids returns, 16-18 April

Kids Take Over is back these April school holidays letting kids unleash and take charge in a program jam-packed with music, mess and story.

Try your hand at sand sculpture; head to DJ Skool; learn to shred the guitar and perform on the Outdoor Stage; create a routine ready for busking; run away with the circus; design a playground; or just get up and dance!

With special guest workshop facilitators leading the activities, including indie-pop star Ella Fence, logo master Andrew Tuppen, DJ Fletcher aka Cold Ghost, Kids Take Over is designed to empower, inspire and entertain.

Then on Sunday 18 April, head outdoors at HOTA for a one-day only Mini Music Festival for kids, headlined by none-other than the Australian queen of children’s entertainment, Justine Clarke. Not only will you have the chance to dance in the grass under the sky, but our day will be packed with activities and performances for and by kids of the Gold Coast.

Add a dip in the lake and a stop by the Lawn Bar for something to eat under the new and colour HOTA Gallery, set to open in May – it’s your school holidays sorted.


Sun 18 April

Kids Take Over Mini Music Festival

A day jam-packed with art and entertainment on the Outdoor Stage, headlined by the Australian queen of children’s entertainment, Justine Clarke. Gates open at 9am, with markets and workshops running throughout the day. Proudly supported by City of Gold Coast.

16-17 April

Wilbur the Optical Whale

When Wilbur gets teased by the Starfish Meanies for wearing his glasses, the whole undersea world gets turned upside down. Loaded with stunning circus tricks, puppets, digital and visual imagery and music. All performances AUSLAN interpreted and relaxed.

13-16 Apr

Playgrounds for Kids by Kids

Playgrounds: best designed by those who use them. Join this four-day workshop, and collaborate with an architect, musician, and Lego master to develop a design for your own playground.

16-18 April

DJ Skool
with DJ Fletcher


Armed with headphones and a fully setup DJ booth, learn to create your own party playlist, mixed to the rhythms of your choice, and perform on the HOTA Outdoor Stage at our mini music fest.

16 April

Mini Chefs


Work with Chef Sharon, HOTA’s very own pastry chef, to imagine and create a mega monster dessert for Kids Take Over in the HOTA kitchen.

15-16 Apr

Sand Sculpture Creation Station

Get ready to get your hands dirty in this 1 hour creation station with sand. Sculpting sand is a fun way to let your imagination run wild. Working under the guidance of a master sculpture, you will walk away with a sand monster of your very own.

14-16 Apr

Electrified Music Workshop

Take your guitar skills to the next level in this three-day electrified guitar workshop. Leave behind the acoustic sounds and feel what it’s like to shred on an electric guitar.

16 Apr

Basement Live | Lego Masters Workshop Challenge

Kids Take Over is staying up late for the best reason ever – a Lego masters challenge!

Battle it out with other brick fanatics with the help of Lego Masters Stars Andrew and Damien from Lego Masters, Season 2.

13 & 18 Apr

Mini Buskers Music Workshop


Work with singer-songwriter Ella Fence to learn about performing live, working with differently-sized audiences, and embracing your own individual style.

Sun 18 Apr

Mini Marketeers

Run your own market stall, right here at HOTA. We’re looking for some mini marketeers to set up during our Kids Take Over Mini Music Festival on Sun 18 March. All ideas welcome.

16-18 Apr

Street Theatre Performance Workshop

Working closely with two seasoned performers, you’ll learn to juggle, hula-hoop, perhaps even ride a unicycle! Show off your new skills for audiences attending our Mini Music Festival.

Sun 18 Apr

Stories in the Key of GC

In the intimate underground club-vibe of the Basement, kids will get up and share their very own stories live on stage, accompanied by music.

16-17 Apr

Wilbur the Optical Whale Creation Station

Create your own landscapes and characters inspired by Wilbur’s undersea world – and they might just appear in the show afterwards.


16-17 Apr

Kids Take Over│The Waves

Keep an eye out for Felix, Ainslie, Willow and Cameron and their rolling coverage of Kids Take Over, broadcast on The Waves, HOTA’s news channel for kids by kids.  Together they’ll be interviewing, reporting and documenting on the important topics of the day.

What’s for lunch?

Stop by the Lawn Bar or the HOTA Café to stay fuelled for your Kids Take Over adventures. We’ve got caffeine for those who want – or need – it, and snacks and lunch available for purchase.

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 and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA.

When you arrive, you’ll be asked to register the details of everyone in your group for the purpose of contact tracing.

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