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Story Surprise

Join us in the HOTA Kids News Studio (HOTA Basement), as our Mini Reporters cross live to Melbourne with special guests Lauren and Anthony from Story Surprise. This jam-packed 45-minute interactive craft and performance workshop is all about telling stories, crafting characters, singing and dancing. Each day a new story from local artists will come alive as your hosts Lauren and Anthony transform the stories into engaging performances and craft sessions for the young and young-at-heart to enjoy.

And if you come dressed as your favourite book character, you’ll have the chance to win a Story Surprise T-Shirt.

Workshop Details

SEP 30

Book: Scarlett Sloth Is Not The Best! by Lilyana Napper
Activity: Create Your Own Sloth Mask


Book: The Dragon who bought a new vest- By Adia and Lido Caldwell, Illustrations by Teng
Activity: Create Your Own Mini Dragon


Book and Activity will be a complete story surprise!

About the Artists

Lauren and Anthony are originally Queenslanders who have led exciting careers in musical theatre, educational theatre and entertainment. You may have seen them in Paw Patrol Live, Scooby-Doo Live, Singin’ in the Rain, Private Peaceful, Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd. The couple have a passion for telling stories and educating children! They do this through their unique brand of silliness and combine craft, stories and music to create their online series – Story Surprise!

Visit their Facebook, YouTube and Instagram pages for stories and activities galore!

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.

Arriving onsite

When you arrive for Kids Take Over, please head to the Café Terrace at least ten minutes before your event starts where you’ll be asked to register the details of everyone in your group (all children and their guardians) for contact tracing. HOTA Event Staff will escort your group to the location of your workshop or event.

What’s for lunch?

We’ve taken the hassle out of lunch and included it when you book to any Kids Take Over ticketed session. Enjoy either a HOTA Kid’s Lunch Box (including a sandwich, cheese and cracker pack, mini muffin and water or juice) or a small pizza. Plus, our Terrace Café will be open for a caffeine fix for the grown-ups, and other tasty treats.

Lunch will be available from 11.30am – 1pm in the Lawn Bar daily during Kids Take Over.

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