Goldfields KidsFest is this weekend in Kalgoorlie Boulder, it’s going to be absolutely lit, and it’s all F.R.E.E.
The events team at the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder have upped the ante with a bold move to Cruickshanks Arena (the one on Boulder Road where the Fair is every year). Events and projects coordinator Caitlin Chessell-Madu said the big location change was a bit of a no-brainer.
“There is some wonderful permanent infrastructure there,” she said. “There’s permanent fencing, more toilets, and grandstand seating all already installed. We’re using the Norman Johns Hall as a big food court, and there’s even more space to move around.
“The best part is because we’ve saved money in the budget we’d usually spend on temporary fencing and port-a-loos, we have more money to spend on entertainment!”
For the first time, KidsFest will have two huge shows – one for younger kids and one for older ones, as well as a community stage where parents can watch their kids perform. As well as this there’s a big music band to fill the space right up.
We’ve got the scoop on the shows too, just for you. Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom is for the littlies, then there’s a live performance of How To Train Your Dragon for the big kids (still gotta be under 12, but big-ish compared to a baby).
Good news tired parents: there’s an extra face painter programmed so you don’t have to stand in line for quite as long this year. You can also expect some repeat appearances from community groups and not for profit organisations running activities, sports equipment for all ages and delicious (and reasonably priced) options for food from local vendors.
The event is aimed at 0-12 year olds and is one of the City’s biggest events on the calendar. It runs all weekend from 10am-4pm both days, and entry and activities are all free.
How to get there?
Because of the location change, there is a bunch more parking that has opened up. Not that you’ll probably need it though, because there’s a sweet partnership with TransGoldfields that means you get free bus travel both days.
Full timetables on how to get to KidsFest are on the Goldfields KidsFest Facebook page, but basically you can hop on the 861, 862 and 863 routes at the front of Palace Chambers, Hammond Park, Hannans Primary, the Exchange, the Rock Inn, Lionel St Markets, St Barb’s Square, Caltex, the Oasis, and Muschamp Village.
The City of Kalgoorlie Boulder works closely with Tourism WA to use this yearly event as a tourism drawcard for the region. “Obviously this event is for the people of Kalgoorlie, but we also want to open it up and make sure we build the audience beyond Kal.” Caitlin said.
“We see it as one of the premiere events that the City puts on. This event will be bigger and better each year. We have gotten better as a crew with how we manage things and handle things, and are managing our resources better and spending our budgets better.”
Caitlin said this move to work with an existing CKB venue is evident with a few other major events this year, including Multicultural Festival coming up later in the year.
“Things are working better and more smoothly,” she said. “There’s a lot of confidence amongst the team. KidsFest this year will revive Cruickshanks, and hopefully with a bit of a twist will give it a new lease of life.”