For nearly 30 years, WOMADelaide has held a reputation for being one of the most family-friendly festivals in the country.
With free tickets for children aged 12 and under attending with a responsible and ticketed adult, a program of activities developed just for kids, and plenty of facilities and amenities to help families enjoy the day – it’s a perfect, accessible opportunity to expose your kids to incredible music and art and their first taste of the many joys of a music festival!
Create unforgettable WOmemories for your family this year by consulting our ultimate WOMADelaide guide for families.
Activities just for kids
The KidZone at WOMADelaide is the perfect place for children to explore, create, sing, dance and celebrate!
As a dedicated space for kids aged 12 and under, KidZone has daily activities programmed with the little ones in mind, including immersive activities, science discoveries, storytelling, dress-ups, nature play and much more.
Bookworms will love joining in on Storytime with Playschool presenter Justine Clarke, and relaxing with children’s books, guided reading sessions and music streaming through headphones in the Adelaide City Libraries Book Nook.
Kids can connect with the environment in the Nature Village crafted by Adelaide’s best nature-playground creators, Climbing Tree, and as they explore, they may find themselves chatting with one of our majestic Talking Trees!
The Kiddo Silent Disco Tours with Guru Dudu will get little (and big) kids alike up and grooving to beats from the 70s, 80s, 90s and present day – with the party continuing over at Evelyn Roth's Nylon Zoo, featuring fabulous costumes, inflatable creatures, story time and parades.
WOMADelaide is held on Kaurna country and Uncle Stevie’s Kaurna Classroom is a fantastic way for kids to learn about Kaurna culture and language with Kaurna educators in a fun environment.
For all the details – including days and session times – visit the KidZone page.
Planning your day
Before you immerse your family in the global sounds, sights, flavours and ideas of WOMADelaide, it's a good idea to plan your day to ensure you’re making the most of your WOMAD experience. The FAQ’s page contains heaps of useful information to help you plan your WOMADelaide experience too.
• Work out how you’re getting to WOMADelaide
WOMADelaide is held in Botanic Park, between Hackney Rd and Frome Rd near the Adelaide CBD. The easiest way to get to the festival site with kids is by walking, riding, or catching public transport from the CBD or surrounding areas – parking close to the site is limited. Visit the Getting Here page for more information.
• Consult the timetable!
Make sure you consult the 2020 Lineup Timetable to plan your day around when all your favourite musicians are performing. Keep an eye out for artists, installations, and surprise performances as you cruise around Botanic Park, too.
• When nature calls
It’s always helpful knowing where the closest toilets and Parents Room is when you’re spending a day out and about with kids!
There are four main toilet locations spread across the park, with additional privacy screened and accessible toilets. Toilet facilities are clearly marked on the maps in the printed festival passport, the festival app, website and on large park signage.
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. Baby changing facilities can also be found in the KidZone.
• Feeding hungry tummies
Little ones won’t go hungry at WOMADelaide, thanks to The Global Village! Home to over 50 food stalls, The Global Village offers a wide range of international cuisines prepared by some of Australia’s finest food vendors. You’re also more than welcome to bring in your own food and un-opened, non-alcoholic drinks for a picnic amongst the trees together too. Bear in mind, no glass – including glass food containers – will be allowed on site.
What to bring: a handy checklist
Whether you and the little ones plan on dancing a single night, day or an entire weekend away, all parents will know the importance of coming prepared!
We’ve developed a handy checklist to help you work out what to bring to make your WOMADelaide experience as fun and carefree as possible.
• SunSmart gear – sunglasses, plenty of sunscreen and a hat are musts!
• Get dressed up – kids love dressing up, and at WOMADelaide adults can too! Go nuts together and embrace your inner child! Be striking in brightly coloured matching outfits, or kit-up at one of the many stalls on site. Just have fun!
• BYOB (Bring Your own Bottle!) – there are multiple free, clean, tap-water stations for you to refill throughout the day, just remember that absolutely no glass is allowed on site.
• Snacks – you’re more than welcome to bring your own food to WOMADelaide, but again - no glass!
• Medication – especially for asthma, allergies or hayfever as the park can get dusty at times.
• Earmuffs for children – especially if you plan on dancing near the front!
• Mosquito spray – particularly helpful for warm, balmy evenings.
• A picnic rug and cushions – grabbing a spot under a shady tree and having an afternoon nap is welcome WOMADelaide behaviour, so why not embrace it!
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