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Kids & Family

The Children and Families Program

The Children and Families program is humming with free activities for all the family across this Taste festival.  Move to the rhythm of the beat in cultural dance and drumming workshops, get physical with circus and acrobats, little ones create with art play and there’s fantasy face painting for all ages!  If you’re up for action try your hand at cricket, tennis or soccer. There’ll be Zorb balls, bike and board demos and a chance to test your skills on the skate ramp.

In honour of the Taste’s 30th birthday the twilight cinema will be showing some great classics from the 80s!
*program subject to change

Face Your Fantasy face painting
Every day 11am - 2pm, Castray Lawns
Face Your Fantasy recreates the joy and colour of the Taste of Tasmania with amazing face painting to celebrate your time at the festival.

The Little Red Art Shed
Friday 28th - Monday 31st, 11am - 2pm, Castray Lawns
ARTplay experiences within a unique contemporary play space aiming to inspire curiosity, ignite the imagination whilst nurturing creativity and enhancing health and wellbeing for young children and their families.

Jimmys Skate & Street 
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th, 11am - 4pm, Skate Ramp
Jimmy's Skate & Street brings the brings the best local board and BMX riders to the Taste Skate Ramp with demos and come and try sessions.

She Shreds      
Sunday 30th, Monday 31st, Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd, 11am - 4pm, Skate Ramp
She Shreds skate crew will be in residence at the skate ramp on the 30th and 31st of December and they’ll be doing plenty of demos to keep you entertained or you can have a go at skating yourself.

Hellenic Dancers Hobart          
Friday 28th, 11-11.50am, Forty Spotted Garden Stage
Greek dance is a very old tradition. There are different styles and interpretations from all of the islands and surrounding mainland areas. Come and watch the Hellenic Dancers perform traditional dance, as well as the Zorba and join in the fun!

Warratah Drumcorps Toy Drummers   
Saturday 29th, 11am-1pm, roving performance
Playing a mixture of latin and Brazilian percussion in synchronised formations, the Waratah Drumcorps Toy Drummers give a show-stopping performance with impact! 

School of Percussive Arts - World Percussion Workshop
Saturday 29th, 2-3pm, near the Street Stage
This work shop introduces participants to percussion instruments from West Africa, South America, India, Egypt, and Australia. Workshop will finish with a group performance piece.

Participant numbers limited to 10 in this workshop.

Rhythms Bollywood Dance Class          
Sunday 30th, 11-11.45am, Forty Spotted Garden Stage
Rhythmz Bollywood Dance aims to spread the joy and the colour that we bring along from our Motherland of India. Sit back and relax as we dance the colour dance, followed by a workshop for you to join us and learn our bollywood moves.

Witness the Fitness     
Sunday 30th, 4pm, roving performance
Be mesmerized by the hottest hoopers in Hobart, the lycra clad divas Flo and Jo and their boom box.

They share some of their favourite hooperobics secrets and tricks to an 80's hits soundtrack.

Hip Hop with Fabrice   
Monday 31st Dec, Thursday 3rd Jan, 11am-12pm, Forty Spotted Garden Stage
Watch the amazing Fabrice performing hip hop followed by a workshop where he'll teach you the basics to put together your own hip hop routine.

Tasmanian Aboriginal Dance workshop
Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd Jan, 2-3pm, Forty Spotted Garden Stage
Come and learn a Tasmanian Aboriginal Dance with Craig Everett and the Nita Education team. Craig is a proud Tasmanian Aboriginal man, renowned for his traditional dance skills. Craig travels the state teaching people of all ages about the importance of Aboriginal culture, and passing on knowledge. Two dance workshops are on offer, culminating in a “Flash Mob” which you will help perform during the Taste of Tasmania festival.

Youth Arc        
Wed 2nd Jan, 11am-4pm, at the Skate Ramp
City Of Hobart’s Youth Programs team and their talented crew of young people will be running a range of taster creative workshops and free showcase performances featuring hip hop dancers, jugglers and acoustic musicians.

Great entertainment for the whole family!

Threads Tasmania - Beginners Acrobatics       
Monday 31st Dec, 12-1pm, Wednesday 2nd Jan, 3-4pm, Greener Grass  
Join Scott & Ebony from Threads Tasmania for a session of Beginners Acrobatics for all ages! They'll guide you through a playful and active workshop in Partner Acrobatics and Acroyoga that will get you moving in whole new ways. You'll learn how to get upside down on somebody else, balance on top of your friends and have a whole lot of FUN! Bring your friends, kids, parents and pets and get ready to play!

Social Circus Tasmania - Lawn games   
Monday 31st Dec, 1-2pm, Greener Grass
Lawn Games for All! Join Social Circus Tasmania for an hour of hilarious lawn games with a circus twist!  Get a team together or just watch the fun unravel!

Superhumas Training   
Monday 31st Dec, 2-3pm, Greener Grass
Super Human Training is an all ages workshop incorporating skills from dance, circus and theatre games with wellbeing arts such as yoga, meditation and chi gong.

Hula Hoop Workshop  
Tuesday 1st Jan, 2-3pm, Thursday 3rd Jan, 1-2pm, Greener Grass
Hoopers of all levels and ages will be shown many ways of using this versatile circle. From rotations to rolls or isolation, come see why a body plus a circle equals fun.

Circus Extravaganza     
Wednesday 2nd Jan, 12.30pm and 1.45pm, Greener Grass
The Circus Extravaganza brings circus students from all over Tasmania together to meet each other, and to entertain you. Whether they be on the ground or in the air, Tasmanian circus students are guaranteed to entertain, impress, and inspire. Many Tasmanian circus students have gone on to become international circus stars. Catch them here while you can!

Tasmanian Chinese Buddhists Academy  Lion dance     
Tuesday 1st Jan, 11am, Main entrance
Holy Dharma Lion Dance: The Holy Dharma Lion Dance is one of the Dynamic Dhyana Dharani training items of TCBAA. Within Buddhist Dharma, lions imply courageousness and power of the correct Dharma, triumphing over negative energies.

Dynamic Dhyana Dharani: The Dynamic Dhyana Dharani performed by our Reincarnated Beings may look similar to martial arts but in fact is very different - The goal of martials arts is to be able to beat your opponent as quickly as possible; but our practice method of Dynamic Dhyana Dharani is to be able to protect your opponent from harm, while elevating one's spiritual lives.

Tennis Tasmania         
Saturday 29th, 11am - 4pm, Greener Grass 
Come and experience tennis at Kids in the Park.  Tennis is a sport for life, for all ages, genders and abilities.  With an opportunity to play ANZ Tennis Hot Shots with family or friends, and pick up a few tips from the team on the ground, this is great fun for the whole family.

Zorb balls        
Sunday 30th, 11am - 4pm, Greener Grass
Have a ball rolling around in the giant zorb balls from Taz-Zorb!

Hobart Hurricanes       
Wednesday 2nd Jan, 11am-4pm, Greener Grass
Come and meet the Hurricane's mascots, players and fellow fans while engaging in fun activites, getting autographs and taking heaps of selfies.

Player meet and greet 2-3.30pm


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E.T (1982) PG   
Friday 28th Dec, 6.30pm
After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

Despicable Me (2010) PG         
Saturday 29th Dec, 6.30pm
A man who delights in all things wicked, supervillain Gru (Steve Carell) hatches a plan to steal the moon. Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons and war machines, Gru makes ready to vanquish all who stand in his way. But nothing in his calculations and groundwork has prepared him for his greatest challenge: three adorable orphan girls (Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Elsie Fisher) who want to make him their dad.

Peter Rabbit (2018) PG
Sunday 30th Dec, 6.30pm
Peter Rabbit and his three sisters -- Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail -- enjoy spending their days in Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden. When one of McGregor's relatives suddenly moves in, he's less than thrilled to discover a family of rabbits in his new home. A battle of wills soon breaks out as the new owner hatches scheme after scheme to get rid of Peter -- a resourceful rabbit who proves to be a worthy and wily opponent.

The Princess Bride (1987) PG    
Monday 31st Dec, 4.30pm
A fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the William Goldman novel "The Princess Bride" which earned its own loyal audience.

The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) G
Monday 31st Dec, 6.30pm
When Kermit the Frog and friends start a stage act, they decide to take the show from their college town to Broadway. However, once the Muppets wind up in New York City, they have difficulty finding financial support for the production, instead running into cheats like Murray Plotsky (Dabney Coleman). Unable to stage the show, the group splits up, and they all take different jobs around the country. Just as Kermit thinks he has finally found a backer, an accident gives him amnesia.

Karate Kid (1984) PG    
Tuesday 1st Jan 6.30pm
Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.

The NeverEnding Story (1985) G      
Wednesday 2nd Jan, 6.30pm     
On his way to school, Bastian (Barret Oliver) ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called "The Neverending Story," Bastian begins reading it in the school attic. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by "The Nothing," a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs him to survive.

Back to the Future (1985) PG   
Thursday 3rd Jan, 6.30pm
In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.