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As the summer holidays continue after Christmas, Chatswood is the place to be for fantastic family activities throughout January.

The Chatswood Family Festival is back this January at The Concourse, offering a variety of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! Running from January 3-26, the program will feature a number of events including performances and creative opportunities for the young people of the lower North Shore and their families.

Here’s a look at what is happening throughout the month-long festival:

The Australian Ballet – Storytime Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

January 3-6, various performance times each day
Tickets range from $37-$51
Theatre, The Concourse

An enchanting ballet experience for children aged three and up.

A beautiful princess must sleep for 100 years – until woken by true love’s kiss… Experience all the dazzling wonder of The Sleeping Beauty in a live, interactive production created especially for children. Fairies in glittering tutus, storybook characters, and a prince’s quest – all set to Tchaikovsky’s hum-along score.

Running for under an hour, and packed with favourite characters like Red Riding Hood and Cinderella, this narrated version of The Sleeping Beauty will have both boys and girls dancing all the way home. Don’t forget to dress up in your favourite ballet-inspired outfit!


Willoughby Symphony’s Mini Maestros: The Maestro and the Magician.

Wednesday January 24 at 10am & 1pm
Tickets: $26
Civic Pavilion, The Concourse

Watch the Magician make the Maestro disappear!

For ages pre-school to primary, children will laugh and clap along with the music as the mischievous Magician plays tricks on the orchestra in this hilarious concert performance. Can the Maestro and the Magician reconcile their differences or will they forever remain on opposite sides of the stage? Presented by celebrated children’s presenters George Ellis and George Washingmachine, this engaging concert introduces children to classical music in a fun and interactive way.


NIDA School Holiday Workshops

January 3-14, various courses for various ages available
From $134.99
The Concourse

Open your creativity this summer! Explore your creative potential and indulge your imagination with a NIDA short course at The Concourse. NIDA offers a fun and supportive learning environment for everyone at every age and stage. There are introductory through to advanced courses for children and young people during the school holidays, and a variety of disciplines including creative play, drama, acting on screen, music theatre, singing & acting, public speaking and more.

Courses available include:

  • Acting Boot Camp
  • NIDA Acting 101
  • Musical Theatre Boot Camp
  • NIDAWarts
  • Beastly Rhymes
  • Screen Acting Boot Camp
  • NIDA Drama School
  • NIDA Bites

Chatswood Family Fun Day

Friday January 19, 10am-8pm

At this inaugural event on The Concourse’s open space, families can enjoy a range of fun activities including wildlife shows, story time sessions, movies and games on the Urban Screen, a Circus Drop Zone, face painting and more!

60 Tails – 60 Years of Guide Dogs Exhibition

For 60 years, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has been delivering life-changing services to people who are blind or vision impaired. Throughout this period, the organisation has experienced significant changes from the dogs they breed and train to the innovative accessible technologies that give people with vision impairment freedom and mobility. This exhibition tells the 60-year history of the wonderful Guide Dogs in photographs, on posters and hand-painted ceramic model dogs.

This January, families can meet and cuddle Guide Dogs in the Art Space at The Concourse at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm on January 17, 18, 20, 24, 25 and 27.

There are also Guide Dog demonstrations on The Concourse Green at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm on January 17, 18, 24 and 25.

Summer Reading Club at Chatswood Library

The Summer Reading Club runs through the December and January school holidays and children of all ages are encouraged to register and win some great prizes for continuing to read over the long summer break. Being involved is easy, all students have to do is:

  1. Register at the Library to receive a participation pack
  2. Read as many books as they can, either on their own or with family
  3. Fill in the reading log
  4. Return it to the library and take a dive in the lucky dip box

Every child who reads ten books or more will be eligible for entry into the draw to win a major prize to be drawn at the Summer Reading Celebration at the end of January. All summer readers and their families are invited to attend the celebration.

Family Flix on the Urban Screen

Catch some free family classics under the stars at 6pm on Fridays throughout January on the Urban Screen at The Concourse. Bring your rugs and picnics and enjoy an evening of entertainment under the stars.

5 January: The Lego Batman Movie
12 January: Aladdin
19 January: Finding Dory

For more information about the Chatswood Family Festival visit http://theconcourse.com.au/the-chatswood-family-festival-2/.