Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival provides plenty of school holiday fun

KIDS rule Dandenong during the annual Children’s Festival which this year will celebrate animals and film.

Now in its sixth year the annual event is celebrating an Animal Kingdom theme and will feature the inaugural Shorter Cuts Film Festival — specifically tailored towards children.

Some of the films featured have been created by local school students and will screen in Harmony Square in Dandenong on September 27 from 12pm.

Families are invited to let their imaginations run wild over the school holidays, with a series of free and low cost events which include daily movie screenings, craft workshops, storytelling and puppet making.

The headline event of the children’s festival, Little Day Out — For Big Imaginations, will be held at Ross Reserve on October 1 from 11am-4pm.

This year will also include five huge inflatable animal mascots which can be seen at the Dandenong Civic Centre.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Cr Jim Memeti said the festival appealed to children of all ages and encouraged children to explore their creative side.

He said more than 17,000 people were expected to attend festival events during the two weeks.

For a full list of Greater Dandenong Children’s Festival events for 2017 go to

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