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Floriade is a fantastic free day out for families,
whether you have babies that love the sunshine
and bright colours or older children that want
to run around trying out all the activities and
rides on o er.
"Kids Corner plays host to a petting zoo,
a variety of sporting activations and other
activities for the kids, while there are a range
of carnival rides just below the main vista of
owers," Ms Ireland says.
Perhaps the most popular children s event at
Floriade is the Gnome Knoll, where the young
and young at heart embrace their creative side
by painting their own garden gnome. Take a
stroll through the knoll a erwards to see all the
gnome creations on o er from other visitors,
schools and community groups.
"Kids should also keep an eye out for roving
performers at Floriade. Stilt walkers and
entertainers roam the park captivating crowds
with funny and exciting acts," Ms Ireland adds.
Plus, if your family includes a four-legged
friend, the hugely successful Dogs Day Out is
returning to Floriade this year on October 6.
Canberra is becoming known as a bit of a
'hipster s playground and Floriade is no
exception. ere s plenty to catch your eye
during the day -- you can grab your mates for
a picnic among the owers down by the lake,
shop for something quirky at the market stalls
or pile into a paddle boat on the water.
"Not to mention the brilliant Instagram
opportunities that the beautiful owerbeds
provide," Ms Ireland adds.
But if you re looking for a Floriade experience
that will really make your Sydney friends
jealous, you can t go past NightFest. From
September 24 to 28, NightFest o ers visitors
the chance to see Floriade a er dark, complete
with dazzling lighting displays, bars, restaurants
"As the sun sets on Commonwealth Park,
this a er-dark extravaganza takes visitors
on a journey of discovery with spectacular
lighting designs, roving performers, bustling
night markets and a fantastic line up of
entertainment," Ms Ireland says.
New pop-up venues La Petite Grande and
e Little Palais will surprise crowds with
entertaining sideshows, quirky circus acts, a
silent disco and a UV dance party, and top
Aussie comedians Hannah Gadsby and Joel
Creasey are guaranteed to have audiences in
stitches in the Comedy Cave.
Floriade is Australia s biggest celebration
of spring. Every year it features
intricately designed beds of owers in
bloom across Commonwealth Park for four
weeks in September and October, attracting
hundreds of thousands of visitors from all
walks of life.
If you think you know what to expect at
Floriade because you ve seen it before, think
again. Every year takes on a new theme and
o ers a brand-new Floriade experience. 2015
will be inspired by the theme of Re ection,
which means celebrating our proud past and
looking forward to a vibrant future.
Events ACT senior manager Dianne Ireland
says that event organisers have worked hard to
ensure that everyone, whatever their interests
are, will nd something to captivate them at
Floriade 2015, with a jam-packed roster of
events and activities on o er.
"Aside from the beautiful one million blooms
-- which make it the largest oral festival in
the southern hemisphere -- Floriade o ers so
much," she says.
"Visitors can pick up gardening tips from
experts in the eld, listen to inspiring musical
performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations
by world-renowned chefs and keep the
kids entertained with an exciting line up of
We ve picked out a few of the very best
things to see and do at Floriade for every age
and interest level, so choose your Floriade
adventure and let the fun begin!
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