It’s Adelaide Fringe time again, and it couldn’t come soon enough! As always, our fave Fringe destination, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, has so much going on for families and kids this year.
Yep, as per usual The Garden of Unearthly Delights will ignite the East parklands with its signature vintage carnival atmosphere for 32 warm sunny days and starry nights across February and March. This year GOUD promises a jam-packed season of comedy, circus, cabaret, interactive theatre and kids shows and we are so keen to get amongst the atmosphere.
What’s on at the Garden of Unearthly for kids and families
As always there’s something for the whole family with kids shows!
Monksi Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall, SeaStar Rock, HOLY BIN AMOLEY and Garden favourites Amazing Drumming Monkeys. With matinee performances of kids shows, air-conditioned venues and easy access, taking the kids out for Fringe has never been easier at The Garden of Unearthly Delights.
We’ve got the scoop on the hottest shows for kids and families at The Garden of Unearthly Delights this year.
AMAZING DRUMMING MONKEYS
Australia’s favourite family puppet show is back at the FRINGE in 2022. Comedy, puppetry, live music, and heartwarming themes. Sold out in 2021, the Monkeys will have kids and parents laughing, dancing and drumming together with their delightful show.
Perfect for little kids and great for adults as well, this show has something for everyone. Cute & funny monkey puppets for the children, hilarious comedy for the adults, funky live drumming for all ages, and a message for the world. It’s rare to find a show that can be equally enjoyed by young children, and their parents. The Amazing Drumming Monkeys does that and more. It’s a fantastic show!
MR SNOTBOTTOM’S STINKY SILLY SHOW
Kids comedy hero Mr Snot-bottom, brings his slimiest and stinkiest of songs, gruesomest of gags, plus some BRAND NEW just-wrong routines in a rollercoaster of weirdness this Adelaide Fringe!
Star of the award winning* ‘Busy Bodies’ podcast, fringe favourite Mr Snot bottom will have weird kids 5+ and their even weirder parents gasping, groaning and howling with delight with the most hysterically deeeeesgusting moments from a career of sell-out shows and rave reviews!
MONSKI MOUSE’S BABY DISCO DANCE HALL
Why toddle when you can dance? Join DJ Mumma, Monski Mouse and her Dancers for a session of bonkers, bopping family fun. This international hit kids show, lets parents and 0-5’s loose on the dance floor in this friendliest of discos. Expect high-energy smiling to retro beats and thumping nursery rhymes. Get your disco-dancing booties on!
Hop aboard this interactive, musical, rocking family party, with all the characters from the famed, locally produced TV series on Adelaide’s Channel 44.
Kids will be up singing, dancing and playing games as they help navigate the oceans on an exciting eco adventure! With sell out crowds at Adelaide Fringe, the show was recommended as the “Top 5 Things to do with Kids”, The Advertiser.
Highlights will include: Helping Paddy Polar Bear bring back the snow, creating a colourful coral reef with Cha Cha Crab, and surfing waves with Snappy Starfish as he takes on the plastic bag monsters! From the bluesy beats of ‘Blue Boppin Whale’ to the dance floor filler ‘Jelly Fish Fizzies’, parents love the SeaStar songs as much as the kids do! Old favourites and new tunes to rock to! Three shows only!
SPLASH TEST DUMMIES
The Splash Test Dummies are off on an exciting adventure of oceanic proportions! With a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, dazzling acrobatics, dexterous juggling and side-splitting, slapstick comedy, the Dummies are ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into an exciting hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family.
Dummies Corp features world-class circus artists who “surprise and delight” (Edinburgh Festival for Kids). They are the Australian leaders in narrative driven circus comedy, recognised globally for creations of quality that are intelligent, theatrical and inventive.
“This show has everything and is just plain joyous” (The List UK). Grab your flippers and snorkel and join the Dummies diving from bathtubs to beaches on this wild aquatic ride!
This show rocks! A hilarious circus show for children and parents of all ages, following three foolish Neanderthals as they struggle to survive the harsh natural world. Avoiding predators, navigating harsh environments, and learning to work together are all explored with marvellous circus skills and hilarious slapstick comedy.
With truly incredible circus and tongue-in-cheek humour for the adults, PreHysterical is something everyone will enjoy.
Peter Combe in Clean your teeth with bubblegum
Peter Combe and the Theatre Bugs Kids are back! A splendiferous new show full of fun, frolics and fabulous songs, old faves and new. Newspaper Mama, Grand Old Duke of York, Juicy Juicy Green Grass, Nice and Cool, Spag Bol and you guessed it…big drum roll…Wash Your Face in Orange Juice!!
Holy Bin Amoley
A comedy kids show brought to you by three ridiculous bin loving sillies. Meet bin-vestigators catching out non-recycling nannies, vote for pageant queens (the smelly kind), witness bizarre blind bin dates, follow a gossiping glass bottle on their garbage getaway, sympathise with bin chickens who are really just trying to clean up the park and so much more!
This show is the ultimate guide on how to become your best bin self! It’s a show for the whole family with a focus on determining where each piece of rubbish should go and what happens to our waste next. You will be able to recycle in your sleep!
FOOD, DRINKS AND RIDES
Make the most of the incredible atmosphere The Garden has become world-famous for! See a show, but stay to absorb the vibe. The Garden wouldn’t be complete without all the extras that make it so delectable!
Proper Gardening requires sustenance! So grab a bite to eat at any of the fantastic vendors in our global food village. The Garden hosts a colourful array of food stalls from around the world. Bigger and better than ever…come and vote for this year’s best food stall. Ask the friendly festival foodies for their daily specials, as well as their show recommendations!
Dotted amongst The Garden’s glorious venues you’ll find just the place to sate your thirst! Grab a soft drink or enjoy a tipple at any one of The Garden of Unearthly Delight’s bars. For those extra hot days and thirsty times water is freely available.
What carnival would be complete without a spin on the Ferris Wheel or a bump on the dodgem cars?
All the fun of the fair – old school style. Take the kids and make an evening of it… food, fair, and good old Fringe Festival fun for the whole fam.
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