There’s so much on across the country over the Easter long weekend, we had trouble selecting the best. Now’s the time to start thinking about what you’d like to do, and what support you may need to get there. To get you started, we selected a couple of the best accessible events and family activities in cities across the country.
The excitement of the showbag hall, the smell of hay in the paddock, the crack of the woodchop event; for many, the Royal Easter Show conjures joyous childhood memories. If you’re thinking of heading this year, Sydney Showground and all temporary event facilities are designed for inclusivity. If you’re heading from out of town you can find the local support you need like Ben and Guy, who connected through Mable to attend last year’s event.
The Sydney Easter Parade on Monday April 22 is expected to attract over 3,000 paraders from different groups, ministries, and churches from various denominations. Whether you celebrate Easter or not, the parade will be a spectacle for the family with giant inflatables, animal costumes, a marching band, stilt-walkers and more. It’s free but tickets must be booked in advance. Access it from St James Station, Hyde Park.
The Queen Victoria Market will host an Easter Trail from 6 to 21 April. Take the kids on a scavenger hunt to gather clues, find hidden bunnies and win a prize. And make sure you end your day with a freshly baked hot cross bun. On Easter Saturday and Sunday, the bunny himself will be making a special appearance. More information about the market’s accessibility can be found here.Take the kids to explore their creativity at ArtPlay, currently hosting Beneath, an underwater wonderland made of recycled plastic. This immersive experience was nominated for Best Kids Event at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe. The Kids Day Out is a Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal event taking place at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. The centre will be transformed into a junior wonderland with lots of fun and activities for free, or a gold coin donation.
The Great Easter Egg Trail returns on Easter Sunday, beginning at the Museum of Australian Democracy, taking scavengers through a trail of iconic Old Parliament House. There are four new trails to be explored for chocolate and history lovers alike. More information on museum accessibility can be found here.The National Folk Festival will take place from 18 – 22 April with over 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, Celtic, traditional, gypsy and country. Held at Exhibition Park, the event has an access team on site to ensure accessibility for all festival-goers, and primary carers will be admitted free of charge when accompanying a ticket holder with a disability, and on presentation of a companion card.
Perth and Freemantle
Easter Monday will mark the start of the Perth Comedy Festival, which will run to May 19. Local comedians will be joined by some of the world’s best for a program of shows suitable for young and old. Cathedral Square will play host to a Golden Egg Hunt over the long weekend. Start your search at the City of Perth Library where you can pick up your Golden Egg Hunt brochure then head back to collect your prize.If you’re interested in heading out of Perth, the Freemantle International Street Arts Festival is the place to be. The historic streets will come to life as performers transform the city into a world stage every Easter. As part of its Access All Arts program, DADAA offers Audio Description for selected shows, enhancing live performance and visual art for people who are blind or vision impaired.
In Brisbane, the Live Large Festival will bring free entertainment, food trucks, markets and a range of activities for families and kids to South Bank Parklands over the Easter weekend. It’s calling itself Australia’s first truly accessible festival celebrating people of all abilities with superior venue accessibility and layout, a private care tent, guided tours for vision and hearing assistance, access to a full service toilet, extensive food and drink options, an assistance animals rest area and more.
Hobart and beyond
For LEGO lovers, Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught will bringing his interactive LEGO exhibition to Mac2 in Hobart from 13 to 28 April. The 37 models made from over 2 million LEGO bricks are landing in Hobart following a hugely popular national tour. The display features the only life-sized LEGO Harley Davidson ever made as well as a Caterpillar 797 dump truck.For something a little different, from Easter Sunday, Sheffield ‘the town of murals’ will play host to its annual art competition. The event takes place in Mural Park, where nine artists compete in a public ‘paint off’ from Easter Sunday to the following Saturday. Each artist must complete a mural, using the same poem as their inspiration. Mural Fest is so successful that copycat events are popping up interstate and overseas.
Darwin and surrounds
See the trawlers compare their hauls at the Easter Family Fishing Competition, held annually by the Dundee Social and Recreation Club. Members as well as the general public are invited to join in with prizes for little and big kids alike. The Bunny himself will make an appearance at the Darwin Waterfront on Easter Saturday, with activities and a kids DJ on the lawns. Territory Wildlife Park will host Easter markets on Saturday 20 April with live music and an egg hunt. The Markets are free with normal park entry fees applying. Click through here for more information about park accessibility.
Whether you’re heading out in your own neck of the woods or taking off for the long weekend, make sure you have the support you need to get you there. Search Mable for support workers where you need them today.