Family Fun Day

Sunday 2nd June, 2024

The Dip
Peninsula Recreation Precinct
Sydney Ave, Umina Beach

FREE!

Family Fun Day 2024

Family Fun Day

Sunday 2nd June, 2024

The Dip
Peninsula Recreation Precinct
Sydney Ave, Umina Beach

FREE!

Family Fun Day Program

As part of the Words on the Waves’ mission to foster literacy and a love of reading in the next generation of readers and writers on the Central Coast, the festival offers a range of events for children and teens. Featuring authors and illustrators Nat Amoore, Matt Cosgrove, Eva Amores and Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, there will be a host of talks and live illustration demonstrations, free craft activities, storytime, face-painting, book launches and more!

9:00 – 10:00

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Story-telling with Tim Selwyn and Didgeridoo with Alan O’Brien

Join Author and MC Nat Amoore as we celebrate National Reconciliation Week with First Nations stories from Tim Selwyn and didgeridoo demo’s from Mingaletta Cultural Tutor, Alan O’Brien.

10:00 – 10:15am

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Book’n Boogie with Nat Amoore

Dig out your dancing shoes and get nifty with Nat.

10:15 – 11:00

Epic Illustrator Showdown with Charmaine Ledden-Lewis and Sarah Davis

Join Sarah Davis and Charmaine Ledden-Lewis for a fast and furious draw off! Who will be crowned the WOW Winner of this epic live illustration showdown?

11:00 – 11:15

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Singalong with Bob

Get musical – and hungry with local author and musician Bob Trigg

11:15 – 12:15pm

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Macca and Mayhem with Matt Cosgrove & Eva Amores

Are you all about alpacas or just had the worst week ever? Join internationally bestselling author & illustrator creators Eva Amores and Matt Cosgrove for mayhem and marvels sure to make your Sunday a Funday!

12:30 – 1:15

When The Station Bells Ring

When The Station Bells Ring Book Launch.

Action at the Station! Join firefighter Nathan Spare for a probably gross, but completely epic launch of his debut picture book When The Station Bells Ring.

Grab Your Spot

1:30 – 2:00

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Ripples Schools Program Short Story Competition Winner Announcement

Who will be the 2024 Ripples Ripper? Find out and celebrate with the winners of the Ripples Schools Program Short Story Competition.

10:30-1:30

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Roving Mer-Puppet!

Join us for an enchanting puppetry adventure! Dive into the whimsical world of puppetry with the Merman Giant Puppet. Get ready to be dazzled by his larger-than-life presence as he roams the festival grounds, spreading joy and wonder wherever he goes!

9:00-10:00

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Enclownter: Can You Make a Clown Laugh?

Alicia Gonzalez’s ‘Enclownter’ is an intimate pop-up experience that immerses you in the whimsical world of a heartbroken clown. Designed for both kids and adults alike, it invites you to engage in a joyful dialogue and share stories, banter, and laughter that will bring happiness to the clown’s eyes.

9:00 – 10:00

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The Sea in Me Writing & Craft workshop with author Jess Black

Join award-winning author Jess Black for a hands-on, beach-themed word & craft workshop based around Jess’ new picture book, The Sea in Me – the perfect new release for our beachside festival!

Suitable for ages 6+
Cost: $10 per child. Parents free.
NB: This workshop will be capped at 30 participants.

BOOK TICKETS

10:45 – 11:45am

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Puppet-Making With Alice McKaig

Bring a gold coin to join local artist, and creator of today’s giant roving merman, making your own sea themed hand-held moving puppets. Will it be a fish or mermaid? Take them for a swim through the festival afterwards!

Suitable for all ages with your adult helping.
NB: This dip-in activity is available for the first 30 children only.

12:30-1:15

Marina Da Silva

Beats, Drumming, and Body Groove Workshop with Marina Da Silva.

Get those wiggles out with drumming and movement for the body and soul: Join the workshop and dive deep into the world of Afro-Brazilian rhythms. It’s a fusion of drumming and dance that’ll have you owning the rhythm like never before!

9:00-9:30

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Bob Trigg – Food is Yummy!

Awesome author and masterful musician Bob Trigg discovers why Wamba the Wombat thinks Food is Yummy!

9:30-10:00

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Funday Sunday Story Tellers

Sit n’ Story: Take a break and take-in a book with our Funday Sunday Story Tellers.

10:00-12:00

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Mandala Making with Jill

Be chill with Jill and help create our Funday Festival Mandala. Dive into an immersive Mandala collage, where all ages are welcome to add their creativity to a canvas of photos and words, and create something special with your local community!

12:15-12:45

Theodore the Unsure: Pip Smith & Beau Wylie

Story Time with Pip

Listen along with author Pip Smith as she reads from her latest picture books.

12:45-1:30

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Bob Trigg – Food is Yummy

Awesome author and masterful musician Bob Trigg discovers why Wamba the Wombat thinks Food is Yummy!

Funday Sunday Story Tellers

Sit n’ Story: Take a break and take-in a book with our Funday Sunday Story Tellers.

1:30-2:00

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Tingling Tunes by Gabzak

Get in the groove with the “Urban Experimental Saxman,” who has been captivating international audiences since 2012 with his soulful, old-school, and experimental jazzy sounds. Whether playing with slow or fast vibes, his performances transport audiences into worlds of poetry, surrealism, and nostalgia.

Event Partners

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CreateNSW

The Words on the Waves Ripples (Kids and Schools Program) is supported by the NSW Government through CreateNSW.

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HeartDancers

Artistry on Wheels: A Journey through Creativity” by Heartdancers, a project supported by Creative Art Central and Central Coast Council 2024

Support our Festival

As a not-for-profit organisation run with a small team of volunteers, contributions of any size go a long way in enriching the creative culture of our community. The Committee includes local Peninsula residents passionate about bringing the arts to the Coast. We are seeking support from the community to help us create a wonderful and inclusive festival.

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