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REVIEW | Powerkids: Little Artists At Play

Every Tuesday there is a FREE children’s event called Powerkids happening at the Brisbane Powerhouse and it’s an easy and joyous way to distract your little ones before wandering off to New Farm Park. The Brisbane Powerhouse have teamed up with Imaginary Theatre to roadtest creative imaginative spaces themed around different concepts. Currently there is a Day Dreams set and it’s the perfect blend of specific activities and creative free form play to accommodate the 0 – 5 range.

I took a 2 year old and 4 year old and they both explored the space with wonder.

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The artist in residence Thom Browning has used a variety of simple objects such as torches, balloons and projectors in combination with teepee shelters and textured mats to define an immersive space for children to roam free. Soft lighting and an interactive soundscape add to the sensory atmosphere. To reach this wonderland you go through the arches at the main entrance, up the ramp and reach the cleverly constructed and well contained space. My kids immediately pulled off their shoes and dived in (which is encouraged). There is freedom to let the little ones explore the space without being to prescriptive in how they use the elements such as cut out shapes, torches and dreamscape keyboard which controls the large projector on the back wall.

Play Is In Session: Pick Your Times

Depending on demand, access to the space is grouped in blocks of time so it doesn’t’ become too busy. Sessions are let in every 30 minutes but if it isn’t busy you can line up again. Parking fills up quickly so the 9am session is great if you want to get a spot and then go over to the park for a play. The atmosphere is very relaxed and chill so if you wake up not wanting to parent or are looking for a low stimulus, highly imaginative experience this FREE activity is not to be missed. It will continue until the December school holidays (and does not run during the holidays) commence so don’t miss out.

To find out more follow the Powerkids Facebook page or website.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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