Chapter 1 – Storyfest begins

AR colouring Easter Bunny. (Pictures: Supplied)

Central Geelong’s children’s festival, Storyfest is the program you’ve been waiting for to keep your kids busy these school holidays. It’s an action-packed 17-days of fun and creative experiences for children of all ages.

Storyfest kicks off with Easter, so don’t forget to check out the Easter Fun Guide at

View the full Storyfest program at

Week one highlights include:

Augmented Reality Adventure

Easter Bunny, a hedgehog, a chicken, a panda and a dog are hiding around Central Geelong. Can you find them? All you need is your smartphone or device to discover these lovable animal friends. Download the free ‘Creativitek’ App then look for the ‘Kids AR Fun in Central Geelong’ footpath stickers throughout the city. Point your smartphone or device at the image on the stickers to see the magic happen.

For more augmented reality fun, you’ll love the series of cute AR colouring sheets exclusive to Storyfest. Kids can colour in their sheet, then bring them to life at home using the Creativitek app. See online for AR sticker and colouring sheet locations.

Cherry Blossom Tree-making

Get hands-on with this fun craft activity at the Carousel. Kids will make their very own pretty cherry blossom tree to hang at home. This free activity is running 45-minute sessions on Friday, April 7 at 9.15am and 10am. Bookings are essential.

Teddy Bears Picnic & Puppet Circus

Peek into a new and exciting world in Little Malop Street Central as a shop window is transformed into a space of enchantment. Rumour has it the teddy bears will be going on a picnic all week-long, playing games and enjoying their favourite food in one window, while the puppet circus will be in full swing in another window. Catch the live puppet show on April 6 and 15 at 11am.

Immersive Storytime at MoPA

The team at the Museum of Play & Art (MoPA) has purpose-built an amazing Storytime Cinema to provide a fully immersive experience like you’ve never seen before. Experience the scenery, sounds and wonder of all your favourite children’s books with a combination of live reads, multi-media projections, voice-recognition technology, and cinema sound. Tickets need to be pre-booked.

Shadow Puppetry

The Geelong Art Centre is offering an interactive workshop which will encourage kids and their families to connect with their creativity through shadow puppetry. Participants will be supported to create simple shadow puppets and light-box stages that they can take with them to share their visual storytelling. Book your tickets at Geelong Art Centre.

Drawing with Text

In this free workshop at Platform Arts, participants will create an artwork using their own words and simple drawings, led by artist and illustrator Tegan Iversen. Participants will be encouraged to create something personal to them, using their own voice through visual text and fun imagery. Bookings essential.

Style Yourself

Come down to Market Square Centre Court and get crafty. Kids will get to make their own necklace, earrings, Jo Jo bows, cuff, cape or slap bands. This free, drop-in activity is running from 11am-noon between April 5 to 9.

Storyfest Writing Competition

All Greater Geelong residents aged 8-25 years can get creative and enter the Storyfest Writing Competition. This year there is no set theme, however, there will be some prompts to follow. Entries are welcome in any form of written expression. The competition is free to enter with great prizes on offer. Entries close April 18.

Don’t forget to check out to see the full program. Many activities require bookings. If you are interested in Storyfest and other School Holiday programs, make sure you subscribe to Love Central Geelong’s mail list to be the first to receive these programs. Visit to subscribe and to find out more. Storyfest is presented by Central Geelong Marketing.