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World Premiere: Peter Combe’s GREATEST HITS live on stage!

World Premiere: Peter Combe’s GREATEST HITS live on stage!

Peter Combe Live onstage

WORLD PREMIERE: All of Peter Combe’s greatest hits show LIVE at Her Majesty’s Theatre

A show with not just some of the hits…but all of them!

For the first time, legendary children’s entertainer Peter Combe OAM will perform all of his best songs in the one magical live performance at the stunning Her Majesty’s Theatre, and we’re so excited, we could bellyflop in a pizza!

Tickets are now on sale for the Peter Combe Greatest Hits Show, the first large-scale family event to be held in the redeveloped theatre, on December 12.

Across a career spanning four decades, Combe has captivated generations of Australian families with fun and catchy original songs like Wash Your Face in Orange Juice and The Silly Postman.

The Bellyflop in a Pizza band join Combe on stage

The Bellyflop in a Pizza band and the Fabulous Combettes – a group of six local children on backing vocals – will join Combe on stage for his Greatest Hits Show in a musical and visual extravaganza featuring stunning video projections for each song.

Combe said he was thrilled to premiere the show in his hometown of Adelaide:

“It’ll be so wonderful after all these months to once again perform to a live audience! I’m also very excited for the show to be in the iconic and newly redeveloped Her Majesty’s Theatre. People have been asking me to do this for many years – a show with not just some of the hits but all of them… Toffee Apple, Newspaper Mama, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Juicy Juicy Green Grass, Chopsticks, Mr Spook, Tadpole Blues, The Silly Postman, Happy Christmas to You and the biggest of all, with over two million streams on Spotify, Wash Your Face in Orange Juice, originally known as Mr Clicketty Cane.”


Event details:

What: Peter Combe Greatest Hits
When: Saturday 12 December, 2 pm
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Cost: Adults $30, Concession $25, Family (2A+2C) $100

Tickets on sale now:

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Santa’s Wonderland is back!

Santa’s Wonderland is back!

Santa’s Wonderland is back in December 2020

Adelaide’s biggest Christmas event, Santa’s Wonderland, is back for its fifth magical year, from Friday 4 December, 2020.

The annual festival family fave will run for three weeks over the Christmas period, December 4 – December 24, at Jubilee Pavilion at the Adelaide Showgrounds.


santas wonderland 2020

This December’s event is destined to be particularly special, given that 2020 has been so unsettling and unpredictable for many families, with organisers going to even greater lengths to ensure that Santa’s Wonderland is the best yet.

Share in the joy and wonder of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland

Designed to be more than just a celebration of Christmas, it will provide an opportunity for families to come together to share in the joy and wonder of those special moments that mean just a little bit more after the disruption of the pandemic.

Fairies, elves, Snow Queens, princesses, penguins, and snowmen will once again bring a sense of wonder to the halls, with the event presenting 37 sessions across its 21-day season, with families able to choose from morning, afternoon or twilight sessions.

santas wonderland 2020

Santa’s Wonderland bigger and better than ever this year

Sprawling across a larger space than previous years, in the vast 8,000 square metre Jubilee Pavilion at the Adelaide Showground, the event will allow for greater Covid-safe spacing without impacting the enchanting atmosphere.

All the favourite attractions will be returning

Unlimited free rides: 

  • Dodgem Cars
  • Dragon Wagon Coaster
  • Convoy Trucks
  • Ride on Motor Bikes
  • Super Planes
  • Elephant Train Ride
  • Santa Fe Train
  • Christmas Inflatable Jumping Castle Zone
  • Ice Wonderland Ball Crawl
  • Candy Land Bouncy Castles
  • Ride on Reindeers


Plus a brand new family entertainment line up and all the favourite attractions in Candyland, Ice Wonderland, Traditional Family Christmas Land and the Christmas activity trail.

Tickets are now on sale, with early-bird prices remaining the same as last year until 30 September 2020, after which tickets will be priced at a higher rate.

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DreamBIG Children’s Festival announces 2021 program highlights

DreamBIG Children’s Festival announces 2021 program highlights

DreamBIG Children’s Festival 2021 program unveiled

DreamBIG Children’s Festival, one of Australia’s greatest festivals for young people, will inspire curiosity and wonder again as children reconnect and return to the world of arts, with the 2021 school program unveiled today.

One of the first festivals to be announced for South Australia since COVID-19 restrictions began, more than 50 shows, events and workshops will be on offer during the celebration to be held from May 19 until May 29.

dreambig festival 2021

Full Family and General Public Program

The Adelaide Festival Centre event will present 10 world premieres, two Australian premieres and 10 Adelaide premieres with the full family and general public program to be launched in February 2021.

Be Curious Theme

Next year’s theme of “Be Curious” encourages children to ask questions about the world through circus, puppetry, music, dance, play, poetry, quirky creatures, orchestras, technology, robots, monsters, a magic beach and a galaxy far, far away.

DreamBIG Children’s Festival Creative Producer Susannah Sweeney is ecstatic to welcome children and schools back to the festival to reconnect through joy, fun and theatre following a difficult 2020:

“We are living through strange times that highlight how essential the arts are if we want our young people to have strong, curious, empathetic minds.
“Being able to offer the schools of South Australia an inspiring 2021 DreamBIG Children’s Festival that encourages curiosity and empathy, is a wonderful and important thing to be doing.”

dream big festival 2021

DreamBIG Opening Event  at Adelaide Oval

The DreamBIG Opening Event, at Adelaide Oval’s Telstra Plaza on May 19, will see school children gather and The Mighty Choir of Small Voices, ably guided by the Public Primary Schools Music Festival team, sing a new arrangement of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. It will finish with an uplifting gig by 2019 Australia’s Got Talent finalist Mitch Tambo who will perform with a group of young dancers from SA’s own fabulous Kurruru Dance Ensemble.

Program highlights include:

  • Magic Beach – from the team behind The Gruffalo and the Treehouse series, this play is based on the best-selling book by Alison Lester, where the quintessential Aussie holiday is brought to life on stage. The show will also head to Port Lincoln.
  • Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus – Circa returns with a new show that combines brilliant acrobatics and physical comedy performed to Mozart’s beautiful scores.
  • Spirit – A moving show weaving together storytelling, song and dance with fire, language and ceremony by Yellaka.
  • Project Ludwig – an interactive show featuring SA performers from The Australian String Quartet that allows students to choose their favourite Beethoven playlist.
  • Still Point of a Turning World – An immersive performance installation where three performers create poetic stories that inspire students to question who they are.
  • Tröll – An Adelaide premiere, this show follows the story of a young pre-teen exploring the jittery edges of the online world with the help of Icelandic folklore, music and puppetry.
  • We Come from Far, Far Away – A moving tale about the refugee experience, exploring
    themes of survival, fear and friendship in an Australian Premiere.
  •  Listen to See – A beautiful and intimate participatory dance piece by SA’s Restless Dance Theatre.

dream big festival

More than 2000 performers and students are involved in the 2021 program. While the majority of shows and activities are being held at Adelaide Festival Centre, some will take place in venues around the city, surrounding suburbs and regionally.

Stay up to date with general public on sale dates, to be announced shortly.

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La La… Local with ABC Radio’s Kate Bailey

La La… Local with ABC Radio’s Kate Bailey

Kate Bailey la la local

Kate Bailey is a producer for Sonya Feldhoff on ABC Radio Adelaide. Music has always been a part of her life whether playing it, singing it or banging on about it, and she keeps the dream alive by introducing new music to the world every week. And all of it local! Hear the review live at 1.45pm each Tuesday on ABC Radio Adelaide, 891 AM. And tune in 1.45pm each Friday for her local (streaming) gig guide. You can also listen live via the ABC Listen APP, online or via Channel 25 on your TV. Kate is also Mum to three beautiful boys Liam, Louis and Jay who have been showered in music since birth and reminded often that it’s a universal language that binds us, revives us and inspires us. 

Young muso’s: throwing inspiring ideas out into the world

Maybe you imagined swaying with Joey on Young Talent Time.

Or shopping for tatty cardigans and jamming with Kurt Cobain.

Perhaps you invented a sixth member – Aussie Spice – and were ready to introduce the group to some new moves.

The chances are that someone was your childhood musical idol. And for budding young blues guitarist, Stefan Hauk, one of those was Ian Paice – drummer for Deep Purple.

Yep, pretty cool.

But cooler still is the fact that at the tender age of 24 Stefan has recorded a track with Paice keeping the beat. I kid you not.

How? Well in short, he asked him.

He spotted a studio in the background on Paice’s Youtube channel and submitted his request online. And the answer was a possible yes. For a price.

So, he contacted Deep Purple’s stage manager and was able to get a demo of his track to Ian. And on the deal rolled.

And in another nice twist of fate, when Hauk hadn’t quite raised the money he needed, a quick GoFundMe page saw friends and fans raise it within two days – preventing his need to survive off Mi Goreng for a month!

Stefan Hauk

With Ian Paice’s files in his hot little hands he re-recorded his own parts along to those drums. Aussie Hammond whizz Lachy Doley added his parts from Sydney and good mate Damien Steele Scott played the bass. Then he mixed it himself in his little studio.

And it’s a big, bold sound for a little studio. The track is called Truth.

Expect verses full of Hammond glory, a groove to make you move and a catchy chorus – and Hauk’s blazing guitar. He is seriously good.

The song has been out for little over a month and has 230,000 views on Facebook, 12,000 combined views on YouTube, and 9,000 streams on Spotify.

Watch it with your kids and tell them the story. Who knows what idea it may inspire them to throw out into the big wide world?

Mt Barker Musicians, Ella and Sienna, play in Tamworth

ella and sienna mt barker

Speaking of kids, young Mt Barker musicians, Ella and Sienna, have released their first original single – Save Your Breath – and it is well worth a listen.

It was written in response to the bushfires that we had last summer, specifically the ones in the Adelaide Hills which affected many friends in their community, and their message is great – we need to stop talking and do something to make sure we don’t see bushfires like that again.

It’s also the song they played on the main stage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival this year that won them second place as part of the Best of the Buskers competition.

And speaking of competition, I am up to my eye-balls – or ear-holes in this case – listening to the great music up for this year’s South Australian Music Awards.

south australian music awards

You can get involved too and make a public vote:

Until next time, stay safe and healthy and support local music however you can.
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KIDDO Chats Episode 6: Perimenopause… Please Explain!?

KIDDO Chats Episode 6: Perimenopause… Please Explain!?

Please explain Perimenopause
OK ladies, we need to talk!

If we said the word “Perimenopause” would you know what we’re talking about? Because Perimenopause symptoms are being experienced by women in their 30’s and 40’s the world over, but not many people know what they are, how they can impact you, your emotions and your body, or even what Perimenopause actually is!

It’s the precursor to menopause that no one tells you about.

In this episode we get the answers.

Perimenopause… please explain.

Giving us the lowdown on Perimenopause is GP and women’s health specialist Dr Verity Cooper.

Verity talks us through:

  • What Perimenopause actually is
  • What the typical symptoms are
  • What women going through Perimenopause may be experiencing
  • Symptom management
  • How to improve quality of life if the symptoms are severe
  • Other possible health risks associated with Perimenopause to look out for.

Perimenopause is a phase of life not often talked about; some of the symptoms are super personal so women may be unlikely to discuss them openly, and other symptoms may just be attributed to the exhaustion of every day life, so Perimenopause often flies under the radar.

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Kids Guide to The Nature Festival

Kids Guide to The Nature Festival



We all want to get our kiddos out there experiencing the sounds and sights of nature, and interacting with it in new and different ways, and now is the perfect time to do it, with the launch of a new Festival in South Australia; Nature Festival.

Nature Festival kicks off just as our kids hang up their school hats for the term, as we’re looking for ways to keep them engaged with the big wide world around them. With free, self guided or ticketed events on offer, you choose what suits you and your family best.

With over 80 events for all ages, there’s a lot to choose from, so to save you some time, we’ve hand picked a selection of the best Nature Festival events for kids and families.

Ochre Play

Monday, September 28
10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Interactive art session for all ages with a focus on primary-school students, young children and their parents.

This art class is a unique insight into traditional Aboriginal art and the use of traditional paints. Using ochre, students, children and families are asked to complete an art piece based on traditional symbols.

Children and parents crush the ochre and blend this powder with water forming a paste. The ochre paint is then used to create their final art piece. Participants are encouraged to develop their own story using these symbols painting a picture based on their personal experiences.

This process develops motor and practical skills in young children. It gives an insight into traditional art and a greater understanding for the use of ochre in Aboriginal culture.

Living Kaurna Cultural Centre and Warriparinga Wetlands, Warriparinga Drive, Bedford Park

For more information or to purchase tickets: 

Introduction to Nature Journaling

nature festival

Tuesday, September 29
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Connect with your kids and share a unique experience in nature.

Bring the kids for an outdoors introduction to nature journaling at the wonderful wide-open spaces of the Warriparinga Wetlands.

All participants (adults and children) will learn drawing and story-telling skills to start a journal about nature from the smallest backyard insects to the most meandering rivers and widest of skies.

All materials are supplied, participants need to wear clothing to suit the weather and sturdy shoes for walking.

Stay on after the workshop for a picnic, to explore further or do some more journaling. All ages welcome, but this workshop is particularly suited to mid-primary age children.

Living Kaurna Cultural Centre and Warriparinga Wetlands, Warriparinga Drive, Bedford Park

or more information or to purchase tickets: 


Beach Detectives

Thursday, October 1
10:00 am to 11:30 am

A beach ramble discovering the creatures, plants and other treasures that wash up on the shoreline and live on the reef. The beach is an awesome place to explore.

Join the Green Adelaide Education team and come and learn about the animals, plants and other sea life that call our amazing coastline home and how to protect them.

Snapper Point, Esplanade, Aldinga Beach

To register for this FREE event:


The Compost Play

Monday, September 28
10:00 am to 10:45 am

How does an apple core turn into a carrot? Find out the answer to this question and many more at this fun play that brings the wonder and magic of compost to life!

The Compost Play – an interactive and engaging look at the wonder and magic of compost for 5 – 10 year olds.

Written and designed by Jacqui Hunter and Naomi Crosby and presented by the Food Embassy this play engages children and adults in the magic of compost.

Come and discover the fun of compost and make a seed packet and fill it with seeds.

The Joinery, 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide


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South Parklands Nature by Night

Monday, September 28
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Discover the creatures of the night in this fun and interactive ramble, suitable for all ages!

Did you know that we have entire ecosystems and plenty of amazing native wildlife right in the heart of our city?

Join Green Adelaide Education officers for a guided night walk around the south parklands and use your investigation skills to discover an array of birds, mammals, insects, frogs and other creatures that call the park home!

Adelaide Parklands (Park 19), B26, Adelaide

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Once Upon A Story Trail – A walk in the bush @ The Pines Reserve

Self-guided: this event can be done at any time

Follow the Story Trail signs to discover the wonders of nature and read A Walk in The Bush!

‘A Walk in the Bush’, written and illustrated by Gywn Perkins will be on display at the Pines Reserve. Awarded the 2018 Picture Book of the Year by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, this story will help you discover the wonders of nature, the funny side of life and spending time with the ones you love.

The Pines Conservation Reserve, Kapunda

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Once Upon A Story Trail – We’re going on a bear hunt @ Freeling Wetlands

Self-guided: this event can be done at any time

The 30th Anniversary Edition of the classic story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ – retold by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, will fill you with excitement as you swish through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear!

The Freeling Wetlands, Coulls St, Freeling

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Free Bike Hire on the Fleurieu Coast

Self-guided: this event can be done at any time

Cycling on one of the three styles of bikes available, retro bikes, adult mountain bikes and 24” kids mountain bikes is a great way to discover the Fleurieu Coast, with Yankalilla, Normanville, Carrickalinga and Myponga all being relatively flat and within close distance.

Fleurieu Coast free bike hire is available at the Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre, Smiling Samoyed & The Jetty Caravan Park.

Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre, 163 Main South Road, Yankalilla

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Under the Sea at the Marine Discovery Centre

Friday, September 25
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Discover what is under the sea at the Marine Discovery Centre – an afternoon of aquatic delights and hands-on play.

The Marine Discovery Centre in Henley Beach is opening its doors to the public for an afternoon of aquatic delights and fun education. A range of interactive experiences will engage visitors with the wonders of marine life and the importance of looking after our environment.

A guided and self discovery opportunity to explore the many features of the centre, including:

  • Aquariums featuring local South Australian marine creatures such as the Port Jackson Shark, Shaw’s Cowfish, Pot Bellied Seahorses, Southern Fiddler Ray, Porcupine Fish, Murray River Turtle and more
  • Kaurna education Room (The Wodli) is an interactive room which highlights the relationship that Kaurna people have with the Adelaide Plains and the coast.
  • Interactive models featuring oceanography, climate change, marine debris, marine habitats, touchscreens, sustainable fishing, stormwater, beachcombing, and get hands on with our microscopes.

The tour will conclude with a Marine Trail with our Marine Scientists on Henley Beach from 4.30pm

For more information or to purchase tickets:


Byards Road Wetland Nature by Night

Tuesday, September 29

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A wander around Byards Road Wetland discovering the creatures of the night.

Grab your torch and join us for a fun, guided night walk to discover the bats, frogs and other awesome creatures that come out after dark.

Don’t forget to bring a torch. No pets allowed as they frighten away the critters!

This is a family event and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential.

Byards Road Wetland, Byards Road, Happy Valley

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