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We love our bread, we love our butter, but must of all… we love another great family event! In the wise words of Ms.Clavel  ‘gather around les enfants’, because we have to fill you in on a superb array of kiddo friendly events on during the Adelaide French Festival.  The inaugural festival is presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre(AFC) and will run from 12-14 January 2018.

This festival is a celebration of all things French across food, wine, fashion, music, performance, fine arts and so much more. Below are some Adelaide French Festival highlights for kids and families. We’ve also included a few sneaky events worth getting a baby sister for, Il n’y a pas de quoi (you’re welcome)!

So Frenchy So Chic in the Park

Wine. Dine. Dance at Sunset! So Frenchy So Chic (SFSC) is a summer festival of pleasures. It is a party, a picnic, a celebration of life and culture – the Frenchy Way

Gather your friends for a warm night’s aperitif in the French village-like setting at the picturesque Pinky Flat. An intimate eve of conviviality, with simple delights, dancing, artisans, and locally-sourced cuisine – all set to the eclectic sounds of France’s hottest musicians: Féfé, Juniore, General Elektriks and L.E.J.

Lose yourself and find our joie de vivre. See you there, mes amis!

DATE: 12 January 2018
TIME: 5:00pm
VENUE: Pinky Flat
PRICE: 2nd release $79.00 / Door price $89.00 / Teenager (13 to 17 years) $45.00
CHILDREN: Up to two children 12 and under can be registered, per adult at the time of ticket purchase

FREE Workshops

Let the kids embrace their inner-Monet at the Little Picasso Class or build their own cardboard Napoleon empire at Box Wars.

Alternately, leave the kids at home and try a FREE adult workshop. Hang up the beret and try your hand at creating your own flower crown! You’ll be the bell of the ball at the next outdoor event. You can also freshen up your French and your flexibility during a French yoga class.

DATE: 13 – 14 January 2018
TIME: 11am – 3pm
VENUE: The AFC Riverdeck

Le Cordon Bleu – Junior Sous Chef Workshop

Le Cordon Bleu – Junior Sous Chef Workshop for kids  welcomes boys and girls of all ages, interested in serving their own Parisian plates at home.

Allow your child to discover their inner chef as they get hands-on and creative decorating their very own cupcake amongst other enthusiastic children.

DATE: 13 January 2018
TIME: 11:00AM / 12:00PM
VENUE: The Bistro
SUITABILITY: Ages 4–12
PRICE: Admit One $7.00

Theatre: There’s a Rabbit in the Moon

Over the years Thomas Snout, the Night Collector, has collected 3845 nights, big and small, with or without moonlight, nights of his own, nights of others, as well as a few that have been lent to him…

Seated on a crescent moon in the workshop of Thomas Snout, we are transported into magical, starry, scary and silent night… with stars that listen to our whispers.

Using unusual everyday objects and your imagination French company Vélo Théâtre invites each of us into the nightime world of Thomas Snout where the ordinary is transformed into the extraordinary and where a Mercedes Benz drives off into the stars with a cat and a silk ballerina…

DATE: 13 January 2018
TIME: 11:00AM / 2:00PM
VENUE: Space Theatre
SUITABILITY: Ages 5–85
PRICE: Adult $25.00 / Concession $20.00 / Kids $15.00 / Family $65.00

Froggie’s Club

Alliance Française d’Adélaïde encourages young children, eager to learn more about French culture, to join in fun-filled sessions over the Festival weekend.

Learn the language through traditional French songs, storybooks, games and craft activities.

Club 1 for ages 4-6 – Saturday 13 January 2018 | 11am
Club 2 for ages 7-10 – Sunday 14 January 2018 | 11am

DATE: 13 – 14 Jan 2018
TIME: Sat, 13 Jan 2018, 11:00AM / Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 11:00AM
PRICE: All Tickets $7.00
AGE: Saturday session 4-6 yrs / Sunday session 7-10 yrs

A French Weekend at Carrik Hill

Carrik Hill is one of South Australia’s most valuable historical assets; a window into Adelaide’s past. At A French Weekend at Carrik Hill enjoy a weekend of French-inspired free and low-cost activities at this unique estate including pétanque, art and language classes, Baroque music, classic cars and themed catering.

The House Museum will also be open to visitors with guided tours focussing on the French items of the collection.

DATE: 13 – 14 January 2018
TIME: Sat, 13 Jan 2018, 10:00AM / Sun, 14 Jan 2018, 10:00AM
VENUE: Carrick Hill
HOUSE ADMISSION: Adult $17.00 / Concession $12.00

Wine, Dine, Have a Good Time

The Gathered Market at Adelaide Festival Centre will bring together independent stallholders showcasing bespoke homewares, jewellery, stationery, art, prints and garments. Soak up the intimate, wholesome atmosphere of a French village marketplace while grazing for gifts, treats and treasures amidst Adelaide’s creative community. There will also be a rich array of decadent tastes and seductive smells on offer during the festival with delights from La Buvette, The Smelly Cheese Shop, Crepe Bar, La Provence and more.

Once the kids reach their Nutella crepe sugar high, hand them over to someone else and get hands on with a range of free and ticketed activities. Create your very own French perfume using the finest raw materials from the world’s leading suppliers; be inspired by Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute as they share pâtisserie techniques; tantalise your taste buds with Pol Roger Masterclasses; or have your hair styled like a French movie star at Le Coiffeur beauty salon in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer.

Images via Adelaide Festival Centre

For more information visit Adelaide Festival Centre