Geelong is so lucky to have the magical National Celtic Festival right on it's doorstep in Portarlington every Queen's Birthday weekend!
I've been perusing the program for this weekend and there are some fantastic opportunities for family-friendly fun for all you Celt-o-philes and little fans of Emma and her Irish dancing. I make these suggestions with my Kindermusik families in mind!
Dancing fans will enjoy Geelong Scottish Dance and the O'Shea-Ryan Irish Dance group on Saturday afternoon at the free (entry by donation) Village Stage from 1pm, along with storyteller Niki na Meadhra sharing children's stories.
If you want to join in with the dancing, the Bushwackers are hosting a bush dance in Parks Hall from 3:30-5pm on Saturday and there's an Irish Super Ceili at the same time, same place on Sunday.
At 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, the Portarlington bandstand becomes a lantern stage for the inaugural Lantunda presentation - the story of the Celtic Sea God Mannanon told by shadow play.
Keep your eyes out for the Shanachie (storyteller) who will lead families around the festival "Trail of Tales", sharing stories from the Celtic traditions.
On Sunday morning 10:30 - 11:00 in the clubroom there's a family concert followed by more stories from Niki Na Meadhra.
Viking displays and 2 pretty cool playgrounds are also very popular with families at the festival. I hope to see you there!
PS for cheaper, faster food, go to the local fish and chip shops across the road from the main festival site.
Pack your scarves and beanies and a picnic if you need to watch your pennies, but bring some cash for a hot chocolate and some new CDs from the amazing artists you'll hear.
National Families Week is all about celebrating and supporting families. Raising kids is a challenging time, exhausting and exhilarating, and so important for creating connected communities with compassionate people at their heart. So come celebrate your family with us, this Saturday, where music and dancing are the aim of the game.
Come to our first ever open day - your only chance to try for free our Kindermusik classes in term 2. If you can't make our open day, you're welcome to book a 4 week trial to see how Kindermusik works for your family.
Some of you might be familiar with the "What's on For" directory of activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kids. You might not know that they also host a National Awards competition for children's activity providers.
This year, the Kindermusik program has been nominated for two awards, which absolutely confirms the high regard in which this program is held all over the country by families working with talented and trusted qualified Kindermusik Licensed Educators.
In addition, I (Robyn Hodge) have been nominated in the
Most Outstanding Activity Leader 0-5 years (activity teachers/coaches etc) section of the awards - wow! So a big thankyou goes out to the thoughtful parents who nominated me and Kindermusik.
The next phase of the awards is where the nominees go out to the popular vote, and voting for this stage of the awards closes TOMORROW March 17th (St. Patrick's Day). If you would like to vote in the awards (and I hope you do!), click the button at the bottom of this post and it will take you to the awards page.
To vote for the Kindermusik program, there are two sections:
And to vote for me there is just the one section:
There are also a whole bunch of other award categories you can vote in or leave blank if you don't know who to vote for. The awards are supported by some very generous and family focused sponsors including Di Bella Coffee and Pure Gold Pineapples and are a great way to acknowledge businesses and service providers who aim to enrich the lives of children and their families.
It only takes 2 minutes so I hope you'll consider me and Kindermusik for your vote!
Best wishes from Robyn xx