Thrive on Arts

Thrive on Arts is a creative space for young people, families and the wider community that celebrates play, imagination, creativity and storytelling during Toowoomba’s most vibrant and floral time of year.

The Empire Theatre will come alive with artistic activity and interactive experiences across four days of the Spring school holidays... from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th. Participants of all ages will explore their world, indulge their creative instincts and get carried away by powerful music and storytelling.

The family program includes a mixture of activities to excite ages 1-13 years and their adults. Whether it be music, drama, art or a workshop that brings you to the space, stay a while and experience something new. On Thursday and Friday this week the Theatre will also be available to tour. Tours will be at 11.30am and 1.30pm daily and will cost $5pp... simply show up to the Ticket Office!

Thrive 2020 program



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Thrive on Arts is presented by Empire Theatres and C&K Childcare and Kindergarten 

Patrons are reminded not to attend this event if they are feeling unwell or experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath. Please maintain social distancing while on site. 



Family Events

The Lawn

Thanks to C&K Childcare & Kindergarten the Empire Church Lawn will come alive from 9am-2pm each day FREE, No bookings required

Share, protect and play. Enjoy lawn games, storytelling and arts and crafts activities on the beautiful Empire Theatres Lawn. 

Thriving Embellishments with Junk Made 

Facilitated by Junk Made, come along and create a unique creature or decoration from re-used materials. Help us to embellish the huge Thrive letters on the Empire Church Lawn with found objects reimagined into amazing curiosities.

Time: 9am-2pm each day
Age: ideal for 3+ but little ones can have a go too!

Cost: Free

Storytime Under the Magnolia 

Come and read  some of our favourite picture books with us under the magnificent magnolia tree! 

Time: 9.30am each day
Age: 0-6yrs

Cost: FREE 

Clowns in the Wild 

Keep your eye out at 11am and 1pm for some more clown action on the Empire Church Lawn. 


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Images below from the 2019 Thrive on Arts Festival



To Book a place in any of these workshops, click here. 


Playing the Clown

A workshop for parents and children

Dates: Wednesday 23 September
Time: 9.30am-10.15am 
Location: Empire Church Theatre
Ages: 3-6 years and their parents
Workshop Capacity: 5 groups per session. Please note a group could consist of one or more parent or one or more child.

Come along and be a clown with your child! Drawing on play, attachment and attunement research and using clown-based practices – this workshop will offer a series of playful activities/exercises for parents and children!

Cost: $20 per child (accompanying parents/guardians free)

Clowning Around Workshop

Dates: Tuesday 22 September & Wednesday 23 September 
Time: 10.30am-11.30am daily 
Location: Empire Church Theatre
Ages: 5-9 yrs old 
Workshop capacity: 10 students per class. 

Bring out the joy with this workshop all about play. Children will learn the basics of play-state used by actors/clowns/comedians as the basis for performance.   

Note: Parents can drop and go or wait in the foyer during the workshop

Cost: $25 per child

Play Workshop for Parents

Date: Wednesday 23 September
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Empire Church Theatre
Ages: Parents of young children (kids to stay at home)
Workshop Capacity: 12 participants

Have a break from the kids and find your own fun! Parents will learn about play, the value of play in their relationships with children and activate their own play-state.  Drawing on clown training, parents will be guided through a series of activities/games to help them find and play with their clown-state.   

Cost: $45 per participant




On Stage for Kids

Puffin Palooza 

The greatest Puffin in the world is throwing a party and you're invited! Join us for a fun-filled concert live on stage that captivates, connects and sparks imagination. Watch Puff prepare for the Beakday celebrations, catching fish to hold a great bit party! But Puff does not much like sharing and when Puff invites their friends to the party they all decline. But why? Soon Puff learns rather than being "as selfish as a shellfish" life is much better when we all share and enjoy things together. 

Date: Friday 25 September 
Time: 10.30am
Location: Empire Theatre 
Cost: One price $22.00, Group of 4 $75.00 



You Me Three Theatre Company presents “Stuck” – A 30-minute clown show set in a public restroom where three clowns have to figure out a solution to a particularly messy problem.

Date: Thurs 24 and Fri 25 September
Time: 10am and 12 pm each day
Location: Empire Church Theatre
Age: 2-8yrs

Cost: FREE 

Note: Numbers at this performance event will be strictly limited in line with the Empire Theatres COVID Safe plan. Entry may be refused if capacity is reached. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library – Don’t by Elise Parsley 

featuring the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra

Presented by First 5 Forever and the Toowoomba Regional Libraries, come along to this free concert and reading of Elise Parsley’s entertaining book.

If you see a poster that says "You Can Do Anything at the Library!", it is NOT giving you permission to put on a circus! But Magnolia doesn't see any problem with setting up her own big top. She's got a lot of gusto and one mean human cannonball routine. So what if her greatest show on Earth won't fit between the bookshelves? Elise Parsley's boldly expressive illustrations perfectly complement this mostly-librarian-approved guide on how to be everything BUT quiet in the library!

 Date: Sat 26 and Sun 27 Sept
Time: 10am, 10.30am, 12pm and 12.30pm each day
Location: Empire Church Theatre
Age: 0-5yrs

Cost: FREE 

Note: Numbers at this performance event will be strictly limited in line with the Empire Theatres COVID Safe plan. Entry may be refused if capacity is reached. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 

Meet a Musician

Stick around at about 11am and 1pm some musicians will be on the lawn to talk to and take a close look at their instruments. 

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