Thrive on Arts

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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 5 days of the Spring school holidays. 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 1-14 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.

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Family Fun

Family Events

The Habitat

Thanks to C&K Childcare & Kindergarten the Empire Church Lawn will come alive from 9.30-3pm each day FREE, No bookings required

Share, protect and play. The Habitat celebrates the worlds and environments we share with animals. Interactive installations on the front lawn will engage and delight participants of all ages.

Developed by artists Kim Walmsley, this event is free and open each day from 9.30-3pm.

This project has been supported by Toowoomba Regional Council through the Cultural and Arts Support Grant.

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Adventure with Paradise the Parrot 

Empire Church Theatre, 10.30am and 12.30pm daily

GOLD COIN, No bookings required

Louie is great at daydreaming and not so great at public speaking. The oral is happening today and he doesn’t know what to say! Will a chance encounter with a mysterious bird help him find his voice?

Inspired by the story created by you on the parrot sculpture in 2018, Paradise is joined on stage by his new friend Louie on a wild adventure of discovery.  What adventures will they get up to?

The show runs for approx 40mins. Come early or hang around after for some free craft activities.

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Movie Screenings – Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups

Armitage Centre, Saturday 28 September 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm, $5

When their latest scheme goes awry, Mayor Humdinger and his nephew Harold accidentally divert a meteor towards Adventure Bay.

Ryder leads a team of rescue pups (Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma and Skye) who save their town from everyday emergencies.



Empire Church Lawn, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30-3pm

Come and pat a puppy and learn about all that the RSPCA do for our furry friends. Careful, you might just end up taking one home!