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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On stage for Kids...



Wed 25 September 3pm and Thursday 26 September 10am
Empire Theatre

CDP Kids presents SPOT based on the books by Eric Hill.

Spot is one of the most loved dogs in the world, and he’s coming to Australia!

Spot and his friends are off on a new adventure to visit Spot’s Dad on the farm and meet the farm animals. But when they arrive, all the animals are lost! Can Spot and his friends find them all? They might need a little help from their new friends in the audience…

Eric Hill’s beloved puppy comes to life on stage with puppetry, songs, and puzzles for children aged 2+ and their adults.

Presented by arrangement with Penguin Books Limited.

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Empire Cardholder $21.00 

Tickets $25.00 

Group of 6+ $20.00 

Lollipop and Grandpa's Back Garden Safari

Lollipop and Grandpa's Back Garden Safari featuring the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra
Featuring the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra
Sunday 29 September 1.30pm and 3pm 
Armitage Centre


Back gardens have never been this exciting! Lollipop and Grandpa are intrepid explorers, always on the lookout for the next adventure! It's often just the two of them against the world in their expeditions, armed only with ham sandwiches and imagination. In this book they set out on an exciting expedition in the back garden where they encounter Chimpan-trees, a Hippo-potta-compost and even a Croco-logus. They're prepared for action, but will Lollipop and Grandpa make it back home safely? 

The Toowoomba Concert Orchestra, Toowoomba Region Libraries and Thrive on Arts presents this wonderful introduction to orchestral music for the whole family. Join us on the adventure as music brings the book to life!

This concert is sponsored by the Toowoomba Region Libraries.

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Bookings essential

Transaction fee will apply to online and phone bookings.

We Live Here - Flipside Circus

We Live Here - Flipside Circus

Friday 27 September 6.30pm

Armitage Centre


Supporting the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation.

By Flipside Circus, developed with Hummingbird House and commissioned by Metro Arts.

Welcome to our house. This is where our memories are made and kept, even after we’ve gone.

Based on the stories of parents, siblings, and guests of Hummingbird House (Queensland’s only youth hospice), We Live Here is an inspiring circus show that brings to life memories and moments that make a life.

Created by a team of highly skilled young circus performers and professional acrobats, We Live Here explores themes of resilience, chaos, and the beauty of a moment shared.

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Empire Cardholder $25.00 

All Tickets $30.00 

Groups of 4 $100 

Ausdance price $25.00 


Presented in partnership with the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, a $5 donation to the children’s appeal will be made for each ticket sold to the show.