What’s on for Kids at the Granny Smith Festival!

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Eastwood’s favourite festival is back on the 20th October and this year’s event takes on added significance as the festival celebrates 150 years of the Granny Smith Apple, which was first grown by Maria Ann ‘Granny’ Smith on her Eastwood property in 1868.

Beginning in 1985, it is now regarded as one of Sydney’s largest street festival and there’s HEAPS on for kids. Here’s everything you need to know!

 

Grand Street Parade

The festivities kick off at 9.30am with a 2,000-strong Grand Street Parade celebrating Eastwood’s vibrant and diverse community. The streets of Eastwood are transformed into a swirling sea of colour and sound featuring some of the best marching bands, community floats, dancers and of course don’t forget to wave to Granny and the festival mascot ‘Sweetie Pie’ on the Granny Smith Festival float as they pass by! The best spot to view the parade is on Rowe Street – make sure to grab your spot early.

 

 

Green Hub

The City of Ryde’s Green Hub will be hosting all things environment, waste and sustainability for all ages! Kids can enjoy learning about our waterways, creating natural habitats, waste and biodiversity. They can pick up a native plant, have their face painted or view the waste to art exhibition. They’ll also find an amazing interactive Ocean Action Pod where they can touch, play and learn about how plastic impacts on our waterways PLUS meet the City of Ryde Waste and Environment Teams!

 

 

Kids Hub

Make sure to visit this free sustainable kids play area located on the grounds of Eastwood Public School. Here the kids can get crafty, enjoy a stage show by the King and Queen of Green and the RRRR Pirates, games, face painting, backyard bugs and engage in interactive play with a focus on sustainability and the environment.

  • Ages: Best suited for kids aged 0-12 years.
  • Where: Eastwood Public School
  • When: 9 am – 4 pm
  • More info here

 

 

The CORE Youth Hub

Operated by the Ryde Youth Council, The Core will be highlighted by the Apple Jam Block Party which includes open dance battles, silent disco and a talent quest. The hub will also be home to wheelchair basketball where everyone can have a go – it will be just as much fun to play for able-bodied people! Wheelchairs and all equipment will be provided.

  • Ages: aimed at 12 to 25-year-olds
  • Where: Eastwood Public School
  • When: 11am – 5pm
  • More info here

 

 

Big Apple Singing Competition

Children under 15 and those 15+ will get the chance to show off their singing talents on the big stage with prizes to be won! Register on the day or in advance.

More info here.

 

Oval Highlights

  • Carnival rides including the Big Ferris Wheel (costs apply)
  • Animal farm
  • Circus workshop
  • Stage performance by Hi-5 at 12pm and 2pm, plus a meet and greet after each show
  • Final concert from 5.30pm with Soul Nights and Samantha Jade
  • Awesome fireworks display at 8pm

 

 

Granny’s Cider Bar

Check out the new addition to this year’s event! Enjoy a wide range of ciders from Batlow, James Squire Orchard Crush, 5 Seeds and Somersby. Granny’s Cider bar is a family-friendly space with giant garden games and acoustic music. Please note: Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

More info here.

 

 

Free GIF photo booth at City of Ryde stall

Drop by the City if Ryde stall to participate in an interactive activity and find out about local initiatives and Council services. There will also be a FREE GIF photo booth. Your motion selfie will be sent directly to your phone or email so you can share your video straight away. Shae your Festival love using the hashtag #WeLoveGSF

More info here.

 

 

Full Program

For more details and a map of the festival make sure to check out the full program here.

 

Getting There

Last year, around 90,000 people came to the Festival. Parking is limited, so leave the car at home and catch a bus, train or the Shop Ryder free shuttle service. Visit Trip Planner at www.transportnsw.info to organise your journey from start to finish or visit www.ryde.nsw.gov.au/gettingtogsf