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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 from 21-30 September during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

The Empire Theatres will be transformed into a vibrant centre of artistic activity and interactive experiences across 10 days of the Spring school holidays. Participants of all ages will get to explore their world, indulge their creative instincts and get carried away by powerful storytelling.

The family program includes a mixture of activities to excite ages 1-15 years. But the fun is not just for the young ones, a wide variety of shows in the evening will have something for everyone from the young to the young at heart.

Whether it be music, drama, art or a workshop that brings you to the space, stay a while and try something new!

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Thrive on Arts is supported by the Toowoomba Regional Council through the Events Support Grant Program 


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts' Festivals Australia program. 


On stage for Kids...

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo 
A CDP with Tall Stories' production, presented by the Empire Theatres 
Saturday 29 September, 12.30pm and 3pm 
Empire Theatre
Show Duration: approx 55 minutes running time

After sell-out seasons across the world, including London's West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia. Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. 

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there's no such thing as a Gruffalo - is there? 

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups...

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Empire Cardholder $22.00 

Tickets $25.00 

Group of 4 $88.00 

Bella's Bad Hair Day

Bella's Bad Hair Day
Featuring the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra and Stephen Michael King
Sunday 30 September 1.30pm and 3pm 
Heritage Bank Auditorium 



First 5 Forever and Thrive on Arts presents this wonderful introduction to orchestral music for the whole family. Join us as Toowoomba Concert Orchestra and author and illustrator, Stephen Michael King, bring his children’s book ‘Bella’s Bad Hair Day’ to life.

Come early and join us for pre-concert activities. Activities are available 45 minutes before the concert.

This concert is sponsored by the Toowoomba Regional Council’s First 5 Forever Program. This is a State government funded program helping our young children develop a love of language and literacy.

 To download the Teachers Pack, click here. 

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Bookings essential

Transaction fee will apply to online and phone bookings.

Charlotte's Web

Charlotte's Web


Presented by RAVA Productions as part of the Homegrown Independents Program

4-6 October
Empire Theatres Studio


Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. 

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