21 September 2023

Ready kids? Botanic Gardens ready to rock for this year's Spring Jam

| Jarryd Rowley
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Musician dressed as a rabbit playing guitar

Wagga’s biggest children’s event, Spring Jam, returns to the Botanic Gardens this weekend. Photo: Wagga City Council.

Spring Jam will return to the Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens this Saturday and families and organisers are pumped.

The free children’s festival, which will run from 10 am to 3 pm, aims to educate and entertain kids while also being a fun day out for the entire family.

It took almost a year to plan, and council events officer Emma Corbett is encouraging families to soak up the fun of the jam-packed festival.

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“We have hands-on workshops including for our little kids and adults who can make floral print cards for their loved ones; they can learn how to spin a deck at our DJ school; they can make First Nations-inspired puzzles that they will be able to take home,” she said.

“Everything we are bringing to Spring Jam as part of our program will be something unique and different that hasn’t been offered regionally in the past.

“Events are crucial for the local economy so having our local businesses and artists involved in Spring Jam and also our local suppliers, so all of our infrastructure and hire equipment is sourced locally as well, being able to give back to the community in that sense is really important.”

Joining in the fun will be children’s performers Whistle and Trick, The Vegetable Plot and Junkyard Beats.

The three award-winning artists will be wandering around the festival along with some of Wagga’s favourite animals from the Botanic Gardens Zoo and Aviary.

Council’s destination and events coordinator Kimberly Parker said the festival was sure to attract a lot of families.

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“We’re expecting a busy day in the gardens on Saturday with the weather predicted to be a beautiful spring day, combined with a program full of outdoor fun – it’ll be an event not to be missed,” Ms Parker said.

“Make sure to say hello to the larger-than-life roving performers who will be wandering the festival grounds, as well as our furry friends from the zoo who will pop out into the festival for meet and greets throughout the day.

“There will also be a chill-out zone for anyone wanting some quiet time, a games garden to play oversized games, a book nook hosted by Wagga Wagga’s Agile Library and the perfect shaded picnic spot to sit and enjoy a snack and the festival atmosphere.”

Several local food vendors will also be part of a food alley for those who haven’t packed their own picnic lunch.

Be sure to head to the Botanic Gardens on 23 September for a fun time in the spring sun.

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