LKDO Annual Community Event in Gympie for families

Welcome to the Little Kids Day Out.

2020 LKDO will be Saturday 12 September

9:00am – 3:00pm

Gympie Civic Centre

Senior Citizen’s Building and grounds Mellor Street Gympie.

This is an award winning day created just for kids by the Gympie Community.




 Over seventy activities and performances organised by hundreds of volunteers.

Art experiences, activities, face painting, animals, Loose Ends stage show (11am), entertainment, art installation, Gubbi Gubbi Dance, information booths, parent bags, Early Count bags, sausage sizzle and vendors. BYO drink bottle.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors:

  • Gympie Regional Council
  • MyKindy at Victory
  • Victory College
  • Roadcraft Driver Education
  • Cooloola Christian College
  • CCC Early Learning Centre
  • Gympie Central Shopping Centre
  • Gympie MEAT HALL
  • Gympie Lions Club
  • Nolan Meat’s Social Club


Gympie Masonic Lodges

The Gympie Times

2019 Activity & information booths:

Upcoming Events

Platnium Sponsors

A big thank you to our platnium sponsors.

Please support them as they support us by visiting their facebook page.

Kim Walters

Kim Walters

Little Kids Day Out Working Party Chair

On behalf of the amazing LKDO committee I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our event and wish you an amazing day.

This tears event would not have been possible without the hard work of our committee, hundreds of volunteers and support of our partners, sponsors and supporters who enable us to provide the event FREE to all the children in our region.

We thank all the early learning centres and school in the region for supporting the LKDO.

Grace Grace

Grace Grace

Minister for Education

The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support Little Kids Day Out in Gympie again this year. This popular community event is celebrating its 5th year in 2018, with almost 3,000 people expected to flow through the gates. 

More than 250 volunteers from 126 local organisations are set to attend. 

This event is about more than just face painting and farm animals. Its aimed at showing parents the value of play based learning in the early years and reiterating the important roll they play as a child’s first teacher at home.

It’s also important that families are given the opportunity to connect with their local early childhood and care providers, to give their children the best start to life.

I commend the organisers for creating such a successful event and I wish you luck in 2018.

Cr Mick Curran BM

Cr Mick Curran BM

Gympie Regional Council

It is well known that the first years of a child’s life are crucial for their development into adulthood. As a father myself, I know the importance of giving our children the best possible start, but parenting is not easy, and not always straightforward.

LKDO is a nationally recognised event which allows parents to connect with services that can assist with providing information and tools to give our kids a head start in their education.

Awareness around the importance of events such as LKDO is growing, and I would like to make special mention of the members of the organising committee who, with their dedication, are making sure the educational welfare of our region’s children is continuing.

Gympie’s LKDO would not be possible without the tireless work of hundreds of volunteers and the support of many local businesses, as well as Gympie Regional Council and the State Government. In 2017, the event was recognised in the Gympie Regional Australia Day Awards for Community Event of the Year, a fitting acknowledgement of a growing community event.

This year’s LKDO acts as a precursor to the When We Were Young publication launch later this year. This fascinating book is comprised of one hundred interviews from people who live or lived in the Gympie region as a child. Many of the stories depict life along with the excitement and hardships of growing up in Gympie between 1920 and 1970.