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The National 2017 Di Bella Coffee What's On 4 Kids Awards & Conference

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Each year the national What's On 4 Kids Awards are where we reward, recognise and celebrate the very best in children's activities, classes, clubs, volunteers, family days out and kids' party entertainers across Australia. #whatson4kidsawards

The What's On 4 Kids Conference 
is a day event which combines an inspiring & e
ducational programme with presentations from leading speakers, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions. This is the ideal chance for those in the children's activity and party industry to network, interact with the experts and go away from the day feeling empowered and inspired.

What began as a small coffee roasting operation in the suburbs of Brisbane in 2002 has emerged as a revolutionary, customer focused business.

Di Bella Coffee not only supplies freshly roasted coffee to cafés and restaurants all across Australia but also delivers directly to your home or business. 




Key Dates

Nominations Open January 2017

Nominations Close 10th February 2017 

Voting Open 23rd February 2017 (Last year we received over 40,000 votes!)

Voting Close Friday 17th March 2017 6PM EST VOTING IS NOW CLOSED - OVER 50,000 VOTES!

Finalists Announced & Judging Occurs From 21st March 2017

Winners Announced Saturday Night Saturday 10th June 2017, Brisbane

What's On 4 Kids Awards & Conference: Saturday, June 10th 2017, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane, QLD (Discounted accommodation rates available)

What's On 4 Kids Awards tickets $165 (gst inclusive)
What's On 4 Kids Conference tickets $176 (gst inclusive)  *Early Bird Special*
Bring a Friend & Save Conference tickets $299 - $149.50 each (gst inclusive) 
Table of 10 discounts also available. 


2017 What's On 4 Kids Award Finalists

Best Pre/Post Natal Activity

  • Emabella Rose Prenatal Belly Painting
  • Kangatraining
  • Neighbourhood Creche
  • Pram Power
  • Yummy Mummy Fitness

Best National Baby and Toddler Activity 0-2 years* sponsored by Whole Kids

  • Baby Sensory
  • GymbaROO & KindyROO
  • Kindermusik
  • Little Kickers
  • Ready Steady Go Kids

Best National Pre-schooler Activity 2-5 years sponsored by Di Bella Coffee

  • GymbaROO & KindyROO
  • Little Kickers
  • Ready Set Dance
  • Ready Steady Go Kids
  • Toddler Sense

Best Local Baby and Pre-Schooler Activity 0-5 years sponsored by ThinkSmart Software

  • Amanda's Pyjama Drama
  • Baby Ballet Tasmania
  • Danibelle's Musicadium
  • Messy Me
  • The Little Gym

Best National School Aged Activity* sponsored by Pure Gold Pineapples

  • Girl Guides Australia
  • Grasshopper Soccer
  • NAB AFL Auskick
  • Netball Australia
  • Scouts Australia
  • Tennis Australia Hotshots

Best Local School Aged Activity sponsored by MGM Trophies & Engraving

  • Beach Safe Schools Program
  • Goal Soccer Academy
  • Little Lifesavers
  • Superstars Dance Studio
  • Vital Gymnastics

Best School Holiday Activity sponsored by Di Bella Coffee

  • 2 Bent Rods
  • Colour My Pot
  • Little Lifesavers
  • Pinta Crafts
  • Tiny Art

Best New Activity** sponsored by Sync or Swim

  • Big Future Academy
  • Big Wild Imagination
  • Coding Kids
  • Pyjama Drama
  • Sweet Dreams and Goodnight

Best Live Children's Entertainment 

  • Cricket Australia KFC Big Bash League
  • Deadly 60
  • Mister Maker
  • Peppa Pig Playdate
  • Pevan & Sarah

Best Not for Profit/Community Activity for Children sponsored by Activities 4 All (Share The Dignity)

  • Beach Safe Schools Program
  • Brimbank Bicycle Education Centre
  • Helensvale Callisthenics Dance Academy
  • Little Lifesavers
  • Puddle Jumpers

Best Class/Activity for Children with Additional Needs sponsored by mumandworking

  • Boppin' Babies
  • Equuesterra
  • I Can I Will - Charity
  • Little Lifesaving Legends
  • Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Brisbane

Most Outstanding Activity Leader 0-5 years (Activity teachers/coaches etc.) sponsored by Activities 4 All (Share The Dignity)

  • Alex Ollier (Little Kickers Sunshine Coast)
  • Angel McIntosh (Forte School of Music Stafford)
  • Bex Foxley (Ready Steady Go Kids)
  • Bronte Devine (Superstars)
  • Lynsey Vinen (Ready Steady Go Kids)

Most Outstanding Activity Leader 5-12 years (Activity teachers/coaches etc.) sponsored by Di Bella Coffee

  • Angel McIntosh (Forte School of Music Stafford)
  • Bronte Devine (Superstars)
  • James Hammond (Football Star Academy)
  • Sasha Tapara-Beaton (Life Saving)
  • Vicky Abad (My Musical Child) 

Best Family Day Out (Museums, Art Galleries, Zoos, Shows etc) sponsored by Pure Gold Pineapples

  • Australia Zoo
  • Cricket Australia KFC Big Bash League
  • Dreamworld
  • Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathalon
  • Sovereign Hill Ballarat

Best Children's Party Provider (Cakes, Partywares, Balloons, Decorations etc)

  • A Sprinkle of Magic
  • Easy Breezy Parties
  • Laser Tag in a Box
  • Sunshine Jumping Castles
  • Sweet Dreams & Goodnight 

Best Children's Party Entertainment (Party Planners and Entertainers, Clowns etc) sponsored by Lah Lah's Big Live Band 

  • Happily Ever Laughter Children's Entertainment
  • Kids Disco Parties
  • Larrikin Puppets
  • Strawberry Fundae Kids Parties
  • Superstar Parties
  • SuperSteph's Super Party Heroes
  • Unreal Kids Parties

Best Children's Party Venue (Party locations designed for children's parties e.g indoor play centres)

  • AMF Bowling
  • BOUNCEinc
  • Glamour Parties
  • Spoil Me Kids Day Spa
  • The Little Gym Australia
  • Tiddlywinks Dance & Play Centre

* National means in more than one state/territory

** Best New Activity is a business that has been operating for less than 2 years.

Hosts & Keynote Speakers 

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Award Hosts

Mark Harris & Tina Harris
Lah Lah Productions 

Best known as the stripy socks singing star from ABC Kids TV hit show Lah-Lah's Adventures, Tina & Mark has been delighting families Australia wide with their live touring show. 

From the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall to the Melbourne Recital Centre, Tina, Mark and the Lah-Lah band tour nationally each year.

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Award Keynote Speaker

Phillip Di Bella

Founder and Director, Di Bella Coffee

Phillip Di Bella’s love for business and entrepreneurship stemmed from an early age. In 2002, Phillip’s passion for coffee and entrepreneurial spirit led him to start up a small coffee-roasting operation in the suburbs of Brisbane; he named his company Di Bella Coffee. Over the following 10 years the company continued to thrive and expand. Phillip’s professional life goes beyond the scope of his own business. His numerous community-building roles include Director of Brisbane Marketing and Chair of the CBD Economic Development Board. Phillip’s significant local involvement was recognised in 2009, and then again in 2014, when he received the Lord Mayor’s Corporate Citizenship Award.

Dedicated to building relationships and encouraging improvement in those around him, Phillip is passionate about inspiring passion in others.

Phillip Di Bella’s entrepreneurship has been celebrated on several occasions; including winning the Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2008 and the Brisbane Young Entrepreneur Award in 2010.



Sponsors & Partners

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Our 2017 Sponsors & Partners

Guided by a clear vision to deliver the Ultimate Coffee Experience, Di Bella Coffee has rapidly become Australia’s leading specialty coffee roaster, earning the respect and appreciation of coffee lovers everywhere.

Di Bella Coffee not only supplies freshly roasted coffee to cafés and restaurants all across Australia, but also delivers direct to home consumers.

All of Di Bella Coffee’s popular blends are available for purchase online, as well as their entire range of specialty coffee products. You can order fresh coffee beans as you need and your order will be conveniently delivered to your door…because everyone deserves to enjoy the perfect cup of coffee in the comfort of their own home!

Di Bella Coffee is also proud to offer tailored, specialty grade coffee solutions for workplaces. No matter your company size or how many staff you have, Di Bella Coffee can supply you with all your specialty coffee needs at competitive prices.

If you are looking to experience coffee on a whole other level, then pop in for a visit to Di Bella Coffee’s Brisbane Roasting Warehouse and Cafe. Here you can purchase freshly ground coffee beans and brewing equipment, enjoy an array of tasty food as well as learn more about coffee through our  hands on barista training, coffee appreciation courses, cupping sessions and roastery tours. www.dibellacoffee.com


 pure gold pineapples


Pure Gold Pineapples are Australia’s leading brand of fresh gold pineapple, available 52 weeks a year! Since we started working with What’s On 4 a year ago, we have been listening to mums, kids and all our consumers and telling our story to help you appreciate the amazing nutritional benefits of our favourite fruit, the fun to be had with pineapples all year round, and the incredible stories of tenacity and dedication from our farmers who spend two years growing every single pineapple. We are back again this year to keep spreading the word, support the What’s On 4 network and to keep teaching the next generation about enjoying fresh healthy and delicious Australian pineapples.  www.puregoldpineapples.com.au

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Every day, in thousands of homes across Australia, children are exposed to domestic violence. Activities 4 All aims to provide extracurricular activities for children who are in the process of recovery from long-term exposure to domestic violence.

These children deserve to have the opportunity to realise their potential but in the very least they deserve to have some fun. Organised activities such as sports, music and camps can all help these children to develop new ways of relating to others which can then lead to better school outcomes – both in the classroom and in the playground. Children who feel valued and included would be less inclined to fight or withdraw at school. By participating in healthy, positive, social activities where they feel cared for, means that traumatised children who have lived in abusive environments are given a ray of hope that their futures can still have a chance be as bright as can be. www.sharethedignity.com.au


whole kids


Real people, real food, real good. Founded by husband-and-wife team James and Monica Meldrum, Whole Kids is Australia's first (and now most popular) range of certified organic snacks for little kids. Whole Kids aim is to make healthy, yummy food for kids and inspire some much-needed healthy changes in the food industry. Shop online at wholekids.com.au or in-store at Coles, Chemist Warehouse and leading Health Food Stores.



mumandworking Australia is all about flexible working. mumandworking is a jobsite that lists flexible and family friendly work, making it easy for parents to find that perfect job. They help business owners grow their team and expand their business. Whether you have a part-time role, school hours job, or a work from home opportunity, mumandworking Australia they help you reach a targeted audience of talented parents. Supporting parents and business owners? Now that’s a job we are proud of. www.mumandworking.com.au

sync or swim 

Sync or Swim are passionate about helping small business achieve every success and pride themselves on being experts in their field. Sync or Swim will work collaboratively with you and your team to develop practical solutions and strategies, which are tailored to the unique needs of your business. Sync or Swim's down to earth, relaxed, no-nonsense and professional approach has allowed them to see their clients' business dreams become a reality. www.syncorswim.com.au


ThinkSmart Software is a dynamic software company specialising in management solutions for businesses that take bookings and conduct classes. Founder Andrew Leigh, realised that sporting and other businesses that run classes really struggled in certain areas. He identified that most of these businesses were wasting significant amounts of time and money because they didn’t have the right software and automation. Andrew, being an experienced software developer, set about designing elegant software solutions to these problems, and over time, created ThinkSmart's powerful and flexible range of software tools. www.thinksmartsoftware.com

 spadix print and design  
Spadix Print & Design is a one-stop sticker, print, design and promotional service providing your business and the Australian Defence community with a solution for all your creative and marketing solutions.
From business cards to colour brochures, from posters to corporate marquees, stickers and labels to signs and everything in between. Whether you are a small business, an established real estate agency, or at corporate level and require rebranding or have existing artwork, Spadix Print & Design is here to help from design right through to your finished product!

Stripy-socked singing sensation Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band are sure to get the whole family up singing and dancing with their award winning live and top rating TV shows! Lah-Lah introduces children and their families to the wonderful world of music and musical instruments.
Meet Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy the piano accordion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Bandleader, Lola the Dancing Double Bass and the ever loveable Lah-Lah!From TV shows on ABC KIDS, CBeebies, and the Seven Network to sell-out live concerts, Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band continue to delight audiences across Australia and always get the whole family up singing and dancing. www.lah-lah.com


What’s On 4 holds these awards to encourage good practice, reward innovation, further raise standards and generate awareness of our fabulous activities and classes and those individual experts involved who make such a difference to so many parents and children across the Australia!

If you would like to be part of encouraging good practice in children’s activities across Australia and support our 2017 Awards with sponsorship then we’d love to hear from you.

Elise Easdown
What's On 4 Australia
1300 309 911

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