Following the success of the Children's Festival of the Tableland Folk Festival, in 2012 Owen was asked to program a Children's Festival for the Cairns Festival.
This first venture of the Cairns Festival into Children specific programming, was well received and supported. Under Morrocan tents for 2012 and 2013, facepainting, printing, and other crafts and performance arts, engaged over 100 children per day over two weekends.
2014 saw a change to the format with a one day Children's Program in the Muddie's Park on the esplanade, Cairns, August 31st. This program supported a full day of stage entertainment, roving entertainers and a marquee of craft activities.