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Australia had its own Willy Wonka long before Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the real one every bit as eccentric and a genius as the fictional version
In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at the Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia and around the world and wonders what the dinosaurs would have thought
It’s school holiday time which means Kids News is taking a short break. But you should grab some popcorn and see one of the great movies on the big screen. Here’s our guide to the best
A toy monkey from an Australian kindergarten has had an unexpected big adventure at Buckingham Palace, getting lost, then found, then going to work with palace staff
When Kids News recently visited Derinya Primary School in Victoria to talk about the media, fake news and how to become a reporter, it had an inspirational effect on the students
Jillibalu Riley does incredible acrobatics as a performer with Circus Oz, tricks he started practising as a little daredevil kid mucking around with his cousins
Robots served ice cream to excited kids on day one at Australia’s first robotic shop, in a move said to be about enhancing the customer experience rather than taking humans’ jobs
Scientists have made a major discovery in solving the mystery of the Loch Ness monster by testing DNA left behind by living things — ruling out the idea it was a dinosaur
A pizza with 154 varieties of cheese and a man pulling a massive army tank 10m are two of the incredible Australian achievements just announced by Guinness World Records
Designs have been revealed for the Von Braun Rotating Space Station, a low-orbit, wheel-shaped hotel for 100 space tourists a week that could be open for guests by 2025
Award-winning children’s author Jackie French gives her top tips on how to write a winning tale for the Kids News short story writing competition — and it involves eating chocolate
In breaking news ..... eight-year-old Dayleni Drike Sanchez has been named Australia’s best kids’ newsreader and is making her live TV debut. Watch her in action
In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains why he used the faces of innocent animals to measure the destruction of the Amazon fires
Read all about it … Kids News is now a mini newspaper. Pick up your copy full of fun stories and facts this weekend at Coles to complete your Little Shop 2 collection
A young Melbourne champ has won the world’s richest eSports prize for the second year in a row, putting his earnings way ahead of those of many of Australia’s most famous sports stars
Here is the latest news ..... Kids News and Studio 10 are searching for Australia’s best kids’ newsreader. Could it be you? Put on your best TV voice and find out
A man has set a new world record by riding a bike at just over 280kmh, but he still couldn’t beat female cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek, who is the fastest ever
It’s Book Week and what better way to get involved than with the Kids News short story writing competition. Winners will have their own story published into a real book and take home an iPad and book pack
In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album cover, but his tribute has a twist with a new Fab Four
In an incredible, just-for-fun science experiment, the man who invented Xbox baked a loaf of bread using microscopic yeast spores brought back to life from a 4500-year-old Egyptian pot
Microscopic tardigrades made the news for crash-landing on the Moon. Earth is teeming with other tiny creatures just as fascinating. Here are a few you won’t be able to stop looking at
In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight finds the funny side of NBA star basketballer Ben Simmons being denied entry to Crown casino on a trip home to Australia
A tiny, wide-eyed koala has been named Australia’s cutest koala joey. And now she’s out of her mother’s pouch, her important work as an ambassador for her species’ conservation really begins
Worms, bees, birds, flowers and veggies are the stars of Australia’s stamp collecting month, when sustainable gardening and stamp collecting get together to grow something great
In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight looks at why Barnaby Joyce crying poor over having to support two families was a bit rich and a cartoonist’s dream
This mind-boggling, spinning optical illusion is actually completely still and completely flat but our brains don’t see it that way. Scientists are studying whether that’s a weakness or a strength
Incredible new images reveal what Sydney would look like today had some of the alternative harbour bridge designs been given the green light instead of the now-famous coathanger
A teenager has collected more than $4.3 million in prizemoney after becoming world champion of the computer game Fortnite, beating 40 million gamers who applied to compete
There are 7.7 billion humans on Earth but many, many more animals of other species, so it's no wonder animals sometimes interrupt humans’ sports matches. And that can make for a great photo
In our new weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains the message he was giving readers when drawing Aussie swimmer Mack Horton refusing to stand on the winners’ podium
We look at some of the best contributions to an international photography competition about how we work now and wonder which of these jobs will still be done by humans in 2100
Personal flying devices look closer to becoming a reality after a man wearing a jetpack flew around Sydney Harbour and another man zoomed over Paris on a high-speed hoverboard
In the first of a new weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight explains to Kids News what inspired him to draw a cartoon comparing the moon landing and US President Donald Trump
World Emoji Day on July 17 is a fun, annual celebration of one of the world’s newest ways of communicating. We look at what emojis are, who invented them and if they are a real language
Have you ever moaned that fruit and vegetables are boring? That you’d like something more fun to eat? You’ll never say fruit and vegetables are boring again after seeing these crazy characters
Australia’s champion speedcubers are warming up their fingers and concentrating their minds to take on the rest of the world for the World Rubik’s Cube Championships, July 11-14
A revolting ear wax chunk so big it made international news got us wondering what ear wax is, what it’s for and whether we should clean it out, eat it or leave the inside of our ears alone
The 400 contestants at a sports arena in Finland showjumped, barrel raced and pranced in the biggest event of its kind in the world. But instead of live horses, they rode hobby horses
The longest arm hair ever recorded was 21.7cm, but that’s not the norm. Though human head hair keeps growing, human body hair doesn’t. We look at how and why there’s a difference
Eric Carle’s story about a caterpillar that eats its way through the pages of the book before becoming a beautiful butterfly is one of the most popular children’s books ever
A group of 130 Australian friends have hung out together more than 5000m up in the sky in a freefall formation and set a new national skydiving record
There are thousands of so-called solutions for crying over onions, from wearing goggles to sucking a spoon. Do any work? How and why do onions make us teary?
The Angry Birds flew into the Cannes Film Festival this week to launch their fun movie sequel. This time the birds and green pigs have to become frenemies to save their homes from a new threat
They had never met before the show but Henry Pinto and Cade Franklin have built a solid friendship and some amazing creations to win the first Lego Masters title
All those hours of hard work thinking, designing and building from 2.5 million bricks in The Brick Pit will soon pay off for the winning Lego Masters team
Broken Hill is usually in the news for being hot and dry, but this time it’s about something cool and damp: a special local salad invention called cheeseslaw
Soldiers on an expedition in Nepal have found and photographed large footprints in the snow they believed to belong to the Yeti, or abominable snowman
After running 42km in a massive costume, one athlete couldn’t fit under the finish line to the London marathon. Watch the funny video of the end of the race
Tasmanians can claim a long list of world-changing inventions. That list now includes the kids’ birthday party classic fairy bread, just in time for the treat’s own 90th birthday party
Kids News is running an Easter colouring-in competition during the school holidays with a super slime kit the ultimate prize for the best entries. Ready, set, colour
Almost everyone is mad about chocolate and not just at Easter. Ahead of the annual chocolate feast, we set out to answer some of the most asked questions about this special treat
Surfers have a lot of time to think about the health of the world’s oceans when they’re out there waiting for a wave, so these surfers invented the ultimate eco-friendly surfboard
Watch out … today is April Fools’ Day and it’s the day for playing pranks on unsuspecting people. We look at why we celebrate on April 1 and some of today's best jokes
Join the global movement of hundreds of millions of people all turning off the lights as a way of working together to care for the environment
We’ve compiled an incredible collection of photographs of creatures big and small interacting with the world in amazing ways. Which photo do you like best?
Get ready for the next Harry Potter craze — and one of its main aims is to get fans and gamers spending more time outdoors in a Pokemon Go-style treasure hunt
People who love pink are flocking like flamingoes to take selfies in front of a lake in Melbourne dyed by a population explosion of algae
New friends, old friends, daring rescues and what it means to be a child’s toy are all part of the storyline for the new Toy Story 4 movie. Watch the full-length trailer
Playing music to cheese improves its flavour, according to a Swiss study. But not just any music will do. Hip hop is where it’s at if you want really fruity cheese
High-flying wingsuiter Chris Byrnes — otherwise known as The Green Flying Dude — is king of the sky after claiming three national titles
The first teaser for the Disney movie Frozen 2 has been released. This time , Elsa and Anna must navigate their way through another dangerous adventure
It’s one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks, but the Sydney Opera House could have looked very, very different if any of the other ideas submitted were built instead
She’s only 16 years old, yet this girl has already broken a world long-hair record, all because she had a bad haircut when she was six years old
Kids News reader Alexa B has interviewed children’s book author David Baddiel on how long it takes to write a book, his inspiration for Head Kid and if there’ll be a sequel
A two-word phrase — made famous by the Prime Minister — about politicians worrying about themselves rather than everyday Australians has been named the 2018 Word of the Year
Elon Musk sent Christmas dinner to astronauts on the ISS via a SpaceX cargo capsule. The festive menu sounds delicious, but no one will want to eat the other special items on board
Australian 102-year-old great grandma Irene O’Shea made skydiving history, set a new world record and raised much-needed funds and awareness for motor neurone disease
The internet’s latest sensation is a beach that looks like it’s made of popcorn. We find other incredible beaches around the world and explain what happens in nature to create them
Giant Australian steer Knickers is so big his story has gone viral around the world. Back on the farm, Knickers is just getting on with his job of coaching his herd of 20,000 much smaller bovines
A new kind of aeroplane is on a world tour to show off so airlines buy lots of them. To attract attention, it was first painted as a flying tiger. Now it’s a flying shark. Such big teeth!
In a truly magical display that looks like the work of a doubling charm, Diagon Alley, the Whomping Willow and other features of Harry Potter’s world have turned up 10,000km away in Singapore
It’s holiday time and we’re here to help you have fun and maybe even win a great prize. Can you find your way through the Kids News questions to reach the treasure?
You don’t have to be Usain Bolt to break a world record if you choose the right record for you and your skills. Which is your favourite world record?
It started as a bet with mates that he won in the first three years, but this determined man kept on running for another 33 years. Could you do that?
A massive western lowland gorilla showed extreme care, playing with and looking after another primate who fitted neatly in the palm of his hand
A new museum dedicated to animal dung has opened in Tasmania. The Pooseum is the idea of Karin Koch, who says we can learn a lot from the science of animal droppings
A new Great Barrier Reef stamp series from Australia Post aims to raise awareness of the fight to save our natural wonder while also celebrating Stamp Collecting Month
Take our Quiz Word test and see if you can beat the clock — or take on all your classmates!
It’s holiday time and we’re here to help you have fun and maybe even win some great prizes. Can you find your way through the Kids News questions to reach the treasure?
It’s not as simple as hearing the right or wrong name on this social-media listening test that went viral. Which do you hear?
Expensive birthday parties, organic food, special holidays and much, much more: that’s the life of Australia’s pampered dogs. Do you know a dog who’s treated like a celebrity?
Melbourne student Feliks Zemdegs is the fastest human ever to solve a Rubik’s cube. He took 4.22 seconds. How fast are you?
A new world study finds kids are happiest when they’re spending time with their family, friends and pets. Is that what makes you happy too?
In classrooms all around the world, a new type of teacher is helping students learn. And it’s not a human. It’s a robot. Would you like a robot teacher?
Great golfers score birdies and eagles but one high school student scored a wild goose chase instead and the images went viral on social media
Researchers have discovered the reason why we have eyebrows — to help early humans show emotion and communicate before we could speak
A hungry coast carpet python has stunned vets after swallowing a man’s slipper and ending up in surgery. See the amazing X-rays
We take a look inside a busy Cadbury’s chocolate factory making millions of eggs in time for Easter
Daphne the giant, inflatable duck is rescued at sea after floating away during a Perth swimming carnival
A surfing blue koala is the mascot for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. We meet Borobi and learn why he was chosen.
The Sydney Opera House joins a list of world landmarks to turn green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.
Tourist Sue Elcock reels in monster fish — which is longer than her own body — while in Australia on holiday
Queensland farmers crack open giant egg to find another normal-sized egg inside
UPDATE: Don Gorske has eaten two Big Macs every day for 46 years. Now the record holder has just eaten his 30,000th burger. And he won’t stop there.
Orphaned piglet Maggie May and Daisy the duckling, who was also abandoned, have become best mates after both being rescued
A tricky poem full of secret clues has the answer to where a real treasure chest full of gold and jewels is buried. Can you solve the puzzle?
Crochet artist Phil Ferguson creates funny food hats that will have you in stitches.
Watch the moment a snake catcher rescues a curious tiger snake that got its head stuck in a beer can. VIDEO
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