The balmy weather is turning colder this week so here are some ideas to get you out and about with your little ones.
- MarkIt at Federation Square (Sun 25 May) – Federation Square’s light-filled Atrium and Deakin Edge Theatre will be transformed into a creative mecca for Melbourne shoppers for one day only.
- Fiesta Malaysia at Federation Square (Sun 25 May) – Colourful lineup of performances including lion dancing, Bollywood dancing, drumming, martial arts demonstrations and musical performances from special guests. You can also enjoy traditional games and activities and taste a range of authentic cuisines.
- Sunday World BBQ at Queen Victoria Market (Sun 25 May) – Soak up the sun and sample some of dishes being cooked up such as Longganisa from the Phillipines, Antichuco from South America, Sausages from Sicily, Vegetarian Kothu from Sri Lanka plus roving performers throughout the day to entertain the kids.
- Mexican Childrens’ Games Workshop at Immigration Museum (Sat 24 May) – Join us for a Mexican kids’ party with Sol Espinosa and Kids’ Party Station. We’ll play traditional Mexican kids’ games, such as lotería and ‘steal the sombrero’, and, of course, we’ll be hitting a piñata. We’ll be playing Mexican children’s music by ‘Cri-Cri’ (Francisco Gabilondo Soler), giving out prizes, having lots of fun and finding out how kids party in Mexico!
- Artplay (throughout May) – Artplay offers a range of workshops covering a variety of art-forms from babies to school kids.
- Pastello: Draw Act at Children’s Gallery at NGV International (Sat 10 May – 31 August) – Children will be invited to upend themselves, draw with crayon embellished shoes, use cutlery to leave their marks on tables and wear a crayon-clad helmet and let their heads do the drawing. Read our review.
- Fashion Detective: Come into the PArlour at NGV Australia (Sat 10 May – Sun 31 May) – Play games and activities that were popular during Victorian times. Read our review.
- Madagascar at ACMI Kids’ Flicks (Sun 11 May – Sat 24 May) – ACMI’s curated program of children’s films is showing Madagascar. You can even visit the Dreamworks Animation exhibition afterwards. Read our review.
- Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit at ACMI Kids’ Flicks (Sun 25 May – Sun 15 June) ACMI’s curated program of children’s films is showing the second DreamWorks Animation (in collaboration with Aardman) to take home the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature film. You can even visit the Dreamworks Animation exhibition afterwards. Read our review.
- Under 8s Ice Fun at Medibank Icehouse (Every Sunday) – unique toddler experience in shoes or skates.
- Wulamanayuwi and the Seven Pamanui at Plenty Ranges Theatre (Fri 23 May) – Playwright Jason de Santis brings a Tiwi twist to an old favourite to create a modern Aboriginal fairy story, inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- The Productive Cycle on a Farm at Collingwood Children’s Farm (Mon 19 May – Fri 23 May) – During Education Week See why farming is important. Help milk a cow, visit the orchard and vegie garden, hand-free the chickens, ducks, goats and sheep, and cuddle the guinea pigs. Learn how worms fertilise the soil and see the composting stages produce great organic fertiliser
SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE
- In Season Arts & Craft Sessions Kids Program at Jewish Museum Elsternwick (throughout May) – In Season has been designed specifically for children and families. It is jam-packed with plenty for kids to do, including dress-ups, arts and crafts, plus regular activities and workshops.
- Drop in for a Yarn at Eastland (19 May – 15 Jun) -Teaming up with local crocheters, Eastland’s Centre Court will be transformed into an amazing yarn installation. Children will be able to participate in Yarn Kite Making and Loom Band Workshops.
- Mountain Mayhem at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort (Sun 25 May) – A day of fun, games, snowplay and activities all for FREE including resort entry.
- Celebrate Corroboree at Healesville Sanctuary (every weekend until end of May) – Healesville Sanctuary’s biggest celebration of Indigenous people and culture.