Plant a tree for National Tree Day

It’s the last week of July and filled with special events such as Open House Melbourne, the opening of NGV’s newest children’s exhibition Bunyips and Dragons and National Tree  Day.


  • Docklands Winter Fireworks (Fri 24 Jul) – Fireworks every Friday night at 7:30pm during July and August with other FREE entertainment happening along the promenade from 6:30-8:30pm).
  • European Night Market at Madame Brussels Lane (Fri 24 Jul) – take in the rich European aromas of mulled wine, German sausages and freshly baked pretzels as they browse the mix of new and returning food stalls.
  • Fly By Night Hamer Hall (Fri 24 Jul – Sun 26 Jul) – Weaving together dance, physical theatre, sound design and video art, the site-specific work uses iPhone devices to deliver a surprising, promenade-style, self-guided tour via a purpose-built mobile app.
  • Munich Winter Wunderland Weekend (Fri 24 Jul – Sun 26 Jul) – Celebrate all things winter at this huge Winter Wunderland Weekend bash.  On Sunday bring the little ones down for a winter inspired day of Bavarian fun. From the delicious kinder menu to gingerbread decorating and even a special appearance from the Snow Princess.
  • Imagineering Workshop ACCA (Sat 25 Jul) – Explore Ryan Gander’s story telling about the world in the exhibition READ ONLY then create inspired artworks using objects, dreaming and your imagination.
  • Bend and Snap Market (Sat 25 Jul – Sun 26 Jul) – curated stalls with a plethora of artwork, jewellery, homewares, DIY kits, vintage stalls and sugary treats. Plated Image will also be hosting papercraft workshops
  • Open House Melbourne (Sat 25 Jul – Sun 26 Jul) – program of architecture and design events all around Melbourne with a cardboard building event for kids which you may be able to drop in to if there are no shows.
  • Bunyips and Dragons NGV Australia (Sat 25 Jul – Sun 4 Oct) – large-scale works from more than 60 of Australia’s best-loved book illustrators.
  • Kids Flicks at ACMI (Sat 27 Jun – Sun 12 Jul) – ACMI’s curated program of children’s films. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Scarecrow Making at Pop Up Patch (Sun 26 Jul) – Make your very own scarecrow with Little Veggie Patch Co.
  • Under 8s Ice Fun at Medibank Icehouse (Sun 26 Jul) – A unique toddler experience in shoes or skates.
  • Eat Think Save (Mon 27 Jul) – Enjoy a free and delicious hot lunch at Fed Square, created from produce that would have ended up as landfill.
  • Winter Night Market at Queen Victoria Market (Wed 29 Jul) – best of winter food, design and theatrics to the market every Wednesday during winter.
  • Anna Walker exhibition at No Vacancy Gallery (Tue 7 Jul – Sun 26 Jul) – Discover Anna Walker’s new picture book and solo exhibition at No Vacancy Project Space. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Artplay Inside Out (Thu 30 Jul) – create an artwork or build a play space with your little one every Thursday at Artplay.
  • The Lion King at Regent Theatre (until October) – Disney film brought to life on stage.



  • The Creator’s Market Prahran (Sat 25 Jul) – artists, crafters and culinary creators showcase their wares.
  • Star Weaving See Make Play Prahran (Sat 25 Jul) –  See Make Play will host a free community event for kids and adults. Learn how to star weave with Ms Candy Sparkles and contribute to Maryann Telia Pau’s 1 million stars to end violence project.
  • Alliance Francaise Scavenger Hunt (Sat 25 Jul) – It’s a race against the clock to follow clues and find the answers for your chance to win great prizes!
  • TH King Pavilion for National Tree Day (Sun 26 Jul) – Join a guided tour and discover the rich biodiversity of the Glen Iris Wetlands, including vast bird life and indigenous plants. Finish off the tour with a delicious BBQ lunch.



  • Stony Creek National Tree Day Planting (Sun 26 Jul) – Celebrate National Tree Day and help establish valuable habitat for native animals. Free BBQ and coffee.
  • Cruikshank Park National Tree Day Planting (Sun 26 Jul) – Celebrate National Tree Day and help to improve habitat values and biodiversity in Cruickshank Park by planting indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses.
  • Harris Reserve National Tree Day (Sun 26 Jul) –  Special activities for the kids include a Jumping Castle, face painting, give away lollies and free BBQ lunch.
  • Toddler and Preschool Circus Club (Sat 25 Jul, Thu 30 Jul) – Explore aerials, balances, circus circuits and games.
  • 5 Rhythms Dance at FCAC (Mon 27 Jul) – Together, big and little feet will dance expressively through the rhythms of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. Best suited for toddlers and walkers (up to 5 years).
  • Music for Toddlers at FCAC (Tue 28 Jul, Wed 28 Jul) – Immerse yourself in super cool music and take a rollicking ride through music, dance and percussion.

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