Santa’s Magical Kingdom

So many great events this week! We’ll be heading to Footscray Park Children’s Centre fete and  free drawing workshop with Leigh Hobbs. Photo from our previous visit to Santa’s Magical Kingdom.

Have you checked out the Myer Christmas Windows yet? It’s magical.

CBD / Docklands

  • Stir Frydays at Queen Victoria Market (Fri 13 Nov) – Every Friday until 27 November, Therry Street will be closed to traffic to create an Asian street party filled with food carts, trucks and bars serving up the best of the Orient. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Night Noodle Markets (Fri 13 Nov – Sun 29 Nov ) – lighting up the banks of the Yarra at Birrarung Marr with a record 56 stalls.
  • Myer Giftorium Opening (Sat 14 Nov) – Opening of Melbourne’s Christmas Giftorium with performances by Dani Im and Hi-5. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Anna Pignataro at Federation Square Book Market (Sat 14 Nov) – Anna will be promoting and signing her four latest picture books.
  • Wonderful Indonesia Festival Queensbridge Square (Sat 14 Nov) – free community-based festival celebrating Indonesian food, culture and music, with special guests and lots of fun activities.
  • Santa’s Circus Spectacular at Wonderland Fun Park (Sat 14 Nov – Thu 24 Dec) – See the crazy acrobatic elves get themselves into all sorts of mischief in Santa’s Toy Workshop. he North Pole with snow falls daily and the one and only talking tree complete with Santa’s Mailbox to post those special letters.
  • Reading about Homes with Tai Snaith MPavilion (Sun 15 Nov) – Melbourne artist and author Tai Snaith joins us under AL_A’s canopy to read from her all-time favourite picture books about homes, including her own book Sticks and Stones, Animal Homes.
  • Polish Festival at Federation Square (Sun 15 Nov) – Bringing a taste of Poland to Melbourne.
  • Artplay Backyard (Sun 15 Nov) – Draw in the sand, build sculptures with recycled and natural materials or muck about with water.
  • Justine Clark Arts Centre Melbourne (Sun 15 Nov) – Justine Clarke sings familiar favourites and new material from her much anticipated new album,Pyjama Jam.
  • Crop Up! Immigration Museum (Sun 15 Nov) – Celebrate the significance of seeds, grains and berries in cultures from around the globe at Crop Up! A full day fiesta, bursting with talks, demos, dancing & deliciousness.
  • Club Kids Melbourne Museum Week (Sun 15 Nov) – afternoon of music, dance and fun activities for all ages.
  • Merry-Go-Market Queen Victoria Market (Sun 15 Nov) – This family event focuses on fun activities for mini Marketeers. The Market will come to life with a Petting Zoo, Paint Pot People, live kids entertainment, face painting, balloon artists and much more.
  • Infinity Swing Federation Square (Mon 16 Nov – Sat 21 Nov) – Hop on the CSIRO Infinity Swing and watch as your movements are converted into sustainable energy, to power a stunning light and sound installation.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Wed 18 Nov) – Eat and drink your way around the world one dish at a time with more than 50 street food traders cooking up a global feast plus specialty shopping and entertainment.
  • Meet the Hermannsburg Potters NGV Australia (Wed 18 Nov, Thu 19 Nov) – Meet the Hermannsburg Potters who will demonstrate the techniques they use to create their signature pots.
  • ArtPlay Inside Out (Wed 18 Nov, Thu 19 Nov) – inspiring materials on hand for you to create an artwork or build a play space with your little one. READ THE REVIEW.
  • The Secret World by Elise Hurst (Fri 13 Nov – Sun 22 Nov) – Join in the unveiling of Elise Hurst’s beautiful new oil paintings, which are featured in her upcoming children’s picture book, Adelaide’s Secret World. Family launch on Sat 14 Nov with book launch, drawing table, lollies.
  • Octonauts at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium (Fri 13 Nov – Sun 22 Nov) – Enjoy exclusive meet and greet sessions, find your way along the interactive quiz trail and bring the Octonauts to life in the Art Aquarium after you visit the Octonauts colouring and movie zone.
  • Play Pod new season State Library of Victoria (Fri 13 Nov – Mon 30 Nov) – Play Pod is the SLV’s program for children aged under 8 years with activities to read, create and play. There’s a new theme every season and for Spring 2015 go a journey around Australia in a Play Pod inspired by Alison Lester’s classic children’s book Are we there yet?. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids at NGV Australia (Fri 6 Nov– Apr 16) – The exhibition presents a major NGV commission of twenty AFL-themed Hermannsburg pots which depict iconic moments for Aboriginal players in the AFL. READ THE REVIEW.


  • Makers Market at Abbotsford Convent (Sun 15 Nov) – Find awesome art, craft, gifts and loads of other goodies.
  • Leap Frog at Melbourne Zoo (Fri 13 Nov – Fri 18 Dec) – new look World of Frogs exhibit, daily amphibian keeper talks, take part in Find the Corroboree Frog Hunt and spot the giant frog sculpture within the Zoo grounds.



  • All for Kids Market Blackburn (Sat 14 Nov) – baby and kids market for boutique and pre-loved items.
  • Box Hill Miniature Railway (Sun 15 Nov) – Every 3rd Sunday the ride this wonderful Miniature Railway, the track winds through the picturesque surrounds of Elgar Park. READ THE REVIEW.
  • Eastland Moonlit Market launch (Wed 18 Nov) – emerging artisans and shop covetable fashion, stationery, homewares and kids finds. Street food trucks and local providores, live music and performers.
  • Eastland Lighting of the Tree (Thu 19 Nov)  – Hosted by TV personality Lauren Phillips with captivating live performances, un-missable kids activities and a visit from Santa himself.
  • Spring Babies at Healesville Sanctuary (Fri 13 Nov – Fri 18 Dec) – say hello to our waddling baby wombats and Rascal the kangaroo joey, Visit the Baby Burrow inside the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, special baby talks.


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