This week I’ll be at Mastermind Highpoint for free creative workshops for kids with Book Swap Bike as well having dinner with Death to Nuggets and visiting One Fine Baby.

Don’t forget it’s Australian Reading Hour on Thursday 14 September – check your local library for events. Have a great week!


  • ‘I see you like this’ Artplay (Fri 8 Sep – Sun 10 Sep) – Exhibition – “I see you like this” A strange and beautiful exhibition of professional photo portraits art directed by children.
  • Celebrate Studio Ghibli (Fri 8 Sep – Sun 24 Sep) – A celebration of one of the world’s most beloved animation studios.
  • Aladdin the Musical (Fri 8 Sep – Sun 22 Oct) – Disney film turned into lavish musical. Read the review.
  • Lego Friends Play Zone Harbour Town (Sat 9 Sep – Sun 10 Sep) – Speed Build Challenge, Team Build, Imagination Free Play, Digital Interaction, LEGO Friends Boards, LEGO Character Meet & Greet, Face Painting and more.
  • Viva Brazil Festival (Sat 9 Sep – Sun 10 Sep) – Celebrate all things Brazilian, including food and entertainment, coinciding with Brazil’s Independence Day over two days at Queen Victoria Market.
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sat 9 Sep – Sun 10 Sep) – A place to sit, eat, have a drink and enjoy free family entertainment right in the heart of the city.
  • Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Market (Wed 13 Sep) – best of winter food, design and theatrics to the market every Wednesday during winter. FULL REVIEW.
  • Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons NGV (Fri 8 Sep – Sun 10 Sep) – interactive and immersive exhibition for children at NGV International. Full review.
  • Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman  (Fri 8 Sep – Sun 29 Oct) – take an extraordinary trip from sketches and models through to elaborate sets as these beloved characters take shape on screen.
  • The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity ( Fri 8 Sep – Thu 1 Feb 2018) – A multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space, complete with wooden decking and pool lounge chairs
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  (Tue 12 Sep – Sat 30 Sep) – Follow Alice down the rabbit hole into a world of colour, fun and fantasy in this dazzling, internationally acclaimed production.




  • Heide Makers Market (Sat 9 Sep) – find an eclectic mix of art, design and handcrafted goods all made with skill by a curated selection of stallholders.
  • Melbourne Tram Museum (Sat 9 Sep) – Visit a Melbourne icon at this quirky museum. FULL REVIEW.
  • Belgrave Big Dreams Market (Sun 10 Sep) – discover original and bespoke design pieces, some of the yummiest and freshest produce the area has to offer, live music, bouncy castle and face painting  for the kids.
  • Yarra Valley Railway (Sun 10 Sep) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Full review.
  • Party Time Eastland (Mon 11 Sep – Wed 13 Sep) – Join in the fun with Poppies for Grace’s PARTY TIME. A morning of party craft and games. Free for 3 to 5 years.
  • Tesselaar Tulip Festival (Thu 14 Sep – Tue 10 Oct) –  tulip fields, live entertainment, market stalls and tempting foods.

esselaar Tulip Festival, Tesselaar Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan


  • GLOW (Fri 8 Sep  – Sun 10 Sep) – Hundreds of little handmade creatures and a great big, glowing light, artist workshops and make your own creatures, the Ugly Bug Ball with music from New Orleans brass band and dance in the Glow.
  • Ethiopian New Year Festival (Sat 9 Sept) – Nicholson Street Mall in Footscray will radiate with the sights, sounds and smells of Ethiopian culture.
  • Pirates Family Fun Day (Sat 9 Sep) – pirate themed craft activities and games for the kids, balloon swords, face painting and dress ups.
  • Little Red Train Werribee (Sat 9 Sep – Sun 10 Sep) – take a trackless train ride through picturesque Werribee Park. FULL REVIEW.
  • LightTime Scienceworks (Fri 8 Sep onwards) – a collective of 11 Melbourne based artists who have created hypnotic and mesmerising works. Full review.
  • Essendon Traffic School (Sat 9 Sep) – mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years, complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights.
  • Sunshine Leisure Centre 10th birthday (Sun 10 Sep) – pool inflatable, kids disco, and outdoor kids obstacle course.
  • Mastermind Highpoint (Mon 11 Sep) – free creative workshops for kids with Book Swap Bike.


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