This weekend all over Melbourne is the Garage Sale Trail where you can find bargains all over town. It’s also the start of Children’s Week with lots of free events for families.


  • Diwali Lights Light House (Thu 19 Oct – Tue 24 Oct) – Melbourne’s newest architectural icon, Light House at 888 Collins Street in Docklands, comes to life this Diwali in a display of light and cheer for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Melbourne Dumpling Festival (Fri 20 Oct) – See Melbourne’s best Chinese Restaurants – Tim Ho Wan Melbourne, China Red, China Chilli and Dragon Boat – go head-to-head in a dumpling dine-in like no other.
  • Melbourne Festival (Fri 13 Oct – Sun 22 Oct) – feast of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events including the House of Mirrors.
  • Blues Music Festival (Sun 22 Oct) – FREE live music, food trucks and licence bars.
  • MOSAIC Festival at the Market (Sun 22 Oct) – celebrate multicultural women in Victoria. The festival will feature a range of food traders from right across the world, plus live music, dance performances, cultural costumes, art displays and craft activities.
  • MPavilion (Fri 20 Oct  – Sun 4 Feb 2018) – An event hub, a meeting place and an invitation to experiment, each MPavilion brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month program of talks, workshops, performances and installations from October to February.
  • Play Pod State Library of Victoria (Fri 13 Oct – 5 Dec) – Play Pod is the SLV’s program for children aged under 8 years with activities to read, create and play. This season’s theme is The Very Noisy Bear.
  • Composers Club Artplay ( Fri 20 Oct – Sat 28 Oct) Through improvisation, explore the sounds created by a variety of unique percussion instruments, including gongs from around the globe
  • Surviving Scary – Design workshop Artplay (Sun 22 Oct) This workshop is for designers and theatre makers extraordinaire, create a world that will survive scary!
  • Family Sundays: Melbourne International Games Week (Sun 22 Oct) – Join Mario and all his friends in a day bursting with interactive activities and great gameplay.
  • ArtPlay Inside Out (Wed 25 Oct, Thu 26 Oct) – free drop in creative play for kids 5 and under. Full review.
  • Aladdin the Musical (Fri 20 Oct– Sun 22 Oct) – Disney film turned into lavish musical. Read the review.
  • House of Mirrors (Fri 20 Oct – Sun 22 Oct) The allure of the mirror is blown out to a mind-altering scale in this labyrinth of looking glass. Full review. 
  • Kids Oktoberfest Munich Brauhaus (Sun 22 Oct – Sun 29 Oct) – every Sunday kids eat for free, face painter and activity packs.
  • Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman (Fri 20 Oct – Sun 29 Jan) – take an extraordinary trip from sketches and models through to elaborate sets as these beloved characters take shape on screen. Full review. 
  • The Pool: Architecture, Culture and Identity ( Fri 20 Oct – 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.

Collingwood Toy Library


  • Darebin Music Feast (Thu 19 Oct – Sun 22 Oct) – Running for over 20 years, the 11-day festival is a celebration of Darebin’s musical community.
  • The Megaphone Project (Thu 19 Oct – Sun 22 Oct) – Popping up at 6 surprising locations throughout The Darebin Music Feast, The Megaphone Project features 25 bright red megaphones that invite visitors to experiment with sound and play.
  • Finders Keepers Market (Fri 20 Oct – Sun 22 Oct) – over 250 design and art stalls.
  • Collingwood Toy Library (Sat 21 Oct) – Creative workshop using tactile materials with author and illustrator Tai Snaith for 5-10 year olds. Plus a stay and play session for 0-6 year olds, learn to play new board games for 7-12 year olds and a sausage sizzle for the whole family. Other events up to Friday 27 October.
  • Preston Food Trucks Indian Street Food Festival (Fri 20 Oct – Sun 22 Oct) – Preston brings Mumbai to Melbourne! An event to heat up guests we are showcasing the best in Indian street fare, with spicy and flavour packed street food
  • Rockin @ Redleap (Sun 22 Oct) – performances, storytime, face painting, animal farm at Mill Park.
  • Diamond Valley Railway (Sun 22 Oct) – miniature railway and two adventure playgrounds. Full review. 
  • Carlton Italian Festa (Sun 22 Oct) – celebrating Italian culture, art, food and heritage with music and dance performances, a children’s activity area, jumping castles and sporting facilities.
  • The Plant/Sustainability Cycle Collingwood Children’s Farm (Mon 23 Oct)  – guided tour will have the children follow sustainable cycles around the Farm in a hands-on, practical way looking at how waste from one system can sustain another.
  • Hume Universal Children’s Day (Wed 25 Oct) – drumming, multicultural crafts, storytelling, games and a vintage fire truck. Lunch will also be provided!
  • Melbourne Museum – Romp & Stomp Fun Day for Children (Wed 25 Oct) – live music, storytelling, art and craft, and dress-ups.
  • Nature Play Banyule (Thu 26 Oct) – Join us for a gentle walk through Brown’s Reserve. Enjoy the eucalypt woodland, picturesque stream and views across the valley. Learn about the late Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Alma Brown who made this opportunity possible. Followed by light refreshments and nature activities for children. Also Sun 29 Oct.
  • Darebin City Council Children’s Week (Thu 26 Oct) – Join our story time, singing and messy play activities.
  • The Kids Bookshop Christmas in October (Thu 26 Oct) – celebratory event with guest authors and illustrators, champagne, cheese, showbags.




  • Diwali Fireworks Spectacular (Fri 20 Oct) – renown magician Mr. Amazing Twist, The Naach Box Dance Group performing for music and dancing, fireworks display.
  • Festival of Lights West Footscray (Sat 21 Oct) – colourful lights, candle lighting, music, face art, food.
  • Essendon Traffic School (Sat 21 Oct) – Essendon Traffic School is a mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years, complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights.
  • Footscray Diwali (Sun 22 Oct) – Savour the cultural delights of India with fabulous music and dance.
  • Sunshine Lantern Festival (Sun 22 Oct) – rides, children’s art activities, animal farm, car show and plenty of food marquees and fireworks.
  • Sharing Your Garden with Wildlife  (Sat 21 Oct) – Learn how to become a champion for wildlife by incorporating food sources, water, shelter and nesting places in your garden for our local fauna at Newport Gardens Native Nursery.
  • LightTime Scienceworks (Fri 20 Oct onwards) – a collective of 11 Melbourne based artists who have created hypnotic and mesmerising works. Full review.
  • Melbourne Cheeky Monkey Market Caroline Springs (Fri 20 Oct – Sat 21 Oct) – new items & Unique Handmade pieces. (occasionally Pre-loved Children’s Items) with animal farm, face painting, and children’s entertainment.
  • Little Red Train Werribee (Sat 21 Oct – Sun 22 Oct) – take a trackless train ride through picturesque Werribee Park. FULL REVIEW.
  • Wyndham City Council – Children’s Week Picnic (Sun 22 Oct) – Sports, crafts, music, dance and many more activities.
  • Free Family Fun Day at the Potato Shed (Sun 22 Oct) – live pantomime, live music, face painting, animal farm with pony rides, bungee run, skate park, crafts, storytelling, Sports Zone and much more.
  • Mastermind Highpoint (Mon 23 Oct) – free creative workshops for kids.
  • Little Kids Day In Scienceworks (Mon 23 Oct) – event provides little guests with the opportunity to learn and develop new skills through play, hands-on activities and shows. Full review.
  • Geelong’s BIG Play Day (Tue 24 Oct) – performances by the Mik Maks, Mister Ants, Krazy Koala and Dazzling Dan.  There will be hula hooping, an animal farm, African Drumming, music work shops, story telling, physical activities, art and craft and lots more
  • Hobson’s Bay Children’s Week Picnic (Wed 25 Oct) – jumping castles, face painting, music, live entertainment, pop up playgroup, story time, dance workshop, animal farm, craft activities and much more.
  • Moonee Valley City Council (Wed 25 Oct – Sun 29 Oct) – various events.
  • Child and Family Expo Maribyrnong (Wed 25 Oct) -free activities including face painting, balloon twisting, storytime, henna, football, children’s craft, indigenous activities and more.
  • Brimbank Playgroup Picnic (Thu 26 Oct) –  fun, family friendly day full of interactive as well as educational activities for children and families.
  • Family Fun Day Melton (Thu 26 Oct) – animal farm, arts and crafts, sports and outdoor games, indigenous storytelling, emergency services and much more.
  • Sunbury Messy Play Day (Thu 26 Oct) – Join in the fun and come dressed in the colours of the rainbow. The morning will have messy, crafty, sensory play, and other activities and story time, followed by a rainbow healthy lunch.


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