This weekend is a busy one for us, with birthday parties galore, Chinese New YearWhite Night MelbourneBoxwars Kids and Yarraville Festival in the calendar. How about you?

CBD / Docklands

  • Chinese New Year Queensbridge Square (Thu 15 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) – traditional Chinese dance and cultural activities, music and complimentary Chinese dumplings.
  • Chinese New Year Southgate (Fri 16 Feb) – light installations, traditional lion dances and other cultural performances.
  • Zodiac Spectacular Crown (Fri 16 Feb – Mon 5 Mar) – Visit the dazzling zodiac exhibition at The Atrium at Crown Towers and be delighted by the vibrant display featuring the dog lantern. Also see the Fire Breathing Dragons every night from 8pm until 27 Feb at Crown Riverwalk.
  • Crown Hawkers Bazaar (Fri 16 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) – enjoy food and trinket stalls, cultural performances and more. Free event.
  • The District Food Truck Park (Fri 16 Feb) – pop up food truck park every Friday plus Blender Artist Market with art and craft stalls, live music and open studios.
  • Park Cinema Docklands (Fri 16 Feb) – Over six Fridays in 2018 Park Cinema will be screening classic family films under the stars, in front of Library at The Dock.
  • South Wharf Pop Up Cinema (Fri 16 Feb – Sun 4 Mar) – riverside cinematic experience on Common Man’s bright green Astroturf.
  • Artplay workshops (Fri 16 Feb – Thu 22 Feb) – changing timetable of art workshops for kids.
  • QV Outdoor Cinema (Fri 16 Feb – Thu 22 Feb) – live entertainment, free cocktails, special food, red carpets, instafamous dogs, charity screenings, a film festival and more.
  • Play Pod State Library of Victoria (Fri 16 Feb – Tue 28 Feb) – free play space inspired by‘Our last trip to the market‘  by Lorin Clarke and Mitch Vane with a food-shopping theme! Full review.
  • Sustainable Living Festival (Fri 16 Feb – Wed 28 Feb) – Earth-lovin’ activities including workshops, DIY-days, pop-ups and markets in both central and outer Melbourne.
  • We Make Carpets NGV  (Fri 16 Feb – 15 Apr) – Dutch art collective We Make Carpets (who do not actually make carpets!) has transformed the children’s gallery into walls of large-scale artworks incorporating patterns made with everyday objects. Full review.
  • Chinese New Year Queen Victoria Market (Sat 17 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) –  live performances by Lion and dragon dance troupes.
  • White Night Melbourne (Sat 17 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) – 12 hours of non-stop light installations and art in the CBD. Read my tips. 
  • Chinese New Year Chinatown (Sun 18 Feb) – Starting in the heart of Chinatown, Dai Loong, Melbourne’s Big Dragon, provides the cultural narrative as it weaves and connects the CBD and Fed Square (for the New Year countdown) with modern Chinese culture.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Wed 21 Feb) – 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. Full review.

We Make Carpets NGV


  • Family Film North Melbourne Pool (Fri 16 Feb) – Every Friday in February head to North Melbourne Pool for fun activities, a barbecue, inflatables, music and if the weather is right, a movie. Full review. 
  • Yum Cha at Preston Food Truck Park (Fri 16 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) -DIM SUM TIME! Get your ultimate foodie fix on all things Yum Cha.
  • Zoo Twilights (Fri 16 Feb – 10 Mar) – concert series provides the perfect summer night of entertainment for all ages across Friday and Saturday evenings until 11 Mar.
  • All for Kids Market Coburg (Sat 17 Feb) – baby and kids market for boutique and pre-loved items.
  • Lunar New Year Preston Market (Sat 17 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) – From store blessings to crafting your very own Chinese lantern there’s something the whole family will enjoy.
  • Whale’s Tale at Melbourne Zoo (Sat 17 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) – For one weekend only, Born in a Taxi are bringing the incredible show, Whale’s Tale to Melbourne Zoo. This interactive and highly entertaining show follows the story of Manilayo, the whale who is curiously beached in a park and discovered by a child.
  • Coburg Farmers Market (Sat 17 Feb) – farmers market every Saturday near Harmony Park playground.
  • Boxwars Kids (Sun 18 Feb) – Create your own cardboard armour at the infamous BOXWARS workshop.
  • Diamond Valley Railway (Sun 18 Feb) – miniature railway with playground next door. Full review



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