Melbourne Fringe Festival returns for the 35th year between Thursday 14 September – Sunday 1 October 2017 with lots of imaginative and creative children and family programming.
Here are my Top 25 events of Melbourne Fringe Festival for kids, with events suitable for babies right up to teens.
1.Only A Year
A delightful and poignant immersive, sensory theatre work for 0-12 month olds and their carers. Performance runs for 30 minutes with playtime afterward.
Chunky Move | Wed 20 Sept – Sat 23 Sept| $25 | 0-12 months
2. Trash Test Dummies
Award winning, sidesplitting slapstick comedy routine takes the household wheelie bin to new heights, and delivers a dump-truck full of hilarity!
Emerald City – The Gingerbread House | Sat 23 Sept – Sat 30 Sept| $25
3. Fizzy Kids!
Multi-award-winning comedian Isabel Angus is joined by theatre-maker Harley Hefford to present Fizzy Kids!—a brand new theatrical comedy show for kids and their adults.
Gasworks Arts Park | Tue 26 Sept – Sat 30 Sept| $25 | 4-12 years
WouldMan is not your everyday knight in the theatre, but an original, funny and dynamic one-man theatre show for all ages.
National Theatre | Tue 26 Sept – Thu 28 Sept| $20 | 4-12 years
5. Le Petit Circus
Le Petit Circus has been performing shows around Australia since 2008, featuring acrobatics, juggling, hula-hoops, trapeze, and more, with a fun sense of humour to keep the kids and parents entertained throughout.
Gasworks Arts Park | Wed 27 Sept – Sat 30 Sept| $23 | 3+ years
Spookmaster is an engaging, touching and energetic play that weaves storytelling and puppetry with digital projections.
Gasworks Arts Park | Sat 23 Sept – Sat 30 Sept| $23
Come and explore an underwater landscape created from recycled plastic, in this interactive installation in the ArtPlay gallery.
Artplay | Fri 15 Sept – Sun 1 Oct | FREE
8. West of What?
Join Footscray Community Arts Centre in this one big day of artistic cremations, enraptured performances, creative activities and installations.
Footscray Community Arts Centre | Sat 23 Oct | FREE – $13
9. Playing UP at Fringe
Kids and adult workshops from yoga to drawing.
Emerald City – Bar | Sun 17 Sep – Sat 30 Sep | $15-$25
10. Cha-Cha-Change it up
This interactive comedy cabaret invites all little legends to come create their own sequinned armour and join the dance floor as we learn practical and fun ways to change the world together.
Arts House | Sat 23 Sep | $20
11. Hazel’s Circus Suitcase
The show is a spectacular mix of circus and clown with plenty of opportunities for kids to star in the action.
Emerald City – The Gingerbread House | Sat 23 Sep – Sat 30 Sep| $14.50-$20
12. The Kabooms are Ridonkulous!
Angus & Liam Kaboom, brothers and best friends, want to read their favourite story book. But something has gone horribly wrong – their bestest book has exploded everywhere! They need your help to figure out which page goes next, and to finish their tale.
Bluestone Church Arts Space | Sat 23 Sep – Sun 1 Oct | $14.50
13. I Hate Children, Children’s show
Edinburgh Fringe’s top rated kids show is back for another year of kinder kicking komedy. Your little monsters are the stars of this award-winning magic show that’s truly fun for the whole family as every child is invited on stage to star in the show and help with the magic.
Melba Spiegeltent | Sat 16, 23, 30 Sep | $20
14. Scott’s BMX Trick Bike Show
The story of when I was given my first BMX bike. Then asking myself—is there another way to ride it? What follows is how I then joined Circus Oz and toured the world doing BMX tricks on stage.
Emerald City – The Rabbit Hole | Mon 25 Sep – Thu 28 Sep| $24
15. Express Yourself
Join Double Denim in this feminist party for girls, boys and everyone who is neither, either, both or in-between. There will be games, songs, giggles and special guests to celebrate everything that makes us, US.
Artplay | Thu 28 Sep | FREE
16. Rainbow Paradiso
Funky jungle jam full of re-appropriated pop songs, gender-bending folk tales, high-octane group dance numbers and special guests from across the Festival rainbow.
Artplay |Sun 1 Oct | FREE
17. The Fountain of Youth
This participatory art dance party is all performance and no spectators, a chance for you and your little ones to go on a transcendent journey through yoga asanas, creative dance, astrology and the rolling wheel of the year.
Artplay | Sat 30 Sep | FREE
18. Escape From Trash Mountain
Join our puppet hero Bright Eyes as she escapes the dreaded landfill in search of a better life. Be amazed as she fights trash bats, surfs giant trash waves, and makes some great new friends along the way!
Gasworks Arts Park | Tue 26 Sept – Sat 30 Sept| $15
For the duration of the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival, our city will transform into a playground for adults with Pivot, a live art conversation kick-starter that connects you with your fellow citizens in a tête-à-tête mediated by a talking seesaw.
Federation Square | Thu 14 Sept – Sun 1 Oct | FREE
20. Design It. Make It. Wear It.
Work with theatre and installation designer Jennifer Tran to create your perfect party outfit made from upcycled materials.
Artplay | Sat 30 Sep – Sun 1 Oct | $16
21. Kooky Spooks
Step inside the playful and imaginative world of Japanese Butoh. With a smiling shaman as your guide, you’ll jump headfirst into a world of transformation and shape-shifting, unleashing your inner animal, object, kook and spook.
Artplay | Wed 27 Sep | FREE
22. Starting School
From Andrew McClelland, mastermind of Melbourne’s iconic party Finishing School, comes a dance marathon for kids and adults alike.
Artplay | Fri 29 Sep | FREE
23. Design in Space
Use upcycled materials to create mysterious, textured hanging objects in this workshop with theatre and installation designer Jennifer Tran. Come back to ArtPlay in the afternoon to move amongst your creations as you’re swept up in free participatory performance events facilitated by some Fringe favourites.
Artplay | Wed 27 Sep – Fri 29 Sep | $16
24. The Children’s Party
Guided by an expert team of policy advisers, speech-writers and industry experts, this group of pint-sized politicos aged 8-12 are gearing up to transform the Australian political landscape.
Arts House | Sun 24 Sep | FREE | 8-12 years
25. Dinosaur Time Machine
Full of up-to-date science and fun dinosaur facts, incorporating circus, puppetry and imaginative play in this unique educational theatre production, for kids 3-9.
Wonderland Spiegeltent | Sat 23 Sep – Sun 1 Oct | $24
14 September – 1 October 2017