HOT: Hands On: We Make Carpets for Kids, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

We Make Carpets NGV

Hands On: We Make Carpets for Kids is the NGV’s latest exhibition for children. It is part of the NGV Triennial, a massive free contemporary art exhibition spanning three floors of NGV International. 

We Make Carpets NGV

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. 

We Make Carpets NGV

There are six new artworks and five interactive installations. The space is colourful and interactive and children are invited to make, create, change and rebuild using pool noodles…

We Make Carpets NGV

We Make Carpets NGV

felt pieces…

We Make Carpets NGV

….tangram-style tiles…

We Make Carpets NGV

….and twisted rope.  

We Make Carpets NGV

Just be careful as some of the exhibits (eg the shuttlecocks) are not to be touched so only grab things from the storage units housing all materials.

We Make Carpets NGV

We Make Carpets NGV

When you’re done at Hands On: We Make Carpets for Kids check out the other current exhibitions suitable for kids inside the NGV, such as Flower Obsession by Yayoi Kusama and ‘Coming Soon Near You‘ by Einat Amir.

 


HOT Tips:

  • Suitable for babies and toddlers, though watch that they don’t touch artwork;
  • There is pram parking outside;
  • Head to the sculpture garden afterwards for lunch and a run around; and
  • Have lunch or a snack at the NGV’s Gallery Cafe.

Hands On: We Make Carpets for Kids, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 03 8662 1555

Friday 15 December – 15 April 2018

Daily 10-5pm

Free entry

 

HOT: NGV Kids Summer Festival 2018, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

NGV Kids Summer Festival

The NGV Kids Summer Festival 2018 is back with many FREE events for families from Monday 8 January to Sunday 14 January at the National Gallery Victoria on St Kilda Road (NGV International).

This year the festival’s activities are inspired by the massive NGV Triennial exhibition covering all three levels of the NGV, plus the human body and all the ways that everybody can play, move and make.  

NGV Kids Summer Festival

Baby 2.0’s favourite activities are ‘Everybody Draw Nonsense’ where you can create your own nonsense creature…

 

NGV Kids Summer Festival

NGV Kids Summer Festival

….’Everybody Play’ where families can play a board game with an activity/instruction booklet. Note the game is best played with 2+ people as it requires two teams, plus it helps a lot if at least one team member can read the instructions.

NGV Kids Summer Festival

NGV Kids Summer Festival

Other activities more suitable for little kids include making wearable art with NGV Triennial artist Hahan. He is also doing live drawing and the artwork is exhibited in the Great Hall.

NGV Kids Summer Festival

NGV Kids Summer Festival

Kids can also make their own stand-up ‘aye-aye’, an endangered furry animal.

NGV Kids Summer Festival

NGV Kids Summer Festival

Check out the full program at ngv.vic.gov.au plus of course don’t forget the current exhibitions suitable for kids inside the NGV, such as We Make Carpets in the Children’s Gallery, Flower Obsession by Yayoi Kusama and ‘Coming Soon Near You‘ by Einat Amir. 

 


HOT Tips:

  • all of the sessions are free and drop-in;
  • Get there right at the start at 10am or close to 3pm when it finishes (gallery closes at 5pm). It gets really, really busy;
  • not all workshops are available every day. If there’s a specific workshop/performance you want to attend check the calendar;
  • Also check out other child-friendly exhibits within the NGV Triennial such as We Make Carpets in the Children’s Gallery, Flower Obsession by Yayoi Kusama and ‘Coming Soon Near You‘ by Einat Amir. 
  • The sculpture garden is a great spot for lunch;
  • While you’re at NGV also check out:

NGV Kids Summer Festival 2018, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Monday 8 Jan – Sun 14 Jan

Activities 10-3pm generally, gallery open 10-5pm daily

Free, no bookings

HOT: Lara Pool, 2 Bank St, Lara

lara pool

When the weather’s hot and you’re looking for some cheap water play and fun in the sun, check out the awesome outdoor Lara Pool.

Lara Pool, otherwise known as the Abe & Jean McClelland Public Pool, isn’t just your average public pool. It’s worth a special trip!

We love it because of its awesome pirate-ship themed water slide adventure playground with three slides, a dump bucket, water cannons and numerous fonts and jets surrounded by soft fall flooring…

lara pool

….completely shaded toddler pool…

lara pool

….fully fenced children’s area…

….separated area in the main 50m pool for youngsters and water play….

lara pool

…and shady surroundings, with numerous shade sails set up on the grassy areas, plus natural shade on some of the park benches and picnic tables.

If you’re serious about swimming then three lanes of the six-lane 50m Olympic pool are normally marked for swimmers.

Other facilities include family change areas, a kiosk selling healthy items and plenty of free parking.

Best of all, you can have a whole day of fun on the cheap! Entry prices start at $6 if you’re an adult with a child under 5 years.

Lara Pool is only open during the summer months, generally from the beginning of November to end of March. During school holidays there is a school holiday program and during school term sometimes it is closed for school swimming carnivals.

Click here for all the free water play areas in Melbourne.

Click here for more places to go with kids in Geelong. 


HOT Tips:

  • Water slides and water play;
  • toddler pool and water slide area is fully fenced;
  • toddler wading pool is shaded with shade sails;
  • separated water play area in 50m pool
  • lap swimming lanes in 50m pool;
  • shade sails and grassy areas next to pool and the toddler pool/water slide area;
  • free parking, bike racks available; and
  • During school holidays they run a school holiday program and during school term sometimes it is closed for school swimming carnivals.

Lara Pool, 2 Bank St, Lara

Swim season is from 1 November to 31 March 2018

Monday to Friday 6am to 6pm.

Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Public holiday hours vary

The centre may remain open later on hot evenings at Manager’s discretion.

Adult $8
Concession $6
Adult (swimming) with child under 5 years $6
Adult (swimming) with child aged 5 – 18 years $12
Adult (spectator) with child aged 5 – 18 years $8

Spectator $2

 

 

HOT: Splashland, Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield East

splashland

Splashland is a pop up inflatable water slide park and it’s back bigger and better at Caulfield Racecourse from 28 December – 24 January 2018.

splashland

We are invited to visit and Baby 2.0 spends 3 hours slipping and sliding non-stop, while I sit and relax in the shade (water slides are not my thing!).

splashland

The water park features eight rides for adults, teens, big and little kids. Kids are given a different colour wristband depending on age – over 5s and under 5s (3-5 years).

splashland

The 5-12yr olds are able to slide on everything unlimited for the three hours. Adults have the choice of a slider ($20) or non-slider ticket (free).

splashland

splashland

Five year old Baby 2.0 enjoys the Speed Racer (with six lanes) the most and the water obstacle course.

splashland

He returns again and again to the latter with his buddies. It is set up as a race and attendants keep friends/family together.

splashland

Once he gets confident he also has a go at the two largest slides. These are the only two slides adults can use.

splashland

Launch Pad is very steep and ends with a ‘bump’ at the end that’s supposed to make you airborne…

 

splashland

….while the Trippo is a three-pronged slide, 40 foot high and 54m long slide that Baby 2.0 calls ‘fantastic’.

splashland

Only children 3-5 years are allowed on the three smaller slides. These slides are still quite steep and children need to be able to climb up themselves to slide. As such, entertainment for the under 5s is very limited and it’s not really worth taking them along unless they have older siblings. There is no water play apart from the slides and obstacle course, though you can get splashy under the sprinklers.

splashland

On Monday – Wednesday there is one session daily: 10am – 1pm and on Thursday – Sunday there are two sessions daily: 10am – 1pm & 1pm – 4pm. Note not all sessions run every day so you need to check the timetable before you go.

We find three hours to be plenty of time for play. At the end of three hours Baby 2.0 wants to keep going but in reality he’s exhausted by the end.

Inside Splashland there are typical food choices from the two stalls – ice cream, coffee, snacks. We BYO everything which makes the outing more economical.

splashland

There’s lots of shade either from the umbrellas or in the lawns so you can set up ‘home base’ while the kids run from slide to slide. There is also a big screen showing the cricket.

splashland

On a sunny day Splashland is a great day out for kids 5+ years and Baby 2.o loves his experience.

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HOT Tips:

  • best suited to families with older kids 5+ years and, if you can, go with other kids who are 5+. It will make lining up and the obstacle course a lot more fun;
  • Children age 3-5yo have three slides to choose from;
  • Adults are only allowed on two slides so unless you’re desperate to slide get a free non-slider ticket;
  • Remember the hats and sunscreen;
  • Change rooms, toilets and drinking water on site;
  • The cafes accept cards;
  • Plenty of free parking on site;
  • Short distance from Caulfield Station;
  • Entry and parking is at Gate 2 of Caulfield Racecourse, near Kambrook Rd; and
  • Tickets are available online or at the gate. All sessions are subject to cancellation for bad weather in which case a refund or alternate session are offered.

Splashland, Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield East

Monday- Wednesday 10-1pm

Thursday – Sunday 10-1pm and 1-4pm

Check timetable for session dates.

Adult slider (13 years+): $20
• Adult non-slider (entry only): FREE
• 5 – 12 year old slider: $29.50
• 3 – 5 year old slider: $9
• Under 3: FREE
• Family ticket (4 tickets of any type, but must include at least 1 adult and 1 child): $88


Giveaway!

Thanks for Splashland I have 2 x family passes (4 tickets) to give away for any session of Splashland until 24 January. To win just follow the instructions below. Victorian residents only, good luck!

 

So Frenchy So Chic – Giveaway!

so frenchy so chic

French-themed music festival So Frenchy So Chic returns for another summer with a family-friendly event at Werribee Park on Sunday 14 January.

so frenchy so chic

The event is like a fancy garden party, grand picnic and celebration of all things French with a day of music, food and fun.

so frenchy so chic

While Féfé, General Elektriks, Juniore, L.E.J and Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains take the main stage, there’s a lot more to enjoy on the day. Last year Lady AB and I attended and had a fun and relaxing time. We lay on our picnic rugs, enjoyed the music in the background, ate ice cream and macarons, read books and joined in the children’s games.

 so frenchy so chic

So Frenchy So Chic has always been a family-friendly event, with kids 12 and under welcome free of charge. If the tunes aren’t to the taste of little ones, Les Enfants Zone is always full of life.

so frenchy so chic

With croquet, life-sized chess, hopscotch, face painting, drumming classes, balloon and bubble making, the young at heart have an endless array of entertainment available throughout the festival. A tip – if you have more than one adult it’s good to be able to split up the queueing up for the more popular activities. Set up home base and let the kids enjoy the joie de vivre!


Giveaway!

Thanks to So Frenchy So Chic  I have 2 x adult passes (children under 12 are free) to the event at Werribee Park on Sunday 14 January. To win just follow the instructions below.

Winners will be randomly drawn and notified after midnight Monday 8 January. Victorian residents only. Good luck!

HOT: Emily Brown and the Thing, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Emily Brown and the Thing Arts Centre Melbourne

You can always count on Arts Centre Melbourne to curate interesting, intelligent theatre for the school holidays and Emily Brown and the Thing is no exception.

Based on the book of the same name, the show is about intrepid explorer Emily Brown and her sidekick bunny Stanley. Baby 2.0 and I are invited to join them as they venture into the Dark and Scary Wood, a wintery landscape and to visit the Weird and Whingy Witch to help the ‘Thing’ get to sleep.

Given the book’s basic storyline and simple prose, I thought the show might be a bit junior for older kids. But even this adult was drawn in by the artistry of the engaging actors (including the excellent sound effects), the use of puppetry interwoven with live acting, lovely songs and simple modular set design.

Emily Brown and the Thing is a funny, charming and appealing theatrical experience for young and old. While the book is more suitable for preschoolers the show goes for 55 minutes with no interval, so children 3+ years will more likely sit still for it.

Emily Brown and the Thing Arts Centre Melbourne

Arrive earlier for a free foyer craft activity to create your own ‘Thing’. If you want to get into the mood go to the show dressed in your favourite pair of pyjamas and bring your special cuddly toy!

Emily Brown and the Thing Arts Centre Melbourne

For its opening week 3-7 January all tickets to Emily Brown and the Thing are $20. Just enter the promo code ADVENTURE before selecting your date at checkout (An $8.50 service charge will apply to online and phone transactions). Offer ends 11:59pm Sunday 7 January 2018.


Emily Brown and the Thing, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

3 – 14 January, Fairfax Studio

Tickets from $20

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