HOT: The Grand Imaginarium by Kids Own Publishing, Abbotsford Convent, 1 Helier St, Abbotsford

The Grand Imaginarium is a book making experience for children aged 5-12 years run by Kids Own Publishing and guest artists.  The philosophy of not-for-profit Kids Own Publishing is to give children a voice, to inspire community storytelling and to introduce children to the magic of books. The main way they do this is to partner […]

HOT: Gasworks Spring Sundays, Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham St, Albert Park

On three Sundays in November (13, 20 and 27 November) Gasworks Arts Park are hosting a free family-friendly event called ‘Gasworks Spring Sundays‘. The program is chock full of arty and creative experience for families plus food trucks, wine tasting and live music. During our visit on the first Sunday 13 November we try our hand at coppersmithing with […]

HOT: Book Swap Bike’s Little Big Ideas, Think West Children’s Day, VU at Metrowest, Footscray

Think West is a new festival of philosophy and culture across Melbourne’s inner west produced by The School of Life and Highpoint Shopping Centre from 6-20 November. The program features more than 40 workshops, tours, classes and special events produced in association with a broad range of organisations with a connection to Melbourne’s inner west. I’m excited to […]

HOT: Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

The National Gallery of Victoria’s newest FREE kids exhibition Atelier: Viktor&Rolf for Kids is opening tomorrow Friday 21 October to coincide with the main exhibition Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists. The exhibition encourages children to explore their creativity through interactive multimedia activities and paper craft and we got a sneak peek today. The entrance is dominated by […]

HOT: NGV Car Wash, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

A pink car wash has landed at National Gallery of Victoria until Sunday 7 May! Check out the new Architecture Commission in the Sculpture Garden of NGV International. The 2016 Architecture Commission by Melbourne-based M@ STUDIO Architects is based on an actual car wash in Blackburn and is a large open-sided pavilion with five lanes of bright […]

The HOT List: Top 13 Melbourne Festival 2016 events for families

The Melbourne Festival is Melbourne’s premier arts festival and is running from Thursday 6 October to Sunday 23 October with a special Welcome to Country ceremony on Wednesday 5 October at Federation Square.   Here are the best Melbourne Festival events for families.   1. Les Tambours De Feu The tradition of the Correfoc (fire-run) is one of the world’s […]

HOT: Toddl’Art kids art classes, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray

So many parents spend time wishing they were the creative kind – the kind that sees Mister Maker as a kindred spirit rather than a smarty pants. The truth is, it takes time and effort and not a small amount of talent to be constantly creative. If you’re challenged in any of those areas, you’re […]

The HOT List: Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016 for Families

The Melbourne Fringe Festival returns for the 34th year between 15 September – 2 October 2016 with a special focus on children and family programming. Here are some of the highlights of the family programming, filled with fun and imaginative experience for babies right up to teens. Kids Club Melbourne Fringe presents its first ever […]

HOT: Space Shapes, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

HOT: Mixing Lab, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Mixing Lab is a fun and messy art workshop for 2-5 year olds with art teacher Emma Barnes at Artplay. It’s all about experimenting with colour using household materials, water and food dye! The session starts with a reading of Herve Tullet    ‘Mixing It Up’, a fantastic interactive picture book all about mixing paints. It […]

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