HOT: Bundoora Park Farm, 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora

Bundoora Park Farm is part of Cooper’s Settlement and provides an authentic farm experience for children and families within Bundoora Park, the largest park in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. At the farm you can touch, pat and feed some of the farm animals, take a tractor ride to see the kangaroos and emus or explore early […]

HOT: Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair is back at NGV International for the second year after a very successful event in 2015 when 16,000 people attended. Melbourne Art Book Fair is a free event featuring book launches, talks and performances and while it’s an event that’s more geared towards adults than children, there are some child-friendly aspects to the event […]

HOT: Lost In the Shadows – Premiere Screening at Footscray Library

Lost In the Shadows is a shadow puppet workshop for children aged 5-12 years that Jo Skladzien (Small Scapes) and I developed for the July school holidays while we were artists-in-residents in the Artsbox. The finale for the project is the short video clip created by multi-award winning director Luis Gaitan and Emmy award nominee producer Samantha Urquijo-Garcia. The premiere […]

HOT: Arty Tales, Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Rd, Moonee Ponds

The Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds hold an early learning program called ‘Arty Tales’ and it’s a fantastic morning activity for preschoolers at a very affordable price. For a mere $5.50 per child kids 3-5 years and their carers can enjoy a 1.5 hour session of storytelling and songs, a simple but tempting morning tea and […]

Hot: 5Rhythms Dance, Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray

Footscray Community Arts Centre’s 5Rhythms dance classes transform our instinctive love for rhythm into an amazing opportunity for parents and children to bond in a creative and active way. Music and movement. To me, they go together like  bread and cheese or bacon and eggs – they’re just better together. Our moods can change completely […]

HOT: The Fictional Factory exhibition, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Artplay’s latest temporary exhibition is The Fictional Factory by artists Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles from Soft Stories. It’s whimsical fun for young and old and follows on from their work together in Matter of Factory and Owl Know How. The ‘Factory or Fiction’ workshops that helped to create this fantastical work have probably been some […]

HOT: Artplay Backyard, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

We are regular participants of ArtPlay’s booked workshops but did you know they hold a program of outdoor, drop-in play sessions called ArtPlay Backyard? Behind Artplay’s main building is a shipping container full of art materials which opens up onto a wooden deck and the patch of green next to the Artplay playground. Every week […]

The HOT List: Nature Play Week 2016 – Top 20 events in Melbourne and surrounds

Nature Play Week is an annual national program by Kids In Nature Network that celebrates events and initiatives that reconnect kids with nature and the outdoors. This year Nature Play Week runs from Wednesday 6 April to Sunday 17 April, with a launch event at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne with Jackie French, author/illustrator and former […]

HOT: Fire Services Museum, 39 Gisborne St, East Melbourne

I don’t know what it is with little boys but all the ones I seem to know are fascinated by fire engines (or vehicles in general actually). If that’s the case with your little boy (or girl) then head to the Fire Services Museum in East Melbourne and give them a thrill! The Fire Services […]

HOT: Dancing Umbrellas, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen

Heide Museum of Modern Art latest temporary exhibition is a group show of contemporary Australian artists relating to light and movement called ‘Dancing Umbrellas‘. It’s a particularly engaging exhibition for kids due to the combination of moving image, collage, painting and installations creating a visually immersive and playful environment. Some of the works are quite hypnotic, such as the slow turn […]

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