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HOT: ACMI Family Sundays, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

HOT: ACMI Family Sundays, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

On the first Sunday of every month, ACMI, Australia’s museum of film, television, video games and digital culture, offers a day of free family-friendly events and interactive activities called ‘ACMI Family Sundays‘.

ACMI Family Sundays give families the opportunity to interact with screen culture in all its forms, with activities mainly designed for 5 – 12 year olds. There’s a different theme in month with different workshops and experiences, so you can return again and again.

Previous events have been hugely popular so far. Families are getting into the spirit of each theme, with impressive dress ups and enthusiastic photo ops.


We are invited to visit the Star Wars themed ACMI Family Sunday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars.

We learn how to wield a lightsaber at the Padawan Academy…

…. build a Millennium Falcon-inspired ship at the Lego building station…

….and direct our own space adventure using stop-motion animation.

The events are busy so be prepared to wait for some of the more popular activities. If you are able to split up your group I suggest arriving at 10am when ACMI opens, with one adult taking the kids to Screen Worlds exhibition while the other adult lines up for whichever activity that the kids want to do most. You’ll probably find yourself tag-teaming like this if you want to experience all the activities.

There are more activities (virtual reality tour, learn to code) but the queues are starting to get long so we take a rest break. At the ACMI Cafe the food service is pretty quick but seating is limited so I recommend arriving for an early or late lunch eg 11:30am or 2pm. It serves huge meals, including a kids menu, in a relaxed environment and there is pram space and high chairs.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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