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HOT: Music Play, Melbourne Recital Centre, Corner Southbank Boulevard And Sturt Sts, Melbourne

HOT: Music Play, Melbourne Recital Centre, Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Sts, Melbourne

Music Play is the Melbourne Recital Centre’s annual children’s music festival held in the January school holidays. It’s a great first child-friendly introduction to attending a show at a ‘proper’ concert hall – the Elizabeth Murdoch Hall – plus there’s always events suitable for babies up and free foyer entertainment.

This year Music Play runs from 11-14 January and includes Justine Clarke, Carnival of the Animals, a cabaret for youngsters with Ali McGregor and Polyglot Theatre‘s dreamy soundscape Bellbird.

MusicPlay Melbourne Recital Centre

Justine Clarke is not a well-known name with my kids but little did they realise that they knew many of her songs! The hour-long show is fantastic even if you’re not familiar with her work. It is pitched just right for young kids in terms of tone, pace and volume and features a bookish theme and colourful backdrops with interactive elements. Justine is a wonderful children’s performer too – warm, likeable, energetic without being too hyperactive and really knows how to engage and enthuse young kids (all those years of Play School training!).

Even better, the merch stand includes both of her storybooks for children (characters who both appear in the concert) – The Gobbledygook Is Eating A Book and The Gobbledygook And The Scribbledynoodle – a great souvenir of the concert.

MusicPlay Melbourne Recital Centre

If you get the chance to see her live in concert at another time, book tickets!

We also have fun at the Gong Wall where families can play gongs ‘in time’ with the colour projected on the wall. Really it’s just an excuse to bang some instruments! There’s only 3 spots and at a time so the line can get a bit long, so it’s not a must-do. The experience goes for about a minute.

Finally we stop into Bellbird. Lady AB and Baby 2.0 are not keen to walk around blindfolded so I also have to keep my eyes open to keep a check on what they’re doing. The space, full of dangling ribbons and tiny bells, is peaceful and restful and it is a calming end to our adventure to  Music Play.

Music Play is Day 11 of our Summer Bucket List #totsummer. Click here for other ideas for the best things to do with kids this summer.

HOT Tips:

  • arrive 30 mins early (or stay 30 mins late) to enjoy the free foyer fun;
  • bring snacks and water to have before the show;
  • book tickets ahead, most shows are at capacity;
  • pram parking available;
  • the foyer is very crowded before/after shows so if you need a quiet spot head to Grant Street playground or maybe NGV (though it was very busy during our visit).

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts loves to blog about ways in which families can have more fun together!

She's a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur who 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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