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HOT: NGV Kids Summer Festival 2020, NGV International, Melbourne

The popular NGV Kids Summer Festival is back with a packed schedule of entirely FREE events for families from Saturday 11 January to Sunday 19 January 2020 at the National Gallery Victoria on St Kilda Road (NGV International) and Federation Square (NGV Australia).

Great Hall NGV Kids Summer Festival

We are invited to spend a fun morning checking out the NGV Kids Summer Festival 2020. This year the festival's theme takes inspiration from NGV’s summer exhibitions – KAWS and Keith Haring x Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.

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Melbourne creatives Ghostpatrol, Beci Orpin and Underground Sundae are leading making activities in the Great Hall.

NGV Kids Summer Festival

We experience ‘Wander, Draw, Explore’ where the kids can let their imagination run wild and draw whatever they want with every colour chalk to create a giant collaborative mural.

NGV Kids Summer Festival

Kk draws a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Rex who then becomes an explorer with a device that was a portal and could take him anywhere in the world! Cleo draws a princess while Joey draws a turtle.

NGV Kids Summer Festival

Then we move to the next crafty table with a ‘Little Gems’ activity the kids get to cut, paste and decorate their own necklaces.

NGV Kids Summer Festival

Joey is partially proud of his creation!

NGV Kids Summer Festival

The program also includes performances and workshops by Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, a Kids Disco Party and free family movie screening of Horton Hears a Who!

Great Hall NGV Kids Summer Festival Melbourne

At NGV Australia, Federation Square, Home-Work is leading a printing workshop especially designed for teens.

Check out the full program at ngv.vic.gov.au and can make a day of it by exploring the rest of what NGV has to offer.

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For instance, visit the free children's gallery exhibition KAWS: Playtime and the paid exhibitions for KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness and Keith Haring x Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.

KAWS NGV

The kids think the art inside KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness is very cool! 

KAWS NGV

Inside KAWS: Playtime the children get to create their own character as a friend for KAWS’s royal blue character BFF. It is really beautiful to see the kids understand BFF is lonely and needs someone to draw him a friend.

All the kids receive a special set of alphabet stickers created by KAWS. In this activity the kids learn and play by spelling out new words or leaving a message for a friend.

KAWS NGV

We have a lot of fun at the gorgeous screens where you can make a short video with a KAWS filter and email it to yourself!

KAWS NGV

During the NGV Kids Summer Festival KAWS: Playtime will be opening early 8:30-9:30am for Relaxed Mornings for visitors with autism, sensory sensitivities or disability to have a quieter Gallery experience, with fewer people and reduced noise. 

If you still need more ideas, you can experience parts of the NGV Collection with the Let's Find It activity sheet, an interactive, guided trail. 

Sculpture Garden NGV International Melbourne

Complete your NGV outing with a picnic lunch to eat in the Great Hall or the Scuplture Garden. Or choose from family-friendly food options at Gallery Kitchen that you can take away or sit down for a proper meal at the NGV Tea Room.

Click here for my reviews of the NGV Kids Summer Festival 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016

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 –  the free children's gallery exhibition KAWS: Playtime and if you have time, the paid exhibitions for KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness and Keith Haring x Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines;
  • Make a day of it by bringing a picnic lunch to eat in the Great Hall or the Sculpture Garden;
  • While you’re at NGV also check out:
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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

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

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