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FIRST LOOK: Free NGV Kids Summer Festival 2024

The popular NGV Kids Summer Festival is back with a packed schedule of entirely FREE events for families from Monday 8 January to Sunday 14 January 2024!

The program includes artist-led workshops, performances, events and activities designed especially for kids, teens and their families. 

This year’s theme is all about marine-inspired family fun, centred around the current NGV Children’s Gallery exhibition RIFIFI: Jean Jullien for Kids. Enjoy artist-led activities, join workshops and bop along to Baby Shark!

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When is the NGV Kids Summer Festival 2024?

NGV Kids Summer Festival runs from Monday 8 January to Sunday 14 January 2024.

NGV for Kids – Activities & Events Inspired by NGV Exhibitions

Get the whole family moving with yoga sessions, movement workshops and dance parties all week long.

Picture this: your little ones dressed as fish, exploring a vibrant ocean wonderland.

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Dive into interactive workshops, where they can dance the Baby Shark, flow through downward dolphin yoga, or shake their fins with Emotion21’s dance and games.

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Let creativity shine in artist-led workshops. Join Thai artist Bundit Puangthong to craft a mythical half-fish, half-monkey puppet. Or transform a beach scene with Melbourne artist Ella Dunn using watercolour pencils – surf’s up!

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Feel the rhythm in a Bharathanatyam dance workshop, guided by Deepa Mani, capturing the fluidity of the ocean. Afro beats and storytelling take young explorers on an African dance adventure with Gracieuse Amah from Kwabo Events. 

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Discover Melbourne’s wildlife with City of Melbourne Park Rangers – possums, rakali, lizards, kookaburras, and swans await! 

For a more relaxed experience, join the Relaxed Sessions on January 11 and 13.

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Step into the NGV Children’s Gallery, where the usual “look but don’t touch” rule is tossed aside. Kids can gleefully engage with interactive installations and creative art stations. Excitement? Guaranteed!

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As part of NGV Triennial 2024, ‘RIFIFI: Jean Jullien for Kids‘ is a vibrant playground of fun and eco-friendly discovery for your little ones.

Your little explorers can plunge into hands-on activities focused on marine conservation. Picture them in fish costumes, picking up beach litter with gusto! They can sketch sea stars, snap a clamshell selfie, and even explore the engaging book “Who Lives in the Sea?” illustrated by Jullien. It’s an educational dive into ocean life, featuring sea squirts, sardines, squid, and spotted eels.

RIFIFI: Jean Jullien for Kids at NGV Melbourne

While you’re at the NGV don’t forget to check out the rest of NGV Triennial, covering all four levels of the gallery with incredible contemporary artworks. 

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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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