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Disposable Science Gallery

What’s On – Friday 9 August to Thursday 15 August 2019

This week is the beginning of Science Week where you'll find free and paid science events all around Melbourne from Saturday 10 August to Saturday 17 August. Don't miss Science Gallery's newest program Disposable all about waste and finding creative solutions to our throwaway culture. Donate your pee to science!

It's also the middle of Craft Cubed month-long festival of the handmade which runs from 1-31 August with exhibitions and workshops throughout the city.

This weekend I'll be hanging out at local bookshops for Love Your Bookshop Day. Also West Projections Festival is opening! Join me for my family-friendly event Invisible (L)Ink this Saturday 10 August where we will be decorating a Footscray footpath with invisible ink. I tested it out Lady AB and Baby 2.0 and it looks awesome!

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  • Little Rockers Red Nose Day Disco (Fri 9 Aug) – fun-filled activities on the day, including great music, the red nose ice bucket challenge, special appearances from Hoot and Hootabelle, and the KIIS FM street team.
  • Winter Garden at Fed Square (Fri 9 Aug – Mon 26 Aug) – a joyous and playful profusion of handcrafted flowers in a riot of glorious colour to brighten our midwinter days!
  • See You In the Soup (Fri 9 Aug – Sun 17 Aug) – See You in the Soup is a surreal animated exploration of the Melbourne epicurean landscape, seen through the eyes of a small and curious duck.
  • Marvel: Journey of Heroes (Fri 9 Aug – Sun 29 Sep) – free exhibition showcasing each of Marvel's eight decades, starting with its origins as Timely Comics.
  • Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang (Fri 9 Aug – Sun 13 Oct) – Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors. Presented in parallel, Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, will see contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, create all new art works inspired by his home country’s culture and its enduring philosophical traditions. Read my review.
  • A Fairy Tale in Red Times NGV (Fri 9 Aug – Sun 6 Oct) – free exhibition of contemporary Chinese art from Sydney's White Rabbit Gallery. Read my review.
  • Terracotta Warriors High Tea (Sat 10 Aug – Sun 11 Aug) – luxurious Chinese-themed high tea where you can paint your own chocolate terracotta warrior. Read my review
  • Under 8s Ice Fun at Medibank Icehouse (Sun 11 Aug) – unique toddler experience in shoes or skates.
  • International Youth Day NGV (Sun 11 Aug) – to celebrate International Youth Day the National Gallery of Victoria is offering children and teens free access to 2019 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang.
  • LEGO Sea Explorers SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium (Fri 9 Aug – Fri 19 Sep) – Build, draw, colour and create with LEGO bricks. Read my review.
  • The Winter Village (Fri 9 Aug – Sat 31 Aug) – ice rink, food & drink pop up bars, a mega igloo dining hall and an Igloo Village of 21 cosy igloos. Read my review.
  • Riverslide Skate Park Learn2Ride (Sun 11 Aug) – Riverslide Skate Park runs regular skateboard, BMX and scooter lessons for beginners as well as more experienced riders.
  • Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Market (Wed 14 Aug) – crackling fires, mulled wine and a revolving line-up of roving entertainers and live music, over 30 street vendors and designer and artisan stalls.  Read my review.
  • Ned Kelly Tour (Wed 14 Aug) – Discover the story of Victoria’s infamous bushranger Ned Kelly, read pages from the Jerilderie letter and see photos and historic objects related to his life.



  • Prahran Market Kids’ Activities (Fri 9 Aug – Thu 15 Aug) – every market day Prahran Market offers face painting, an animal farm, kids dance classes and music – most activities are free and no bookings necessary.
  • DUPLO Kids Club Legoland (Fri 9 Aug – Thu 15 Aug) – special activities every weekday for kids 2-5 years at the DUPLO Farm Adventure inside Legoland. Read the review.
  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 10 Aug) – weekly Saturday market with an awesome playground at Alma Park. Also Sun 28 Jul market at Sandringham.
  • Mornington Railway (Sun 11 Aug) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • Portable Iron Houses tour (Sun 11 Aug) – Get an insight into life during the Gold Rush era when you visit one of the few remaining pre-fabricated iron buildings in the world.
  • Kids Mornings Westfield Southland (Wed 14 Aug) – Every Wednesday a different activity where your mini me's can play, learn and be entertained.

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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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