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What’s On In Melbourne – Friday 9 November To Thursday 15 November 2018

What’s On in Melbourne – Friday 9 November to Thursday 15 November 2018

Wow this week passed quickly with a 4 day (sort of) long weekend and a short week! I hope you managed to have a break – it seemed that half of Melbourne are away and the other half were at the races.

I was working at The Lost Lands last weekend (fabulous but exhausting!) so this weekend I’m taking an overnight break with the kids to go glamping at Devil’s Cove, Lake Eildon National Park.  We’re going to unplug, commune with nature, go walking, read books and play games. Recharge our batteries before racing headlong into Christmas!

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  • Night Noodle Markets (Thu 8 Nov – Sun 25 Nov ) – all the sights, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival.
  • Myer Christmas Windows open (Fri 9 Nov) – expect to be wowed with the theme based on a renowned and much-loved children’s story book.
  • Julian Opie: Studio for Kids open (Fri 9 Nov – 17 Feb 19) – new children’s gallery exhibition by British artist Julian Opie.
  • MPavilion (Fri 9 Nov – Sun 3 Feb 2018) – An event hub, a meeting place and an invitation to experiment, each MPavilion brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month program of talks, workshops, performances and installations from October to February.
  • Art Club at Artplay (Sat 10 Nov) – With Halloween and the Day of the Dead coming up, we will explore three different customs and the meanings behind them. Carving pumpkins (or in this case melons as they are easier to cut.) Decorating Sugar skulls Dressing up as a zombie and making fake wounds.
  • Santa’s Grand Arrival (Sat 10 Nov) – Barbie, PJ Masks and everyone’s favourite Christmas characters are coming to Santa’s Grand Arrival!
  • Entertainment Weekend Docklands (Sat 1o Nov – Sun 11 Nov) – live music, DJs, face painting, rides with Wonderland Junior and an eclectic Makers Market.
  • The Magic Cave (Sat 10 Nov – Mon 24 Dec) – Create precious memories this Christmas in David Jones’ enchanted Magic Cave and see Santa and his Elves.
  • Under 8s Ice Fun (Sun 11 Nov) – unique toddler experience in shoes or skates.
  • Kids Oktoberfest Munich Brauhaus (Sun 11 Nov) – every Sunday kids eat for free, face painter and activity packs.
  • Palestinian National Day (Thu 15 Nov) –  entertainment, market stalls and raising of the Palestinian flag.


  • Corroborree Fridays Melbourne Zoo (Fri 9 Nov) – Every Friday 10.30am-11.30am learn all about the critically endangered Corroboree frog through stories, craft, games, and face painting (extra cost).
  • National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs (Fri 9 Nov – 30 Nov) – a world-first immersive photographic exhibition looking at wildlife through images from 130 years of National Geographic magazine.
  • Diwali at Olivine (Sat 10 Nov) – Fire performance, Bollywood dance, music, craft, Henna art.
  • Santa’s Parade Northland (Sat 10 Nov) – Join him as he makes his way through the centre with his team of bouncing elves, candy cane stilt walkers, dancing fairies and nut cracker band!
  • Peel Street Festival (Sat 10 Nov) – local music, food, community stalls, record fair, interactive kids park and much more.
  • Circus Oz Skillz (Sat 10 Nov) – featuring mad skills, stacks of laughs, and breathtaking feats from a team of tricksters
  • Farmers Market Collingwood Children’s Farm (Sat 10 Nov) – Shop local and seasonal produce and visit the Collingwood Children’s Farm for only $2 adult entry (kids free). FULL REVIEW.
  • Diamond Valley Railway (Sun 11 Nov) – miniature railway and two adventure playgrounds. Full review.
  • Santa’s Arrival Parade Greensborough (Sun 11 Nov) – Parade through the Greensborough Plaza with Santa and his friends including Dizzy the Dinosaur, Paw Patrol’s Marshall & Skye, Mrs. Claus and Rudolf. Plus, have your face painted, a balloon twisted or your photo taken with Santa.
  • Sundays Fun Day Preston Market (Sun 11 Nov) – free drop in activities every Sunday.
  • Fawkner Festa (Sun 11 Nov) – music and dance, fun activities for the kids and delicious food stalls.
  • Historic Playdates Melbourne Museum (Tue 13 Nov) – Each Playdate is facilitated by a learning expert, and is themed around exciting ideas to connect children to their world through museum objects.


  • Dandenong Show (Sat 10 Nov – Sun 11 Nov) – carnival rides, animal competitions, live music, spectacular fireworks display.
  • Cook It with Dad Clyde North (Sat 10 Nov) – program is an opportunity for fathers and children to experience cooking together.
  • Dads Space St Kilda (Sat 10 Nov) – dads are invited to bring their kids (and their best dad jokes) to a weekly event where they can connect with other dads.
  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 10 Nov) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.
  • City of Monash Open Gardens (Sat 10 Nov) – Eight varied and interesting gardens will be open for visits.
  • Breakfast with Santa and Santa’s Arrival Knox (Sat 10 Nov) –  The Australian Girls Choir will be in centre to delight you with Christmas carols, plus the kids can enjoy a range of free fun activities.
  • From Nature Gasworks Arts Park (Fri 9 Nov – Sun 11 Nov) – free exhibition From Nature showcases living sculptures and organic land artwork, transforming parkland into an outdoor open-air gallery.
  • Dandi Makers Market Dandenong Market (Sun 11 Nov) – Melbourne’s newest handmade craft and artisan foods market.
  • Young at Art at Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery (Tue 13 Nov) – program for 0-5 year olds. Sing, dance, clap and stomp your feet with Matteo! Do an exciting activity with the Education Coordinator afterwards.
  • Shop Til You Drop Chadstone (Thu 15 Nov) –  350 exclusive offers and a range of interactive Christmas experiences. Chadstone’s inaugural Santa parade along with Mrs Claus, Santa’s elves and other characters that will feature in the Chadstone Christmas Show.


  • Melbourne Tram Museum(Sat 10 Nov) – Visit a Melbourne icon at this quirky museum. FULL REVIEW.
  • Dogapalooza Richmond (Sat 10 Nov) – Lay about with every friendly doggo in Melbourne whilst sampling Melbourne’s finest artists, food trucks.
  • Santa’s Arrival Doncaster (Sat 10 Nov) – Hosted by popular children’s personality Jimmy Giggle, the parade including Mrs Clause, Santa’s Reindeers, Cheeky elves and the Christmas Angel.
  • Heide Makers’ Market (Sat 10 Nov) – Once a month visitors will find an eclectic mix of art, design and handcrafted goods all made with skill by a curated selection of stallholders.
  • Eltham Festival (Sat 10 Nov – Sun 11 Nov) – music, food, kids activities.
  • Santa’s Workshop Eastland (Sun 10 Nov – Sun 23 Dec) – kids will be entertained with all kinds of fun and educational Christmas crafts, creating their own mini Christmas wreath, Christmas card and Christmas decorations to hang on your tree at home.
  • Belgrave Big Dreams Market(Sun 11 Nov) – discover original and bespoke design pieces, some of the yummiest and freshest produce the area has to offer, live music, bouncy castle and facepainting  for the kids.
  • Maroondah Festival (Sun 11 Nov) – celebrate and enjoy a diverse program of entertainment and activities.
  • Yarra Valley Railway (Sun 11 Nov) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Full review. 
  • Wallaby Wednesdays Healesville Sanctuary (Wed 14 Nov) – Kids can dress up as wallabies with wallaby face painting, wallaby ears and wallaby tails for pouch races, hopping games and wallaby trails.
  • Moonlit Markets Eastland (Thu 15 Nov) – Find an assortment of fashion, jewellery, art, homewares and delights for the kids made with skill by our talented stallholders. Plus with live music on offer, delicious street food and a pop up bar. Every Thursday until 20 Dec.


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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