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What’s On in Melbourne – February 2024

Welcome to February! Discover all the things to do this month by checking out what’s on in Melbourne today, this weekend, as well as look ahead and see what’s happening for the whole month. 

DINOS ALIVE MELBOURNE

Featured Event

Dinos Alive is a dinosaur exhibition featuring life-size animated replicas in an immersive Jurassic venue. Walk alongside the massive creatures that roamed our world millions of years ago!

Dinos Alive highlights include:

  • Be transported to the Jurassic era to witness realistic dinosaurs in their natural habitat;
  • Stand face to face with over 80 life-sized, moving replicas of dinosaurs including the awe-inspiring T-rex, the graceful Stegosaurus, the armoured Ankylosaurus, swift Velociraptors, and more;
  • Dive into a unique virtual aquarium experience and delve into the mysteries of ancient marine life;
  • Discover the wonders of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods through engaging and interactive activities;
  • Immerse yourself in a captivating VR adventure (suitable for ages 8 and above); and
  • Kids can become paleontologists in the “Budding Experts” interactive space, where they can engage in hands-on activities and learn about iconic dinosaurs while having fun.

Dinos Alive: An Immersive Experience, Fever Exhibitions Hall, 62 Dawson Street, Brunswick VIC 3056

Thursday 1 February 2024 – Thursday 29 February 2024

Emma Memma Elvin Melvin Images Photo Credit Jared Lyons x

Melbourne Events February

What’s on in Melbourne CBD / Docklands

  • ACMI Preschoolers (Fri 12 Jan – Fri 22 Mar) – Fun for 3 to 5-year-olds to explore “Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature” with parent, grandparent, or carer. Connect art and science through movement and play, engaging young learners with mesmerizing artworks.
  • Library on the Lawn (Wed 17 Jan – Sun 4 Feb) – Relax, read and make the most of the warmer weather this summer at the Library’s upper forecourt! Enjoy music, workshops, roving performances, face painting and other free family-friendly outdoor events activities.
  • Exhibition: Wild City At ArtPlay (Sat 20 Jan – Sun 16 Jun) – Come and visit a mini city landscape that has been transformed into a wild, thriving, green metropolis – where humans and animals share their habitat.
  • The Censor (Sat 27 Jan, Sat 28 Jan, Sat 25 May, Sat 26 May, Fri 8 Jun, Sat 9 Jun) – In this workshop series, you will get to choose what gets banned and what gets read.
  • Sustainable Living Festival (Thu 1 Feb – Thu 29 Feb) – join the sustainability movement with a month of workshops, talks, demonstrations, artworks, exhibitions, films and live performances.
Moonee Valley After Dark
  • Midsumma Festival Fed Square (Fri 2 Feb) – Discover a day of powerful storytelling and celebration, featuring a lineup of events and activations proudly presented as part of Midsumma Festival.
  • PLAY DATE (Sat 3 Feb – Sun 4 Feb) – Join Turtle and Sugar Rush for a high energy music concert and dance party for children (four – seven years old) and their parents / guardians and friends.
  • Summer at the Square (Sat 3 Feb – Mon 29 Feb) – Films, music, and Swiftmania! Enjoy silent films, outdoor cinema, free live music with stars like SIX60, and Taylor Sheesh’s pop magic.
  • La Trobe’s Cottage (Sun 4 Feb, Sun 11 Feb, Sun 18 Feb, & Sun 25 Feb | recurring every month October to April) – Explore the intricacies of La Trobe family life and immerse yourself in the ambiance of a romantically recreated garden, adorned with plants reminiscent of the 1840s and 1850s era.
  • Midsumma Pride March (Sun 4 Feb) – Parade, pride and party come together once a year in Melbourne’s iconic march celebrating solidarity in gender and sexuality diversity. 
  • MKids — Create Your Own Shelter of Care (Tue 6 Feb – Fri 23 Feb) – Come along and create a ‘Shelter of Care’ using coconuts, bamboo, stones and other organic materials
Lunar new year at Melbourne Museum credit museums victoria
  • Storytime at the Library (Wed 7 Feb & Wed 14 Feb) – If you love a story, you’ve come to the right place! Storytime sessions showcase classic stories and new works from Victorian and Australian authors – along with your favourite songs and rhymes.
  • QV Melbourne celebrates Lunar New Year (Mon 8 Feb – Sun 21 Feb) – Celebrate Lunar New Year at QV Melbourne with a towering Year of the Dragon installation. FREE.
  • Peppa’s Cinema Party (Fri 9 Feb – Sun 25 Feb) – Head to your local cinema to watch, dance and groove at Peppa Pig’s Cinema Party, with 10 brand new episodes perfect for the family!
  • Lunar New Year at Crown Melbourne (Sat 9 Feb – Sat 24 Feb) – Choose your happy and let us take care of the details, from divine banquets and abundant buffets, to high teas shared with your favourites.
  • Lunar New Year at SEA LIFE Melbourne (Sat 10 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) – SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is celebrating Lunar New Year, welcoming the Year of the Dragon with a little help from some resident dragons!
  • LUNAR NEW YEAR at NGV (Sat 10 Feb – Sun 11 Feb) – Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at the NGV – with art, performances and free activities for all ages.
  • Lunar New Year 2024 (Sat 10 Feb) – Celebrate Lunar New Year with the whole family at the Immigration Museum! Enjoy free performances of traditional Chinese music and dance, make games and crafts from Korea and Vietnam, and learn the ancient art of paper cutting. 
  • Sounds of Aotearoa, with SIX60 (Sat 10 Feb) – Free, all-ages live gig featuring chart-topping NZ sensation SIX60 and other Kiwi talent.
  • Year of the Dragon at Oriental Teahouse (Sat 10 Feb) – Oriental Teahouse is gearing up to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, and you’re invited to join the festivities. Book your spot for a night of good food, good company, and good fortune.
  • Victoria’s Pride (Sun 11 Feb) – A landmark program of pride events and projects will return to Victoria this summer as part of a statewide celebration of LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • Chinese Lunar New Year Festival Chinatown (Sun 11 Feb) – Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year with joy and tradition! Join in the vibrant festivities, share feasts, and exchange hopes for prosperity. Embrace the cultural tapestry.
Moonee Valley Festival
  • Sabor de Amor: Valentine’s Epicurean Bazaar at Ruby Riviera (Wed 14 Feb) – Join us at Ruby Riviera for a vibrant Valentine’s bazaar. Enjoy live cooking stations, exquisite flavours, and a celebration of love.
  • A Very Vegan Valentine’s (Wed 14 Feb) – Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with our Very Vegan Valentine’s menu celebrating love and sustainability carefully created by the team at Henry and the Fox.
  • Taylor Sheesh (Fri 16 Feb) – Filipino drag sensation Taylor Sheesh performs a Taylor Swift-inspired show.
  • Afro-Caribbean Carnival (Sat 17 Feb) – A festival of Afro-Caribbean music, food, and culture featuring international and local artists.
  • Endling: Stage 2 (Sat 17 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) – Imagine you discover the last living creature of its kind: Endling. What will you do? How can you help?
  • Chinese New Year Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Sat 17 Feb) – Join in for one of 2024’s cultural highlights in a program that blends Chinese and Western masterworks to celebrate cross-cultural connections through music.
  • Saboteurs at The District Docklands (Sat 18 Feb – Sat 25 Feb) – Playing Saboteurs in real life is an exhilarating experience that brings the popular online game into the physical world. Imagine a group of friends gathered, each assigned a role as a Crew or an Impostor. The Crews’ goal is to complete tasks around a designated Moon base.
District Live Tennis Series
  • Puccini in the Park (Wed 21 Feb) – Don’t miss out on the enchanting world of Giacomo Puccini, where masterpieces like Tosca, La Bohème, and Madama Butterfly await your discovery. Enjoy the symphony of emotions woven into these enduring operas!
  • Then What?!: Stage 3 (Thu 22 Feb – Sun 25 Feb) – Learn how to be a super special storyteller who can run, fly, squirm and shout!
  • When We Were Young (Sat 24 Feb) – The full range of the Orchestra is on display at this performance that celebrates young Australian composers and performers, and concluding with Sibelius’ majestic Fifth Symphony.
  • The Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo (Sat 24 Feb – Sun 25 Feb) – Australia’s trusted early parenting event is a must for all new parents. Showcasing BIG brands, BEST prices, special offers and the LATEST innovations, all under one roof..
  • Dragon Boat Festival (Sun 25 Feb) – This Lunar New Year, join in the Dragon Boat Racing Festival on Harbour Esplanade and watch 200-metre dragon boat racing.
  • Unko Museum: The Kawaii Poop Experience (Wed 28 Feb – Fri 29 Mar) – Unko Museum, translated as the “Poop Museum”, is a fun and interactive exhibit with super adorable decor. Enter a world of colour and unleash your inner child in a uniquely Kawaii (cute) poop universe imported from Japan! Open every Wed to Sun.
  • Summer Serenade: Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rossini (Wed 28 Feb) – Be serenaded under the stars by the music of Rossini’s Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri, the sumptuous sounds of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and two Beethoven favourites – his Coriolan Overture and First Symphony.
  • BBC Earth Experience (Mon 1 Jan – Sun 28 Apr) – The BBC Earth Experience at the MCEC is an all-ages interactive journey through the seven continents powered by state-of-the-art technology never before seen in Australia.
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Night on the Reef
Image supplied: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Night on the Reef
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Until Wed 15 Mar) – Eat and drink your way around the world one dish at a time, with more than 50 street food traders cooking up a global feast plus specialty shopping and entertainment. Read the Queen Victoria Night Market review.
  • Polly Woodside Open Day (First Sunday of the month) – Come aboard and explore at your own pace or join one of our guided tours. Please arrive a few minutes early if you would like to join a tour. Each tour is approximately 45 – 60 minutes.
  • Pirate Day (Third Sunday of the month) – Come along and experience the pirate life. We encourage dressing up and participating in Fashions on the Plank, receive your pirate tattoo (washable!) and your very own pirate name. Our captain will have the kids scrubbing the deck, swinging the rope and going on a treasure hunt. Arrr the pirate’s life for you!
  • THE LUME Melbourne (Ongoing) – Connection was created to celebrate the beautiful art and music of First Peoples and give back to their communities. This special experience tells the story of our country’s rich cultural history through paintings and music. Check out our recent visit here.
  • SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium (Ongoing) – See some of the world’s most incredible animals, including penguins, a 6-metre-long crocodile and thousands of tropical fish, plus the newly reopened oceanarium.
  • Soft Play (Fridays) – Play with your child and make community connections in a safe and fun indoor environment (Thurs & Fridays).
  • Kids Passport Queen Victoria Market (Ongoing) – Kids Passport Queen Victoria Market (Every market day) – Collect your passport, then journey around the Market collecting stamps from our friendly traders, before making your way to the Queen Victoria Market Visitor Hub to claim your prize.
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  • Shrine Kids (Daily) – The Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Memorial of Victoria, and it makes for an educational (and sobering) outing for families. Read the Shrine Kids Review.
  • Arts Centre Sunday Market (Sundays) – find unique, quirky and handmade items at the stalls. There are always some yummy treats too!
  • Melbourne Book Market (Saturdays & Sundays) – curated collection of more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles selected and presented by 15 of Melbourne’s most experienced booksellers.
  • Docklands Community Market (2nd & 4th Sunday of each month) – Grab your early morning coffee, enjoy a lovely stroll & support your local producers at this lovely market.
  • The Story of the Moving Image (ongoing) – Journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences, digital innovation and captivating stories. Read the Story of the Moving Image ACMI Review.

What’s on in Melbourne North / North-East

  • Family Fridays at Pentridge (Fri 1 Dec – Fri 29 Mar) – Join in every Friday evening at Pentridge for live music, children’s activities and family fun!
  • Warrandyte Community Market (Sat 3 Feb) – Local, handmade, grown and baked at home with love from the artists, crafters, designers, seamstresses, builders, woodworkers, potters, growers, cooks and artisans.
  • Victoria Street Lunar Festival 2024 (Sun 4 Feb) – The Vietnamese heart of Richmond comes to life in true hawker food style, focusing on the outdoor dining experience.
  • Year of the Dragon at Melbourne Zoo (Sat 10 Feb) – The perfect gift for the Year of the Dragon. Receive an exclusive merch pack plus all the benefits of a regular Child Membership, all while supporting the Critically Endangered Victorian Grassland Earless Dragon.
  • Twilight Sounds Heidelberg (Sat 10 Feb) – A fantastic free concert featuring live music by popular Australian musicians playing a wide genre of styles. Food trucks, roving performers, and free creative play for kids.
  • Lunar New Year Family Day (Sat 10 Feb) – Melbourne Museum is celebrating the year of the Dragon with dragon dances, creative activities and a talk on the many unique dragons found in Australia.
  • 1-on-1 bike skills for kids Greenborough (Sat 10 Feb) – Children aged 7 and older can learn and improve bike riding skills.
Image BBC Earth Experience Melbourne
Image supplied: BBC Earth Experience Melbourne
  • Outdoor movies Banyule (Sat 17 Feb – Sat 9 Mar) – Join us for an afternoon or evening movie outdoors in Banyule. Bring a picnic and watch a screening of the film. BYO blanket or deckchair.
  • Northcote Rise Festival (Sun 18 Feb) – Expect craft stations, roving entertainment, quiet areas, sporting activations, and face painting!
  • Keeper Kids Melbourne Zoo (Ongoing) – Educator-led daily activities that promote learning through storytelling, craft and play.
  • Fitzroy Market (Saturdays) – a one-stop hub for everything produce, food, artisan, handcrafted, vintage, second hand and local.
  • Abbotsford Farmers Market (Saturday) – enjoy the spoils of Victoria’s finest farmers and small-scale producers, as well as the Convent’s own bakery and creative studios, plus a stall from the Collingwood Children’s Farms.
  • Diamond Valley Railway (Sundays) – miniature railway and two adventure playgrounds. Read the Diamond Valley Railway review.
  • Rose Street Artists’ Market (Saturdays and Sundays) – Shop directly from Melbourne’s best artists, designers, crafters and makers at Fitzroy’s iconic Rose Street Market.
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  • Sensory Tray Sessions (Various dates) – Pour, scoop, splash and more at our sensory tray sessions!
  • Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery (Daily) – A world-class immersive learning and play experience – and a wonderland for little learners! The exhibition combines hands-on exploration and discovery, open-ended play-based learning, extraordinary immersive environments and unique museum collection objects.
  • Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs (Daily) – An immersive voyage into a lost world, where visitors will explore the landscapes of the Cretaceous and get to know the creatures that thrived there.
  • Tiny Tours (Fridays) – A 45-minute tour created for early year audiences that will invite them to wonder, discover and be amazed.
  • Dinosaur Walk (Daily) – Check out the real dinosaur bones at Melbourne Museum’s permanent exhibition featuring ten dinosaur skeletons, three pterosaurs, and other select megafauna artefacts such as huge teeth!
Gandel Gondwana Garden Melbourne Museum Kids and Teacher looking up
  • Heide Gallery Kids (Ongoing) – Join Art Therapist Tanis Douglas, who supports pre-school children and their carers to gain confidence observing artworks in a small group.
  • Mini Twitchers Heide (Ongoing) – Be a twitcher for a day and spot some beautiful birds in the Heide Sculpture park! Use a map to locate each area where the twelve painted birds are hidden in trees in the sculpture park.
  • Heide Art Babies (Tuesdays) – Social connection and communal play is important for new parents, new grandparents and babies.
  • Under 5s Art Classes (Fridays) – Sessions will explore the elements of art such as colour, shape, texture and pattern through material exploration and experimentation.

What’s on in Melbourne South / South-East / Bayside

  • Secret Life of Birds (Mon 1 Jan – Tue 20 Feb) On this guided walk, spot water birds nesting around Ornamental Lake and delight in the sights and sounds of the birds that call the Gardens home.
  • The Explorer (Sun 1 Jan – Tue 31 Dec) – Discover the beauty of this inner-city oasis and enjoy live commentary in the comfort of an open-air minibus.
  • Seek and Find Nature Cards (Sat 1 Jan – Tue 31 Dec) – Set your young ones on an adventure exploring the wondrous scenery, plants and creatures of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne with their Seek and Find Nature Cards.
  • Summer Stage 2024 at Bunjil Place (Sat 20 Jan – Wed 28 Feb) – For six glorious weeks the Bunjil Place outdoor plaza will transform into a buzzing mini festival with incredible events and entertainment for the whole family.
  • The Windsor Workshop – Outdoor Art Classes (From Feb to Jun) – free outdoor art classes on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10am in and around the City of Stonnington.
EASTLAND SUMMER SLAM
  • The Mexican Music Man (Thu 1 Feb) – The Mexican Music Man plays a wide range of instruments and encourages your children to get involved! Come and sing “We all live in a Yellow Submarine” with the Mexican Music Man- the kids (and you!) will have a ball.
  • Big Bands Sunsets Festival (Sat 3 Feb, Sat 10 Feb, Sat 17 Feb & Sat 24 Feb) – Melbourne’s premier big band festival, featuring performances from local and national swing groups and big bands.
  • Euphoria Social’s Pride Celebration & Viewing Event (Sun 4 Feb) – Exclusive balcony viewing of Pride March, the best seat in the house to watch the glitz and fabulousness Pride March, DJs, performers and more.
  • Deep Sea Creatures After School Workshop (Mon 5 Feb – Tue 6 Feb) – What Deep Sea Creatures live deep in your imagination? We are all going to take a break away from reality and spend some time imagining!
Kidstruments workshop
  • ClimateWatch Walk at Melbourne Gardens (Thu 8 Feb – Wed 14 Feb) – Join Climate Watch advocates on this free guided walk to monitor biodiversity at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens.
  • LEGO Dragon Build Legoland Melbourne (Sat 10 Feb – Sun 11 Feb) – Build this iconic Dragon and take it home with you!
  • LEGO 4-in-1 Build Legoland Melbourne (Mon 12 Feb -Sun 18 Feb) – Visit the Creative workshop to build this brick-tastic 4-in-1 set!
  • St Kilda Latin Festival (Sat 10 Feb) – St Kilda Festival returns in 2024 with two days of incredible live music and summer fun
  • The Classics: Opera on the Silver Screen (Sat 10 Feb) – Listen to some of the most famous and beautiful operatic arias from pivotal cinematic scenes performed by a cast of six Australian opera singers, accompanied by a twelve-piece chamber orchestra and led by maestra Phoebe Briggs.
  • The Classics: Symphony (Sat 10 Feb) – The Classics: Opera will make a glorious return to the City of Stonnington this summer, once again transforming the much-loved Victoria Gardens into a free and intimate classical music stage fit for cultural royalty.
  • Bumblebee Market Berwick (Sun 11 Feb) – pre-loved, handmade, and new goods at reasonable prices.
  • Lights, Camera… Chaos! (Sat 17 Feb – Sat 17 March) – The Scientwits are back! Science Sam is attempting to broadcast a serious science TV show but typically, Captain Chaos has other, bigger & incorrect ideas.
  • Family Fun Day: Celebrate our new Library Lounge (Sat 17 Feb) – Come and celebrate the opening of the Cranbourne West Library Lounge
  • Reflect on This After School Workshop (Mon 19 Feb – Tue 20 Feb) – We’ll hold up a mirror to the world around us and explore what it means to reflect. From the mirror funhouse to the still water.
  • Kidstruments After School Workshop (Mon 19 Feb – Tue 20 Feb) – We’ll develop new Kidstruments and devise ways of playing them. Explore music-making, drawing, physicality of materials, design, and technology. 
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  • Berwick Show (Sat 24 Feb – Sun 25 Feb) – enjoy competitions, lessons in agriculture, cooking, photography and more as well as a variety of entertainment including rides, show bags, stage and arena activities!
  • Under the Stars  (Sat 24 Feb) – Join Under the Stars at Carnegie’s Packer Park, Feb 24, 6pm! Groove to Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s ARIA-winning beats and Telenova’s cool alt-pop vibes. Free fun!
  • Metartworld (Sun 25 Feb – Sat 20 Apr) – Get ready to be blown away by the mesmerizing metal art wonders of Metartworld! Be amazed as you step inside a massive 2,500-square-meter space filled with incredible, one-of-a-kind statues crafted from recycled materials and scrap metal.
  • The 5ifth Market (Sat 25 Feb) – Gourmet Food & Drink Trucks, Live Music & Quality Local Makers Stalls including, Fashion, Homewares, Art, & lots more.
  • Clayton Festival (Sun 25 Feb) – a FREE community celebration featuring live entertainment, community and kids activities, food trucks and roving performers.
  • Teddy Bear Picnic (Sun 25 Feb) – meander through Rippon Lea’s extensive gardens and fernery, play on the fairground rides, have your face painted, and enjoy a picnic on the lawn, all with your favourite teddy bear by your side.
  • Musical Plants After School Workshop (Mon 26 Feb – Tue 27 Feb) – Have you ever made music with a marigold? We’ll introduce participants to Musical Plants and devise ways of playing them to create new musical compositions.
  • Moonlight Cinema Melbourne (Until Sun 31 Mar) – Australia’s favourite open-air cinema returns to the beautiful green Central Lawn for another season of balmy nights, lush picnics and sizzling silver screen blockbuster movies and fan-favourite films.
  • Melbourne Cable Park Summer Movies (Until Fri 23 Mar) – get down to Melbourne Cable Park to listen to live music from local artists and watch your favourite films.
  • Punting on the Lake (Until Wed 31 May) – take a serene cruise around the islands of the picturesque Ornamental Lake in Melbourne’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • Aboriginal Heritage Walk (Until Tue 31 Dec) – Journey into Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, a significant cultural site for the local Kulin Nation, with a First Peoples guide.
  • Seek and Find Nature Cards (Until Tue 31 Dec) Set your young ones on an adventure exploring nature with Seek and Find Nature Cards to be used at Melbourne Gardens or download the cards and go exploring in your own neighbourhood.
  • The Explorer – Melbourne Gardens (Until Tue 31 Dec) Discover the beauty of this inner-city oasis and enjoy live commentary in the comfort of an open-air minibus.
  • Sonica Botanica: Stories & Sounds from the Gardens (Until Tue 31 Dec) – Immerse yourself in intertwining stories, atmospheric music and mesmerising sounds of the natural environment in Sonica Botanica, created by Melbourne sound artist Patrick Cronin.
  • Little Play Squad Legoland (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays) – An interactive parent-child Play & Learn session based on LEGO® DUPLO®. Read the  DUPLO Farm Adventure Review.
  • Prahran Market Mini Marketeers (Tuesdays) – Enjoy free, guided activities teaching toddlers the fundamentals of eating well and putting the ‘yum’ in healthy food choices.
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  • Bentleigh Sunday Market (Sundays) – plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, books, videos, tools, antiques, crafts, pre-loved goods, and more! Every Sunday. 
  • Mornington Railway (Sundays) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden (Ongoing) – A dedicated, fully fenced space for families featuring plants, water, structures, and pathways that reflect Melbourne’s changing seasons.
  • Young At Art (Ongoing) – With the guidance of an experienced early childhood educator, participants work on a different hands-on creative activity every week, using materials from the take-home art materials box supplied each session.
  • Nature Play (Ongoing) – Come along to Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve for Nature Play, an outdoor, child-led playgroup session facilitated by a qualified ranger.
Experience Oz Luna Park Melbourne
Image supplied: Luna Park Melbourne
  • Stories and Songs in the Square (Ongoing) – Stories and Songs in the Square (Mondays & Wednesdays) – Nurture your child’s early literacy skills by joining in to read aloud stories and sing action songs and rhymes.
  • WIIILD Wednesdays, Gumbuya World (Ongoing) – Dive into Wildlife Wanderers, the trail of free-roaming wildlife, savor two interactive shows, and hop on junior rides! Get up close with exotic animals, connect with nature, and enjoy exciting entertainment every week!
  • Little Lunies at Luna Park (Ongoing) – iscover a fantastic world of rides, attractions, and games to suit Little and Big Lunies! There’s something for everyone from old favourites like the The Great Scenic Railway, Ghost Train, & Carousel to the big thrill rides like the Power Surge, Sky Rider, Twin Dragon and more!
  • St Kilda Breakwater (Ongoing) – Spot the Little Penguin colony just before dusk coming ashore from the promenade.

What’s on in Melbourne East

  • Junior Chocolatier Yarra Valley Chocolaterie (Tue 10 Jan – Wed 25 Dec) – Children aged 6 – 12 years can learn from Chocolatiers how to make their very own yummy creations. Read the Junior Chocolatier Yarra Valley Chocolaterie review.
  • Gulf Station (Thu 1 Feb – Sun 25 Feb | First Thursday of the month and last Sunday of the month) – Gulf Station tells an exciting story about the daily life on a pioneer farm. Learn what life was like for a family living – and making a living – on the land in nineteenth century Australia.
  • Summer in the Park (Sat 3 Feb – Sun 17 Feb) – Boroondara Arts’ Summer in the Park series of free outdoor events across February and March. Burgers, sweet treats and coffee are available.
  • Fairy Storyteller and Face-Painting Boronia (Thu 15 Feb) – Enjoy a fairy story time and marvel at the wonders the face painters will create for kids. FREE.
  • Ready for ‘Eat’ – Taylor Swift Inspired Dinner (Thu 15 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) – Celebrate the Eras Tour with a meticulously crafted Nashville-inspired menu.
  • Glen Waverly Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival (Sun 18 Feb) – Celebrate the year of the rabbit with traditions, rituals and ceremonies to bring in luck, success and good fortune.
  • Sand Art and Trinket Boxes Boronia (Thu 22 Feb) – Let your child’s creativity shine by making either a sand art card or decorating their own trinket box. FREE
  • Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival (Sat 23 Feb – Sat 24 Feb) – Soak up the live music, explore a delicious selection of local food and drinks, and join in the free activities such as a jumping castle and face painting!
  • Playable Plants (Tue 27 Feb) – This unique experience blends the magic of music with the wonders of nature, offering your little ones a joyous and educational adventure. FREE
  • Junkyard Beats (Thu 29 Feb) – Junkyard Beats is putting on an ENVIRO beats workshop. If your child is into making music and would like the chance to make their own instrument using everyday items, then this free workshop is for them! FREE
  • Blue Lotus Water Garden (Until Mon 10 Apr) – explore gardens with lakes, ponds and lagoons and fairy garden. Read the Blue Lotus Water Garden Review
Blue Lotus Water Garden
Box Hill Miniature Railway

  • Auburn Kids Sunday Funday (Sundays) – Let the kids roam with the barnyard animals at the FREE petting zoo while you enjoy a Sunday roast! What could be better?
  • Camberwell Sunday Market (Sundays) – secondhand retro, vintage, antique, fashion and collectible goods you just can’t find anywhere else
  • Eastland (Ongoing) – Sign up to the free mini & me kids club at Eastland (for kids 4 and under) and receive exclusive offers, invites to free events and $5 valet parking!
  • Spirits of the Sky (Ongoing) – See the natural behaviours of a variety of native birds at Healesville Sanctuary which may include the Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black-breasted Buzzard, Barking Owl, magnificent parrots and more.

What’s on in Melbourne West

  • Kids Club (Tue 30 Jan – Tue 26 Mar) – Join Pacific Werribee for free weekly fun as we together learn, create, and imagine through art and science.
  • Summer Sounds (Sat 24 Feb) – From jazzy hip hop to big band beats — we’re bringing live music to beautiful outdoor locations this summer.
  • Little Kids Week In | STEManiac (Tue 30 Jan – Fri 2 Feb) – A week of fun, celebration, and STEM-based play for kids ages 5 and under and their grown-ups at Scienceworks.
  • Toddler Jam Footscray Arts Centre (Thu 1 Feb – Wed 28 Mar) – Each class involves a mixture of percussion, singing, dancing, story-time and mindfulness.
  • Park Lounge Werribee (Sat 3 Feb) – music, performance, and dance to entertain you as the great Western sunset descends, revealing a rainbow like no other!
  • Dome Under Film Festival (Sat 3 Feb – Sun 4 Feb) – The Melbourne Planetarium is pleased to present the Dome Under Film Festival, the only full-dome film festival in Australia.
  • Abstar T20 Cricket Match (Tue 6 Feb) – Join us for a fun night of T20 cricket and more, all while raising much needed funds for families of kids living with cancer!
  • Incy Wincy Babies (Fri 9 Feb) – Barking Spider Creative artist guides carers with their babies through a visual art experience at the Gallery.
  • Quang Minh Tet Festival (Fri 9 Feb & Sat 10 Feb) –  Explore and experience the beauty and richness of Lunar and Buddhist traditional celebrations, and includes performances, firecrackers, fireworks, chanting and delicious vegetarian food.
  • Eynesbury Twilight Bocce Tournament (Sat 10 Feb) – A bocce tournament with DJ Shadow providing beats for the event.
  • The Glow Squad (Sun 11 Feb) – The Glow Squad is an engaging performance that invites individuals from all corners of the galaxy to join us in dancing away their troubles!
  • Soft Stele: monuments to our favourite things – Wyndham City Arts and Culture (Tue 13 Feb – Sun 3 Mar) – Join the indirect Object to help create a series of large, tactile illuminated pillars celebrating all our favourite things. Foods, activities, animals, friends, games, or places in our community.
  • Wyndham Brickfest Showcase (Sat 17 Feb – Sun 18 Feb) – A two-day Lego fan event showcasing awesome Lego creations, collections, a free build brick pit, games, activities, and creative fun.
  • Wyndham Multicultural Luna Festival (Sun 18 Feb) – 2024 Multicultural Lunar Festival one of the most successful and exciting Festivals held. There is something for the whole family – around 85 performances featuring artists from the rich diverse community including the ever-popular Lion and Dragon dances.
  • Laverton Festival (Sun 18 Feb) – Enjoy free entertainment, market stalls, $15 ride all-day kids fun package and food trucks.
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  • Eynesbury Comedy Fest (Sat 24 Feb) – Attend the Eynesbury Comedy Festival, adding a touch of humour to your summer night activities! 
  • Moonee Valley After Dark (Sat 24 Feb) – With an epic lineup of live music and DJ sets that will have you dancing into the evening you won’t want to miss out!
  • Moonee Valley Festival (Sat 24 Feb) – Our largest community celebration is back in Queens Park in 2024! Moonee Valley Festival is for all ages and packed full of festivities and entertainment!
  • Steve McCurry. ICONS: An Extraordinary Photography Exhibition (From February 2024) – Steve McCurry. ICONS is an extraordinary exhibition in Melbourne showcasing the work of Steve McCurry, one of the greatest photographers to date. Learn about his career, his photography, and much more.
  • Sunset Safari Werribee Open Range Zoo (Saturdays until Sat 9 Mar) – live music, African-inspired food, dancing, drumming and sunset safari tour. Read the Sunset Safari Werribee Zoo review
  • Musical Minds Workshop (Mondays Until 25 Mar) – learn the fundamentals of music together in a fun & educational environment. Sing songs, play various instruments, move to music & learn how actions & Auslan can help in song memory retention & learning.
  • Geelong Jazz Soirees Summer Series (Saturdays in February) – set up a picnic and relax as you listen to performances from some of Victoria’s finest musicians and ensembles.
  • Bulla Railway (3rd Sunday of each month) – Ride the dinosaur trail on the miniature railway. Read the Bulla Railway Review.
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  • Altona Miniature Railway (3rd Sunday of the month) – between 10 am and 3 pm, ride this wonderful Miniature Railway. Read the Altona Miniature Railway review.
  • Art in the garden (Fri 23 Feb) – It’s a combination of nature play, sensory play, process art, and playgroup. Run by ‘The Fun In Art’.
  • Grazeland (Fridays – Sundays) – huge dining precinct with city views and 50 stalls to choose from. Read the Grazeland Review
  • Essendon Traffic School (Saturdays) – Essendon Traffic School is a mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years, complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights. Read the Essendon Traffic School review.
  • Sunday Funday Station Hotel (Sundays) – Every Sunday, The Station Hotel prepares an animal farm and other entertaining activities to keep the little ones busy while you sit back and relax. Read the Station Hotel Review
  • Werribee Open Range Zoo (Ongoing) – Stroll through the Zoo spotting lions, hippos, cheetahs, monkeys, gorillas and more, catch the safari bus tour or explore the Ranger Kids indoor play space and Village Kids outdoor playground.
  • Air Playground (Ongoing) – Air Playground has launched at Scienceworks. Levitate objects, engineer paper planes, & learn the physics of airflow.
  • Melbourne Planetarium (Ongoing) – Sit back and enjoy the wonder of the stars regardless of the time of day – or the weather!
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  • Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together (Ongoing) – An exhibition for babies to five-year-olds where curiosity is rewarded around each bend with surprising and intriguing sights, sounds and touch sensations.
  • Bounce Play Dates Essendon Fields (Ongoing) – It’s not just jumping and rock climbing for kids, enjoy a minibouncer zone exclusive for toddlers (for kids <110 cm in height).
  • Playnastics (Ongoing) – Casual open play sessions using a selection of Preschool Gymnastics equipment and resources, as well as puzzles, blocks and more. ​Read our review here.
  • Toddler and Kids Art Classes (Ongoing) – The Fun In Art’ provides art classes for toddlers and kids where they’re more about the fun of creation and less about the outcome of the artwork.
  • Clocktower Centre Children’s Space (Ongoing) – Parents and carers can sit back and relax with a coffee and a snack from the Clocktower Café while the kids explore the space, watch the trams go by or listen to their favourite book with the interactive Storytime Pod.

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About Joyce Watts

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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