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What’s On in Melbourne – February 2022

Welcome back to the What's On! It's been great to have a break over January and to hear how much you *missed* getting the regular updates with what's on for families :)

To make planning your fun easier, in 2022 we are going to publish a Monthly What’s On. That means you’ll be able to see what’s on in Melbourne today, this weekend as well as look ahead and see what’s happening for the whole month. 

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Babies and toddlers, join dancer Sally Chance and musician Heather Frahn for Dance, Music, Play, an interactive six-week online program presented by Artplay starting in February

Dance, Music, Play invites children and their adults to enjoy carefully-designed sounds, objects and playful environments through Zoom every week. 

Each of the six 45-minute sessions will build on the last, creating familiarity and delight through Heather's original songs and Sally's carefully designed movement games. 

Explore the sounds of the xylophone, rhythm of the cajon drum, original guitar songs and more. Together we'll create a dynamic, imaginative on-screen community, meeting and connecting through movement and dance play, whilst setting aside special time at home together.

Dance, Music, Play sessions are for ages 0-6 months, 6-12 months and 12-18 monthsBook now!

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Melbourne Events February

What's on in Melbourne CBD / Docklands

  • Library on the Lawn (Weekends from Mon 17 Jan – Sun 6 Mar) – 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.
  • Lunar New Year Fed Films (Tue 1 Feb – Sun 6 Feb) – free, outdoor screening of classic Asian films to celebrate the Lunar New Year – Year of the Tiger. 
  • Sustainable Living Festival (Tue 1 Feb – Mon 28 Feb) – join the sustainability movement with a month of workshops, talks, demonstrations, artworks, exhibitions, films and live performances.
  • Backyard Online: Nature and Water Play (Sun 6 Feb) – Use the natural materials found in your home to create a crown and wand, or mix a potion and build unique sculptures.
  • Musical Stories: Introducing Teddy (Thu 10 Feb – Sat 12 Feb) – experience a musical storytime and learn all about the different instruments used in the performance.
  • Trans Pride Concert (Sat 12 Feb) – Three-hour extravaganza, showcasing performers from the trans and gender diverse community in Victoria.
  • Candlelight Concerts Series with Fever (Mon 14 Feb, Fri 18 Feb, & Sat 26 Feb) – See Fed Square transform into an open-air music venue and listen to a series of beautiful music ranging from classical to pop genres.
  • Open Arcade (until Thu 3 Mar) – play one of four digital games outdoors on a big screen. People of all ages and abilities are invited to play.
  • Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition (until 20 Mar) – This unique exhibition recreates one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements – Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel – reproduced photographically and artfully displayed as 34 reproductions on fresco panels.
  • MPavilion (until Sat 24 Apr) – free events including talks, workshops, performances, family-friendly experiences, community projects and installations, and more.
  • The LUME (until Thu 30 Jun) – Immerse yourself in the work of Van Gogh at Australia's digital art gallery.
  • Playdate at the Library (Wed 2 Feb) – Get moving with Happy Feet Fitness at the State Library.
  • Yo CiTY Connect Flix and Chill (Saturdays) – free series of four family-friendly, pop-up picnic-style events happening every Saturday at sunset during February at Argyle Square in Carlton.
  • Lunar New Year at Crown (Sat 29 Jan – Sun 20 Feb) – Zodiac Spectacular and lion dancing performances.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Wed 5 Jan – Wed 6 April ) – 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. Queen Victoria Night Market review.
  • In Your Arms (Wed 23 Feb)- carers and their babies are invitied to connect with nature through a beautiful imaginary world of sound, music, touch and movement.
  • Dance, Music, Play (0 to 6 months) (Tue 22 Feb – Tue 29 Mar) – Join dancer, Sally Chance and musician, Heather Frahn in this interactive ArtPlay program!
  • Dance, Music, Play (6 to 12 months) (Tue 22 Feb – Tue 29 Mar) – enjoy sounds, objects and playful environments carefully designed for the youngest of children.
  • Dance, Music, Play (12 to 18 months) (Fri 25 Feb – Fri 1 Apr) – A six-week online dance and music workshop program especially designed for toddlers.
  • Dance, Music, Play (18 to 24 months) (Fri 25 Feb – Fri 1 Apr) – This workshop will give toddlers the opportunitu to enjoy dance and music through an interactive ArtPlay program.
  • The Gecko and the Mermaid NGV (until Mon 25 Apr) – NGV's summer’s kids exhibition introduces two significant contemporary Yolŋu artists from North-East Arnhem Land to our youngest of visitors.
  • Pond[er] NGV (until Sun 28 Aug) A beautiful architectural installation, replete with a pink pond evocative of Australia’s inland salt lakes, has been selected as the winner of the NGV’s 2021 Architecture Commission in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International.
  • Melbourne Street Eatz (until Mon 25 Apr) – food trucks, games, entertainment open Thursday to Sunday . 
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  • Treasure Hunt (Tue 1 Feb – Mon 28 Feb) – free Augmented Reality outdoor art exhibition.
  • 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. 
  • Summer Nights Drone Show: Docklands (Tue 1 Feb – Sat 5 Feb) See the night sky sparkle this summer as 350 drones light up Docklands to tell stories in the stars.
  • NGV International Lunar New Year 2022 (Sat 5 Feb) – Celebrate the Year of the Tiger through a day full of art, food and music. Kids can also enjoy free art-making activities.
  • Lauren Carney presents MC Mart (until Thu 31 Mar) Have fun exploring this unique supermarket experience, containing hundreds of artworks dedicated to our beautiful city.
  • Kaleidosquare (until Thu 31 Mar) – Mad Hatter’s tea party of curious experiences, a neon-painted multi-dimensional cosmic world, celebrating of all the things that make Victoria unique and wonderful.
  • MSO Free Concerts at the Bowl (Wed 9 Feb, Sat 12 Feb, Sat 19 Feb) – MSO’s annual free concert series. Gates open at 4.30pm, entry is on a first in, best dressed basis.
  • MSO Jams for Juniors Swan Lake (Sat 12 Feb) – Children aged 0-5 and their adults can explore, play and join in at this popular 30-minute musical workshops. MSO Jams for Juniors review
  • Backyard Online: Nature Mandalas (Sun 13 Feb – Sun 27 Feb) – Search for beautiful natural materials throughout your garden, balcony or local park and use them to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind mandala.
  • Earth Children Online: Dreaming (Sat 19 Feb – Sun 20 Feb) – Join the New Ideas Lab via Zoom and explore how humans used this material to build throughout history.
  • Sapce Jam: Toons VS Goons (Until 20 Feb) – fun-filled zones, Looney Tunes photo opportunities, hoops for practicing trick shots, video arcade games, plus loads of interactive basketball tests and challenges.
  • Snuff Puppets: Beasts of Oz (Sun 20 Feb) – Come say hello to Australia’s wild untamed animals: Lyrebird, Frilled-Neck Lizard, Koala, Mozzie, Thylacine and Magpie. But please don't hug the Koala, as it has giant claws!
  • Dragon Boar Lunar New Year Festival (Sun 20 Feb) – While thousands of people cheer on paddlers, others come to enjoy cultural performance, lion dance, family activities and food trucks.
  • Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo (Sat 26 Feb – Sun 27 Feb) – Big brands, Best prices and deals, free talks & workshops plus all the LATEST innovations under one roof.
  • The District Makers Market (Sun 27 Feb) – Enjoy live entertainment and creative, colourful market stalls showcasing art, craft, jewellery, fashion, homewares, gifts and delicious homemade and homegrown produce.
  • 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.
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What's on in Melbourne North / North-East

  • Zoo Summer Cinema (Thu 3 Feb- Sat 12 Mar) – Classic favourites, cult hits, premiere events and new releases are projected against the night sky, all in aid of Melbourne Zoo's important marine wildlife rescue efforts. 
  • Warrandyte Community Market (Sat 5 Feb) – Local, hand made, grown and baked at home with love from the artists, crafters, designers, seamstresses, builders, wood workers, potters, growers, cooks and artisans.
  • World Nutella Day Preston Market (Sat 5 Feb) – Preston Market tenants will be offering some delicious, chocolate drizzled food items. 
  • Burwood Brickworks Lunar New Year Celebration (Sat 5 Feb & Sat 12 Feb) – Art installation, games and a Lion Dance performance throughout the centre, making its way through Eat Street.
  • Lunar New Year Melbourne Zoo (Fri 4 Feb – Sat 6 Feb) – lion dancing, craft and colouring-in.
  • Litter Critter Scavenger Hunt Melbourne Zoo (Mon 7 Feb – Sat 12 Feb) – kids can ‘virtually visit' the habitats of animals that call Melbourne's waterways home through QR codes located around the zoo and learn how they can help protect animals such as the platypus
  • Summer Treasure Hunt at Melbourne Zoo (Mon 7 Feb – Sat 12 Feb) – the Melbourne Zoo is partnering up with Melbourne Water to put on a summer treasure hunt to encourage animal lovers and eco-warriors to learn more about the city's rivers and creeks.
  • Diamond Valley Railway (Sundays) – miniature railway and two adventure playgrounds. Diamond Valley Railway review.
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What's on in Melbourne South / South-East / Bayside

  • Barefoot Cinema St Kilda (Wed 2 Feb – Sat 26 Feb) –  Enjoy food trucks, live music and a fully licensed bar before watching the sun go down and settling in for a feature film on the big screen.
  • Lunar New Year The Glen (Sat 5 Feb) – Lion dance and other activations to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
  • St Kilda Festival (Sat 5 Feb – Sun 13 Feb) – Australia's largest free music festival.
  • Conceptual PlayWorld (Mon 7 Feb – Tue 15 Feb) – Have fun entering an imaginary world specially designed to foster children’s curiosity about STEM concepts.
  • Play and Learn Supported Playgroup (Mon 14 Feb – Mon 28 Mar) – an all-ability inclusive playgroup offering nature play experiences that support cultural identity, creative arts and health and wellbeing.
  • Big Bands Sunsets Festival (Sat 19 Feb, Sat 26 feb) – Melbourne's premier big band festival, featuring performances from local and national swing groups and big bands.
  • Port Play (Sat 26 feb) – bring the family to Kirrip Park for the weekend to enjoy the perfect play-zone filled with colour, dance and fun activities to close out this summer.
  • Bentleigh Sunday Market (Sundays) – plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, books, videos, tools, antiques, crafts, pre-loved goods, and more! Every Sunday. 
  • Frankston Community Market (Sundays) – weekly community market located in the very heart of Frankston, featuring an ever-changing variety of stalls.
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  • Mornington Railway (Sundays) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • Sundown at Healesville Sanctuary (Saturdays 5 – 26 Feb) – Enjoy some fun outdoor entertainments and gather your family for a relaxing picnic style afternoon in a beautiful bushland setting.
  • Gruffalo Trail 2 Ripponlea (Daily) – see characters from The Gruffalo book come to live at Rippon Lea Estate. Gruffalo Trail 2 Ripponlea review
  • Seeing the Invisible (Until Fri 30 Sep) – contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology, is presented in six countries simultaneously with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne as the exclusive Australian locations.
  • The Explorer – Melbourne Gardens (Until Thu 30 Jun) Discover the beauty of this inner-city oasis and enjoy live commentary in the comfort of an open-air minibus.
  • Aboriginal Heritage Walk (Until Thu 30 Jun) Womin Djeka! 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 30 June 2022) Set your young ones on an adventure exploring nature with our Seek and Find Nature Cards to be used at Melbourne Gardens or download the cards and go exploring in your own neighbourhood.
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  • Moonlight Cinema Melbourne (Until Sun 27 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.
  • Sonica Botanica: Stories & Sounds from the Gardens (Until 30 Jun) – Immerse yourself in intertwining stories, atmospheric music and mesmerising sounds of the natural environment in Sonica Botanica, created by Melbourne sound artist Patrick Cronin.
  • Secret Life of Birds (Sat 12 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.
  • ClimateWatch Walk at Melbourne Gardens (Wed 9 Feb, Sun 27 Feb) – Join our ClimateWatch advocates on this free guided walk to monitor biodiversity at Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens.   
  • Punting on the Lake (Daily) – take a serene cruise around the islands of the picturesque Ornamental Lake in Melbourne’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • Camberwell Sunday Market (Every Sunday) – secondhand retro, vintage, antique, fashion and collectible goods you just can't find anywhere else
  • Bumblebee Market Berwick (Sun 6 Feb) – pre loved, handmade, and new goods at reasonable prices.
  • Frankston Waterfront Festival (Sat 19 Feb – Sun 20 Feb) – Relax on the lawn while you enjoy live music, and fuel your weekend of fun with delicious cuisine from some of Victoria’s best food trucks. Shop till you drop at the market stalls then grab a friend and brave one of the many rides and amusements on offer.
  • Billilla Garden Party – Join in on this old-fashioned Garden Party and enjoy vintage lawn games, roving entertainers, face-painting, storytelling, sweet treats and more.
  • The 5ifth Market (Sat 29 Jan) – Gourmet Food & Drink Trucks, Live Music & Quality Local Makers Stalls including, Fashion, Homewares, Art, & lots more.
  • Ventana Frankston (Until Thu 31 Mar) – bringing the colourful Latin America, Iberian, Italian and Caribbean cultures and communities to The Waterfront Festival!
  • Melbourne Cable Park Summer Movies (Until Sun 27 Mar) – get down to the Melbourne Cable Park to listen to live music from local artists and watch your favourite films.
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What's on in Melbourne East

  • Summer in the Park (Sat 5 Feb – Sun 6 Mar) – Boroondara Arts’ Summer in the Park series of free outdoor events across February and March. Burgers, sweet treats and coffee available.
  • Heide Makers Market (Sat 12 Feb) – eclectic mix of art, design and handcrafted goods.
  • Belgrave Big Dreams Market (Sun 13 Feb) – 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.
  • Box Hill Miniature Railway (Sun 20 Feb) – Every 3rd Sunday the ride this wonderful Miniature Railway, the track winds through the picturesque surrounds of Elgar Park. Box Hill Miniature Railway Review
  • Float Yarra (Sat 26 Feb) – starts besides Hawthorn Rowing Club, taking in the unsung beauty of the Yarra River and featuring amazing view of the CBD skyline.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Alowyn Gardens (Sun 17 Feb) – An outdoor performance by the Australian Contemporary Opera Co. about the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
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What's on in Melbourne West

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  • Altona Homestead Devonshire Tea (Sun 6 Feb ) – historical homestead is open every 1st Sunday for Devonshire Tea.
  • Fulldome Flicks Scienceworks (Sundays in Feb) – Presenting the most immersive ‘fulldome’ movies from all around the world, the entire family will be delighted, enchanted, and mesmerised by a cinema experience that wraps all around you.
  • Little Kids Week In Scienceworks (Mon 31 Jan – Fri 4 Feb) – Scienceworks is turning 30, and we want to celebrate with our youngest visitors. This will be a chance for little ones to boogie, bop, and build, without all the big kids around.
  • Toddler Art Footscray Arts Centre (Tuesdays) – Our explorers get a chance to experiment with paint and colour mixing, and investigate different textures and layers. They get to use their little hands and feet to investigate the importance of touch and feel.
  • Toddler Jam Footscray Arts Centre (Thursdays) – Each class involves a mixture of percussion, singing, dancing, story-time and mindfulness.
  • Hip Hop Freestyle Footscray Community Arts (Saturdays) – These free, fun and upbeat dance classes will have a strong focus on hip hop foundations (groove, bounce, rock, and party moves), dance culture, and improvisation techniques to encourage young people’s self-expression in an inclusive environment. 
  • A taste of Melton South (Sat 5 Feb) – Join us to celebrate with local businesses, the recently completed shopfront renewals and enjoy enjoy free food from traders, live music and activities for kids. 
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  • Eynesbury Summer Festival (Until Thu 31 Mar) – From a recurring food truck festival to al fresco dining galore and even a man-made beach. 
  • Midsumma Westside (Until 13 Feb) – Australia's premier queer arts and cultural festival with events in the west.
  • Park Lounge Werribee (Sat 12 Feb) – music, performance, and dance to entertain you as the great Western sunset descends revealing a rainbow like no other!
  • A Taste of Scott Street (Sat 12 Feb) – celebrate local businesses, the recently completed shopfront renewals and enjoy enjoy free food from traders, live music and activities for kids. 
  • Nightjar Festival Geelong (Mondays) – Central Geelong will be activated with musicians, street performers, food from around the world, emerging designers, a bar and a children's area.
  • Essendon Traffic School (Sat 9 Feb) – 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. Full review.
  • Bulla Hill Railway (Sun 20 Feb) – Every 1st and 3rd Sunday the ride this the dinosaur trail on the miniature railway. Bulla Hill Miniature Railway Review
  • Kensington Market (Sun 20 Feb) – eclectic mix of fresh produce, designer fashion, jewellery and visual art creations, vintage, retro and antiques.
  • Summer in the Valley (Sun 20 Feb – Sun 27 Mar) – Enjoy a range of free community events celebrating all that Moonee Valley has to offer!
  • National Raspberry Drop Day (Tue 22 Feb) – Celebrate the most delicious day of the year by visiting Brown's Confectionery Factory at Sovereign Hill. First 100 visitors get a FREE bag of Raspberry Drops!
  • LIT (Fri 25 Feb – Sun 6 Mar) – See Wyndham Park in Werribee City Centre become a glowing wonderland at this free immersive experience presented by Wyndham City.
  • Bloomville (until Mon 28 Feb) – snap a selfie at a rainbow-coloured pop up installation experience at Woodlea. Bloomville review.
  • One Hour Day Sails (Until May 2022) – sail from five locations in Port Phillip Bay and occasionally in other ports along the southeastern coast of Australia.
  • The Village Bump & Beyond Expo (Sun 27th Feb) – a day all about pregnancy, babies and parenthood, plus chances to meet and buy from more than 25 local brands who provide some of the best baby products and services.
  • Pick your own Sunflowers – bring your family or friends and pick some of the most beautiful sunflowers!
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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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