Did I hear you say EXTRA-LONG LONG WEEKEND!
While I’m not a horse-racing fan I am a fan of a quasi 4-day long weekend in Spring! Here’s a list of all the amazing activities and events happening this week in Melbourne for families.
As for me, I’ll be hanging out with the crew at The Lost Lands festival this weekend at Werribee Mansion. Look out for all the action on my Facebook and Instagram…and if you’re there too come and say hi!
WHAT’S ON IN MELBOURNE – CBD/DOCKLANDS
- MPavilion (Fri 2 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 3 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.
- Victorian Festival of Diwali (Sat 3 Nov) – Indian cinema, Bollywood dances, craft and dance workshops, traditional henna painting, the Diwali Wish pavilion, the beat of Indian and African drums, a bustling multicultural bazaar, delectable Indian cuisines and a brilliant fireworks display on the Yarra.
- Dock Eco: Recycled Crafting (Sat 3 Nov) – Recycle waste, clothes, cardboard, paper and other items to make decorative pieces, pot plants, festive ideas, crafts and presents in this workshop.
- Diwali SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium (Sat 3 Nov – Wed 7 Nov) – join the annual celebration of Diwali at SEA LIFE Melbourne this November by choosing between three different styles of Henna hand painting. Full review.
- Camp Creepy Playtime (Sun 4 Nov) – trick or treat hunt, dress up competition, ghost vortex, lollies, prizes and more.
- ACMI’s Family Sundays (Sun 4 Nov) – day for families to come together and interact with screen culture in all its forms with different theme each month. Celebrate 90 years with the true original, Disney’s Mickey Mouse. Full review.
- Polly Woodside Pirate Day (Sun 4 Nov) -Dress as a pirate and come help us search for hidden treasure, join in on the pirate games and even scrub the decks! Full review.
- Under 8s Ice Fun (Sun 4 Nov) – unique toddler experience in shoes or skates.
- HWKR Sunday Funday (Sun 4 Nov) – enjoy hawker style lunch with free kids activities and entertainment.
- Kids Oktoberfest Munich Brauhaus (Sun 4 Nov) – every Sunday kids eat for free, face painter and activity packs.
- Creative Kids Club Diwali Lamp (Wed 7 Nov) – Celebrate Diwali at Creative Kids Club by making a clay lamp or Diya.
- 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.
WHAT’S ON IN MELBOURNE – NORTH / NORTH-EAST
- Oak Park Leisure Centre open (Thu 1 Nov) – waterslides, pools, classes and more.
- Living Traditions Festival (Fri 2 Nov) – intercultural celebration of the stories, food and dance traditions in North Melbourne.
- Corroborree Fridays Melbourne Zoo (Fri 2 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 2 Nov – 30 Nov) – a world-first immersive photographic exhibition looking at wildlife through images from 130 years of National Geographic magazine.
- Hume Diwali Mela (Sat 3 Nov) – market stalls, henna, face painting, fireworks.
- Bundoora Park Farmers Market (Sat 3 Nov) – fresh produce at Bundoora Park with awesome playground and Bundoora Park Farm.
- Tread Sculptures Open Day (Sat 3 Nov- Sun 4 Nov) – upcycled sculpture trail showcasing metal art.
- Makers and Painters Market North Melbourne (Sat 3 Nov – Sun 4 Nov) – over 40 unique artisan stalls, specialist workshops,demonstrations, a cafe and street food.
- Diamond Valley Railway (Sun 4 Nov) – miniature railway and two adventure playgrounds. Full review.
- Sundays Fun Day Preston Market (Sun 4 Nov) – free drop in activities every Sunday.
- Collingwood Children’s Farm Family Day (Sun 4 Nov) – free pony rides, tractor rides and guinea pig cuddles and BBQ lunch.
WHAT’S ON IN MELBOURNE – SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE
- Spooktober St Kilda Town Hall (Thu 1 Nov – Sun 4 Nov) –free entry on festival grounds, family-friendly haunt for kids 6+ years and two haunts for mature audiences. Full review.
- Melbourne Eat Streets Highett (Fri 2 Nov – Tue 6 Nov) – 6 day festival will have a rotating line-up of the greatest restaurants on wheels
- Cook It with Dad Clyde North (Sat 3 Nov) – program is an opportunity for fathers and children to experience cooking together.
- Dads Space St Kilda (Sat 3 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 3 Nov) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.
- From Nature Gasworks Arts Park (Sat 3 Nov – Sun 11 Nov) – free exhibition From Nature showcases living sculptures and organic land artwork, transforming parkland into an outdoor open-air gallery.
- Moorabin Miniature Railway (Sun 4 Nov) – miniature steam trail rides and playground next door. Full review.
- Camelot Traffic School (Sun 4 Nov) – mini road set up for kids with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights. Full review.
- Mornington Railway (Sun 4 Nov) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
- Diwali Festival Dandenong Market (Sun 4 Nov) – enjoy traditional live music and Bollywood-inspired performances, a delicious array of food trucks and stalls and traditional Indian customs including sari wrapping and henna hand painting.
WHAT’S ON IN MELBOURNE – EAST
- SSTM Diwali Festival Mela Boronia (Sat 3 Nov) – music and breathtaking classical folk-dance performances, family-friendly craft activities, henna art, rides for kids and delicious authentic food from India and beyond.
- Hop Fest Healesville Sanctuary (Sat 3 Nov – Tue 6 Nov) – craft beer, food stalls, live music and more!
- Yarra Valley Railway (Sun 4 Nov) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Full review.
- Wallaby Wednesdays Healesville Sanctuary (Wed 7 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 8 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.
WHAT’S ON IN MELBOURNE – WEST
- Melton Food Truck Park (Fri 2 Nov) – monthly food truck park on the first Friday of the month at Navan Park.
- Essendon Traffic School (Sat 3 Nov) – mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years, complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights. Full review.
- Atherstone Twilight Market (Sat 3 Nov) – Quality Stalls + Food trucks.
- The Lost Lands Werribee (Sat 3 Nov – Sun 4 Nov) – family friendly music festival in picturesque Werribee Park.
- Altona Homestead Devonshire Tea (Sun 4 Nov) – historical homestead is open every 1st Sunday for Devonshire Tea.
- Open Day Explosives Reserve (Sun 4 Nov) – guided tour will show you the remnants of the Explosives Reserve and how the reserve is managed presently.
- Mad Hatters High Tea Overnewton Castle (Sun 4 Nov) – Alice in Wonderland themed high tea. Full review.
- Strawberry Forest (Sun 4 Nov) – vertical strawberry picking every Sunday. Full review.
- Mini Zoo Keepers Werribee Zoo (Thu 8 Nov) – Children aged 2-5 years and their adults can go on an intimate guided tour with a Zookeeper to help look after some of the special animals in the zoo.
- Toddler Thursdays Werribee Zoo (Thu 8 Nov) – Toddler Thursdays brings the African Village to life with activities like face painting, crafts, hair braiding, music, and more.
- Toddler Circus Footscray (Thu 8 Nov) – circus class for 18 month -5 year olds. Full review.