Lost Picnic Melbourne - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones headed to the first Lost Picnic Melbourne earlier this month while Lost Picnic Sydney returned to the Domain the following week. Lost Picnic is the ultimate outdoor live music event celebrating Spring, music, food and performance along with specially curated entertainment fun activities and lots of food options too to keep the whole family happy! Thank you Kate for the gorgeous pics. To follow Kate and her little ones’ adventures, head to their Insta page @kateflatman.

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The event lineup for Lost Picnic Melbourne consisted of Tash Sultana, Meg Mac, Marlon Williams, Odette, Big Words and Hot Potato Band. Many music lovers brought a picnic along and settled back until late in the night enjoying the bands and the activities throughout the day.

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Families were treated to some very specially curated activities, performances and entertainment under and nearby the Dreaming Space where Kate and her little circus fans spent most of the day while listening to the music in the background.

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The Circus Playground was a fantastic drop in area where kids and adults were invited to discover the magic of circus play. Kate’s little ones learned how to use a hula hoop, how to spin plates, to learn poi and master the diablo.

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Kids were also spoilt with special performances by Nylon Zoo who offered a variety of mostly magical, holographically hilarious, surprising and amazing interactive performances in and around an inflatable magic whale.

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Krazy Koala performed his catchy songs and crazy puppet dance moves and Kazaam the Magician created wonder and mystery with humour and intrigue in his show.

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Fizzics Science outdid themselves with a big science show which blew the kids' and adults’ minds.

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There were also face painting, lawn games and roaming artists to keep the kids entertained.

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Kate and her family truly had the best time at Lost Picnic Melbourne, they loved listening to the bands on stage, joining in the kids entertainment and relaxing on the lawn with delicious food and drinks too. Bring on Lost Picnic 2019!

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Busy City Kids were invited to Lost Picnic Melbourne for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking were self funded.

For more information about Lost Picnic and to keep up-to-date, head to their website.

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Play World Australia - Sydney - Review

Before the school holidays, we headed to Play World Australia, a NEW two day event where kids were invited to play, touch, laugh, sing, dance, have fun and more! Being in its first year, it was hard to conceptualise how Play World Australia would look like and the type of event it would be so we were pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be an awesome event with so much to do we could have stayed there the whole day! Little Miss sure didn’t want to leave and my memory card headed towards the 300 photos when I left, they was so much to cover - ha!

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Our first stop was the Nintendo stand with our favourite console the Nintendo Switch on display with kids embracing its technology and the Nintendo Labo components.

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There were more display of gaming consoles at the Star Link and Just Dance stands which visitors loved to test out.

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Young children loved the PJ Masks and Peppa Pig sections which offered free colouring and face painting which was very popular! The Foxtel Kids stand had meet & greets of children favourite tv characters.

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The Disney stand was gorgeous with lots of arts & crafts tables for kids to enjoy and a cool Coco mural to add to. Little Miss loved this section and we stayed there for a bit creating some headpieces, colouring in and creating some artwork.

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The Spotlight section was very popular too with little Miss and other kids were given free materials to create their very own slime and decorate it with all sorts of glitter, objects etc. Kids were then invited to be on their own YouTube video showing off their slime creation. There was also a cool Goblies section where they could throw little paint balls at walls.

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We love Wannabees indoor play centres so little Miss was in her element at their popup supermarket, fashion shop, hospital and petting zoo.

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Some kids embraced their inner Jedi at the Jedi Experience section where they were trained by Jedi masters and used training lightsabers. Others embraced teamwork by taking off Nerf challenges.

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There were various stands such as the Hot Wheels, Ben 10, our favourite Osmo and many more including the Taronga Zoo stand and a Virtual Reality VR stand showcasing their products.

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Play World Australia also had great shows on the Main Stage with comedians, magicians, presenters, DJs and more entertaining families as well as cool dance, arts & crafts and science workshops in the Workshop areas.

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Little kids were also invited to have fun with a special Toddler Town, Lego play area, Dino Dig area, reading nook as well as garden games overlooking the cool Transformers stand with Silent Disco.

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There was also a whole wall of arts & crafts for kids to do (little Miss was there for ages) and the popular Balloon Twister Con who made little Miss an amazing caterpillar. There were also various food and drinks stand for refreshments and a toy shop.

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We loved our time at Play World Australia, it was such a fun event with so much to do, learn from and explore. The event was so grand, it needed its own map so that we could find everything! We cannot wait to go again next year!

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For more information on Play World Australia and next year’s event, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to Play World Australia for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Auburn Japanese Garden - Auburn - Sydney - Review

Last month, I took a trip to Auburn and visited the Auburn Japanese Garden part of the Auburn Botanic Gardens the day before the Cherry Blossom Festival. Update 14 Sep 2018: the main cherry blossoms have come to an end for this year however there will be flowering peaches and apples displaying blossoms over the next month throughout the gardens.

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The Japanese Garden consists of a traditional rock garden, a traditional Torii gate at the entrance and another rock entrance to the lake.

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The cherry blossoms did not disappoint and many visitors on the day were in love with them, I may have taken 50+ photos of them and the bees wondering through the blossoms ha!

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After admiring the cherry blossoms, I made my way to the main garden where a Guzei traditional red Japanese bridge stands but was stopped in my tracks by a beautiful peacock wondering the gardens with a couple of others.

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The main feature of the garden is the center lake. As there are no fencing around the lake, extra care is to be taken when taking children. I went solo that day but can imagine my youngest son was trying hard to give me heart attacks but I saw many children there that day, families enjoying the garden together and walking on steps on the water.

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It is not a very large garden but nonetheless a well designed and maintained garden that families and friends can enjoy. I did find myself sitting by the water and taking in the relaxing atmosphere.

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The Auburn Japanese Garden is a must visit if you enjoy the cherry blossom but do check-in with the garden before you go to make sure the blossoms are still blooming.

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The Auburn Japanese Garden is located at 98 Chiswick Road in Auburn.

Our tips:

  • The Japanese Garden is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm

  • There are toilets located outside the garden

  • There is free parking onsite however it is very limited at times

  • Entry to the garden is generally $4 during Cherry Blossom time but at times entry is free

  • There are picnic spots outside the garden with playgrounds

  • Bring your camera of course

  • Bring some snacks, water and a picnic if you want to make this a day experience as there is no café onside and not a great deal around either

For more information about the Auburn Japanese Garden in Auburn, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.


Play World Australia - Sydney - Info

Play World Australia is a brand new, large scale event designed by kids, for kids! Children will be encouraged to make-believe, imagine, play, touch, create, laugh & explore their world, their way at Play World. Play World is taking over the ICC in Darling Harbour these September school holidays, offering kids and their parents the best school holiday day out ever!

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Aimed at kids aged 4 to 12 years, Play World is a promise to kids, to create a high energy, engaging, interactive and most importantly, fun event experience unlike anything Australia has seen before.

From Star Wars Jedi training to slime DIY, coding workshops to car racing, and Nintendo Switch battles to ultimate Nerf Wars, Play World has something for every kid.

Hosted by the ‘super fun’ YouTuber and TV personality, Elly Awesome, the Main Stage will be graced with exciting special guests, cool ‘how to’ sessions and epic performances from some of Aussie kids’ favourite influencers and performers.

Play World’s Marketing Manager, Laura Blagys promises, “With leading children’s brands like Nintendo, Peppa Pig, Hasbro, Star Wars, Foxtel and Spotlight all on board, Play World will see the leaders in toy creation and kids entertainment pull off the most immersive children’s event Australia has ever seen.”

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Play World Australia will be held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney's Darling Harbour from the Saturday 29th September to the 30th of September from 9am to 5pm both days. Tickets range from Free entry for kids 3 and under, $19.95 for kids 4 to 12 years (or $30 at the door) and $24.95 for kids 13 and over including adults (or $35 at the door) so book ahead online.

On the same weekend, Oz Comic-Con is on too - back for another awesome event! This year's event will feature exciting multi-genre content from across the spectrum – appearances by film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors; gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions; creative workshops and master classes; and hard-to-find, exclusive merchandise from vendors. Oz Comic-Con proudly supports local Australian talent and businesses in many areas, providing a platform to showcase Australian creativity and endeavours. Tickets range from Child single day pass $20 (or $25 at the door) or Adult single day pass $35 (or $45 at the door) so book ahead online. Two day passes as well as a combined Play World and Oz Comic-Con ticket is available for purchase online before the events!

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For more information about Play World, head to their website. For more information about Oz Comic-Con, head to their website.

For more Sydney School Holiday ideas, checkout our School Holidays Spots.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival 2018 - Melbourne - Info

Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival as it returns for its ninth year this year with a program packed full of intimate performances, workshops and unique activities to ignite your child’s imagination.

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Running from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 13 July across Stonnington with the Festival Hub activated at Chapel Off Chapel from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th of July.

The Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival has a curated diverse program with some of Australia’s most renowned performers at the Festival Hub all within the accessible price point of $15 and with plenty of free events also on offer.

The Festival Hub will feature Anna Lumb in Super Amazing Giant Girl, an hilarious action packed and interactive parable exploring the challenges of fitting in when you’re a Super Amazing Giant! The award winning company Asking For Trouble with FoRT, a fun and playful physical theatre show that inspires creative play with everyday objects.

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The timeless and much loved fairy tale Cinderella presented by Victorian State Ballet and, back by popular demand, the internationally acclaimed Trash Test Dummies with their electrifying new production Splash Test Dummies, full of laughs and plenty of surprises, this world-class troupe will display a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the sidE splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous.

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Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

Candy Bowers, the 2018 winner of the Geoffrey Milne Outstanding Contribution Award will be leading a Rap Workshop designed to inspire aspiring young rappers and beatboxers. Kids can try their hand at juggling, plate spinning, hula hooping and more with The National Institute of Circus Arts, or take the Roola Boola Magic Class with master magician Lee Cohen.

For the crafty ones in the family, book in the special craft activities on offer! Make and take home a Comic Book, design a Flower Crown, or get involved with the unique one on one experience of I See You Like This, where children use their parent's face as their canvas, to make a portrait with objects and materials before capturing their image on their parent's smart phone. Plus a surprise pop up performance from Cirque Du Soleil clown Cameron Taylor with Pisca.

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For more information or to buy tickets, head to the Roola Boola Children's Art Festival website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights 2018 - Info

The Sovereign Hill's Winter Wonderlights event is back on again this year to celebrate Christmas in July from Saturday 30th of June to Sunday 22nd of July 2018. Kate and Kel loved visiting the Winter Wonderlights the past two years and will be popping over to Sovereign Hill again this year gumboots, ski gear and all!

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More than 100,000 visitors enjoyed the event in 2017, and with large crowds expected again this year, Wonderlight-goers are encouraged to pre-book to avoid missing out on their chance to rug up and take in the spectacle! Sovereign Hill will shine brighter with an expanded footprint and more light projections than ever before, bring the total to 25 dazzling buildings. As the sound of carolers echo throughout the township, and anticipation of snowfall fills the air, visitors will be swept up in the excitement of a special European-style Christmas.

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Featuring two additional building facades lit up with festive yuletide animations, and over 15km of fairy lights throughout Sovereign Hill’s garden, the entire township will come alive in what is the largest light projection spectacle ever staged in one site anywhere in Australia.

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During the day, Sovereign Hill will evoke a sense of old-world wonder. Visitors can take a stroll down Main Street as faux snow-flakes fall at regular intervals over the Victorian-style buildings, decorations fill the window displays, the smell of Christmas treats and spices fill the air, and traditional Christmas-themed pantomimes are performed.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Visitors will also delight in the European Christmas market where they can purchase enchanting decorations, or try some traditional treats including a steaming cup of mulled wine, or Sovereign Hill’s famous toffee apples.

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Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July event will be on from Saturday 30th June to Sunday 22nd July 2018 from 10am daily. The ‘Winter Wonderlights’ show will start each evening after 5.45pm. Sovereign Hill is on Bradshaw Street in Ballarat. Ticket prices vary: Adults $61.00, Children (5-15) $27.60, Concession ($48.80), Family ($154.00) and Single Family ($110.00). Kids under 5 Free.

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Before you head to Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights this July, checkout past reviews and clever tips from Kel in 2016 (via this link) and Kate in 2017 (via this link)

For more information and tickets, head to the Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Tesselaar’s KaBloom - Festival of Flowers - Review - Melbourne

Kate and her little ones were really excited to head to Tesselaar's new festival of flowers this year - KaBloom. What a beautiful place to visit and a great idea to combine children's activities and shows in such a fantastic setting. Checkout Kate's review, gorgeous photos and tips before you head to Kabloom this year. Busy City Kids were invited to attend KaBloom for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and fee paying activities were self funded. Thanks Kate for the review xo Catherine
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When we heard that Tesselaar were having a new flower festival in Autumn, we were very excited! We absolutely loved visiting the Tesselaar Tulip Festival in 2016 (you can read our review of that event here) so we couldn't wait to see this new and colourful festival of flowers.

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Tesselaar’s KaBloom Festival builds on the history and blooming bonanza in autumn, showcasing over 130,000 plants across 140 garden beds.  Held on Tesselaar’s flower farm in the magical Dandenong Ranges with breathtaking views - and selfie opportunities abound - KaBloom is an explosion of colour in nature, with over 1.2 million flowers in bloom across five acres of garden.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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We timed our visit to KaBloom to coincide with Family Fun Days (Tues 3rd - Fri 6th & Mon 9th - Fri 13th April) with free entry for all children plus extra kid-friendly activities and a host of children’s entertainers. 

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Here is a list of our highlights:

  • Tractor Rides

Departing from Tulip Station, a ride in a carriage behind a shiny red tractor was definitely one of the poppets favourite things about the day.  They loved travelling through the colourful fields and spotting different things that they could see.  Tractor rides are perfect for those who don't wish to walk to the bottom of the fields too. $5pp/$15 family of 4.

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  • Flower Maze

Get lost amongst the petunias in this gorgeous flower maze which is ideal for children.  Due to restricted access to the main garden beds this year, the maze offers a fantastic opportunity for little ones to get amongst the flowers. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Face Painting

Visit the face painting tent and choose from a huge selection of face painting designs. We left with a scary tiger and a sparkly bunny.  Super cute! $10pp

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Story Telling

Join Tesselaar’s resident fairy in the fairy garden for a special story time.  Little ones will love hearing her tales of meeting the Easter Bunny and throwing special fairy dust into the wishing well.  Be sure to play in the cubby houses and look out for the secret fairy doors in the gnome garden.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

* Petting Zoo

Animals on the Move petting zoo always offer a fantastic interactive environment for children. You can cuddle a bunny or guinea pig, feed a pig, pat a cow or do as Master Arlo did and kiss a goat!  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Live Entertainment

There is fantastic, live family entertainment on every day during Family Fun Days including Ruby Ray & The Funky Monkeys, The Kazoos, Ruccis Circus and The Trash Test Dummies.  The poppets enjoyed participating in a fun and interactive African drumming workshop with the team from Full Circle Drumming.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

KaBloom is a fantastic addition to the Tesselaar’s calendar and an absolutely magical place that is perfect to experience with your family.  Whether you just wander amongst the gardens and soak in the beauty of the grounds or if you want to enjoy the additional themed activities, attractions and live music on offer during the rest of the season, I highly recommend you visiting Tesselaar’s KaBloom Festival.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Don’t forget your camera!
  • No matter what the weather forecast, pack gumboots (as it’s quite muddy underfoot close to the fields), a change of clothes for the little ones + a hat and sunscreen!
  • Pre-purchase your tickets online to avoid the queues.  Make sure you print them off at home as mobile tickets will not be accepted.
  • Bring extra cash as some of the activities incur a small fee.
  • This event is pram friendly, however I wouldn't recommend taking your pram into the fields but there is ample pram parking available around the grounds. The farm is on a bit of a slope, so be sure to hold on tight and use the break when parked!
  • There is a designated baby change and feeding area opposite the information centre.
  • Bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens or in one of the many designated picnic areas. There is a large range of food options at festival prices available on site.  On the day we visited we didn’t encounter any queues, however with such a delicious selection you may encounter long queues during busy times.
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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

KaBloom is on from March 30th to April 15th 2018. Open every day during the festival from 10am – 5pm, entry: adults $25, concession $22 and children under 16 free. Some activities require pre booking and additional costs like tractor rides and face painting. For more info or tickets, head to the KaBloom website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

KaBloom Festival of Flowers - Tesselaar - Info - Melbourne

Celebrate the carnival of colour at Tesselaar’s new KaBloom - Festival of Flowers from March 30th to April 15th 2018. Held on Tesselaar’s flower farm in the magical Dandenong Ranges, KaBloom will be an explosion of colour in nature, with waves of over 1.2 million flowers in bloom across five acres of garden. Wow that's a lot of flowers for the kids to count - haha!

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Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Festivities begin with the delicious Chocomania weekend (March 30 – April 2), with a visit from the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts and live entertainment daily with Cheek to Cheek and the Tracey Roberts Trio.

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Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Run over two weeks, the Family Fun Days (3-6 April and 9-13 April) kick off with daily shows from The Mik Maks, Bethany Fisher and Full Circle Drumming Workshops (first week) and The Kazoos, Trash Test Dummies and Ruccis Circus School (second week). Treasure hunts, petting zoo and giant garden games will keep the little ones entertained all day.

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Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

KaBloom also brings colour to a new level during Colourific Weekend (14-15 April). Browse the annual Garden & Plant Expo and enjoy live entertainment from Fused and Bollywood dancers The Naach Box. If that’s too tame you can join in on our Colour War, but make sure you wear white for maximum impact!

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Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

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Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Live entertainment daily, delicious international and local food and children’s activities galore all contribute to this brand new carnival of colour. Photos below were taken last week - how beautiful are all those blooms!

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Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

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Photo credit: KaBloom Festival

Open every day during the festival from 10am – 5pm, entry: adults $25, concession $22 and children under 16 free. Some activities require pre booking and additional costs like tractor rides and face painting. For more info or tickets, head to the KaBloom website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

NGV Triennial - Review - Melbourne

The NGV Triennial has arrived at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This free and exclusive unprecedented and large-scale exhibition of international art, design and architecture is now on and it's epic! It showcases major works by more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries across all four levels of NGV International. Thank you Kel from Melbourne Minor for these epic photos!
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Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Artist Xu Zhen explores Buddhist aspects of his own cultural heritage and various traditional depictions of the Buddha with a 15.8m long replica of a reclining Buddha sculpture on which he places 3D scanned and cast replicas of classical Greco-Roman, Renaissance and Neoclassical sculptures in order to break down cultural boundaries and promote cross-cultural understanding.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Your little ones will love We Make Carpets from The Netherlands. In an Australian premiere, Dutch art collective We Make Carpets has created a spectacular exhibition for children and families in which the floors and walls of the children’s gallery will be covered in vividly colourful murals created with household objects, including kitchen sponges, Velcro squares, pegs, pool noodles and coloured rope.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Visitors are also encouraged to add to the kaleidoscopic patterns by adding objects directly to the walls and floors of the gallery. Something tells me the kids will spend hours there!

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Yayoi Kusama's NEW participatory work invites visitors to completely cover a purpose-built apartment with 3D flowers and flower stickers! We love Yayoi Kusama's obliteration concept and this exhibit is so much fun!

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Shift your perception of space in Pae White’s boundary-pushing installation. Love this colourful installation!

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

teamLab's interactive and immersive installation from this famous Japanese ‘ultratechnologist’ design collective has created a ‘vortex’ using a digital floor which responds as water would to the audience’s presence and movement.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Ron Mueck’s world-premiere installation, Mass, 2016-17 is one of twenty large-scale new artworks that have been especially commissioned by the NGV for this exhibition. Reminiscent of the catacombs in Paris, the awe-inspiring work by one of Australia’s leading sculptors has been generously supported by the Felton Bequest. The 100 hand-cast skulls, each measure 1.5m and collectively weigh approximately 5 tonnes!

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Alexandra Kehayoglou's monumental 46m2 carpet landscape titled Santa Cruz River impressively documents one of Argentina’s most contested landscapes. Take your shoes off and walk on Alexandra's beautiful landscape and don't forget to look up.

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Don't forget to pop in the NGV Garden and checkout the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission: Entitled Garden Wall by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects. The elegantly-designed structure comprises over 260 white walls clad in transparent woven mesh, which offer visitors the opportunity to rediscover NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden. How cute is this pic from Melbourne Minor, love it!

 Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

The NGV Triennial will be on display at NGV International from Friday 15th December 2017 to Sunday 15th April 2018. Entry is FREE.

For more information regarding the NGV Triennial, head to the NGV's dedicated website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Summer School Holidays 2017 - Sydney

Summer School Holidays are coming up in Sydney, here's our lineup of Activities and Events - let's do this!

 Photo credit: @busycitykids - Future Park

Photo credit: @busycitykids - Future Park

  • Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab at the Museum of Sydney. Immerse yourself in the alphabetical world of Alphabetical Sydney. Kids can explore the wonders of our beautiful city from A to Z. Read our review here.

  • Arctic voices at Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) takes families on a fascinating journey to the Arctic in this new interactive exhibition opening on Thursday 14th of December. Be sure to checkout the various school holiday activities taking place too at the ANMM. Read our review here.
     
  • Brickman Awesome at the ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Brickman Awesome will be made up of 38 never-seen-before LEGO® models, totalling more than 1.5 million bricks and clocking up more than 4,500 hours of build-time! It will also showcase the only life-sized LEGO® Harley Davidson ever made, the largest ever LEGO® Caterpillar 797 dump truck and a full-sized LEGO® Australian saltwater crocodile, weighing over 60kgs and built using more than 40,000 LEGO® bricks! Read our info post here.
     
  • Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden at Centennial Parklands opened late October. The garden is a special place for children and their families, a beautiful little oasis amongst Centennial Parklands with a beautiful garden, a treehouse with slide, bamboo forest, mounds and a water play area. Read our review here.

  • Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park at Powerhouse Museum is the latest exhibition by Japanese art collective teamLab. Featuring eight interactive light installations never seen in Australia, Future Park is exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum. Read our info post here.
     
  • Mammoths at Australian Museum. Rule out myths, learn new facts and get up close to the world's most intact 42,000 year old baby wooly mammoth! This interactive exhibition will have your little ones wrestling with mammoths, touch mammoth fur, tusks and walk past life size replicas of mammoths and so much more! Checkout the awesome school holiday activities coming up at the Australian Museum too! Read our review here.
     
  • Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean at MCA. Pipilotti's vivid projections explore the relationship between nature, the body and technology and takes you outside of your comfort zone with rooms of hi fi projections. Lay down on beds to view projections, walk through the Instagrammable Pixel Forest and moreRead our review here.

  • Tiger Trek at Taronga Zoo is a great experience to see critically endangered Sumatran Tigers face-to-face. Read our review here.

  • Titanic The Exhibition at Moore Park. See the world’s largest and most comprehensive touring exhibition with 10 new exhibits including a Titanic VIRTUAL REALITY experience that lets you dive to the wreck, new artefacts and a new learning gallery! Must close in February. Read our info post here.

  • Wind in the Willows at Royal Botanic Garden continues its well-loved summer tradition returning to the beautiful surrounds of the Royal Botanic Garden from Friday 5th to Sunday 28th of January 2018Read our info post here

Also checkout these great places in July ... entertain them for hours to avoid cabin fever!

  • The Penguin Expedition at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium - Visitors are invited to see a colony of King and Gentoo Penguins up close onboard a little raft. It is the first of its kind and the experience is included in your entry ticket when you visit the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.
    Read our review here.
     
  • Wiggles Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum - A revamp of the old space, the Wiggles Exhibition is sure to entertain your little ones these holidays and it's here to stay and part of your Powerhouse ticket! Wiggles' favourite characters Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword remain part of the exhibition however profiles of latest members Lachy, Emma and Simon along with some of their precious items and new interactive activities have been added to the new exhibition. Read our review here.
     
  • The Room of Lucky Charms at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). A NEW contemporary art installation featuring 600 soft sculptural good luck charms opened recently at the MCA and we love it! Room of Lucky Charms (2017) is a multi-sensory work created by Melbourne-based artist Kate Beynon for the sixth annual Bella Room Commission. Read more info here.
     
  • Our Top 5 things to do at the Australian Museum - The Australian Museum is always a great place for babies, toddlers, their parents and carers. There's always a new exhibition on that will tickle your little one's fancy, school holiday activities, free activities for under 5s during the week as well as weekday activities during term. Read Our top 5 permanent things to do at the Australian Museum here.

For more ideas and reviews for what to do with kids around Sydney, head to our blog where you will find reviews as well as useful guides like our Daily Spots List as well as parents roomsplaygroundsbeaches & pools and more!

Roola Boola Children's Art Festival 2017 - Melbourne - Review

Kate took her little ones to see the performance of Once Upon A Time at Chapel Off Chapel this morning and were mesmerised by the beautiful ballet performance by Melbourne City Ballet. The performance was part of the Roola Boola Children's Art Festival which is on until the 14th of July. Thank you to What's on Stonnington for having us and for Kate for this review. xo Catherine

 Photo credit: What's On Stonnington

Photo credit: What's On Stonnington

With a program packed full with interactive performances and workshops spanning theatre, dance, music, magic, circus and craft to inspire and encourage children to get up and moving, it’s no wonder that the Roola Boola Children’s Art Festival is one of Melbourne’s most loved, annual school holiday events.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

As part of the festival, we attended the exciting new children’s ballet, “Once Upon A Time”, performed by artists of Melbourne City Ballet and choreographed by Brendan Bradshaw.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

This 45 minute production - suitable for little ones 3 years and over - followed the beautiful Little Red Riding Hood as she set out on an adventure through the forest to her grandmother's house. With a basket of homemade chocolate chip cookies (that she baked with the help of the Three Blind Mice), Little Red Riding Hood met plenty of new friends on her journey, including the Three Little Pigs and Little Bo Peep and with her new friends' help escaped the Big Bad Wolf.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The poppets absolutely loved this performance; giggling at the clumsy Three Blind Mice, pointing out the curly, pink tails on the bottoms of the Three Little Pigs and dancing along to the beautiful accompanying soundtrack. Meeting the cast after the show was certainly an added bonus too. Master Arlo even tried to steal a cookie from the basket!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Roola Boola Children’s Art Festival is on now until Friday 14th July and with fantastic free and ticketed events happening daily, it is guaranteed to put a smile on your dial! Head to their website for more details.

For more July School Holidays ideas, head to our Holiday Guide.

To follow Kate and her poppets' adventures around Melbourne, head to her Instagram page.

For more ideas on what to do with the little ones, head to our blog or CBD Top 5 FREE activities or our popular Daily Spots List.

Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill - Melbourne - Review

It's 'snowing' at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat as residents celebrate Christmas in July. Kate took her little bunnies a few days ago, all rugged up to experience the Sovereign Hill and the Winter Wonderlights. Here's their review. Thank you to Sovereign Hill for having us and thank you Kate for the fab review and pics xo Catherine
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Photo credit: @kateflatman

I love Christmas! I mean I REALLY love Christmas! I am one of ‘those’ people on Facebook who start counting down to Christmas on Boxing Day. Yes, that’s me. So the thought of celebrating Christmas twice in one year, well that’s just music (the jingle bell variety of course) to my little elf ears!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Situated in the historic city of Ballarat, Sovereign Hill comes alive this winter as it celebrates its annual Christmas in July event. As the sound of carollers echo the township, and anticipation of snowfall fills the air, the whole family will be swept up in the excitement of this special European-style Christmas event.

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During the day, enjoy a range of activities, a full theatre program, make believe snow falls and delicious treats to bring Christmas cheer to all. By night, as the sun sets and the snowflakes fall, the Victorian-style buildings will be transformed by sparkling grand-scale images and bright Winter Wonderlights dancing along its familiar facades plus little ones can attempt to catch the Gingerbread Man as he dashes from building to building, peeking out from the Christmas themed lights and animations!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Visiting Sovereign Hill with two little toddlers makes for a fairly big day out so we decided to leave the regular activities (coach rides, gold panning, gold pour, underground mine adventures, theatre shows, sweet making and musket firing demonstrations to name a few) for another visit and instead allowed a few hours before the sun went down to enjoy the Christmas in July Program.

* Snowfalls - Little ones will love dancing under the snowy winter wonderland as snow falls in Main Street at several specified times during the day and throughout the Winter Wonderlights. The foamy snow can get quite slippery in sections so mind your step.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

* Little Red Robin Hood Pantomime - Held in the beautiful Victoria Theatre this hilarious pantomime delights audience members young and old with it’s presentation of Little Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood, at the same time! The poppets absolutely loved this show and it makes for a perfect opportunity to warm up inside for half an hour. Be sure to arrive at the theatre at least 10 minutes before the commencement of the show to secure a seat.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

* Storytime: The Gingerbread Man - Hear the classic tale of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ read by one of Sovereign Hill’s costumed characters. See if you can catch him later on hiding in the lights as he races along the Main Street facades. We teamed up story time with the craft activities which are both held within the Marquee.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

* Photo Opportunities - Capture the wonder of your visit to this special event by taking a snap with St. Nicholas, the beautiful Floral Reindeer and Sleigh and Dress Up Horse. And of course you will be able take your own photos along Main Street when the lights are turned on too!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

* Craft Activities - Several trestle tables are set up just inside the entrance to the Marquee with different craft activities for children to choose from. Macy loved painting her own wooden Gingerbread Man whilst Arlo couldn't resist decorating the real, biscuit version with red icing and boiled lollies from the Confectionary Factory and Sweet Shop (mmmm raspberry drops!).

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

* Christmas Choir - Join the Sovereign Hill Choir at the Post Office corner when the sun goes down as they make their way up the hill to welcome the Wonderlights. We enjoyed singing along to many festive classics.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

* Winter Wonderlights After a quick visit to the Sweet Shop (have I mentioned the scrumptious raspberry drops enough yet?!), we stood in awe as Main Street was transformed with yuletide animations and over 10km of fairy lights sparkled throughout the gardens.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

The poppets loved watching the projections and ran up to the buildings to try to ‘huggle’ and kiss the animations! Make sure you walk up the hill to see the gigantic Christmas Tree lit up too.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

A few quick tips before you go:
-It will be freezing, so wear lots of warm layers (and gumboots if it’s wet) and take advantage of the activities inside as well as the glowing braziers to warm up.
-There are several restaurants and eateries open until 7pm. The New York Bakery and Charlie Napier Hotel both offer special Winter Wonderlights dinner packages (bookings essential). We opted for - award winning - hot pies and sausage rolls from the bakery. We picked them up just before 5:30pm and the line wasn't long at all.
-The Main Street definitely gets busier when the lights are first turned on. If you have smaller children or a pram I would recommend starting at the top of the hill near the Christmas Tree and making your way down towards the exit as the crowd moves along.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

To find out more information about Sovereign Hill and the Winter Wonderlights, head to their website.

For more July School Holidays ideas, head to our Holiday Guide.

To follow Kate and her poppets' adventures around Melbourne, head to  her Instagram page.

For more ideas on what to do with the little ones, head to our blog or CBD Top 5 FREE activities or our popular Daily Spots List.

2017 Royal Melbourne Show Preview - Melbourne - Review

This week, Busy City Kids were invited to a preview of the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show. Kate and her little ones went along and enjoyed patting every animal in sight ha! They also got a flavour for what to expect from this year's show.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman

They were treated to Farm animal Art & Craft activities with Ramona & Beck from Handmade Life.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Farmer Darryl's Mobile Animal Farm brought along goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, piglet, rabbits & Macca the Alpaca. Kids could brush the goats, sheep & Alpaca as well as feed animals & have cuddles with chickens & rabbits.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

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 Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Kids also enjoyed pony rides and face painting from Animals 2U and also loved the cute life size animal figurines with woollen clothing! They were also happy to taste delicious party food (fairy bread, sausage rolls, muffins, fruit kebabs, popcorn, jelly cups & sandwiches) and play farmer dress ups with props (straw hats, hay bales, wheelbarrow).

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

The 2017 Royal Melbourne Show will be held this year from Saturday 23rd of September to Tuesday 2rd of October at Melbourne Showgrounds. As for previous years, the show will feature arts & crafts for children, farm animals to pet, other animals to observe, cats & dogs and cattle judging, some great shows as well as some impressive food halls.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Tickets to the Royal Melbourne Show are now on sale and you can save up to 25% by pre-purchasing tickets online until the 31st August. Children under 5 go FREE which is fantastic! But before you head out, have a read of Kate's review of the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show on the blog to get some ideas of what to expect.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

To buy tickets and to start planning your Royal Melbourne Show experience, head to their website.
To follow Kate and her poppets' adventures around Melbourne, head to her Instagram page.

For more ideas on what to do with the little ones, head to our blog or CBD Top 5 FREE activities or our popular Daily Spots List.

The Big Freeze Festival 2017 at Fountain Gate - Melbourne - Review

The Big Freeze Festival is back this year with a number of activities to keep the little ones busy during these holidays. Kate took her little ones to the festival preview yesterday where they experienced snow for the first time and went down the snow slide at least twenty times! They had a great time. Thanks to the Big Freeze Festival for inviting us and thank you to Kate for the review and pics xo Catherine
 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Winter is here (and it’s freezing) and unless you are lucky enough to pack up and head to Mount Buller or Falls Creek, chances are you can pretty much rule out any chance of a natural Winter Wonderland experience. Until now!

After the success of 2016, The Big Freeze Festival returns these July school holidays to give Melbourne families the opportunity to experience the joy of snow without having to buy new outfits, figure out how tyre chains work and try predicting a sunny winter’s day!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Featuring a range of interactive zones - focusing on winter fun - where kids can either be active or creative, The Big Freeze Festival is an indoor winter playground under the Big Top protected from the elements so you can stay and play rain, hail or shine!

Your session at The Big Freeze Festival includes access to all festival zones and activities, there really is so much to see and do!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman

Here is a list of our highlights:

  • Snow Forest - Positioned right in the middle of the Big Top, dance under the snowflakes (foamy bubbles) fluttering down around you while visiting the woodland animals family.
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Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

  • Winter Village - Step into a world of imagination play and visit the little village with cafe, hospital, market and jail. Be sure to grab a few pieces of fresh fruit courtesy of the team from Aussie farmers Direct.
  • Snow Slide - Enjoy unlimited rides down the brand new snow slides! With a smaller version for little ones and a higher platform for those who enjoy a little more speed, everyone will love racing down the lanes on inflatable tubes (or donuts as the poppets called them).
 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

  • Snow Play - What wonderful memories we will have of Arlo and Macy experiencing snow for the first time. Their squeals of excitement as they played in the three large snow pits was delightful. With snow machines dumping fresh ‘snow’ continuously throughout the day, you are guaranteed to have a blast!
     
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Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

  • Snowball Toss - What child doesn't love throwing snow balls? Grab a snowball and have a go at knocking down your sister* or the adorable inflatable penguin bowling pins. *Not recommend! :)
     
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Photo credit: @kateflatman

  • Photo Opportunities - Little ones will love meeting Percy Penguin and Polar Bear who wander around the exhibition happily posing for photographs and giving lots of high fives.
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Photo credit: @kateflatman

 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

  • Construction - Full of foam blocks perfect for building your very own igloo as well as tables full of Lego to keep older children entertained. The poppets took great delight in knocking down other people’s creations (oops!) and burying each other under the blocks.
 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Our tips:

  • Pre purchase your tickets online to avoid the queues.
  • The Big Freeze is cold, so make sure you rug up. I suggest dressing your little ones in layers because they will warm up on some activities and be colder in other zones.
  • Waterproof clothing and gum boots is a must if you plan on playing in the snow pits.
  • Be sure to pack a change of clothes + a spare pair of socks too!
  • There is free onsite parking at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre opposite. Allow a bit of extra time to find a park as the car park gets very busy.
  • Each session in the Winter Wonderland tent lasts 2.5 hours so arrive on time to make the most of your allocated session time. Families are also welcome to spend time before or after their session in the Community Precinct where there will be daily stage shows and additional activities, as well as food vendors.
  • All zones and activities are included in the entry ticket price so be sure to see and try as much as possible!
  • There are several food outlets onsite, including hot food, drinks, tea and coffee. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch and snacks from home.
  • This event is pram friendly, with ample space to park your pram if necessary. There is also a family room onsite with baby change facilities.
 Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

To BOOK TICKETS to the Big Freeze Festival, head to this page. (This is an affiliate link, you don't pay any extra but I earn a small commission which funds our website fees.)

For more ideas on what to do with the little ones, head to our blog or CBD Top 5 FREE activities or our popular Daily Spots List.

For more July School Holidays ideas, head to our Holiday Guide.

To follow Kate and her little ones, head to her Instagram page.

Busy City Kids - Melbourne July 2017 & School Holidays Events Lineup

Find something to do with the kids in July and during the school holidays! Share your experiences with us by tagging us on Instagram or using #busycitykids to be featured! Have fun!

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Well almost .. ! 

More July events, activities and programs coming soon .. !

  • School Holidays at Zoos Victoria - Healesville Sanctuary will be all about storytelling and warming up with soup. Melbourne Zoo will host The National Geographic Photo Ark photography exhibition, find out more here. Werribee Open Range Zoo will once again throw open its doors after dark for visitors to experience the thrill of Wild Nights, find out more info here. All starting from Saturday 1st of July. 
     
  • The Big Freeze Festival at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre - Last year's popular city snow festival will again provide city peeps an affordable snow experience and this year it has 9 interactive zones and will run from Saturday 1st of July to Sunday 9th of July. Journey through the snowfall forest and winter village before tossing a snowball, playing in the snow pit and riding down our snow slide. Continue the fun with the kids’ active challenge, polar bear slide, circus skill workshops, construction zone and art ’n’ craft activities. Opens Saturday 1st July. Find out more info or buy tickets here. Our review of this year's festival here.
     
  • LEGO City at Harbour Town Melbourne - A LEGO City Play Zone is coming to Harbour Town Melbourne these holidays! Children and parents are invited to make their way to Docklands everyday between 12pm – 4pm from Monday 3rd of July through until Sunday 16th July to experience fun and free LEGO City activities. Activities include a Free Build Zone, Take a pic in front of the LEGO Police Jail and the LEGO Fire Station, Play some of the amazing LEGO City iPad games and watch the virtual LEGO City come alive before your eyes and come and see a LEGO City model and spectacular LEGO statues guaranteed to impress. Starts Monday 3rd July. Read our review here.
     
  • Imaginary Architecture with ArtPlay at Kensington Town Hall - Join ArtPlay and artist Lara Tumak as they take over Kensington Town Hall. Kids can make their own special diorama to add to a mega mini city in this cool FREE event. On from Thursday 6th of July 2017 to Sunday 9th of July 2017. More info and our review here.
     
  • Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers at Melbourne Museum - Bug Lab will allow visitors to marvel at ultra-detailed large-scale models of bugs, discover cutting-edge science and explore the world as bugs do, through immersive sensory experiences. Opens Friday 23rd June. Read our review here.
     
  • LightTime: Illuminate your eyes, ears and mind at Scienceworks - A collective of 11 Melbourne based artists who have created hypnotic and mesmerising work that invite visitors to engage their senses to explore the phenomena of light, sound and optics. Kids can be immersed in a space where lasers project holographic effects to an evolving original soundtrack; enter a room of LED screens that create a spectacle to confound and entrance; and lie beneath an ultraviolet garden of floral meditation. Opens Saturday 1st July. Read our review here.
     
  • Gods, Myths and Mayhem at Immigration Museum - Celebrate the final weeks of the Ithacan community exhibition Our Odyssey and explore Greek mythology through dance, stories and craft. Hear stories of heroic gods, legendary creatures and mythical monsters, try traditional Greek dancing and create crafts inspired by ancient Greek beasts. Sessions will run for 90 minutes and include a dance workshop, storytelling session and make and take craft activity. Numbers are limited, bookings recommended. On Thursday 6th to Sunday 9 July. More info here.
     
  • Little Art Big Art - The very popular Little Art Big Art Holiday Program is jammed packed with workshops that is sure to ignite imagination, exploration and creativity whilst expanding skills and having fun! More info & bookings have now been released check out their website. More info here. Our review here.
     
  • Mess Matters - Mess Matters offers each and every child a unique art experience. At the Mess Matters studio children are free to express themselves in an unstructured yet supportive environment. Their school holiday program is out now. More info & bookings here. Our review here.
     
  • SciencePlay Kids - SciencePlay Kids classes are designed to encourage your little scientists to explore science in the world around them. Each class runs for an hour, has 2-3 hands on experiments that foster creative thinking and problem solving in a fun and MESSY way. Dressing in mini lab coats and safety glasses, each child has their own scientific equipment and materials to undertake their experiment at their own pace. More info here. Read our review here.
     
  • Craftercise - School holiday sessions registrations now open. Classes will be running on Wednesday 5th July, Friday 7th July, Tuesday 11th July and Thursday 13th July. Times are 9.30 am to 10.15 am, 10.45 am to 11.30am for both 18 months to 3 years, 12 noon to 12.45pm for 3 to 6 years and 1.15 am to 2pm for 6 to 18 months (Tues, Wed, Thurs). Book to avoid missing out. Read more info and book here. Read our review here.
     
  • River Rink at Fed Square - School holidays are coming around again so it’s time to get your skates on, grab your best mates, rug up and head to Fed Square’s outdoor skating sensation, River Rink. A winter experience like no other in Melbourne, skaters will enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the Yarra River and the city skyline whilst gliding on the ice. And all in time for school holiday fun. Opens Saturday 1st July. More info here.
     
  • Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill - Back on again this year to celebrate Christmas in July from Saturday 1st July to Sunday 30th July 2017, the Sovereign Hill township will evoke a sense of old-world wonder during the day and Main Street will sparkle with an amazing light projection show with over 20 of Sovereign Hill’s buildings lit up with large-scale image projections and Christmas animations at night. Opens Saturday 1st of July. Read our review here.
     
  • Roola Boola Festival at City of Stonnington - The Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival returns for its eighth year with a program packed full of intimate performances, workshops spanning music, dance, circus and magic and unique activities! Running from Tuesday 4th to Friday 14th of July 2017 with fantastic FREE and affordable ticketed events happening daily! Our review of Once Upon a Time and more festival info here.
     
  • National Trust of Victoria - Polly Woodside on Pirate Sunday - Sunday 2nd July. Bring along your scallywags and buccaneers and join the Polly Woodside for a day of adventures. $16 per adult and $9.50 per child. Read our review here.
     
  • Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons at the NGV Melbourne - Uneasy Seasons is a captivating and imaginative response to the environment and changing seasons through the lens of one of Australia’s most brilliant artistic minds. The exhibition features two large scale tree houses - one for young visitors and the other for teenagers. Visitors are invited to explore the two spaces and participate in art making activities and how they feel about the natural world. On until 8th of October. Read our review here.
     
  • Van Gogh and the Seasons at the NGV Melbourne - We loved the exhibition and living the four seasons through Van Gogh's eyes. Little Miss loved the NGV's Van Gogh An Art Book for Kids. Now closes on Wednesday 12th of July. Win a family pass and a copy of Van Gogh and the Seasons an Art Book for kids here.
     
  • School Holidays event at Eastland - Get the kids decorating cupcakes, decorating cookies, learn create & play with realm workshops, do a chocolate workshop, build a bear and experience a future of infinite possibilities with Inflatable sculptures all at Eastland shopping centre. More info here.

Also checkout these great places in July ... entertain them for hours to avoid cabin fever!

  • Latitude Melbourne - Let the kids jump around at Latitude Melbourne this winter and wear themselves out for a good night's sleep. Latitude is the first integrated trampoline and climbing park in Australia. With over 100 interconnected trampolines, a massive air bag, basketball lanes, an obstacle course, climbing zone, dodgeball arena and dedicated Kids Zone, there’s something for everyone and every age.  Read our review here.
     
  • Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne - Kids will turn into a Lego by the end of their trip to Legoland in Chadstone or you will ha! They will enjoy spending hours looking at Lego, playing with Lego, going on rides, using the play equipment etc. Read our review and tips here.
     
  • Little Creatures Play Space - Kids can play pretend for hours in this awesome indoor play centre. With an open-plan set up consisting of different play themes including a home corner, grocery store, fire station, builder’s workshop, costume room, soft play equipment, reading corner and train table, Little Creatures is the perfect play space for little ones. Read our review here.
     
  • Pauline Gandel Children's Gallery at the Melbourne Museum - Children 0 to 5 years, their siblings and older children have an amazing space to visit, discover, explore, read, relax, learn and imagine! So much to do and explore - we love it! Read our review here.
     
  • Play Pod at the State Library of Victoria - Play Pod is the Library's program for children aged under eight years, packed with activities to read, create and play. With a new theme every season. This season welcomes 'Penguin Problems'. Read our review here.

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The Big Freeze Festival 2017 - Melbourne - Info & Giveaway

Last year's popular city snow festival The Big Freeze Festival is back in 2017 and will again provide city peeps an affordable snow experience and this year it has 9 interactive zones and will run from Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th of July at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre. 

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The festival will be divided into two areas this year: 

The Ticketed Winter Precinct featuring snowplay, snowball toss, snowfall forest, winter village,  snow globe photobooth, polarbear slide, kids’ active challenge, circus skills workshop, construction play,  art’n’craft activities and brand new snowslides (at two different heights to allow more children to enjoy the thrill of the ride).

The Community Precinct will be free for the general public to visit and hosts daily stage shows,  activity zone with Phillip Island Nature Parks, sports with Milo, food vendors and more

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Kate Flatman's niece Ruby and her parents attended the Big Freeze Festival last year and loved it! Read their review here.

To celebrate, we are giving away ONE family pass to the Tuesday, July 4th session from 9am - 11:30am. To enter, follow the prompts below - good luck entries close on Wednesday 14th June 2017.

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To BOOK TICKETS to the Big Freeze Festival, head to this page. (This is an affiliate link, you don't pay any extra but I earn a small commission which funds our website fees.)

For more ideas on what to do with the little ones, head to our blog or CBD Top 5 FREE activities or our popular Daily Spots List.

Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival - Stonnington - Melbourne - Info

The Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival returns for its eighth year with a program packed full of intimate performances, workshops spanning music, dance, circus and magic and unique activities! Running from Tuesday 4th to Friday 14th of July 2017 with fantastic FREE and affordable ticketed events happening daily! 

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Sam Moran in Play Along With Sam is coming to Chapel off Chapel! Get up and close to this six-time ARIA Award winner as he brings his infectious music, song and dance to the stage for this exclusive performance.

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Photo credit: City of Stonnington

The popular Melbourne City Ballet will be performing Once Upon A Time.  Winner of ‘Best Kids’ show at the Melbourne Fringe 2016 The Adventures of Broer and Zus (suitable for the Deaf and hard of hearing community) will also be performing. Checkout Kate's review of Broer & Zus when they performed October last year at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

The circus, magic, and dance experience Out Of This World will also be performing.

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Kids can try their hand at juggling, plate spinning, hoola hooping and more with The National Institute of Circus Acts, chop up the beat with Mzuri Dance and Drum, take the Roola Boola Magic Class, learn the latest Hip Hop Moves with The Space Dance and Arts and they can use their imagination in Drama Play with St Martins Youth.

 Photo credit: City of Stonnington

Photo credit: City of Stonnington

Crafty ones and their carers can book in for one of the special craft activities - Make Your Own Mini Terrarium, design a Superhero Mask or create a one-of-a-kind, working puppet made completely out of recycled and reused materials with the Trash Puppets.

Lots to do these winter school holidays at the Roola Boola Festival! For more information about the Roola Boola Festival, head to their website or checkout the festival program in PDF format here too.

For more ideas on what to do with the little ones, head to our blog or CBD Top 5 FREE activities or our popular Daily Spots List.

Busy City Kids - Melbourne April 2017 Events Lineup and Easter

Find something to do with the kids in April! Share your experiences with us by tagging us on Instagram or using #busycitykids to be featured! Enjoy yourselves!

  • Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show - Wed 29th March to Sun 2nd April. The Southern Hemisphere's largest and most loved horticultural event, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, returns to the heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in March 2017. All ages. Adult $30. Kids under 14 FREE. More info here.
  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Wed 29th March to Sun 23rd April. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival attracts audiences from near and far, from junior laughter-lovers at The (Very) Big Laugh Out, to late-night hijinks at the Festival Club and everything in between. Featuring a mass of local and international comedy stars, this is Melbourne's yearly party and everyone is invited! Checkout the special kids section. All ages. Prices vary. More info here.
     
  • Arts Centre - Cerita Anak (Child's Story) - Thu 30th March to Sun 2nd April. Climb aboard and be rocked and rolled across a strange ocean, dive to the bottom of the sea, hear stories on the wind and in the currents of the water, and face great danger before coming to safe harbour. Combines puppetry, song, shadow imagery and sound, the show bustles with all the life of the ocean. Kids 2 to 5 yrs. $24. Bookings Essential. More info here.
     
  • NGV - OUT OF SIGHT - On now until Mon 17th April.  OUT OF SIGHT is a generic structure by American artist Lawrence Weiner. Based upon the concept of a hopscotch and designed for public institutions, OUT OF SIGHT is flexible. All ages. FREE. More info here.
     
  • Lights by Dreamworks - Sat 25th March to Sun 30th April. Lights by Dreamworks – The Experience is coming to the Mornington Peninsula this March and April for an Australian-first event under the Big Top and will see Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda and more than 100 of DreamWorks’ characters brought to life in a large-scale lantern experience. All ages. Ticketed. Kids under 2 free. More info here.
     
  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) -  Fri 31st of March to Sun 9th of April. Enjoy great food events with family and friends at the MFWF. Our top 8 events on the blog, more info here.
     
  • ‘Wonders of the World’ LEGO® exhibition at Melbourne Museum! - Sat 1st April - Sun 7th May. Ever dreamed of visiting the Empire State Building, Arc De Triomphe, Big Ben and other world-famous landmarks. Thanks to Ryan ‘The Brickman” McNaught, Melburnians can explore a world of epic LEGO® masterpieces and learn about some of mankind’s most amazing achievements from all over the globe, in a fully interactive, educational experience. All ages. Ticketed. Our review here. 

  • Melbourne Museum - Sat 1st to Mon 17th April. Kids are invited to explore animal diversity in a range of hands on, creative activities and tours to learn about animal habitats, diversity, evolution and more these Fabulous Fauna Autumn School Holidays. Daily Song Bird Tours will educate kids about the remarkable evolution of song birds. Youngsters will get to build their own animal, choose a habitat and photograph it in its natural setting. Songbird Tours and Wild World of Animals. All ages. Included and free with general entry. More info here.
     
  • Scienceworks - Sat 1st to Mon 17th April. Neon Nature: Divide and Multiply. An incredible neon canopy that evolves every day inspired by nature’s rules and patterns – and grown by you! Using neon straws and a simple joining technique, come and experiment with branching or forking shapes found in plants, trees and everywhere in nature. All ages. Ages 5+ recommended. Included and free with general entry. More info here.
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  • Healesville Sanctuary - Sat 1st to Mon 17th April. A Koala Close-Up Encounter will take place daily in the new Koala Forest exhibit. The treetops boardwalk is an impressive new home that sees koalas living the high life and now visitors can enjoy premium experience in the stunning surrounds too. All ages. Included with general entry. More info here.
     
  • Melbourne Zoo - Sat 1st to Mon 17th April.  Visitors will be amazed by the seals impressive new skills. They will be showing off their behaviours in a brand new daily Keeper Talk where visitors will learn about the new community campaign When Balloons Fly, Seabirds Die. All ages. Included with general entry. More info here.

  • Werribee Open Range Zoo - Sat 1st to Mon 17th April. Hang out with the hippos! Each day at 1.10pm Zoo Keepers will provide a fascinating insight into the behaviours, care and unique personalities of the hippo group in a brand new Hippo Keeper Talk. All ages. Included with general entry.

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  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre - Opens Tues 18th April. LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre is coming to Chadstone Melbourne this April! Little and big kids will love this centre which has much more than just plain LEGO! Experiences at the centre include a look at MINILAND Melbourne, a LEGO Factory Tour, two rides to give LEGO fans the ultimate thrill, a LEGO Brick Play area, a 4D cinema and a behind the scenes view of the Master Model Builder hard at work! All ages. Ticketed. More info here.
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Easter Long Weekend

  • Easter Fun Day at Rippon Lea House & Gardens - Sunday 16th April 2017. Get the family together and enjoy a wonderful day out at Rippon Lea House and Gardens. Take part in our Easter egg hunt in our magnificent grounds, meet the Easter Bunny and our very own Ripplea Bear! There will be African drumming workshops, petting farm, market stalls, food trucks, craft, boat ride, face painting, outdoor games, and the Mansion will be opened for all to explore. Ticketed. More info here.
     
  • Good Friday Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic - Friday 14th April. As we hop closer to Easter, Cadbury is preparing to bring joy to thousands of families with its annual renowned Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic, taking place on Friday 14th April. Held at Werribee Park, the Cadbury Easter Bunny will hide a surprising 400,000 Cadbury Easter Eggs for rummaging hands to find, making it the largest Easter egg hunt of its kind in Australia. Proceeds from the day will go towards The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal and Victorians are encouraged to get in quick to secure their tickets to the event; which is an annual sell-out! Ages 3 to 12 yrs old. Ticketed. More info here.

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Busy City Kids - Sydney March 2017 Events Lineup

Find something to do with the kids in March! Share your experiences with us by tagging us on Instagram or using #busycitykids to be featured! Enjoy yourselves!

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  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) - Tatsuo Miyajima: Connect with Everything - On now until Sunday 5th March. A great contemporary exhibition which uses LED lights, video and painting while touching human representation. Kids can take part in an activity trail and try to recognise numbers throughout the exhibit as well as create their own light drawing, play with light and sound in the free family space (family space only opened weekends only). All ages. Adults $22. Kids FREE. Our review of the exhibition here.
     
  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium - The Penguin Expedition - On now. Visitors can see a colony of King and Gentoo Penguins up close onboard a little raft. It is the first of its kind and the experience is included in your entry ticket when you visit the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Free with Aquarium entry. All ages. Our review of the exhibition here.
     
  • Powerhouse Museum - Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives - On now until Sun 30th April. Come face-to-face with six ancient Egyptian mummies and use the latest technology to discover what lies beneath. Explore thousands of years of history through more than 200 Egyptian artefacts direct from the British Museum and unlock the mysteries of mummification in this world premiere exhibition. $26 adults or $15 kids over4. All ages. Kids can also enjoy digging Egyptian artefacts in the Digging Discovery Zone. Our review coming soon. More info here.
     
  • Powerhouse Museum - NEW Wiggles Exhibition - On now permanent exhibition. The Wiggles exhibition reopened Saturday 4th of March and now covers the Wiggles team's new Members Emma, Lachy and Simon. The kids will love this interactive space where they can see the Wiggles and their friends, make a rose with Dorothy the Dinosaur, colour-in some bows with Wags the dog, make a fruit salad and more! Read our review here.
     
  • Museum of Sydney - Sand in the City - On now until Sun 23rd July. Celebrating Sydney’s beautiful beaches, this fully interactive exhibition features dazzling models of our northern and southern seashores along with a pair of giant digital sandboxes with ‘projected’ scenery changing as your busy hands shift and sculpt a playful sandy landscape. Adults $12 Kids $8. All ages. Read our review here.
     
  • Australian Museum - Spiders Alive & Deadly - On now until Sun 16th July. This large exhibition features over 400 real specimens from the Australian Museum’s extensive Arachnology Collection. The exhibition also has its own milking lab, a Tasmanian Cave Spider and lots of interactive areas for kids! All ages. Adults $10 to $22. Child $7 to $13. Read our review here.
     
  • Art Gallery of NSW - Adman: Warhol before pop - Opens Sat 25th Feb until 28th May. With the backdrop of 1950s New York and its burgeoning advertising industry, Adman: Warhol before pop focuses on the formative years of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. It provides surprising insights into the beginning of Warhol’s career, from his award-winning work as a commercial illustrator through to his first, little-known exhibitions. $18 adult, $8 kids over 5 and FREE for under 5. All ages. More info here.
     
  • Art Gallery of NSW - Drop in and make: Every cloud has a silver lining - Sun 5th & 19th March. Discover swirling clouds and dramatic mists in the Gallery’s collection and make your own silvery sky-scape. Free for families. More info here.
     
  • Riverside Theatres - The Bookbinder - Tue 14th and Wed 15th of March. A dark and mysterious one-man show suitable for kids aged 8+. The Bookbinder weaves shadow play, paper art, puppetry and music into an original fairytale in the vein of Coraline and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. The theatre is transformed into the gothic world of an antiquated bookshop where a young apprentice is swept into the sinister world of the books he binds. $25 per child. Kids 8+. More info here.
     
  • Sydney Children's Festival - Sun 19th March. Children will love the outdoor activities, workshops, arts and crafts and animal farm. Come and enjoy the fun and games – it’s free entry! All ages. FREE. More info here.
     
  • Monkey Baa - Monkey Play - On Mondays. Enjoy a free playground run by Monkey Baa and head to the Darling Quarter playground after! Free. Kids 0 to 5 yrs. More info here. 
     
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - ArtPlay - Every Wednesday. Explore the interactive Bella Room, have fun with fancy dress, sing songs, play exhibition inspired games and put your dance moves to the test! Entry by donation. Kids 0 to 5 yrs. More info here.
     
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) - Art Safari – Curious Colours Tue 27 and Fri 24th March. Light, dark, bold and soft how many shades can we spot? Collect a whole rainbow of colours to construct a collaborative creation! $22 admission. Kids 3 to 5 yrs. More info here.
     
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) - Sunday Family Day - Sun 26th March. Join us for an art adventure the whole family will love. Collect an activity sheet and explore the vibrant artworks in MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday. $5 donation welcome. Ages 4+. More info here.
     
  • Art Gallery of NSW - Tours for tots: Shape, structure and space - Tue 28th & Thu 30th March. Discover art and make your own. $25 per child with 1 adult. Kids 3 to 5 yrs. More info here.
     
  • Northern Beaches Council - The World Food Markets Manly - On every Friday in March. Sit back and relax with friends and family, enjoy excellent food and great music in a beautiful location. All ages. Free. More info here.
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