Arts Centre Families Summer | Autumn 2019 - Melbourne - Info

Families will experience an array of remarkable theatrical adventures and interactive experiences this Summer & Autumn as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s 2019 Summer Autumn Families program from January to May 2019. This season, the Arts Centre Melbourne celebrates incredible Australian talent from the worlds of theatre, circus, music, puppetry and dance. Children will also become the creators when they conduct their own orchestra, bring puppets to life and choreograph dance moves for a unique dance performance.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kate and her little ones were spoilt last week with a preview of the Arts Centre Melbourne’s 2019 Summer Autumn Families program as well as some crafts, games and cute cupcakes.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kids will love the giant game of musical chairs ‘Invisible Orchestra’ where the music starts when you sit down! Run by Polyglot Theatre with special guests ‘The Listies’ and Tamara Rewse. Kids can help compose a symphonic masterpiece by sitting on the musical chairs.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Join the FREE event for this surprising and superbly silly sound experiment these summer holidays. On from Saturday 5th Jan to Sunday 13th Jan (no performances 7th Jan).

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Families will love Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus these holidays. Straight from the score and onto the stage, the man known as Mozart appears amid a storm of powder, tumbling and twirling. Musical mayhem and movement fuse in this family show with a circus twist! To those who know him, he is Wolfgang, the dart-playing, pun-loving ratbag. To those who are watching and listening, he is the wigged genius Mozart. Come and discover his irrepressible spirit with Circa’s dexterous daredevil artists and a live accordionist.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

On from Wed 2nd to Saturday 12th January 2019 with two performances per day at 10am and 1pm with one relaxed performance on Wednesday 9th Jan at 1pm. Duration 1 hour. Prices range from $32 to $36.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Kate and her little ones loved the preview and cannot wait to experience these events these upcoming holidays.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Over summer, children can also have the chance to experience a participatory and interactive one-on-one performance workshop with dancer and choreographer Amrita Hepi in A Call To Dance (15 - 20 January).

In March, the Arts Centre Melbourne will present String Symphony (8 – 11 March) an interactive installation where participants can take hold of a rope and work together to bring to life a giant illuminated puppet. Only A Year (13 - 16 March) will also be running, which is a sensory theatre experience for babies aged 0 - 12 months and their carers and Picasso and His Dog (23 - 24 March), a heart-warming story of an artist and his cheeky sausage dog, Lump.

During the April Easter school holidays, families will have the opportunity to witness an exciting stage adaptation of David Walliams' best-selling book Billionaire Boy (6 -14 April), created by the makers of Mr Stink and the Treehouse series productions.

Little ones and their families will also have the chance to pop on their party outfits for two exclusive events; enjoy a Sunday morning boogie and treat at the High Tea Party (5 May) and experience the circus extravaganza from the makers of Briefs Factory, Brat Kids Carnival (23 March) featuring acrobatics, magic, puppets and ballet.

More information via the Arts Centre's website.

Busy City Kids were invited at the preview of the Arts Centre Families Summer | Autumn 2019 Program. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food were self funded. 

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Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday - Australian Tour

Following a hugely successful tour of the UK, the enchanting world of the CBeebies’ hit animated series Sarah & Duck will be brought to life on stage for the first time in Australia this summer! Kids aged 3 to 6 years will love the Sarah & Duck show!

Photo credit: @sarahandduck

Photo credit: @sarahandduck

Featuring a host of wonderful characters from the BAFTA Award-winning show embarking on a brand-new adventure, Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday will play in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. 

  • Sydney - Sydney Opera House Thu 6th Dec to Sun 23rd Dec 2018

  • Adelaide - Dunstan Playhouse Wed 16th Jan to Sun 20th Jan 2019

  • Melbourne - Clocktower Centre Tue 22nd Jan to Thu 24th Jan 2019 and Karralyka Centre in Ringwood Fri 25th Jan and Sun 27th Jan 2019

Join Sarah and Duck, along with all their favourite friends, including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, John and Flamingo and Umbrella, as they plan a circus-themed birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. But when the weather turns windy and the big top is blown away, will Sarah and Duck be able to save the day? 

 

Told through a fantastic blend of inventive puppetry, charming storytelling and toe-tapping music, it features all the familiar voices from the CBeebies series, including Roger Allam as the Narrator and Lesley Nicol as Scarf Lady. Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take families and children alike on a magical theatrical adventure.

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Giggle and Hoot's Hootastic Concert Tour - Melbourne and Sydney - Info

Giggle and Hoot's Hootastic Concert is coming to Melbourne and Sydney and the new show sets off on an exciting pirate adventure to find Mini Hoot and along the way encounters the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Magician” Jimmy Giggle-ini. 

Photo credit: Live Nation

Photo credit: Live Nation

As you help Hootabelle twinklify the stars, join in with all the gang’s best-loved songs including The Gigglemobile, Go Giggleosaurus, Birdbath Boogie, The Giggle Galaxy, Hoot’s Lullaby and many more. So get ready to hoot and holler and be sure to bring along your Giggle-icious Giggle Gallery pictures for the gang to look at!

Tour dates are as follows, tickets can be purchased via Live Nation (link below):

THE MEMO, HEALESVILLE                                    SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30
DAREBIN ARTS CENTRE, MELBOURNE              MONDAY OCTOBER 1
FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE, MELBOURNE        TUESDAY OCTOBER 2
CARDINIA CULTURE CLUB, MEBOURNE            THURSDAY OCTOBER 4
GEELONG PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE            FRIDAY OCTOBER 5
CAPITAL THEATRE, BENDIGO                              SATURDAY OCTOBER 6
FRATERNITY CLUB, WOLLONGONG                   TUESDAY OCTOBER 9
SOUTHS JUNIORS CLUB, SYDNEY                      WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10
NORTH SYDNEY LEAGUES CLUB                        THURSDAY OCTOBER 11
CLUB MENAI, SYDNEY                                           FRIDAY OCTOBER 12
REVESBY WORKERS CLUB, SYDNEY                 SUNDAY OCTOBER 14
CASTLE HILL RSL, SYDNEY                                  MONDAY OCTOBER 15
THE ART HOUSE, CENTRAL COAST, NSW         TUESDAY OCTOBER 16

Shows are 55 Minutes, no interval. All tickets $32.50 (infants 18 months and under free on adult knee). For more info and tickets, head to the Live Nation website.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Arts Centre Melbourne - Info

and - pop! - out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar!

One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will emerge off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family at the Arts Centre Melbourne this November - December.

Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This enchanting show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s timeless stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mr Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The show is a timeless classic for all generations and this gorgeous show is coming to the Arts Centre Melbourne!

Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Photo credit: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Performances at the Arts Centre Melbourne will be held from Wed 28th November to Sunday 2nd December 2018 during the following sessions.

Wednesday 28 Nov 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
Thursday 29 Nov 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM
Friday 30 Nov 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
Saturday 1 Dec 10:00 AM*, 12:00 PM, 3:00 PM^
Sunday 2 Dec 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM
* Relaxed Performance
^ Auslan Interpreted Performance

Tickets range from $27 - $39. Running time for the show is 50 minutes (no interval). Location: Playhouse

For more information on the Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Arts Centre Melbourne or to book tickets, head to their website.
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ABC Classic Kids: Music for The Dreaming - Sydney Opera House - Info

The ABC Classic Kids program's new production Music for The Dreaming is on this August at the Sydney Opera House from Friday 17th to Friday 31st of August. We went to the production of ABC Classic Kids: Sounds like Australia in May and loved it!

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

Join ABC Bushwacked’s Kamil Ellis and Ensemble Offspring in this tailored and interactive show.  Little ones will develop sensory perception, musical literacy and awareness of instrument sounds in a fun and relaxed format, perfect for ages 2 – 5.  Music for The Dreaming is a brand new production celebrating new classical music for young Australian audiences. After the show, kids can meet the musicians and instruments.

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

For more information on ABC Classic Kids: Music for The Dreaming, head to the Sydney Opera House website.

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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.

Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

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.

Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

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.

Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

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.

Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

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

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Justine Clarke - Silly Songs Tour 2018 - Info

The homegrown queen of children’s entertainment, JUSTINE CLARKE, is getting ready to perform a show with her fans this coming September - October on the Silly Songs Tour!

How do you make a Silly Song?

That’s the question Justine Clarke will ask her audience as they traverse through a marvellous musical cacophony! Performing her favourite songs as well as hits from her TV show and new album, The Justine Clarke Show! the concert centres around a shared joy of singing, dancing and all the excitement of show time. From singing songs that make you smile, to stomping like a dinosaur, together Justine and her audience will find their own silly song to perform as one for the grand finale.

Photo credit: Justine Clarke and Live Nation

Photo credit: Justine Clarke and Live Nation

Silly Songs Tour heads to theatres for reserved seating, 10am shows starting at the Sydney Opera House on September 22 then onto Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and finishing up in Adelaide on October 13.

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY                    SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22
HAMER HALL, MELBOURNE                              SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23
REGAL THEATRE, PERTH                                  SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30
CANBERRA THEATRE, CANBERRA                   SATURDAY OCTOBER 6
QPAC CONCERT HALL, BRISBANE                   SUNDAY OCTOBER 7
THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE                   SATURDAY OCTOBER 13

TICKETS ON SALE 10AM MONDAY JUNE 25th - My Live Nation pre-sale: 12pm June 22nd until 5pm June 24th. 

For complete tour and ticketing info, including group tickets, visit: Live Nation and Justine Clarke Website

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ABC Classic Kids: Sounds like Australia - Sydney Opera House - Info

Introduce your children to a lifelong love of classical music with the new series ABC Classic Kids at Sydney Opera House. ABC Classic Kids is a year-round series of classical music experiences for little ears aged 2 to 5, focusing on how sound can tell stories through immersive and educational live performances.

A new podcast series designed to extend the experience beyond the stage was also launched last week and begins this May with ABC Classic Kids: Sounds like Australia.

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

ABC Classic Kids: Sounds like Australia will delight tots with sounds evocative of Australian animals, plants and weather in a captivating and participatory show led by Play School's Luke Carroll with live music from Ensemble Offspring and musical arrangements and underscore by respected Australian composer Jessica Wells.

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

Young audiences will be treated to musical soundscapes and classical compositions as they go on a journey with lead character Kirra Quokka, along the way learning about instrument sounds, developing their musical vocabulary and exploring the importance of listening. Following the performance, kids are invited to meet the musicians and instruments.

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

The current season is on now at the Sydney Opera House on various days until Monday 21st of May 2018. Standard tickets are from $25 with $8.50 booking fee per transaction. The show will run for 45 minutes with no intervals and is great for kids 2 to 5 years old. Relaxed performances and Sing & Play Access Shows are also available.

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

For more information or tickets, head to the Sydney Opera House website.

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Josephine Wants to Dance - Monkey Baa - Sydney - Info

Monkey Baa is proud to present the world premiere of Josephine Wants to Dance, a new Australian play based on the celebrated picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley which will be on at Monkey Baa Theatre from Monday 16th to Tuesday 24th of April 2018.

We can't wait to see this show! The stage adaption will bring life to the iconic children’s book, set in Shaggy Gully, with stunning costume and set design, a hilarious original musical score and talented local cast.

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

Kids aged four and over will meet Josephine, a kangaroo who loves to dance. Even though her little brother, Joey, tells her that kangaroos don’t dance, they hop, Josephine continues to point her toes and leap through the air. When a ballet troupe comes to their sleepy town of Shaggy Gully Josephine learns that there is another way to dance – ballet. She watches the dancers for hours and hours, and practices their moves at night, all alone.

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

When the ballet troupe gets into trouble on opening night they need an understudy to replace their Prima Ballerina, but who could dance the lead role? Who else could leap that high? Josephine’s talents are called upon to help save the day. Can she do it, and more importantly, does it matter that she’s a kangaroo?

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

The show stars Rebecca Hertherington (Heathers, Blue Heelers), Chloe Dallimore (The Producers, The Addams Family), Amanda Laing (Mr Stink, The Merchant of Venice) and Hayden Rogers (The Secret Garden, Rent).

Following its world premiere at Sydney’s Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre in April, Josephine Wants to Dance will tour 47 venues across Australia until October.

Josephine Wants to Dance will be showing at Monkey Baa Theatre at Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre from Monday 16th to Tuesday 24th of April. Tickets are $29pp, $104 Family of 4, $125 Family of 5, $25pp Groups of 10+ (no booking fees apply).

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

Image credit: Monkey Baa Theatre

For more info and bookings, head to the Monkey Baa Theatre website.

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Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies - The Royal Botanic Garden - Info & Giveaway - Sydney

In Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies, the adventurous Tinkerbell happens upon the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Together, the cheeky Mustardseed, fluttery Moth, daring Cobweb and sweet Peaseblossom all go on a magical quest with Tinkerbell, learning about each other and the different worlds they come from.

Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

Audience members are invited to come dressed up for fun either as a Fairy or an Elf but Jedi’s, Pirates and all super heroes are all welcome! Sing and dance away your Easter holidays while helping Tinkerbell and her Fairy Friends find their lost wings.

Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

This delightful show was developed in conjunction with early learning experts to ensure it truly engages and inspires young minds. So pack a picnic and join in the magic! 

Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

Photo credit: The Australian Shakespeare Company

Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies will be returning to the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney during the Easter holidays from the 14th to 29th April. 

To celebrate Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies, we will be giving away 2 family passes - one on our Instagram page and the other on our Facebook page. So keep an eye out !

For more information or to buy tickets, head to the website.

The Wind in the Willows - The Royal Botanic Garden - Info & Giveaway - Sydney

The Wind in the Willows continues its well-loved summer tradition returning to the beautiful surrounds of the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney playing from Friday 5th to Sunday 28th of January 2018.

Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank is a rollicking yet gentle adventure, starring the pompous, arrogant, vain, hilarious Toad – a favourite with children everywhere.  Toad, along with his better-behaved friends, Ratty, Mole, Otter and Badger, as well as the rascally Weasel, have come to life every summer for the past 15 years providing enchanting and lively entertainment for all the family.  

Photo credit: Australian Shakespeare Company

Photo credit: Australian Shakespeare Company

This critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs and laughs. There is fun for young and old as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose. The young ‘rabbits’ are encouraged to get involved in the action, and are given every opportunity to scream out loud, sing along and become part of the adventure. With laughs and surprises for children and adults, this is interactive theatre at its best.

Photo credit: Australian Shakespeare Company

Photo credit: Australian Shakespeare Company

Tens of thousands of people have delighted in the simple pleasures of this rollicking promenade production over the years, so this summer pack a picnic, pack the kids... and head on down to the riverbank.

Showing from Friday 5th January to Sunday 28th of  January 2018 (except 26th Jan no show). Times are either 10:30 am or 6pm Tuesday to Sunday.

For more information on 'The Wind in the Willows' production or to book tickets (now on sale), head to the Australian Shakespeare Company's website.

To celebrate this fantastic production, we are giving away 1 family pass valued at $110 (4 people) for Saturday 6th of January 2018 at 10:30 am.  To enter, follow us on Instragram, like our Wind in the Willows Instagram post and tag a friend (we will check). Entries open Wednesday 29th of November and 2017 close Wednesday 6th of December 2017 at 5pm AEST. Entries only open to NSW residents. 

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Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park - Powerhouse Museum - Info - Sydney

Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park is the latest exhibition by Japanese art collective teamLab. Featuring eight interactive light installations never seen in Australia. Future Park is now at the Powerhouse Museum!

As the first teamLab interactives to come to Australia, Future Park is a playground for children and adults alike that brings together science and imagination to create collaborative artworks that change and evolve each day. Visitors will be swept into jungles of dreamt-up forests, compose symphonies, build cities and invent animals and people of the future.

Future Park features 8 installations that evolve in real time as they respond to human interactions with the art.

Visitors will have the opportunity to make music with Light Ball Orchestra as balls small and large, suspended and rolling connect with each other to create a live composition. This ever-changing symphony is combined with a light show as the balls change colour as they interact.

Light Ball Orchestra - Photo credit: TeamLab

Light Ball Orchestra - Photo credit: TeamLab

A Table Where Little People Live: Little people run across this digital table. Place objects on the table and change the way these little people act. Watch them jump, climb and slide as they adapt to the new environment you create.

A Table where Little People Live - Photo credit: TeamLab

A Table where Little People Live - Photo credit: TeamLab

Hopscotch for Geniuses gives a new, digital twist to one of the world’s oldest games. Part interactive dance, part traditional hopscotch, this is a game that will keep people on their toes. 

Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses - Photo credit: TeamLab

Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses - Photo credit: TeamLab

Graffiti Nature - Mountains and Valleys creates a magical digital environment to be populated by visitor drawings of animals and plants. Witness a colourful world grow from a shared vision of what was, what is and what could be.

Graffiti Nature - Photo Credit: TeamLab

Graffiti Nature - Photo Credit: TeamLab

Graffiti Nature - Photo credit: TeamLab

Graffiti Nature - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch Town invites visitors to populate a town of their collective imagination by drawing vehicles, buildings and public places. As Sketch Town grows its creators can interact with the townscape they have designed. 

Sketch Town - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch Town - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch People: Sketch yourself some new friends, scan them and see them come to life on our large screen. You can even interact with them as they form relationships with one another!

Sketch People - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch People - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch Town Papercraft: Turn your 2D drawings into unique 3D memories to take home with you as you breakdown the barriers between the digital and the physical. Draw and colour your favourite Sketch Town images, scan your drawing, print it out and assemble your 3D model.

Sketch Town Papercraft - Photo credit: TeamLab

Sketch Town Papercraft - Photo credit: TeamLab

Connecting! Block Town: Control the movement of cars and trains in this ever-changing town. Keep an eye on the traffic!

Main Connecting - Photo credit: TeamLab

Main Connecting - Photo credit: TeamLab

As part of MAASive Lates: Digital Worlds, be among the first to see Future Park on Thursday 23rd Nov when preview exhibition tickets are available for one night only . MAASive Lates at the Powerhouse Museum is a quarterly night of free entertainment and interactive experiences. Also make the most of late Summer nights at the Powerhouse Museum when the exhibition stays open until 9pm every Thursday in January with adults only sessions to Future Park.

Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park will be open from Friday 24th of Nov 2017 until Saturday 30th of April 2018 at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. Prices are: Adults $28 Concession $22 Children $17.30 Family Pass $74, Members and kids under 4 free. 

For more information and to book tickets to Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park at the Powerhouse Museum, head to their website.

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Australian Ballet - Storytime Ballet - Sleeping Beauty Info - Sydney & Melbourne

The Australian Ballet’s Storytime Ballet is back with a production of The Sleeping Beauty. The company’s first mainstage production created especially for children aged 3 years old and up, Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty will run in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland from December 2017 to January 2018.

Photo credit: Australian Ballet

Photo credit: Australian Ballet

“After the success of the first season of Storytime Ballet in 2015, it’s wonderful to be able to keep bringing productions to our youngest ballet fans,” said Artistic Director David McAllister. “The Sleeping Beauty is one of the world’s most-loved story ballets and it has been fantastic to create this immersive experience for families. It’s the perfect introduction to ballet for children, as they follow this classic story of a sleeping princess and a prince searching for his true love.”

To celebrate the launch of Storytime Ballet - Sleeping Beauty, the Australian Ballet invited special guests and their children to get a teaser of what to expect from the production and a private ballet lesson - lucky ballet dancers! Kate and her little ballerina attended the event for Busy City Kids and loved the Fairy of Joy from the Australian Ballet.

Photo credit: Australian Ballet -   Ally Deacon

Photo credit: Australian Ballet - Ally Deacon

With a performance duration of just under an hour, designed to suit kids under the age of eleven, this live and interactive production features a narrator to guide the audience through the ballet. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite ballet-inspired outfits and can interact with the performers on stage.

Photo credit: Australian Ballet -   Ally Deacon

Photo credit: Australian Ballet - Ally Deacon

Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty brings to the stage this classical ballet featuring Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, a sparkling crowd of fairies, and storybook characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Storytime Ballet is sure to become an annual family favourite. Expect little ones to be dancing down the hallway with (almost) perfect pirouettes, long after the curtain comes down.

Photo credit: Australian Ballet -   Ally Deacon

Photo credit: Australian Ballet - Ally Deacon

Melbourne performances will be at the Arts Centre Melbourne, 13th - 17th December 2017
Sydney performances will be at the Opera House, 20th - 29th December 2017

Sydney performances will be at the Concourse Chatswood, 3rd - 6th January 2018

For more information and to book tickets, head to the Australian Ballet's website.
Photo credit: Australian Ballet -   Ally Deacon

Photo credit: Australian Ballet - Ally Deacon

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The Gruffalo at the Arts Centre Melbourne

Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s much-loved tale The Gruffalo will be playing live on stage at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 26th of November 2017.

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Having sold more than 13.5 million copies worldwide, The Gruffalo book has fast become a family favourite in households across Australia. The success led to a film adaptation and UK adventure park ride. There is even a Gruffalo trail in the Forest of Dean in England!

Direct from London’s West End and Broadway, the new production for little ones tells the story of a mouse who heads off on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood. 

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad snake. Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when she comes face to face with the very creature she imagined?

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UK theatre company Tall Stories and Australia’s CDP Theatre Producers - the team behind the stage adaptations Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo’s Child will bring to life the popular and award-winning book in a colourful play full of songs, laughs and fun for children aged 3 + and their adults.

The production will be on at the Arts Centre Melbourne's Playhouse from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 26th of November 2017. An Auslan interpreted performance will take place on Wed 22nd of Nov and a Relaxed performance on Thursday 23rd Nov. Tickets range from $26 - $49. 

For more information or to book, head to the Arts Centre Melbourne's website.
To BUY the book for a refresher or for the perfect Christmas present, head to to this link.

Horrible Harriet - Arts Centre Melbourne - Info

Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs’ humorous tale of a wicked, wild and wonderful girl will be brought to life in Horrible Harriet at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from 27th to 30th of September 2017 as part of a national tour. Families are invited to join Harriet's search for identity and friendship, with songs, humour and mischievous fun.

Photo credit: Arts Centre Melbourne

Photo credit: Arts Centre Melbourne

Harriet lives in the roof of her school and keeps teachers chained in the cellar to do her homework. She doesn’t see eye to eye with the other children but really wants a friend. When Athol Egghead lands in his hot air balloon, Harriet finally meets someone who understands her. But then Mr Chicken arrives to disrupt the whole show.

Photo credit: Heidrun Lohr from Arts Centre Melbourne

Photo credit: Heidrun Lohr from Arts Centre Melbourne

Horrible Harriet is the work of CDP Kids Productions, the team behind the hit stage shows The 13, 26, and 52-Storey Treehouses, The Gruffalo and Mr Stink. The show will play at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse and is recommended for kids 3 to 8. An Auslan interpreted performance as well as a Relaxed performance will also be available.

To find out more info about the Horrible Harriet show and to book, head to the Arts Centre Melbourne's website.

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.

Grug and The Rainbow - Monkey Baa Theatre - Sydney - Info

The stunning production of Grug and the Rainbow based on the much loved picture book by Ted Prior is coming to Sydney this September and more precisely at Monkey Baa Theatre Company from Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th September. 

Photo credit: Shane Reid. L-R Jude Henshall

Photo credit: Shane Reid. L-R Jude Henshall

Grug began his life as the grassy top of a Burrawang tree. Embarking on his own epic journey to find a rainbow, it always seems just beyond his grasp. But Grug is bursting with determination and his adventures are always full of surprises.

Photo credit: Photo Shane Reid. L-R Nathan O'Keefe

Photo credit: Photo Shane Reid. L-R Nathan O'Keefe

Featuring exquisite puppetry and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world, this new show has been created especially for the next generation of the littlest theatregoers. 

Photo credit: Shane Reid. L-R Ellen Steele

Photo credit: Shane Reid. L-R Ellen Steele

Come and join Grug's exciting adventure. Recommended for ages 1 to 5.

Photo credit: Shane Reid. L-R Ellen Steele

Photo credit: Shane Reid. L-R Ellen Steele

For more information on Grug and The Rainbow at the Monkey Baa Theatre, head to their website.

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!

The Secret Life of Suitcases - Arts Centre Melbourne

The Melbourne Minor gang fell in love with the magic of The Secret Life of Suitcases this morning at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Here's Kel's review. Thank you Kel for the review and pics xo Catherine

The Secret Life of Suitcases is a heartwarming story about a hard working man called Larry. Two puppeteers bring to life many different characters to join Larry on stage and spin a tale that will both entertain children and captivate adults.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor

Photo credit: @melbourneminor

There is plenty of humour in the show but the underlying message is a profound one. The whimsical story along with the puppeteers being an active part of the story, not hidden behind curtains as they would normally be, gives the show a vibe of children telling an amazing tale with beloved toys.

Photo credit: The Esplanade Singapore

Photo credit: The Esplanade Singapore

My whole family really enjoyed the performance and the phrase 'the qworks will fix it' has already made it's way into the family vernacular. I feel like it's a story that will stay with us for a long time after the suitcases have travelled on.

Photo credit: Esplanade Singapore

Photo credit: Esplanade Singapore

The Secret Life of Suitcases runs for 50 minutes with no intermission. Lights are kept on and low during the performance. The theatre is fully accessible. Ages 4+.

The Secret Life of Suitcases is on today and tomorrow Sunday 13th August 10am and 12:30pm at the Arts Centre Melbourne. For more information and to book, head to the Arts Centre's website.

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 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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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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Cerita Anak (Child's Story) at Arts Centre Melbourne - Info

Preschool children and their carers will be invited on an interactive journey through the seas with the performance of Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) at the Arts Centre Melbourne this month from Thursday 30th of March to Sunday 2nd of April. Inspired by the seafaring history of Java, Indonesia and a true tale of a small boy's arrival in Australia.

Cerita Anak (Child's Story) in Australia with Polyglot Theatre - Photo credit: ArtPlay City of Melbourne

Cerita Anak (Child's Story) in Australia with Polyglot Theatre - Photo credit: ArtPlay City of Melbourne

Melbourne's Polyglot Theatre and Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre have been working together since 2008. In May 2015, they developed Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) in Lasem, a small fishing village with a remarkable history on the north coast of Java. The history and mythology of this town played a key role in the inspiration of Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) as both companies collaborated with the local community to weave these stories into the work.

Cerita Anak (Child's Story) in Indonesia with Polyglot Theatre and Papermoon Puppet Theatre - Photo credit: ArtPlay City of Melbourne

Cerita Anak (Child's Story) in Indonesia with Polyglot Theatre and Papermoon Puppet Theatre - Photo credit: ArtPlay City of Melbourne

Combining puppetry, song, shadow imagery and sound, Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) will place children at the heart of the story by inviting the audience, young and old, to be passengers on this adventure on the high seas. Aboard a large boat, participants are rocked and rolled across a strange ocean before they dive to the bottom of the sea.

Cerita Anak (Child's Story) in Australia with Polyglot Theatre - Photo credit: ArtPlay City of Melbourne

Cerita Anak (Child's Story) in Australia with Polyglot Theatre - Photo credit: ArtPlay City of Melbourne

They will hear stories on the wind and in the currents of the water, and face great danger before coming to safe harbour. The show bustles with all the life of the ocean – from the fish below to the birds above – while evoking the majesty and mystery of the sea itself.

Cerita Anak (Child's Story) in Australia with Polyglot Theatre- Photo credit: ArtPlay City of Melbourne

Cerita Anak (Child's Story) in Australia with Polyglot Theatre- Photo credit: ArtPlay City of Melbourne

Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) will be on at the Art Centre Melbourne from Thursday 30th to Sunday 2nd April 2017. Multiple sessions will be available. Tickets are $24 per child and $24 per adult. For more information on the performance and to book, head to the Arts Centre's website.