Arts Centre Melbourne 2019 Families Winter/Spring program - Info

Families are invited to experience an array of engaging and ambitious theatrical adventures and interactive experiences from Australia and beyond as part of the Arts Centre Melbourne 2019 Families Winter/Spring program this June through to November 2019. This season presents entertaining, inclusive and culturally diverse works spanning dance, music, puppetry and theatre. 

Young people and their families can enjoy an interstellar adventure designed for children with disabilities, an international dance work inspired by a computer game, an intercultural b*boy battle, hip hop fairy-tale, graphic novel brought to life, quirky puppetry and an indigenous history lesson with a twist.

Checkout this great video below for a visual of this year’s 2019 Families Winter/Spring program great line up.

 

In June, WA’s Sensorium Theatre will present the intergalactic adventure Whoosh! (29 June), an immersive and highly-tailored multi-sensory performance suitable for all children, including those with multiple and complex needs and those on the autism spectrum.

Woosh - Arts Centre Melbourne

Woosh - Arts Centre Melbourne

During the winter school holidays, little ones aged 2-7 are invited to experience Beep (9-13 July), a heart-warming robot tale from Windmill Theatre Company. The work, from the makers of Grug and Grug and the Rainbow, features gentle story-telling, music and puppetry.

Beep - Arts Centre Melbourne

Beep - Arts Centre Melbourne

For older children and young adults there will be a chance to experience a story told through dance, born from a meeting of cultures, when Nick Power’s Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុងតូច (10-13 July) is performed in Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre Rehearsal Room. Budding hip-hop fans can get up close to a high energy b*boy battle in the tale of cultural ownership told through the language of dance.

Between Tiny Cities - Arts Centre Melbourne

Between Tiny Cities - Arts Centre Melbourne

Musical theatre is explored throughout the season, engaging young audiences in important conversations. Shaun Tan’s award-winning book The Red Tree (3-4 August) will be brought to life on stage in a unique musical theatre performance that tackles a young girl’s journey from fear towards hope.

The Red Tree - Arts Centre Melbourne

The Red Tree - Arts Centre Melbourne

Then performer Candy Bowers will wow audiences in One the Bear (8-10 August), a fairy-tale for the hip-hop generation, jam-packed with infectious beats, endless rhymes and humour.

One the Bear - Arts Centre Melbourne

One the Bear - Arts Centre Melbourne

From hilarious to heart-warming, ingenious works of puppetry are presented throughout the season. Indigenous history is explored through Nathan Maynard’s new work, A Not So Traditional Story (7-8 September) a hilarious and unique tale of adventure highlighting the importance of culture, identity and friendship.

Not so traditional story - Arts Centre Melbourne

Not so traditional story - Arts Centre Melbourne

Dead Puppet Society bring the hyper-coloured world of Tim Sharp’s Laser Beak Man (19-21 September) to life. Nominated for four Helpmann Awards, it features live music from Sam Cromack of Ball Park Music.

Laser Beak Man - Arts Centre Melbourne

Laser Beak Man - Arts Centre Melbourne

In spring school holidays, children who love to move and shake will be given the chance to jump into TETRIS (25-28 September), a colourful, participatory work by renowned dance company Arch 8 from the Netherlands.

Tetris - Arts Centre Melbourne

Tetris - Arts Centre Melbourne

This will be followed by a stage adaptation of the much-loved book Spot (13-17 November), Eric Hill’s beloved puppy who is on a new adventure to visit his Dad on the farm and meet farm animals.

Spot - Arts Centre Melbourne

Spot - Arts Centre Melbourne

There you have it, the amazing lineup of the Arts Centre Melbourne 2019 Families Winter/Spring program, grab your tickets soon!

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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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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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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.

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.

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.

Macdeth at Arts Centre Melbourne - Review

The beautiful Kate from Meetoo attended the performance of Macdeth yesterday and loved it so much she was kind enough to write us a quick review! Thank you Arts Centre Melbourne and Kate from Meetoo. Xo Catherine
Photo credit: Arts Centre Melbourne

Photo credit: Arts Centre Melbourne

Macdeth is a fabulous introduction to Shakespeare for any age - a much abridged (and hilarious) version of the bard's Macbeth, Macdeth takes us on a journey that is a tale of greed and (as the title suggests) death!

While many characters come to a grizzly and early demise - this is done through mime and is quite ridiculous.

Sadly Macdeth is only at the Arts Centre Melbourne for a limited time - Do Not Miss!
 

Macdeth will be performing at the Arts Centre Melbourne's Fairfax Studio until tomorrow Saturday 21st of January 2017 at various times and is suitable for children aged 8+. Cost $24.

For more information or to book for Macdeth, 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.

Les Moutons at Arts Centre Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones had a stare (or two!) this morning at some funny looking sheep on the Arts Centre Melbourne's Lawn and were quite amused! Here's what they thought. Thank you Kate for the review and pics xo Catherine
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Art Centre Melbourne’s FREE family-fun summertime program continues this week with the ‘sheep’ of CORPUS’ Les Moutons taking up residence on the Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn now until Sunday 22nd January. 

We arrived at the Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn (located between the Theatres Building and Hamer Hall, where the weekly Sunday Market is held) and didn’t know quite what to expect of the presentation of Les Moutons.  

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A white fenced yard was in the centre of the lawn area and we quickly spotted two white ewes and one black ram inside, under the watchful eye of a shepherd.  Making our way through the already large crowd around to the top of the yard, we heard squeals (or was it screams?!) coming from nearby – there was another white ewe tied up to the fence away from the others.  This sheep was watching the yard keen to join in on the fun whilst making very loud baaing noises and moving around - much to the excitement of the little ones close by.  A few were even brave enough to give him a pat.  

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During the performance, we observed routine activities including shearing, feeding, herding, milking and even bowel movements! The piece is interactive and audience members are even allowed to help feed the sheep (lettuce and alpha spouts if you were wondering). The wooly cast - white ewes Julie, Marie-Louise and Bernadette and black ram Cesar - provide an unforgettable, albeit slightly strange and hilarious performance where expression, movement and humour provide all the words needed for audience members to gain insights into the lives of sheep. 

CORPUS’ Les Moutons is more than a wordless live installation that recreates a bucolic country scene in a typical urban setting, it is a performance showcasing the integration of voice and movement, improvisation, comic timing and precision.  You may not know exactly what or why you are watching but I guarantee that you won't able to resist staring at the sheep’s faces as they look off into the distance, moving their tongues in a licking motion and having a little giggle to yourself. 

Note – some of the sheep escape the yard during the performance and run through the audience. Several of the young children (including our two poppets, aged 2.5yo) found it a little scary so be mindful of this if you have little ones with you.      

Les Moutons will be performing on the Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd of January 2017 and is suitable for all ages. 

For more information on what times Les Moutons are performing, 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.

Air Play at Arts Centre Melbourne - Review

Kate and Ruby were busy again yesterday, this time attending the opening night of Air Play at the Arts Centre Melbourne on our behalf. They were truly mesmerised by the show! Thank you to the Arts Centre Melbourne for inviting us and thank you to Kate and Ruby for the review. xo Catherine
Air Play - Kite - Photo credit: Florence Montmare

Air Play - Kite - Photo credit: Florence Montmare

We tend to think of a clown as a comic entertainer - especially one in a circus - wearing a traditional costume and exaggerated make-up, until now…

Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone (The Acrobuffos) are a world-famous clowning duo who have arrived in Melbourne from New York City to perform Air Play, their epic comedy adventure filled with breathtaking air sculptures and laugh-out-loud physical comedy -  minus the big shoes and red noses.

Air Play - Yellow Red - Photo credit: Florence Montmare

Air Play - Yellow Red - Photo credit: Florence Montmare

Miss Ruby and I attended the opening night of Air Play at Arts Centre Melbourne and were completely blown away by how beautiful it was and happy it made us feel.  We smiled, we laughed, we gasped and we were totally mesmerised by the entire performance.

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Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings (sporting brightly coloured hair and coordinating outfits) journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk floats over the audience.

Air Play - Moby Vertical - Photo credit: Florence Montmare

Air Play - Moby Vertical - Photo credit: Florence Montmare

Seth and Christina collaborated with air sculptor Daniel Wurtzel to create a show that captures the innocence and wonder of childhood. The husband and wife duo pull surprises out of suitcases, defy gravity with clever use of fans (22 in total) and even climb through the audience, inviting willing participants to join in the fun with no pretence at a fourth wall. 

Air Play - Climb Inside - Photo credit: Florence Montmare

Air Play - Climb Inside - Photo credit: Florence Montmare

Our favourite part was seeing the clowns go from juggling enormous balloons to climbing inside one. POP! Seth’s balloon bursts and crumples to the floor. “Was that supposed to happen?”  asks Ruby. I guess we will never know but it certainly sparked the biggest laugh from the audience of the night.

Set to awesome music (ranging from Erik Satie’s ‘Gymnopédie No.1’ to Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang – My Baby Shot Me Down’) and with a running time of just under an hour, Air Play is a combination of visually stunning sculptures and cheeky but heartfelt storytelling that can be enjoyed by anyone, no matter how old they are. You’ll be floating out of the theatre afterward.

Air Play - Pas de Deux - Photo credit: Florence Montmare

Air Play - Pas de Deux - Photo credit: Florence Montmare

Air Play will be playing from Wednesday 18th to 22nd of January 2017 at the Arts Centre Melbourne's State Theatre and is suitable for all ages. 

For more information or to buy tickets to Air Play at the Arts Centre Melbourne, head to their website.

Les Moutons (The Sheep) are taking up residence on the Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd Jan for an unforgettable stay – don’t miss this FREE event before or after you see Air Play. KATE'S REVIEW ON THE BLOG NOW VIA THIS LINK.

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.

Air Play and Macdeth at Arts Centre Melbourne

Two great shows are taking place at the Arts Centre Melbourne next week and we are giving you the chance to win a family pass to each! Enter our giveaway gadget below - good luck entries close tomorrow Saturday 14th Jan at 5PM AEST!

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1.     Air Play

We have 1 family pass (4 tickets) to giveaway for Wednesday 18th Jan at 6pm.

Collect your boarding pass for Air Play, a comic adventure so epic it will lift you out of your seat! Suitable for all ages, this visually stunning show featuring umbrellas, kites, balloons and snow is as hilarious as it is heart-warming!

On from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd Jan.

Head here for more info about the show.

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2.     Macdeth

We have 1 family pass (4 tickets) to giveaway for Thursday 19th Jan at 11am.

The perfect show for young audiences who love the classics with a twist, Macdeth reinvents Shakespeare in this hilarious and fake-bloody tale for ages 8+ !

On from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st Jan.

Head here for more info about the show.

Imaginary Architecture at Arts Centre Melbourne - Review

If you are heading into the city to attend a performance at the Arts Centre or just visiting - head to Imaginary Architecture. Kate and her little ones let their imagination go beyond boxes and saw so much more during this exploratory activity.
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Art Centre Melbourne’s family-fun summertime program includes two FREE events that will inspire families to interact, connect and discover together.  The ‘sheep’ of CORPUS - Les Moutons will take up residence on the Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd of January. Lara Tumak’s Imaginary Architecture is calling on architects extraordinaire to build a mega mini city entirely from recycled materials from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 15th of January.

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Does your little one love to build and create things? Lara Tumak’s Imaginary Architecture is calling on all town planners, master builders and architects extraordinaire to come together and create a mega mini city for all to explore.  Created by Lara Tumak, a Melbourne-based artist who enjoys thinking outside the box and transforming ordinary materials into extraordinary things. Imaginary Architecture is part of a larger body of work titled Before I Fell Asleep supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, City of Melbourne, CultureLAB ArtsHouse, Arena Theatre and ArtPlay.

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Separated into two areas – a cardboard mini city and making tables – we began our journey at the cardboard mini city where we were given a small torch upon entry to use to peer into the interiors of boxes. Each box is filled with a unique, handmade diorama that comes to life with your torch. We found cityscapes, fairy castles, stars, animals, people and several avant-garde creations (proudly made by little artists), plus I even spotted Mount Fuji and the famous Red Tori Gate!  

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Once we were done exploring we made our way over to the making tables and with a lot of help from Grandma and Mumma, we made two dioramas to add to the collection!  The making tables are filled with an assortment of coloured pencils, paddle pop sticks, sticky tape, colourful paper and string.  You are encouraged to BYO an empty box (cereal, teabag or biscuit) but there is also boxes available.  

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Although Arlo and Macy were too young to understand the concept, they still enjoyed peering into the boxes and colouring and sticking at the making tables (which were just a bit too high for under 5’s, with no seating provided).  I feel that children aged 3/4+ would get more out of this event as they would be able to use their imagination and unleash ideas to create their very own masterpiece. 

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Imaginary Architecture at Arts Centre Melbourne is a fun space to explore and play (especially before or after a performance of Room on the Broom - read our review here). It’s a very clever concept with unlimited possibilities for creative little minds.  

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Imaginary Architecture is on now until Sunday 15th of January at the Arts Centre Melbourne in the Smorgon Family Plaza. For more info, checkout their dedicated website.

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Room on the Broom at the Arts Centre Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little theatre cuties checked out the CDP & Tall Stories production of the Room on the Broom at the Arts Centre Melbourne this morning and were laughing through some cute surprises along the way! Thank you to Arts Centre Melbourne for having us and for Kate and her little ones for attending xo Catherine
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Best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s magical tale Room on the Broom, comes to life on stage at Arts Centre Melbourne these school holidays.

 

The colourful and beautifully staged show stays true to its original story of a witch and her cat who are flying through the wind on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand to the ground, with the inclusion of catchy songs and witty comedy.

 

Four performers are joined on stage by three loveable puppets who cause much laughter from the audience. A playful dog who enjoys a game of tug of war with the witch and her beloved hat and loves howling at the moon, a green bird who wants nothing more than to join her flock on the beaches in Bali (listen out for the “Kiss me, Ketut!” reference) and a handsome frog with a Southern drawl - all of which are played by the two male cast members.  

Image supplied by Sydney Opera House and Tall Stories

Image supplied by Sydney Opera House and Tall Stories

The quirky witch - who sometimes even wears her hair in a beehive – and her loyal cat are a lively combination and their close relationship is played out as they journey together to find the witch’s lost belongings while making new friends and coming face-to-far with the witch and chip loving dragon.

Arlo and Macy (aged 2) managed to sit through the entire 55 minute performance which is recommended for age 3+.  Even the slightly scarier part of the show when the fire breathing dragon is defeated by the ‘mud monster’ didn't seem to phase them, although Arlo was quite concerned that the dog and cat were sitting too close to the bubbling cauldron! 

Image supplied by Sydney Opera House and Tall Stories

Image supplied by Sydney Opera House and Tall Stories

Room on the Broom is a truly magnificent play that had us iggety, ziggety, zaggety, zooming out the door, with big smiles on our faces. We highly recommend that you fly into Arts Centre Melbourne in January to see it for yourself.

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For more Room on the Broom details and ticket info, checkout the Arts Centre's dedicated website. Ages 3+ and on until the 15th of January 2017.

Air Play at Arts Centre Melbourne - Presale

TO READ OUR REVIEW OF AIR PLAY - HEAD TO OUR REVIEW HERE.

World-famous clowning duo the Acrobuffos are heading to Melbourne this summer to take audiences on an epic comic adventure filled with breathtaking air sculptures and laugh-out-loud physical comedy. In an Australian premiere exclusive to Melbourne, Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone will perform Air Play from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd of January 2017 at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre

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Created by the world traveling comedic duo from New York City, Air Play marries their comic physical antics with the breathtaking air sculptures of artist Daniel Wurtzel to create a spectacular performance as hilarious as it is heart-warming. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, kites that float over the audience and an enormous snow globe are the constant companions of a sister and brother whose rivalry is only matched by their affection. 

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Air Play is anchored in high-flying and ground-breaking air sculptures with a colour palette and themes inspired by the paintings of artists Joan Miro and Wassily Kandinsky. Directed by West Hyler, the work is physical theatre of sky-reaching scale with myriad moments of sheer wonder. 

Air Play is an intended pun. Besides physically playing with air, the show’s soundtrack spins the radio dial, creating an auditory “air play”. Wordless, but far from silent, its ever-changing visual playfulness is set to a soundtrack leaping from Balkan gypsy music to Nordic boys' choir, Italian avant-garde and Appalachian ballads. 

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Air Play will be playing from Wednesday 18th to 22nd of January 2017 at the Arts Centre Melbourne's State Theatre and is suitable for all ages. 

To buy PRESALE tickets, head over to this link from 10 AM Thursday 6th of October to 8:59 AM Monday 10th of October. Tickets will be on sale to the general public after these times. Tickets start at $27.

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The Adventures of Broer & Zus - Arts Centre Melbourne - Review

Kate headed to the Arts Centre Melbourne this week to see the show The Adventures of Broer & Zus, part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. This fun and energetic show could not have been more suited to her cute twins Arlo and Macy! Thank you Kate for the review and photos. Thank you Arts Centre Melbourne for having us! Catherine xox
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The moment I became a twin mum, my life changed forever…in the best possible way. Twins are more than just friends, they are like a small gang. There is nothing sweeter than watching Arlo and Macy communicate in their own language, chase each other around the playground or play peek-a-boo together through their cots.  Honestly, I feel like the luckiest person in the world having these little poppets choose me to be their mumma.

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While there are plenty of twins in movie and literature history (Tweedledee and Tweedledum from Alice in Wonderland come straight to mind), Eloise Green and Sam McMahon are bringing us a modern twin story with their fantastic new show, The Adventures of Broer and Zus.

Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Adventures of Broer and Zus is a hilarious show that will impress the whole family. Broer and Zus (Dutch for brother and sister) are eight year old twins (“identical only to ourselves”) who are two seemingly normal, everyday children who can do amazing things, but only when they believe they can and have the playfulness to imagine them.

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We are greeted by a bubbly Zus as we approach the Playhouse Theatre Rehearsal Room and the poppets are both given a colourful silk lei to wear around their necks as we take our seats. Broer and Zus soon appear on stage and introduce themselves with a variety of dance moves, they even invite us to join in with stretching our hands (clapping), stretching our face (laughing) and stretching our imagination. We are now ready to begin the show!

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Over the next 45 minutes, we follow the journey of Broer and Zus - who are recent immigrants to Australia from a ‘faraway’ place – as they embark on their first day of school.  With their navy cut-off overall shorts, powder blue collared shirts, red neck ties, blue hats, rosy red cheeks and vintage leather school bags, they certainly look like the part.

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Their day begins with nervousness and anxiety, but through song, dance, comedy, circus and a daydream sequence, the twins overcome their fears, learn some valuable life lessons and even end up having some fun.  Arlo and Macy took great delight in watching red apples being thrown around the stage and used for a clap and catch competition and all the children were given the opportunity to participate in a hula dance,  which even had a few adults out of their seats and on their feet too!

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The final act of the performance sees Zus climb on top of Broer’s shoulders (in perfect climbing footwear – bright yellow flippers!) and juggle long, red juggling clubs. She does it! The crowd goes wild! 

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Created and performed by Eloise Green and Sam McMahon both Adelaide based artists with performance backgrounds. The show combines both of their skills and talent to create an inspiring and entertaining experience for children and parents alike.

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Awarded the Weekly Award for Best Children’s Presentation at Adelaide Fringe 2015 and 2016, it’s easy to see why this sweet award-winning show is taking the country by storm.

The Adventure of Broer and Zus is certainly an adventure for anyone with a sense of humour and imagination, no matter their age!  The Flatman’s give it five stars!

The Adventures of Broer & Zus gang will be touring across South Australia from the 4th to the 12th of October. See their Facebook page for more info.

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie - Arts Centre Melbourne - Review

Melbourne contributor Kate (@kateflatman) took her niece Ruby to the latest production at the Arts Centre Melbourne - Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. A beautiful story and fun performance not to be missed these school holidays. Thank you Kate and Ruby for the review.
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The exquisite new stage show adaption of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie at Arts Centre Melbourne will spark the imagination and sense of adventure in 5-10 year olds and their families, as they experience the timeless charm of May Gibbs’ much-loved characters.

The adorable gumnut babies are on a mission to see a human – but only from a distance.

Photo credit: CDP Kids

Photo credit: CDP Kids

On their journey to the big city they meet friends – Professor Kookaburra, Mrs. Fantail, Mr. Lizard, Mr. Frog, Mr. Possum and Little Ragged Blossom – and foes, Mrs. Snake and Banksia Man.  It’s hard to believe that all these characters are played by only two actors. There must have been some super quick costume changes happening off stage in this 55-minute production!

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are energetic, playful characters who are instantly adored by the audience.  Dressed in woollen beanies, brown leather shorts and green gum leaf sashes, they jump, slide, climb and swim around the versatile set which - with the help of a central sea-saw slippery-dip - transforms in front of our eyes from a bed, to a diving board and a possum trap. 

 

Miss Ruby (8) absolutely loved the performance, especially the cute gumnut babies and sweet Little Ragged Blossom (I think this may have had something to do with her ‘original’ dance moves!). Even though many of the children may not have understood the connection, I found the vintage recordings of an elderly May Gibbs talking about her books and their characters to be a particularly magical and electrifying inclusion. 

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We highly recommend that you see Snugglepot and Cuddlepie come to life on stage these September school holidays until the 25th of September at the Arts Centre Melbourne. For more info and tickets, checkout the Arts Centre's website.

For more school holidays ideas, checkout our guide and blog.

Room on the Broom at the Arts Centre Melbourne

*Updated Wednesday 7th of December 2016 with giveway*

Best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s magical tale Room on the Broom will fly into Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse from the 4th to the 15th January 2017 next year! How exciting!

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UK theatre company Tall Stories and Australia’s CDP Theatre Producers – the team behind the stage adaptations The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child - will bring to life the award-winning book in a play filled with songs, puppets, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups. 

The Witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick in search of a fierce dragon when they meet some new friends along their journey - a friendly dog, a rather talkative bird and a charming frog.But this broomstick’s not meant for five and - CRACK - it snaps in two... just as the hungry dragon appears! Who will save the poor witch and will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

CDP Theatre Producers, the team behind the Australian co-productions of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, along with premiere book adaptations of The 13, 26 & 52-Storey Treehouse, Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and Mr Stink, is an award winning independent theatre production house specialising in boutique theatre of the highest quality. 

Room on the Broom will be playing from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 15th of January 2017 and is recommended for kids aged 3+. Tickets are from $26. 

To buy tickets or for more info, head over to the Arts Centre's Room on the Broom page.
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Giveaway - to celebrate this great production, we are giving away ONE family pass (4 tickets) to one lucky subscriber to attend 'Room on the Broom' at Arts Centre Melbourne's Playhouse on Saturday 7th of January at 3pm. To enter, make sure you are subscribed and write us a quick comment below. Entries are now open and close this Saturday 10th of December at 5PM AEST. Winner will be announced via social media, must be able to attend on the day specified and must claim prize by Monday 12th of December or the giveaway will be redrawn. Good luck!

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Melbourne Spring School Holidays Guide 2016

Well term 3 went fast! We have put together a great list of events, activities and programs for these Spring school holidays (Sat 17th Sep - Sun 2nd Oct) to keep you and the kids busy!

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ACMI - SChool Holiday Program (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Kids movies and a number of movie, animation, minecraft, codign and lego workshops for kids. More info here.

ArtPlay - 'Play' (7th Sep - 30th Oct). Kids can listen to calming music while giving bulbous sculptures a gentle nudge. Our review of Play last year and more info here.

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Arts Centre Melbourne - Snugglepot & Cuddlepie (17th to 25th Sep). Celebrate the 100th anniversary of May Gibb’s first book Gumnut Babies with the beautiful theatre production of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Checkout Kate's review of the preview event here.

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ArtVo - Interactive Art. Children and their parents can experience art in a whole new way and practice their photography and selfie skills in over 10 gallery zones! Kel's review here.

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Chinese Museum - Moon Festival Stories and Crafts Workshop (19th Sep). Kids can participate in traditions and learn paper craft skills and hear great Chinese legends of the moon. More info here.

Collingwood Children's Farm - Family Day (2nd Oct). The next Family Day will be on the last day of the school holidays. Little ones will love a day on the farm, cuddling guinea pics, brushing the cow, helping milk the cow, go on tractor rides and walk around the farm. Bring the gumboots! Read Kate's review of Family Day here.

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Dandenong Festival of Lights - (ends 9th Oct). See 500 beautiful and unique silk lanterns. The kids will love checking out all the different lanterns and the entertainment. Cute penguins, pandas galore, zodiac signs, dinosaurs, tigers, Australian animals and more! Read Kate's review & tips here.

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Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre - Circus Oz TWENTYSIXTEEN (28 - 29th Sep). Darebin Arts is bringing the circus to Preston with Circus Oz's latest show. More info here.

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Foxtel Footy Festival (30th sep - 3rd Oct). The Foxtel Footy Festival celebrates the best Melbourne has to offer in food, music, movies, and of course, footy. Free for fans and a kids zone. More info here.

Ian Potter Children's Garden - Visit the garden and attend special Snugglepot & Cuddlepie event (20th - 22nd Sep).  Lots of space to run around, play in the little waterway, sandpit, veggie garden and explore! Listen to a special May Gibbs' story and create your own magical gumnut to take home. Read our review of the Garden and info regarding the special event here.

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IMAX - Take the kids for some 3D Movie fun these holidays. The Secret Life of Pets 3D, A Beautiful Planet 3D and Prehistoric Planet 3D. On at various dates and times. More info here.
Immigration Museum - A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). If you could pick one picture to represent your family immigration story, what would it be? Craft an image that represents your immigration story and include it in our family album that will be on display for our visitors. Flick through other family pictures to discover the similarities and differences between your stories. All Ages. Free with entry. More info here.
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Melbourne Fringe (15th Sep - 2nd Oct). Lots of kids shows and activities including Bellbird by Polygot Theatre. Various dates and times. More info here.
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Melbourne Fringe - Big Tops and Tiny Tots Circus Show (17th - 25th Sep). A circus adventure for 3-6 year olds. Roll up! Roll up! Run away to the circus with this fun and physical show by Solid State Circus performer Luth Wolff. With hula hoops, unicycle, magic and plate spinning, Luth takes kids on a madcap circus adventure, with plenty of help from the audience! More info here.
Melbourne Fringe - The Boy who was born with a Moustache (17th - 25th Sep). What happens when you don’t quite fit? When you simply don’t look like everybody else? This kooky tale for kids speaks of facing up to adversity and turning your supposed foibles into your finest attribute! Monica Trapaga (from Playschool) and her family bring quirky circus, comedy and storytelling together to tell the tale of the Boy Who Was Born with a moustache. More info here.
Melbourne Library Service - School Holiday Program (19th - 29th Sep). Kids can enjoy a great range of activities at various libraries. Crafternoon, magic act, puzzles puppets workshops, Westide circus workshops, silly stompers, Bubble Stompers and Australian Animal Show and more. All FREE! More info here.
Melbourne Museum - Devonian Seas - Virtual Reality Experience (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Dive into the Devonian seas and view prehistoric life in an ancient, underwater world created by the Melbourne based Zero One animation studio. More info here.
Melbourne Museum - Carboniferous Critters (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). In the Carboniferous period (359 – 299 million years ago), Arthropods (invertebrates with exoskeletons) dominated the land and the air and the high oxygen levels helped them to evolve to gigantic proportions. Join the Melbourne Museum in the Museum foyer and make your own Meganeura, a massive dragonfly, one of the most iconic giants of the Carboniferous era. More info here.
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Melbourne Museum - Jurassic World: The Exhibition (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life… right before your eyes. Must close October 2nd. Read Kel's review and tips here.
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Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary (17th Sep - 2nd Oct) - Teddy Vet Checks at Zoos Victoria. Teddies are precious and they deserve lots of love, care and special attention, just like the wildlife. During the Spring school holidays, kids are invited to meet the Zoos' special Teddy Check Teams and find out about the care Zoo animals receive too! The complimentary Teddy Vet Checks will be offered every day of the spring school holidays from 11am to 3pm at Healesville Sanctuary's Australian Wildlife Health Centre, Keeper Kids at Melbourne Zoo, and Ranger Kids at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Plush wombats, giraffe, and gorillas will be welcome too! Free entry for kids and for teddies for kids under 16 these holidays. More info here.

Read our review of Teddy Vet Checks' preview event here.

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Polly Woodside - Pirate Day (2nd Oct). Bring along your scallywags and get onboard of the Polly Woodside tall ship for a day of adventures. Treasure hunt, pirate games, arts and crafts and more! Join the Polly crew for a tour of the ship and discover what life was like on a tall ship sailing the seven seas. More info here.
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Royal Melbourne Show - Melbourne Showgrounds (17th - 27th Sep). Kids will love the show with lots of farm animals, activities and shows on during the day, meets & greets, rides and parents and carers can enjoy great food too! As well as sheep, poultry and beef judging and on display and lots lots more! We had a small taste of this year's show at a preview event, checkout Kel's review here. Checkout our review & tips on how to make the most of the show from last year here. Free for under 5's.

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Scienceworks - Test Lab (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Make your own mini pinball machine, build a wind-powered Whirligig machine or join the Thing-amajig challenge! Test Lab is a new, pop-up, maker’s space for older children aged 10-15 years at Scienceworks, it’s a space to tinker with things and build cool stuff! More info here.
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Scienceworks - Re-Inventing the Wheel (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Help Scienceworks celebrate the launch of our brand new exhibition Freewheeling with a spring holiday program exploring the science of movement! What wheels do you work with? How do you make them turn? In this live 20-minute science show we’ll widen your world-view of that ancient and wondrous invention – the wheel! All Ages. More info here.
Scienceworks - Get into Gear (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). Why are wheels always circles? Can we have different-shaped wheels? How do gears help us change speed? Test out and build models to examine the inner workings of this most essential technology. All Ages. More info here.
Scienceworks - Virtual Goalie (17th Sep - 2nd Oct). The Virtual Goalie interactive returns very soon to the Sportsworks exhibition at Scienceworks! We look forward to showing you the new active 3D technology featured in the exhibit. Thanks to the participation of Football Federation Victoria’s best young soccer players, the new Virtual Goalie will be a must-see experience for our visitors. All ages. More info here.

State Library of Victoria Play Pod - Mr Chicken arriva a Roma (17th Sep - 30th Nov). Checkout the Play Pod's new theme and have fun with Mr Chicken Italian style! Hop on your Vespa and ride around Rome with Mr Chicken! Inspired by Australian Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs' newest book Mr Chicken arriva a Roma, explore the wonders of ancient Rome, create giant bowls of spaghetti and take your tourist snaps! Checkout Kate's review of the last Play Pod theme and activities here.

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Tesselaar Tulip Festival - Childrens Week (8th Sep - 4th Oct). Set on 25 acres in the magical Dandenong ranges, families can wander the gardens and enjoy an action packed program full of live entertainment and activities to keep the kids busy and parents happy! Kids entry is FREE. Children’s Week program highlights include Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Hoot and Hootabelle’s Owl Playdate and The Mik Maks (shows at various dates & times). Yummy food for the kids (and parents!), along with a petting zoo, didgeridoo workshops, Fairy Monica storytelling, face painting, train rides, craft workshops and much more. More info here.
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Snugglepot & Cuddlepie Preview - Arts Centre Melbourne

Melbourne contributor Kate and her little gumnut cuties Arlo and Macy attended the preview event of the upcoming theatre production of May Gibbs' beautiful story of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie which will be playing at the Arts Centre Melbourne these Spring school holidays from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th of September 2016, 55 mins, ages 5+ and an AUSLAN interpreted performance available. Looks like they had a great time listening to the beautiful story, watching a preview video of the production, patting some Australian native animals and doing some arts & crafts. And tucking into some gorgeous themed cupcakes and lunch boxes! For more info on the production, head to the Arts Centre's dedicated page. Thank you Kate for the great preview review and gorgeous pics!
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This year is the 100th anniversary of May Gibb’s first book Gumnut Babies, published in 1916, which started her series of imaginative bush fairy tales. But it was the heroic adventures of two little gumnut foster brothers, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie which became the stories that she is best remembered for.  Now, a new theatre production aims to put Snugglepot and Cuddlepie back where they truly belong: in the hearts and imaginations of Australian children.

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The doors opened into the St Kilda Road Foyer at Hamer Hall and with much excitement we followed the green paper leaf trail down to the Melbourne Room. We entered the intimate room styled superbly by Pilar Props with eucalyptus leaves, fresh wattle and gumnuts (the decadent Florence Broadhurst wall covering made for a perfect backdrop).

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The poppets joined the other little guests at the craft table and began to draw on the adorable Snugglepot and Cuddlepie colouring sheets.  We were then introduced to the host of the morning, Sweet Wattle Flower who really sparkled in a bright green sequinned top, sheer yellow skirt, beautiful floral crown and wrist corsages (made from native Australian flowers) and rosy red cheeks. Sweet Wattle Flower invited all the children down to the floor for a very special storytime. 

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However, this was no ordinary storytime! After sitting quietly and attentively throughout the reading (which had me totally reliving a childhood favourite), watching a short video about the upcoming theatre production and a singing along to a few verses of The Kookaburra Song, Sweet Wattle Flower announced that she had some special little friends to introduce to us.  Cue the squeals of excitement from the children! Michael from The Zookeepers then appeared with a beautiful kookaburra and one after another we came face to face with a lizard, a possum who likes to curl up inside a woollen beanie, a snake, a green frog who was clearly in a jumpy mood (cue the sequels of fright from the parents!) and the cutest eight week old dingo puppy, named Winter.  Everyone was given the opportunity to pat the animals and it came as no surprise that Macy wanted to hold each and everyone of them, including the snake – who was longer than she was!  Arlo on the other hand was a little bit reserved, preferring to stand behind me and watch from afar but he did enjoy having cuddles with Winter, who enjoyed chewing on his Bobux boots!

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Once we waved bye-bye to all the animals (and cleaned our hands with provided disinfectant wipes, good planning!) all the children were spoilt with a scrumptious lunchbox plus exquisitely decorated and absolutely delicious cupcakes from One by One Cakes. I mean just look at the detail in that little gumnut baby figurine – way too pretty to eat.

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We finished off the morning with a sweet craft activity guided by Sweet Wattle Flowermaking our own little gumnut babies. Too cute!

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With a piece of wattle behind their ears and holding onto their gumnut babies, I found myself smiling as we headed for home. I was so happy to have introduced the poppets to the much-loved characters of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and certainly cannot wait to see them come to life on stage at Arts Centre Melbourne.   

Parents will be able to buy the Snugglepot & Cuddle Pie lunchbox (vegetarian & gluten free options available) and kids can enjoy pre-show entertainment Stories in the Wall: Bush tales. A collaborative digital storytelling project between Arts Centre Melbourne and Victorian Primary and Secondary Schools, culminating in an audio installation in the Smorgon Family Plaza. Bush Tales partners the best of Victoria’s secondary school composers and sound designers, with original plays written and acted by 68 Victorian Primary Students.

For more ideas, on what to do in Melbourne with the kids, head to our Daily Spots page or checkout other reviews on the blog.