Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea - Langham Melbourne - Review

Head to The Langham Melbourne these holidays for the gorgeous Disney Junior Minnie Mouse themed High Tea. Kate and her little ones attended the media preview of this special High Tea this week where Minnie Mouse was on hand to celebrate.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea will be on these holidays weekdays from Monday 16th September to Friday 4th October 2019. From polka-dot shortbread cookies to Honey Joy flowers, the special menu features a pink polka-dot theme inspired by Minnie, the favourite fashionista. Kids will love the savoury and sweet dishes which will come with a cold or hot drink.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The children’s menu savoury dishes include Ham and cheese finger sandwich, Fairy bread, Sausage rolls and Crumbed chicken goujons. Desserts include Minnie Mouse polka-dot shortbread cookie, Honey Joy flower, Chocolate-raspberry soft cookie sandwich and Vanilla ice cream cupcake.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

There will be no additional entertainment/activities supplied however The Langham Melbourne encourages kids to come dressed up in their favourite Disney or Minnie Mouse themed outfit and enjoy!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea costs are $59 per child with a glass of cordial or hot chocolate + one take home Minnie Bow-tique Why Hello Cell Phone toy, colouring activity sheets and a Little Langham Passport with a sticker for every children high tea occasion at The Langham, Melbourne. Price per adult is also $59 for Wedgwood High Tea with espresso coffee, leaf tea and a glass of sparkling wine. Children must be accompanied by a full-paying adult/s.

To find out more information about the Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea at Langham Melbourne, head to their website.

Jurassic Creatures in St Kilda - Melbourne - Info

Jurassic Creatures is coming back to Melbourne and its home in St Kilda will house over 30+ dinosaurs that will captivate young and old alike. Children will be able to explore a prehistoric world full of life like moving dinosaurs and be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before their eyes and come alive.

READ OUR CURRENT REVIEW HERE

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Apart from this amazing animatronics show, children will be able to become a Paleontologist for the day. Children will be provided with their expert digger outfit, and chip away at their very own fossil. Plus there will be many more dinosaur activities to take part in including dinosaur sand painting, dinosaur 3D Jig-saw Land,
fossil displays, dinosaur inflatable activity lands, dinosaur eggs to have photos in, walking dinosaurs and so much more.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Kel from Melbourne Minor visited Jurassic Creatures a few years back for Busy City Kids, head here for her review of the last event.

Jurassic Creatures will include:
• A spectacular dinosaur exhibition with realistic animatronics
• An Interactive Fossil digging area
• Dinosaur Sand painting
• 3D Jigsaw Land
• Dinosaur Inflatable Activity Lands
• Plus so many other dinosaur activities for the whole family

Jurassic Creatures will be open from Saturday 15th of September to Sunday 14th of October. Tickets are as follows: Adult $31.56, Children (2-12 years) $31.56, Kids Under 2 Free. Family pass (2 adults & 2 kids or 1 adult & 3 kids) $99.44. Two daily session 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. Each session runs for 3 hours. Location is at St Kilda Triangle (adjacent Palais Theatre). 

For more information on Jurassic Creatures or to book tickets, head to their website.

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Bricks 4 Kidz - Northern Beaches School Holiday Workshops - Sydney - Info

Bricks 4 Kidz is a fantastic program where kids can create cool BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models with LEGO® Technic, build 3D characters, or make craft projects and other activities that center around SUPER FUN themes. Kids can also join robotics workshops to create and learn to program their own ‘bot!

Bricks 4 Kidz Northern Beaches specifically will be running July Workshops in Balgowlah for the upcoming school holidays. As well as other venues across the Northern Beaches.

Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

In week one Bricks 4 Kidz Northern Beaches will be running three fantastic programs:

  • A Galaxy Far Away (2 Days) workshop offered on Monday, 9 and Tuesday, 10 July from 9am - 4pm. Cost: $180. Inspired by Star Wars, our Galaxy Far Away school holiday workshop is designed to make your imagination blast off! Build AWESOME 3D models of your favourite characters, pilot a rebel fighter to bring you back safely from resistance and motorise models representing the amazing spacecrafts from the world's most popular movie - and much, much more! Come experience this stellar journey to a Galaxy Far Away! Ages: 5 - 11.
     
  • Superheroes: Avengers vs Incredibles (One Day) workshop offered on Wednesday, 11 July from 9am - 4pm. Cost: $90. Use your imaginations, building skills and crime fighting passion in this thrilling new workshop! In the morning, kids will enter the world of the Avengers in their quest to save the world. In the afternoon, join the Incredibles on an epic crime fighting adventure! Guild and create fun models inspired by the superheroes, play games, and creative crafts! Ages 5 – 11.
     
  • Junior Robotics - World of Amusement (Two Days) workshop offered on Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 July from 9am - 4pm. Cost: $190. Join the fun as we combine the thrill of an Amusement Park with WeDo Robotics to create a World of Amusement! Kids will learn core coding concepts and build their favourite rides, the program them to  spin, roll, turn and rock on command.  They'll use motors, displays, loops, and tilt and motion sensors!  So much fun, they’ll forget they are learning! Ages: 6 - 11.
Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

In week 2, Bricks 4 Kidz will be offering three programs, starting with our unique coding with robotics program for students ages 9 - 13. 

  • MINDSTORMS® EV3  Robotics 101 (Two Days) workshop offered on Monday, 16 and Tuesday, 17 July from 9am – 4pm.  Cost: $190. Experience cutting-edge technology with the introduction of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Robotics. Students are captivated as they incorporate the newest generation of motors, sensors and software by programming their commands directly into the intelligent brick. Their capabilities are tested by moving an object with a robotic claw, build a bumper ‘bot and a robot that detects colours! Mindstorms provides the complete fundamental components of robotics.  Our small program size means each child gets the support they need throughout the day. Ages: 9+.
     
  • Winter Brick Blast (One Day) Wednesday, 18 July: 9am – 4pm. Cost: $90. Don’t get left out in the cold! It’s our own Brick Snow Day filled with motorised Bricks 4 Kidz models of popular snow sports, from the hair-raising thrill of the luge and snow mobile to ice hockey and skiing. Then we’ll build other winter characters and create a special craft for each child to take home at the end of the day. No snow? No problem. All you need to create these winter memories are our bricks and your imagination!  Great for both girls and boys. Ages 5-11.
     
  • Extreme Ninjas (Two Days) Thursday, 19 and Friday, 20 July: 9am – 4pm. Cost: $180. Inspired by the LEGO Ninjago movie! Ninjas … GO!   There are new ninjas on the block, ready to fight to defend their honour and restore peace! All ninjas attending this school holiday workshop will have an important role to play in carrying on the legacy of spectacular ninja skill, self-discipline, and courage. Join the team by using LEGO® Bricks, technic pieces, gears and motors to build the ninja domain of temples, dragons, awesome ninja spinning machines and more! Ages: 5 – 11.
Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

The Balgowlah workshop will be at: 1st Balgowlah Scout Hall, Balgowlah Park, Pickworth Avenue, Balgowlah NSW

For more information on Bricks 4 Kidz on the Sydney Northern Beaches, head to their 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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Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights 2018 - Info

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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

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Wonderland at ACMI - Melbourne - Review

Kel and the gang over at Melbourne Minor recently attended the media preview of Wonderland - the latest exhibition based on the story of Alice in Wonderland currently on at ACMI in Fed Square. Primary school children and older will appreciate this exhibition. Read up on Kel's great review and pics below. Thanks Kel xo Catherine.
Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Anyone familiar with ACMI exhibitions will know there is already a ‘rabbit hole’ feel about walking down those stairs and not knowing what you will discover in the underground exhibition space but Wonderland takes this to a whole new level!

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Wonderland explores the story of Alice in Wonderland through its many screen appearances over the years. The exhibition uses illustrations, costumes, props, posters, movie footage and projections to bring to life the story. Visitors receive a map to guide them around the exhibition that also interacts with the exhibition at scanning points. There are so many twists and turns and little surprises the whole thing felt like a treasure hunt!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

The famous Mad Hatter’s Tea Party has been reimagined with the help of state of the art projections in a three minute show not to be missed. A white room is transformed again and again in a dreamlike sequence and is like no tea party you’ve been to before.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

A favourite of all the kids that attended today was the croquet room where you design your own card and then scan it onto the wall with your face. These card people then skip around painting the roses red! 

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Wonderland is going to captivate people of all ages and is a terribly curious way to spend your time. Tickets are on sale now and it’s recommended to book in advance as limited tickets are sold for each session.  

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

For more information about Wonderland at the ACMI, head to their website. Wonderland is on from Thursday 5th April to Sunday 7th October 2018. Watch Disney's 1951 animated adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic 'Alice' stories while you're there. ACMI is located in Federation Square and is fully accessible. Tram and train service Fed Square and there is also ample paid parking. Full $25, Members $20, Concession $21, Child $16 and family $65. 
 
 

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Escape the Gaol at the Old Melbourne Gaol - Melbourne - Review

'Kel and the gang' from Melbourne Minor headed to the Old Melbourne Gaol this morning for Busy City Kids and experienced their new school holiday program 'Escape the Gaol'. Thanks Kel for these stunning pics and great writeup. xo Catherine

The Old Melbourne Gaol has just launched a new program for kids: 'Escape the Gaol'. Escape the Gaol is a scavenger hunt that has been designed to get kids exploring the gaol and learning about the history of this amazing place while having fun.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

The game will have you in and out of cells on three levels and scratching your heads over a few tricky clues thrown in. The game requires reading but even younger kids can enjoy it with a little adult assistance.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

As the final home to Ned Kelly, the hunt includes his cell and encourages you to read a little of his history. You can also dress in replica armour and the iconic helmet. 

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

There is plenty to see in and around the cells and I know my kids were captivated with the place. I would suggest allowing an hour to complete Escape the Gaol but this will vary on how old the kids are and how much additional exploring and reading you'd like to do. 

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

The three levels of the Gaol are accessed only by stairs, buildings of this era weren't quite up with accessible options. Approximately a quarter of the questions relate to the ground floor should you be restricted to that level. 

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Escape the Gaol is aimed at children 6 and over but can be played by younger children with help. On now until Friday 26th of January 2018.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

The Old Melbourne Gaol is a short walk from Melbourne Central Train Station or there is also limited street parking around. 

To find out more about Escape the Goal these school holidays, head to this website.

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Escape Gaol - The Old Melbourne Gaol - Info - Melbourne

The Old Melbourne Gaol has announced an all-new, limited edition experience exclusively for children these school holidays. Children are invited to participate in Escape the Gaol, an immersive and educational activity aimed at ages six and up.

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Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

Participants will have the opportunity to become inmates and must explore the Gaol to discover all the necessary clues to create the perfect escape plan, without being discovered by the prison guards.

Each ‘prisoner’ will be given a notebook containing a number of riddles, which must be deciphered in order to receive directions to hidden clues. Once the clues are discovered, prisoners must secretly hunt through the Gaol to uncover the answers to pull off a fool-proof escape plan.

Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

Since its opening in 1845, the Old Melbourne Gaol has held some of Australia’s most dangerous criminals, including the infamous Ned Kelly. Today, visitors can experience what it was like for the men and women who were held at the Gaol all those years ago.

Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

The Old Melbourne Gaol is open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm, with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday.

The Escape the Gaol experience will be available for a limited time only, from Tuesday, December 26 2017 to Friday, January 26 2018.

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Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

To find out more about Escape the Goal these school holidays, head to this website.

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Melbourne - September School Holidays 2017

Here we go again, the school holidays are almost upon us again - let's do this! 

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  • Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers at the Melbourne Museum - Visit Bug Lab and marvel at ultra-detailed large-scale models of bugs, discover cutting-edge science and explore the world as bugs do, through immersive sensory experiences. On until Sunday 15th October 2017. Read our review here.
  • Bug Lab School Holiday Activities at the Melbourne Museum - Kids can make their own ant antennae and participate alongside Polyglot Theatre’s Ants free performances during these upcoming holidays. More info 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. On until April 2018. Read our review here.
  • Happy Happy Joy Joy at the Immigration Museum - Celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival with craft, storytelling and energetic workouts that promise to bring double the happiness and luck to the whole family. Suitable age 4 to 12 years old. On from Tuesday 26th Sept to Thursday 5th of Oct 2017. More info here.
  • Royal Melbourne Show - The Royal Melbourne Show is back this year from Saturday 23rd Sept to Tuesday 3rd of Oct and you can save up to 25% if you book tickets online before the 31st of August. Kids can get up close and see, pat and feed hundreds of farm animals at the Royal Melbourne Show’s expansive animal precincts and attractions. They can meet and greet adorable baby animals in the Animal Nursery, try their hand at sheep shearing and milking cows in The Farmhouse or visit The Animal Farmyard and see their favourite farm animals roaming their paddocks as they would on the farm. There's also food, rides, gourmet food in the Winning Tastes Pavilion and Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion, shows, demonstrations, performances and so much more! Checkout Kate's review to find out what to expect from the Royal Melbourne Show. Kate took her twins last year and they love every moment! Our review of the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show is now up on the blog.
  • Horrible Harriet at the Arts Centre Melbourne - 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. More info on the blog.
  • The Pool at the NGV Fed Square - Dip your feet in the pool at the NGV Fed Square's free exhibition. With a multi-sensory installation of water, light, scent and sound, The Pool is an interactive space with a 11 metre long pool. More info 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.
     
  • The Magic or Aardman at ACMI - Experience the magic of Aardman at the ACMI's latest exhibition: Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman. There is so much to see from original sketches, watercolours and models all the way up to full sets, finished movies playing and claymation workshops. On until Sunday 29th October. Read our review here.
     
  • Have fun at Funtopia Maribyrnong - Experience Melbourne's newest indoor rock climbing center with two worlds - Playground World and Climbing World for hours of fun. Read our review here.
  • Melbourne Fringe - The Melbourne Fringe is a celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone that embraces diversity and a spirit of independence. It is the most adventurous, inclusive, all-encompassing multi-artform festival in Australia with thousands of artists from every discipline performing 400+ events in over 160 venues to an audience in excess of 350,000 people. Find out more info here.
  • Melbourne Library Service - Celebrate the school holidays with the Melbourne Library Service this Spring from Mon 25th Sept to Sunday 8th Oct. Get your party clothes on, grab your friends and join Melbourne libraries for some party fun with great craft, food and dancing workshops or maybe chill out at one of our yoga sessions. Celebrate, it's party time! Bookings open Monday 11 September from 8am. More info here.
  • Junior Rangers - Web-Weaving Wonders at the Australian Native Gardens Join park rangers from Tues 26th Sep to Wed 4th Oct and go looking for arachnids in this fun-filled morning of games, exploring and craft. Take a closer look at the cute and curious eight-legged creatures of Royal Park. Free event. More info here.
  • Children's Garden Discovery at the Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria - A hands-on holiday program for vacation care groups during which children will discover the wonderful world of plants and nature. There's also some school holidays activites at The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden and Cranbourne Gardens. More info here.
  • Footy Festival at the MCG - Head down to Yarra Park to take advantage of all the great activities on offer. The Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site, Taste of Football featuring Melbourne's best food trucks, a Kids zone including NAB AFL Auskick Clinics and the biggest ever AFL inflatable obstacle course and a AFL Grand Final Eve Concert. More info here.
  • State Library of Victoria - Play Pod's NEW theme 'The Very Noisy Bear' - There is music in the air in the Jingle Jangle Jungle! Can Bear's friends help him find the perfect instrument to play? The new theme is super cute and there are lots of things to do. Check it out next time you pop into the city. Our review here.
  • State Library of Victoria's School Holiday Activities - 2nd to 6th of October - Head to the Library and Start your own family band and on a musical adventure in two workshops for kids and grown-ups. More info here.
  • SciencePlay Kids - School Holidays - 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.
  • To celebrate Fiona Hall: Uneasy Seasons at the NGV Melbourne - the NGV is holding ANIMALS! FOR REAL A free activity where there will be reptiles, marsupials, and bugs will be on show for children to draw and to find out about their incredible lives and habitats during this free program live in the Great Hall. Free from Monday 25th to Frida 29th September from 10am to 1pm. More info here.
  • Spring is here and Zoos Victoria zoos have cubs to meet, teddies to vet check and a photo exhibition to enjoy across Victoria’s three great zoos: Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo these school holidays! The National Geographic Photo Ark at Melbourne Zoo's Leopard Lodge. Closes on 1st of October. Entry part of the entry fee. Lion cubs at Werribee Open Range Zoo Teddy Vet Checks at Healesville Sanctuary. More info here.

Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill - Melbourne - Review

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

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

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

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

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman

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

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

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

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

LEGO City Play Zone at Harbour Town - Melbourne - Review

Occupy the kids these winter school holidays at Harbour Town Melbourne's giant life size LEGO City Play Zone, it's FREE and lots of fun!  Kate and her little LEGO fans are busy these holidays around Melbourne but they were more than happy to drop into Harbour Town Melbourne this morning for the preview of Lego City Play Zone when they heard there was LEGO involved!
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Make your way to Docklands everyday between 12pm and 4pm from Monday 3rd till Sunday 16th of July to experience LEGO City activities.

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Kids can enjoy the Free Build Zone where they can make whatever they choose at the Creative Build Station

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They can test their building skills in a number of ways including building something for the Height Challenge. They can join a team and build a structure as high as possible! 

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They can have their pic taken next to the LEGO Fire Station or LEGO Police Jail.

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Checkout some LEGO City models too that are now available in stores.

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Play some of the amazing LEGO City iPad games and watch the virtual LEGO City come alive before their eyes.

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They can also relax and watch a LEGO Friends movie too.

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Look at some impressive LEGO statues and Meet & Greet the LEGO City Policeman (which Kate's little ones loved meeting)!

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Kate's little LEGO builders loved LEGO City at Harbour Town Melbourne today so get your little active ones entertained these holidays for FREE! LEGO City is located the kids play area next to Le Cirque Café.

Harbour Town Melbourne is located at 440 Docklands Drive in Docklands is easily accessible by car, bus, bike and part of the FREE Tram Zone and located 5 minutes from the CBD in Melbourne. Parking is $10 for up to 6 hours and you can shop & eat away in over 100 stores 7 days a week 10 am to 6 pm.

For more information on Harbour Town Melbourne and their holiday program and activities, head to their website.

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

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

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

LightTime at Scienceworks - Melbourne - Review

These winter holidays, immerse the kids with light at the LightTime exhibition at Scienceworks. Eleven experimental artists have created an immersive experience with aesthetic and dramatic optical illusions.

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Kate took her little explorers to the opening of LightTime last week and liked the combination of art and science brought to Scienceworks. 

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Enter the Infinity Room by Kit Webster and be prepared to lose any sense of where you are. A mosaic of mirrors, digital display and directional sounds will challenge visitors’ sense of space, giving the sensation of endless light and sound in a world without perceptible boundaries. 

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Enjoy the glowing colours in the mechatronic flowers of Epiphany’s Genesis by Skunk Control as they are reminiscent of butterfly wings, insect exoskeletons and opals. The beauty of the works is a function of birefringence, the optical property that changes the way we see light depending on angle. 

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Look through the aberration telescope by Daniel Armstrong inside this simulation and experience the night sky. Using beautiful projections that combine photography and astronomy, this work creates the sensation of star-gazing inside the confines of the museum. 

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Look into the pool of light and see hundreds of magnifying lenses at the Light Pool installation by Lienors Torre and Rose Woodcock which explores the remarkable capacity of light to be two things at once – both the source of illumination and what is held within an object as refection. 

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Other works include the Lost Room by Lienors Torre For the Being of Time by Leslie Eastman and Blue: Red by Darrin Verhagen all promising optical-kinetic forms, power of light and sound to cause bodily sensations. Visitors can use hand motion to experience physical responses with two options – blue headphones for the visceral experience and red headphones for analysis of what is happening. 

Lattice from Josh Batty and Mitchell Nordinei is also on display where you will see a massive lattice of 300 square metres encompassing 10 holographic images floating above the viewers’ heads. The work is generated in the space with no repetition or recording, so an original piece of music and light display will be created every day. 

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Kate's little ones had a good wonder around, enjoyed the lights and sounds at LightTime at Scienceworks especially the beautiful flowers by Skunk Control. They did find the space dark in parts and perhaps kids 4+ years will enjoy this experimental exhibition further. You can take your pram with you as the exhibition is quite spacious.

For more information on LightTime at Sciencework, head to their website

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

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

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

Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers at Melbourne Museum - Review

Kate and her adventurous poppets hit the red 'Bug Lab' carpet this evening to get the low down on the NEW exhibition to open at the Melbourne Museum tomorrow Friday 23rd of June - Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers. Perfect for your little busy bees these holidays and perfect for grown ups too! With interactive areas throughout and some impressive large scale bugs, it's a lot of fun and the kids will love it! Thank you Melbourne Museum for having us and thank you Kate for the cool review! xo Catherine

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The poppets love bugs! Maybe it’s because they’re so small or because they make grown adults (like myself!) flee in terror. Either way bugs are a super popular topic in our family.

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So it was with much excitement that we entered the Melbourne Museum (with our colourful Very Hungry Caterpillar toy coming along too!) eager to attend the Australian premiere of Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers.  Inspired by the secret life of bugs and their genius ways, Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers immerses audiences of all ages in a journey to zoom in on the world beneath your feet!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman

The undeniably colourful exhibition features six large-scale bugs – Orchid Mantis, Bombardier Beetle, Jewel Wasp, Dragonfly, Japanese Honeybees and Katipō.  These special bugs have evolved over millions of years to have superpower-like abilities, including camouflage, mind control, super speed, swarm intelligence and deadly venom!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman

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Photo credit: @kateflatman

With four immersive chambers, dozens of interactive experiences and activity tables, the poppets had an un-beetle-ble time exploring the exhibition. Arlo particularly loved testing his reflexes hitting bugs as quick as an Orchis Mantis and performing brain surgery on a cockroach (eek!) while Miss Macy loved using the magnifiers to see the real specimens up close and had many visits to the Dragonfly zone where she stood mesmerised by one of the best flyers in the world.

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Older children and adults will enjoy the fascinating science content and with more than 2,000 individual pieces that took almost 200 technicians over 40,000 hours of work over six months. This is an exhibition which goes far beyond the realm of a regular natural history exhibition.

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman

    Photo credit: @kateflatman

    Photo credit: @kateflatman

    Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers offers an amazing interactive experience for all ages and with a range of bug-tastic activities these school holidays, I know one family that will be sure to be returning to Melbourne Museum!  Oh and did I mention the beetle slide which has coloured lights AND sound effects!  Yippee! 

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    Our tips:

    • Book tickets online to make sure you don’t miss out.
    •  Beware that the exhibition space is quite dark + combined with a few crazy looking bugs and loud sound effects, it may be a bit scary for little ones. 
    • The exhibition is pram friendly with allocated pram parking if required.
    • Not done with little critters? In partnership with Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers, Melbourne Museum’s IMAX theatre is screening Bugs: Mighty Micro Monsters 3D or visit the Melbourne Museum’s permanent exhibition Bugs Alive! to get up close and personal with the real thing – live insects, spiders, snails and other invertebrates!
    • If your little ones need to burn off some energy before or after visiting Bug Lab, pop into the Melbourne Museum’s new Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery.  Read our review here.  
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    Photo credit: @kateflatman

    Have you entered our Bug Lab giveaway, we have 6 family passes to giveaway - be quick it ends very soon! Here's the link.

    For more information on Bug Lab and to book your tickets, head to the Melbourne Museum website. On until 15th October 2017.

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

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

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

    Room of Lucky Charms by Kate Beynon - MCA Sydney

    A NEW contemporary art installation featuring 600 soft sculptural good luck charms opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) today and we love it! Room of Lucky Charms (2017) is a multi-sensory work created by Melbourne-based artist Kate Beynon for the sixth annual Bella Room Commission.

    Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

    Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

    As part of the MCA’s Bella Program, the commission is pivotal to the museum’s commitment to access. In 2016, over 2,500 people of all ages with disability or access requirements experienced the Bella Room Commission by artist Kathy Temin.

    Visitors can engage with the work by selecting, placing and rearranging the soft sculpture symbols to create patterns, messages and their own associations of meaning.

    Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

    Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

    The work comes from Kate Beynon's personal perspective – a childhood immersed in lucky symbols from Chinese and Welsh culture. Imagery such as Chinese ‘happiness bats’ and Celtic knots decorated furniture, objects and textiles in her family home. Her maternal grandmother gifted her charm bracelets and carved jade pendants featuring lucky characters and signs.

    In total, 11 symbols can be found in the room including plants and animals, such as the gingko leaf, orange, lotus bud and ‘happiness bat’; and symbols drawn from the human body through eyes, heart, lips and hands.

    Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

    Photo credit: Jacquie Manning

    Visitors to the Museum can visit the room in various ways throughout the year by attending a Bella program, or by experiencing Artplay, a creative play session for children aged 5 and under and their families.

    To find out when you can visit the Room of Lucky Charms by Kate Beynon, checkout the MCA's 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!

    LightTime at Melbourne Scienceworks - Info & Giveaway

    LightTime at Scienceworks is set to open these Winter School Holidays - perfect timing! Visitors of all ages can see a collective of 11 Melbourne based artists who have created hypnotic and mesmerising work to engage the senses through 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. 

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    The result is a visually stunning exhibition that will inspire people of all ages to consider the science behind how light, sound and optics impact our senses. Children will have the opportunity to paint with light, meditate under a bloom of iridescent mechanical flowers and see how space, light and shadows can be viewed via new perspectives through the use of mirrors, screens and projections. 

    Image credit: Museums Victoria

    Image credit: Museums Victoria

    LightTime: Illuminate your eyes, ears and mind opens Saturday 1st of July 2017 at Scienceworks in Spotswood and it's only $5 on top of Scienceworks museum entry! For more on the artists here.

    To celebrate, we are giving away 5 family passes to LightTime at Scienceworks right on time to plan your school holidays and avoid cabin fever! (A family pass includes 2 adults and 2 children and general entry). Open to VIC residents only. Entries now open and close Sunday 25th of June. Follow the prompts below - good luck!

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

    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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    • 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.

    For more ideas, checkout our popular pages below:

    The Big Freeze Festival 2017 - Melbourne - Info & Giveaway

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

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    The festival will be divided into two areas this year: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Imaginary Architecture coming to Kensington Town Hall - Melbourne

    ArtPlay may be closed for renovations until Saturday 29th July but they have a little surprise organised for ArtPlay fans - Imaginary Architecture is coming these upcoming July school holidays!

    Photo credit: Lara Tumak

    Photo credit: Lara Tumak

    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. 

    Photo credit: Kate Flatman @kateflatman

    Photo credit: Kate Flatman @kateflatman

    Is it possible to create architecture out of nothing more than dreams? How about some cardboard, sticky tape and string? Town planners, master builders and architects extraordinaire are invited to create a mega mini city for everyone to explore. 

    Photo credit: Sarah Walker

    Photo credit: Sarah Walker

    Bring a box from home (an empty biscuit, cereal or teabag box for example) or grab one of ours, and we’ll turn this into a diorama to add to the sprawling city! Pick up a torch and explore our imaginary city - see what stories you can find!

    Photo credit: Sarah Walker

    Photo credit: Sarah Walker

    Imaginary Architecture was developed by Lara Tumak at ArtPlay and was featured at the Arts Centre Melbourne in January this year. Kate Flatman and her munchkins checked it out, read their review here.

    Imaginary Architecture will be on at Kensington Town Hall at 30-34 Bellair Street in Kensington from Thursday 6th of July 2017 to Sunday 9th of July 2017 between 11 am and 3 pm. FREE and no booking required. Kids 4 to 12 years will love this event and must be accompanied by an adult. 

    For more information, head to the ArtPlay 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.

    Big Games Adventure & Easter Hunt at Harbour Town Melbourne - Review

    Kate and her mini bunnies hopped down the Big Games Adventure at Harbour Town Melbourne early this month and enjoyed an easter egg hunt, hasbro life size games like Twister and Operation, garden games, jumps in a jumping castle and a ride on the Melbourne Star. Checkout Kate's review, tips and info on what to do and what's on these school holidays at Harbour Town MelbourneTo follow Kate's adventures, head to her Insta account.

    Hop on down to Harbour Town Melbourne for the star attraction these Easter School Holidays!

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    Harbour Town Melbourne - in partnership with the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel - invite you to embark on a Big Adventure without even leaving the city.  Bounce on the jumping castles, have a go at the Hasbro life size games, partake in classic garden games and immerse yourself in the NERF obstacle course.  Plus there’s no such thing as too much chocolate at Harbour Town Melbourne with 20,000 Easter eggs being hidden around the Docklands shopping centre for a special Easter Egg Hunt.    

    Best of all, it’s all FREE and if you collect all the stamps in your Adventure Passport you go in the draw to win a Hasbro prize pack valued at $1,000!!!

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    If that isn’t enough excitement for you, the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is offering FREE flights for children when accompanied by a full paying adult.

    Monday 3rd – Monday 17th April (excluding Good Friday)

    Hasbro Life Size Games

    Prepare yourself for extraordinary fun having a go at the giant Twister, Operation and Connect 4.  Miss Macy particularly loved showing off her yoga skills on the 5m x 5m Twister mat!

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    Jumping Castles

    Little ones aged 3-9 will love bouncing and playing in the jumping castles.  There is plenty of seating nearby for parents or carers to sit and watch too.

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    Garden Games

    Enjoy classical garden games on a bigger scale, including Chess, Checkers, Quoits, Croquet and Jenga!  There are also a few musical instruments for smaller children.  

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    NERF HQ

    Put your distance, speed, accuracy and precision skills to the test and improve your training to become the ultimate NERF fan.  

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    Monday 10th – Saturday 14th April (excluding Good Friday)

    Roaming Easter Bunny

    Take a snap with the Easter Bunny and get a chocolate treat too!

    Saturday 15th April

    Easter Egg Hunt

    Collect an Easter Egg Hunt bag and map from the Bunny Booth located under the Melbourne Star and hop around looking for chocolate eggs.

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    Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

    To celebrate the launch of the Big Games Adventure we were treated to a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.  Overlooking Harbour Town Melbourne, the Melbourne Star is one of only four Giant Observation Wheels in the world, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere.  The 30 minute ride was an experience like no other and with perfect clear, blue skies we got to enjoy uninterrupted 360-degree panoramic views of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay, right through to Mount Macedon and the Dandenong Ranges in the distance.

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    The in-cabin audio commentary gave us a brief introduction to the history and significance of the landmarks whilst the poppets absolutely loved providing their own commentary - excitedly yelling out what they could see in the busy port, scenic gardens, and bustling streets of the city below.  

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    A ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is definitely something to add to your must-do list, so these school holidays we highly recommend taking advantage of their special offer - FREE flights for children when accompanied by a full paying adult.  

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    For current dates and times, visit the Harbour Town Melbourne 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.