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Watch festive movies, learn to make GIFs or play Minecraft
Yet another bumper packed series of events will take place at the ACMI this summer, inviting you and your family to enjoy both on-screen and off-screen activities.

Don't miss an exclusive ACMI screening of Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom narrated by Tina Fey, a series of festive films, plus a bonus kids' meal at the ACMI Café and Bar. (*see more below). Take part in a family dance off, learn to make GIFs or take part in a Minecraft challenge. The fun begins at the ACMI in Fed Square from 5 December 2015.



This summer sees a couple of festive classics alongside some interesting family movies to entertain your children.

Bill (PG) 5 Dec – 3 Jan

Synopsis: A touch of English history in a family friendly movie about William 'Bill' Shakespeare (played by Matthew Baynton). Bill leaves his home and family in Stratford to find fame and fortune as a playwright in Elizabethan London. What will become of Bill during a time when England, under the ruling of Queen Elizabeth (played by Helen MCrory) is under threat of a Spanish invasion.

Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey? (PG) 6 Dec – 18 Dec

Nativity 3: ACMI
Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey? at ACMI

Synopsis: British comedy favourite Martin Clunes and David Tennant of Dr. Who fame star in Dude Where's My Donkey? A humorous tale following new teacher Mr Shepherd (Clunes), who forgets who is is (aswell as Archie the Donkey) ahead of the school's nativity play.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (G) 19 Dec, 1pm

Synopsis: Jim Henson's beloved puppets perform the old favourite classic tale written by Charles Dickens. Featuring Michael Cane as Scrooge, Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit and the usual Muppet characters; Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Swedish Chef, Beaker and more.

Asterix: The Mansion of The Gods (PG) 4 Jan – 17 Jan

Synopsis: Julius Caesar wants a piece of land occupied by the Gauls. In order to rid Gaulish village of its residents, Caesar plans to built an estste next to the village to start a new colony. Asterix and Obelix have other ideas.

Monkey Kingdom (PG) EXCLUSIVE TO ACMI 18 Jan – 31 Jan

Monkey Kingdom ACMI
Monkey Kingdom exclusively at ACMI

Synopsis: The latest in the Disneynature movie series travels to Castle Rock, Sri Lanka, home of of a privileged macaque monkey family. Narrated by Tina Fey (30 Rock) who lends her own unique take to proceedings.

Tickets: Full/Concession $7 ACMI Member/Film Member $5
3D Full/Concession $9 ACMI Member/Film Member $7

*Show your film ticket at the ACMI Café and Bar and receive a free kids meal with every main meal purchased.


This summer sees another series of creative filmmaking workshops designed for kids.


Filmmaking workshops at ACMI
Filmmaking workshops at ACMI

Make a Movie: 6–8 Jan & 11­–13 Jan 10am to 4pm

A three-day hands-on creative and technical filmmaking workshop for kids aged 9 to 12. Your kids will learn the basics of writing, directing, acting in and editing a short film.

Costs: Full $270, Concession $250, ACMI Member $230

Movie Mavericks: 18 Jan – 20 Jan, 10am to 5pm

A three-day workshop aimed at young folk age 13 - 15, moving onto the next stages of the filmmaking craft. Your kids will learn the elements of production and post-production, lighting, sound design, and screen storytelling.

Costs: Full $320, Concession $300, ACMI Member $290


Claymation for Kids 15 Jan, 10am to 4pm

A fun class for your kids age 8 to 11, in which they will sculpt a clay character of their own, and see it come to life with sets, studio lighting and sound effects.

Costs: Full $120, Concession $110, ACMI Member $100

Family Claymation 16 Jan, 10am to 4pm

This time, you can get involved in some claymation fun with your kids. The one-day family claymation class teaches the whole family how to make a set, mould clay characters and develop animation using stop motion techniques. Suited to kids age 5 plus, all children to be accompanied by a paying adult.

Costs: Full $50, Concession $45, ACMI Member $44


Minecraft activities at ACMI
Minecraft activities at ACMI

The Massive Minecraft Movie 14 Jan, 10am to 4pm

Work as a team to design a unique world and characters in The Massive Minecraft Movie, using specially designed version of Minecraft. Suited to young folk aged 12 - 16.

Cost: Full $120, Concession $110, ACMI Member $100

Minecraft Family 17 Jan, 1pm to 4pm

Ever wondered what the Minecraft craze is all about? Gain insight into how Minecraft works in ACMI's Minecraft Family session, in which you can also see how it can be used in a learning environment. Suited to children age 5 plus, must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Cost: Full $35, Concession $30, ACMI Member $28


Family Dance Party 19 Dec, 3pm to 3:45pm

There will be a disco in The Cube and you are invited! Don your party outfits and get ready for some dance-offs.

GIF IT 11 – 24 Jan, 12pm to 3pm (drop in anytime)

Recommended for ages 5 and up, you and your kids will take a sequence of shots of a character cut out, and create your very own animated GIF to upload to the net.

SCREEN WORLDS Open daily: 10am – 5pm

If all of the above isn't enough for you, remember there is also Screen Worlds: The Story of Film, Television & Digital Culture to explore any time of the year. Explore the history of videogames, film and TV and engage in interactive exhibitions.

For more details and to book tickets go to ACMI's Website.
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Why? Educational, interesting and fun for kids
When: Various dates and times over the school holidays. See article for details
Phone: (03) 8663 2200
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne, VIC
Cost: Various. See article for details
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