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Free ArtPlay Workshops and Events Summer 2013

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Have fun for free
Enjoy the free workshops and events at ARTPLAY

When I first visited ArtPlay I really wished there was a similar space for adults. It's an area where kids and families meet to play, create and learn. The space inside is always changing depending on the activities. Most of the time there's a small fee for attending events and workshops, but here at Weekend Notes we've found some in January and February which are absolutely free of charge.

MSO ArtPlay Open Workshop

If your children play a musical instrument or are showing a particular knack for shaking the maraca, this is the workshop for you. MSO ArtPlay Open Workshops are run by musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and encourage children to immerse themselves in the world of musical improvisation. Children will be given the opportunity to express interest in being part of the MSO ArtPlay Ensemble as part of the workshop.

When? Saturday 2 February and Sunday 3 February, 10am to 11am; 12noon to 1pm; 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Who? Children aged 8 - 13 years

Booking Required? Yes. Click here to book.

ArtPlay Backyard

Explore and learn about the insects and plants found in the great outdoors at ArtPlay Backyard. Children are encouraged to create their own bug sculpture using leaves, sticks, seeds and clay.

When? Sunday 20 January and Sunday 27 January, 9.45am to 10.45am; 11.15am to 12.15pm

Who? The whole family

Bookings Required? No but it is a good idea to arrive early as places are limited.

Artplay Edible Garden
Learn about plants and insects at the ArtPlay Backyard Workshop.

Come In Outside

Enjoy a truly interactive play experience with Pocketfool and Melbourne artist Geoffrey Ricardo at Come In Outside. Children are encouraged to decide and discover what's on the other side of doors and coloured windows in ArtPlays Backyard.

When? Saturday 19 January, 10am to 11.30am (Preview)
Friday 15 February, Saturday 16 February and Sunday 17 February, 10am to 1pm

Who? The whole family

Bookings Required? No

Songs, Stories and Shadows: a night around the campfire

There's nothing like a good old campfire singalong to unite the family. This one off night time event invites you to make shadow puppets, listen to ghost stories and join in a campfire sing-along. The perfect way to give your family the camping experience without the packing and cleaning.

When? Saturday 23 February, 7pm to 9pm

Who? The whole family

Bookings Required? No

Enjoy a singalong around the campfire.

How do I get to ArtPlay?

ArtPlay is very easy to get to but parking in the area can be costly and limited. The best option is public transport. Find your way to Federation Square by catching the train, tram or bus and follow the signs to Birraung Marr, just behind Fed Square.

Make the most of the playground and seating by having a picnic.

There's an action-packed playground and plenty of seating just next door to ArtPlay making it the perfect spot for a picnic.

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Why? To have fun for free
When: Throughout January and February
Phone: (03) 9664 7900
Where: ArtPlay, Birarrung Marr, behind Federation Square, Melbourne
Cost: Free
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