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5 Family Friendly Events in Melbourne Fringe

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published August 17th 2019
Family Friendly Fringe Fun
Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019 is going to be huge - over 3,000 artists to present more than 450 works in 170 plus venues to an estimated audience of over 360,000 people. Fringe is about open access - art for anyone. And while many of the shows are edgy to outright outrageous, children and family-friendly events haven't been forgotten in the lineup.

Here is my list of the five best family-friendly events in this year's Melbourne Fringe.

1. Kid-aoke

What kid doesn't love to sing? Here's the opportunity for a good old group singalong in a safe, inclusive, and whacky environment. Led by Melbourne queer performance artist Bae Marie, supported by pianist Cameron Thomas, children aged 5 - 10 (along with their young at heart parents/carers) are encouraged to come along and sing their hearts out. Kid-aoke is part dress up party, part music lesson, guaranteed fun.

Five Family Friendly Events at Melbourne Fringe
Kid-aoke - group singalong led by Bae Marie


Kid-aoke is a 45 minute show that plays at 2pm on 24th - 26th September at Gasworks Arts Park - Studio Theatre, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park.

Tickets are $18 - $22. Click here for more information and ticketing.

2. Mad as a Cute Snake

A regular superhero who does regular superhero stuff, like using her powers to defeat baddies and wearing her undies on the outside. And she's just been given a mission impossible: save her pet snake, Trix, from certain tragedy. But what happens when she realises she's not actually a superhero, but just an ordinary girl?

Five Family Friendly Events at Melbourne Fringe
Mad as a Cute Snake - having the courage to be yourself


Mad as a Cute Snake is about having the courage to be yourself - whatever that may be. Expect clowning, backyard acrobatics, original songs, dance breaks and fabulous costumes in this 55 minute show suitable for children aged 6 plus.

Mad as a Cute Snake plays twice daily, at 11am and 2pm, on 25th to 28th September at Theatreworks, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda. Tickets are $18.50 - $35. Click here for more information and ticketing.

3. Pirate Circus

Arrrrr me hearties! Join the hapless crew - a scallywag pirate, a muscular sailor and a chef with a seafood allergy - as they fight for the title of ship's captain. These acrobatic pirates give a new meaning to walking the plank! Contains strobe lighting, loud noises and soft audience interaction.

Five Family Friendly Events at Melbourne Fringe
Sail the seven seas with this hapless crew of pirates


Pirate Circus is a 50 minute show that plays at 4pm on 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th and 29th September, at Wonderland Spiegeltent, Fed Square, The Paddock, Melbourne.

Tickets are $20 - $25.

Click here for more information and ticketing.

4. You Should be Dancing MINIS

It's everyone on the floor at this dance party for the young and young at heart! Throw on some sparkles and dance like there's no tomorrow. Suitable for all ages and abilities, participants will be taken through some easy-to-learn dance moves, as well as having the opportunity to freestyle.

Five Family Friendly Events at Melbourne Fringe
Dance party for everyone - all ages and abilities


You Should be Dancing MINIS takes place at 10am on 21st and 22nd September. Running time is 55 minutes.

The venue is the Northcote Town Hall - Main Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote.

Tickets are $15 - $20. Click here for more information and ticketing.

[Insider tip - if you love a dance and are wondering why you can't have an adults only You Should be Dancing - the good news is, you can! Click here for more information.]

5. We are the Robots

Want to build your own robot? Your kids probably do too! In We are the Robots, you will get to build a robot using modular robot designs, and experience a sonic landscape fuelled by your design choices! Children get a happy snap with their creation.

Five Family Friendly Events at Melbourne Fringe
Build your own robot and have a happy snap with your creation!


Multiple sessions on 21st - 23rd and 26th - 29th September. These 60 minute sessions are recommended for children age 4 plus and are FREE but ticketed. The venue is the Nicholson Street Mall, corner Nicholson and Chambers Streets, Footscray.

For more information and ticketing, click here.

This is just a small selection of all the wonderful events on offer at Melbourne Fringe, so please visit the program and have a browse!
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Why? Inclusive fun for everyone
When: Various times between 12th and 29th September
Phone: (03) 9660 9666 (Fringe box office)
Where: Various venues, please see program for details
Cost: Various prices, please see program for ticket prices
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