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4 Interesting Family Events Happening on Father's Day in Melbourne

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by EricaL (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Editor of: melbourne.kidtown.com.au
Published August 22nd 2017
Something different to do on Sunday 3 September
For many Melburnians, the first Sunday of September is a way to show love and appreciation for their fathers, grandfathers or father figures. That said, Father's Day is not always about breakfasts in bed and novelty gifts. For one reason or another, some families choose not to celebrate Father's Day in the traditional sense and that's okay.

Here are some interesting family friendly events happening in Melbourne, which happen to fall on the same day as Father's Day; Sunday 3rd September:

Family Sundays: Smart Stories at ACMI

On the first Sunday of every month, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Federation Square offers free family events encouraging locals and visitors to explore the museum and gallery space.

Family Sundays: Smart Stories
Family Sundays: Smart Stories


Family Sundays' events welcome families to enjoy screen culture by creating videos, animations, playing video games and more, with different themes each month.

Falling on Sunday 3rd for the month of September, ACMI's Family Sundays: Smart Stories theme celebrates storytelling. There will be a visit from Australian artist and writer Shaun Tan who will speak to visitors from the ACMI Lightwell Stage.

There's an opportunity to craft a comic book or graphic novel and turn family members into superheroes for the day, or design a "choose-your-own adventure" style narrative with Twine. Visitors are also encouraged to write and animate their own simple storybook adventure with hand-drawn images and iPads.

Lastly, there will be interactive storytelling sessions to enjoy, where kids can discover their "inner monster" and a range of narrative based video games to play in ACMI's Games Lab.

Where: Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
When: Sunday 3 September, 11am 4pm
Web: Here
Cost: FREE

Harry Potter Day at Federation Square

Calling all Potterheads, this one is for you. On Sunday 3rd September, the Melbourne Writer's Festival will host a Harry Potter Day in Federation Square.

Harry Potter Day in Fed Square
Harry Potter Day in Fed Square


Don your Hogwarts robes and head to the heart of the city to celebrate 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published.

What's happening during the day:

10.30am: Celebrating Harry Potter
11.30am: Trivia
11.45am: Witch, Please Live Podcast
12.30pm: Dress-Up Parade
1.30pm: The Philosopher's Stone Film Screening
4pm: The Book That Lived panel

Where: Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne
When: Sunday 3 September, 10.30am 4pm
Web: Here
Cost: FREE

Giant Bug Puppets at Melbourne Museum

To celebrate the Melbourne Museum's current exhibition Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers, giant bugs are on the loose around the galleries from 1 - 3pm, every Sunday until 17 September.



If you have yet to visit the extraordinary (temporary) exhibition, a creative collaboration between Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand, and five time Academy Award-winning studio, Weta Workshop, perhaps Sunday 3rd September will be the perfect chance to do so. Additional entry fees apply to Bug Lab, save 10% if you are an RACV member.

Bug Lab at Melbourne Museum
Bug Lab at Melbourne Museum


As for the giant bug puppets buzzing around the museum, will you catch the giant cockroach, a swarm of bees, or perhaps a huge redback spider? The giant puppet visitors are made by A Blanck Canvas and Sanctum Theatre.

Giant Bugs at Melbourne Museum
Giant Bugs at Melbourne Museum


Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053
When: Sunday 3 September, the Museum is open 10am - 5pm, the Giant Bugs are out from 1 - 3pm.
Web: Here
Cost: Museum entry fees apply.

Catch Silvers Circus in Nunawading

Roll up! Roll Up! Silvers Circus is back in town and ready to entertain families in Nunawading on Sunday 3rd September.

Silvers Circus has been entertaining Australian families for just over 40 years. That said, no two visits to a Silver Circus are the same, as Australia's premiere circus is constantly evolving and changing acts.

Silvers Circus
Silvers Circus


Silvers Circus invites performing artists from all over the world to join the touring show. Entertainment includes the Wheel of Steel, the Globe of Death, Hoola Hoops, Clowns, the Roman Rings, Illusions, Juggling, Unicycling and the Cloud Swing.

Where: Burvale Hotel, Nunawading
When: 1pm on Sunday 3 September
Web: Here
Cost: From $20-$45


What have we missed? Will you be doing anything interesting or different this Father's Day in Melbourne?
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When: Sunday 3 September 2017
Where: ACMI, Fed Square & Melbourne Museum
Cost: $ - $$
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