As the trees shed the last of their yellow and red foliage, we bid welcome to the onset of winter. You need not be cooped up at home as the weather turns chilly in June. There are still plenty of outdoor activities and fun things to do for both adults and kids alike. Get yourself into shape with zumba and yoga; boost your immunity with herbs; get up close to reptiles and frogs; enjoy an award-winning made-in-Australia film; uncover Prahran Market's hidden history; meet the CEO of Myers; learn how to cook Greek food; or go all Muggles with Harry Potter. Whatever event or activity suits the family or your fancy, you'll find something for FREE in the world's most liveable city this month.
6, 13, 20 and 27 June - Zumba classes at Boyd Community Hub
It is easy to stay active and healthy this month with a choice of fitness sessions and meditation in Federation Square or Tai Chi in Docklands. Now you can spice up your fitness regime with Zumba classes at Boyd Community Hub's Assembly Hall. This former JH Boyd Girls' High School has been transformed into the City of Melbourne's first integrated community service space with a library, cafe, studios and meeting rooms. Thanks to the Boyd Community Hub and City of Melbourne, you can enjoy FREE sessions of the dance-fitness program. Click here to reserve your space.
Instead of just relying on supplements, strengthen your immunity during winter with natural remedies. Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation and Sarah Cowell are hosting a FREE session about herbs and herbal remedies at Endeavour Hills Library. Sarah is the founder of Teasense and AustralAsian Specialty Tea Association. She was a Tea Sommelier at Vue de Monde and Storm in a Teacup. You will learn how herbs have been used for wellbeing across the ages and cultures as well as herbs to treat common ailments, support immunity and application in food and drink. Click here to reserve your seat.
Time: 7pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Endeavour Hills Library Address: 10 Raymond McMahon Blvd, Endeavour Hills, 3802
Kids from age 3 and above can get up close with real life reptiles at West Footscray Library without making a trip to Zoodoo near Hobart. The RooKeepers mobile zoo started by wildlife enthusiast Michael Church is one of the leading providers of wildlife shows for early learning centres, kindergartens and primary schools in Victoria. Your kids can enjoy an interactive encounter with 8 reptiles including lizards, turtles, snakes and even a crocodile. They will learn about these animals including their features, behaviour, habitat and reproduction. Maybe wrap a python around the neck for a photo. This FREE event is courtesy of Maribyrnong Library Service. Click here to get your tickets.
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Venue: West Footscray Library
Address: 539 Barkly Street, West Footscray, VIC 3012
Hosted by Health and Fitness Travel and ClassPass, this Global Wellness Day serves up an afternoon of FREE fitness related activities at Bodhi & Ride in Port Melbourne. You can enjoy a flow yoga class, meditation session and chat with fitness experts about wellness in a premium boutique wellness studio . There will also be a wellness goodie bag and refreshments from Matcha Maiden, Haus of Health, Golden Grind and MUD. Spaces are limited so click here to reserve your space today.
Time: 1pm - 3.30pm
Venue: Bodhi & Ride
Address: 418 Bay Street #416, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207
This award winning film has inspired so many related events including a 1950's Pop Up Bar and Footballers' Dance at Rippon Lea House and Gardens. There's also a meet up with author Rosalie Ham and film producer Sue Maslin. If you haven't seen the movie starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth, here's you chance to enjoy a FREE screening by Fitzroy Library. The movie is rated 'M' and runs for 118 minutes. Bookings are essential and tickets are available here. You do not need to bring a ticket with you to this event.
To celebrate International Yoga Day, Federation Square has teamed up with KAYA, Melbourne's premier mind and body health club to conduct a special mass Yoga class in the Main Square during lunch time. The session is led by an experienced Yoga teacher who will guide you through a series of stretching and postures. These movements together with will help improve your core strength and flexibility. Best of all, this activity is FREE. So grab your yoga mat instead of sandwich and join fellow yoga enthusiasts. Click here to get your tickets.
Prahan Market is often referred to as Melbourne's 'food lovers market' due to the gourmet produce and gastronomic events like Market Week and the Truffle Festival. However few are aware of its hidden past as the oldest continuously running Market in Australia. Join Lesley Sharon Rosenthal at Stonnington History Centre as she shares the rich history of the Market's people and produce through the Depressions, devastating 1950 fire, redevelopment proposals and competition from supermarkets. Lesley is a historian and author of Prahran Market: Celebrating 150 Years 1864–1914. The session is FREE and click here to reserve your seat.
Time: 10am - 11am
Venue: Stonnington History Centre
Address: 1257 High St, Malvern VIC 3144
26 June - In Conversation with Myer CEO Richard Umbers
You've toured Myer's Mural Hall and enjoyed the animated window displays each Christmas. Now is your chance to get up close to the CEO, Richard Umbers, in a FREE fireside chat hosted by NAB, InnovAction, Startup Leadership Program and Fishburners. Richard is a retail industry veteran having worked at German supermarket giant Aldi, Progressive Enterprises in New Zealand, Woolworths in Sydney, Australia Post before his current role in Myers. He will chat about his journey to the helm of Myer and how he plans for Australia's largest department store to innovate and partner with startups. Spaces will fill fast so click here to reserve your seat now
Time: 6pm - 8.30pm
Venue: The Arena at NAB
700 Bourke Street, Docklands, Victoria 3008
Many species of animals make their homes in the waterways, gardens and parks of Melbourne. While they are rarely visible at first sight, these animals have inspired art installations like the life-size sculptures of fruit bats by Kathy Holowko and provided numerous learning opportunities for children such as the Junior Ranger programme. One such creature is the frog of Pobblebonk Park. It may not be facing extinction like the Tasmania Devil but its living environment could certainly use you and your family's help.
Pull on your gloves and gumboots and join Friends of Native Wildlife Inc. in an effort to clean up the pond, remove some of the reeds and create hidey holes for the frogs. The organisation consists of residents active in conserving local native fauna through community engagement and research. Kids age 6 years and above are welcomed to join but must be accompanied by an adult. Click here to get your tickets.
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: Pobblebonk Park
Address: 41-43 George St, Sandringham, VIC 3191
Melbourne is home to a large Greek community, festivals and cuisine. If you always wanted to try your hand at serving up some Greek dishes, then head over to Glenroy Library. Moreland City Libraries is hosting a FREE Greek cooking class as part of its effort to promote learning and reading. The class is led by Angela Nicolettou from Angela's Kitchen who specialises in Greek and Spanish cuisine. She will share recipes and techniques for some popular Greek dishes that you can recreate at home. You can also take the opportuntity to browse and borrow the cookbooks, DVDs and CDs on Greek cuisine available at the library. Spaces are limited so click here to reserve your seat.
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm
Venue: Glenroy Library
Address: 737 Pascoe Vale Road, Glenroy, Victoria 3046 Australia
Grab the kids and head over to Carlton Library for a fun-filled evening dedicated to all things Harry Potter. Organised by Yarra Libraries, children age 5 to 12 years can enjoy a book reading of the first chapter from the Harry Book and join in games and activities to win the House Cup. Kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite Harry Potter character. Click here to get tickets for your kids. All children under 8 years need to be accompanied by an adult. Kindly note that no bookings are required for accompanying adults.