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Published March 29th 2018
The Best Things in Life are Free
Join Eddie McGuire in the Millionaire Hot Seat (by Nine)
After enjoying part 1 of the Free Melbourne list, bring on more fun in Melbourne with these free events and activities in April 2018.
Millionaire Hot Seat Studio Audience - 17, 18 April
Eddie 'Everywhere' McGuire is giving away more of Nine's cash during live studio filming of the weekday gameshow, Millionaire Hot Seat.
Join the studio audience at the Docklands Studios on 476 Docklands Drive to see behind the scenes, watch the bloopers and learn from the top tips to master gameshow trivia (or blitz your next pub trivia night).
Refreshments are provided free and audience members can win cash prizes and tickets to watch Sam Newman say something shocking during the next Footy Show.
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 9420 3190 with your name, number of tickets and recording date.
Japanese Celebration - 15 April, 12pm - 4pm
Since 2009, 'Japaneasy' has hosted a festival at 126 Russell St to celebrate Japanese culture.
Join the 10th-anniversary festivities with family-friendly music and dance, arts and crafts, language lessons and refreshments.
Feel the pounding of Japanese drums, sip from fine porcelain during elegant tea ceremonies and create artworks with calligraphy (beautiful handwriting), origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper folding with cuts).
Plein air (outdoor) painting invites creativity as you break free from the studio.
During this session with Alissa Duke at the East Melbourne Library on 122 George St, you'll be guided with tips as you stroll through the surrounding streets, sketching as you go. Develop your drawing skills using the architecture, gardens, people and sensations as inspiration.
Mindfulness for Stress, Sleep and Focus - 24 April, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Mindfulness is the new buzzword for the 21st century as science decodes the benefits of meditation practices performed for centuries by the religious faithful.
At 12A, 45 William St, learn how to apply mindfulness to your daily life, allowing each experience, from the work commute to conversation with family, to be experienced more deeply, with attention and awareness.
Ride with rhythm during a spin class (by Bodhi & Ride)
Dance for Kids - 11, 22 April , various times
While you can't dance during a Naplan exam, you're encouraged to bust a move during the largest celebration of dance in the world.
Find your rhythm at Big Dance at Birrarung Marr beside Fed Square. During these hour-long workshops for children aged 5 - 12, you'll learn the latest dance moves with guidance from expert choreographers.
On the Union Lawn at University of Melbourne in Parkville, browse the freshest Victorian fruit, veg, cheese, bread, eggs, seafood, meat and juice in a refreshing change from the prepacked produce in supermarkets.
Chat with local farmers, bakers and growers before settling on grass for an autumn picnic.
We all hope to avoid a day in court, but just in case, take this tour of the library in Victoria's highest court. As you learn about the heritage and architecture of the Law Library of Victoria at 210 William St, you'll avoid arrest after learning it's illegal to vacuum after 10pm.
Smash through the midweek with a bout of group exercise in Boyd Summer Park in Southbank.
During the session, you'll begin with deep breathing and stretching, before jumping into a series of aerobic and bodyweight exercises, in lunges, squats and pushups to improve your stamina, flexibility and strength. Visit the Eventbrite website to book.
Dance like nobody is watching (by Big Dance)
Comedy Night - Tuesdays, 7.30pm
Have a chuckle on Tuesdays at the Imperial Hotel on Bourke St. During the 2-hour show, you can dine in on pub food favourites as comedians, including Joe Shaffer, Kelly Fastuca and Tom Gleeson, add mirth to the main stage.
Mix with your mates at this mid-week market, browsing the pop-up stalls with international cuisine, live music and special offers. Join in the fun of the 20th year of this foodie festival at the Queen Victoria Market. Visit the Night Market website for details.
Docklands Market - Sundays, 10am to 5pm
Stroll along the promenade on a peaceful Sunday, taking in the sights, sounds and scents of stalls with handmade clothing, jewellery, art, homewares and toys.
Sip fresh coffee or juice as you brush cinnamon and sugar from your chin while eating a warm churro. Visit the market at the Newquay Promenade in Docklands, checking the Dockland Sunday Market website for details.
World of the Book Tour - 11.30am to 12.30pm
In the State Library's spectacular La Trobe Reading Room, learn the story of the history of the book. This guided tour features the rare items created as literature developed from the middle ages to the present day.
Featuring a curated selection of works from SL's Rare Books Collection, you'll see the finer detail in maps, books, photography and essays, revealing insights in philosophy, science and religion. Visit the State Library of Victoria website for details.
Workout Session - Tuesdays, 6pm to 7pm
On Tuesday evenings, achieve you 'get fit' New Year's resolution with free cardio and weights classes in Alexandra Gardens, guided by a qualified instructor.
As the sun sets, take a moment to gaze at the lush surroundings while you catch your breath. Visit the Melbourne Healthy Lifestyle website for details.
Looking for more free fun in Melbourne? Check out part 1 here.
Is there another free activity or event you're looking forward to in April? Please let us know with a comment.