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Lots to do with the kids these winter school holidays

Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival will return to the City of Stonnington from Tuesday 28 June – Friday 8 July, offering performances, workshops, free events and unique activities that will ignite children's imaginations over the winter school holidays. Families can laugh with The Listies, be enchanted by the Victorian State Ballet, be immersed in creative, hands-on workshops and more.

Children's Arts Festival is one of Melbourne's most successful annual children's arts festivals and features spectacular and spellbinding performances at Chapel off Chapel for families these school holidays.

Victorian state ballet beauty and the beast
Belle and Prince

The Victorian State Ballet - Beauty and the Beast is a superb production featuring classical ballet skills and choreography. The show honours the magical much-loved fairy tale classic, including Belle and the Beast in their happily ever after final scene.

Circus Trick Tease Brass Monkeys
Circus Trick Tease Brass Monkeys

Circus Trick Tease – Brass Monkeys celebrates kids who march to the beat of their own drum. Bursting with high calibre acrobatics, a ton of comedy, live music and high-flying tricks, this show is perfect for little kids and grown-ups who like a big brass belly laugh.

hoopla cliques chores melbourne
Hoopla Clique's Chores Photo: Embellish Photography

Hoopla Clique's Chores is an action-packed comedy circus performance that tells the story of two brothers who don't want to do their chores and tidy their room. This performance is jam-packed full of silly jokes, cool stunts, acrobatic flips, unicycles, juggling, and the infamous toilet paper gun.

The Listies and Critical Stages Touring – ROFL Roola Boola Festival
The Listies and Critical Stages Touring – ROFL

The Listies and Critical Stages Touring – ROFL is a bonkers sketch comedy extravaganza of epic proportions, made just for kids. The show is jam-packed with magically stupid stuff like toilet paper cannons, a real-life cowasaurus, and the kind of madness that only the award-winning maestros of kidault comedy can make.

Children and their parents can also join workshops at Chapel off Chapel from See Make Play, NICA, Fizz Kidz, Amos Roach, and more! Children will be immersed in magic, puppetry, circus, dance, music, theatre, arts, craft, and more – there's something for every child to enjoy.

The See Make Play workshop will have parents and children making sensory-based toys using different crafty items after they enjoy storytime. Synonymous with fun, See Make Play's workshops are ingeniously underpinned by a dedication to education and a commitment to empowering others to dare to discover the untapped abundance of creativity at their core.

Children will be amazed and inspired with Melbourne School of Magical Arts – Magic Workshop with Lee Cohen for a fun filled magic class designed especially for budding young magicians.

National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) know how to deliver a fun, interactive and memorable workshop. Children can try their hand at juggling scarfs and balls, plate spinning, diablo, devil sticks, hula hoops and rainbow ribbons.

Fizz Kidz – Roaring Rainbows will offer a workshop where children can dive into a colour wonderland and get crafty making Rainbow Bath-Bombs, Glitter Rainbow Slime and Personalised Tote Bags.

Amos Roach and the Murrundaya Yepengna Dancers (Dance of Life, Djab Wurrung language) will perform and teach local traditional Kulin Nations dances that are dynamic, fun, educational and interactive.

Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival will also feature free events at Chapel off Chapel, including colouring in and sustainable puppet making workshops with Trash Puppets. There will also be other events in Stonnington at various satellite venues such as Fizz Kidz, The Space Dance Arts Centre and Duldig Studio.

This is an exciting festival for children with an interactive and dynamic program that will bring children's imagination to life.

Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival takes place across the City of Stonnington from 28 June – 8 July 2022. Click here for more details.

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