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Free or Next to Nix Activities in the Hub of Melbourne
Take a deep breathe, slowly now, it's nearly school holidays. It's time to get prepared. You need to have a store of ideas for those tired little munchkins, who after resting for a few days will have more energy than a city full of solar panels in Hawaii!
Beware - these creatures can turn any minute! Image Source: Kenji Ross / Wikimedia Commons
With a little planning, a day out in the city doesn't have to be expensive. Throughout each school holiday, Fed Square has a jam-packed program of free and affordable activities to delight visitors of all ages. Just hop off the train at Flinders St Station and within a few hundred metres walk and you are in the hub of exciting family oriented activities.
You don't have to go to much trouble to keep sane or entertain the kidlets… And the best part is you won't break the budget because they are all free.
Get to the Square for the outdoor cinema and Big Screen Gaming on 29 and 30 September and 1 October, 11am – 4pm. You can't really miss it. This a unique multimedia activity that kids are bound to love. These holidays kids can watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Lego Movie and High School Musical 3, and play the movie heroes with XBOX gaming! These are all free!
Federation Square - the place to be in the holidays Image Source: Donaldytong / Wikimedia Commons
ACMI has lots in store for you. On Sunday 28 September from 10am – 4pm, a fun family day will be held. This Jungle themed Party is a full day of free activities for kids and families, including craft, screen workshops and performances. It is suitable for all ages.
On 22 – 26 September and 29 September – 3 October, green screen workshops are set to thrill movie lovers and young super stars (8 – 12 years). Sessions are conducted 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Just turn up ten minutes before the hour. Using the Madagascar movie locations as a backdrop, kids perform in front of exotic locations.
During the 20 September – 5 October period, ACMI offers a fun-filled Kids' Flicks program featuring the DreamWorks Animation feature films (many screening in 3D). These are great value at Full/Concession $7 (some free screenings) 3D Screenings: Full/Concession $9 (includes 3D glasses hire). Shows are suitable for all ages.
These school holidays until Sunday 5 October 10am – 5pm, DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition takes you behind the scenes celebrating 20 years of DreamWorks Animation. This is another activity suitable for all ages. This is more expensive than the other ideas but worth it. Prices: Full $22.50 Concession $16 Child (4-15 years) $10 Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children) $50 Family Pass (1 adult & 2 children) $32.50 Suitable for all ages.
NGV Australia is offering 90 minute workshops conducted by Melbourne's leading creative professionals on 24 – 26 September, at 10am. These will be conducted in The Ian Potter Centre. So if your child is between 13 – 17 years and have an interest in or flair for art and design these new programs could be just what you have been looking for. Book early by calling 8662 1555 as there are limited places available.
Textile and Print Design - Wed 24 Sep 10 am
Teens will design textile prints using screen-printing techniques.
Digital Design - Thu 25 Sep 10 am
Teens will design a piece of innovative furniture with cutting edge 3D printing technology.
Theatre Craft and Drama - Fri 26 Sep 10 am
Teens will use their dramatic skills and create scenes inspired by mid-century style and life.
You can imagine you are really at the 'G' Image Source: Alexander Sheko / Wikimedia Commons
AFL Grand Final Week
Click here for the program of a week of fun filled family-friendly entertainment. Something is planned everyday between 22 – 26 September, 10am – 4pm. The kids can get actively involved in the Kicks 4 Kids clinic or sit back and relax to music and performances and live broadcasts on the Big Screen. If you are lucky you might get to meet the game's biggest stars. Go the Blues!
For other free events at Fed Square click here. You might want to venture across either road and visit Flinders St Station, St Paul's cathedral or Chloe at Young and Jackson's pub. Click here for more information. While you are in the city you could check out the exhibitions at the Royal Exhibition Buildings.