Freelance writer living in Melbourne. If you enjoy the following article please click on the 'like' button to give me feedback. I am a mum to two very active boys, who is trying to share her passion for nature, art, social justice and a love of life.
Published January 13th 2014
Let kids be kids as they learn to appreciate great art
Good quality street art is a great open air art gallery for small children. The booming bright colours, clarity in design and often child friendly themes are a great outing for everyone. Street art is also FREE!
The pieces change regularly making the lane 'new' every visit.
The quality and beauty of street art in Melbourne's laneways is astounding. I would always suggest checking the street art before promoting it to your children to look at, as occasionally there are pieces for mature audiences. However in general, the pieces are artistic, well designed and simply amazing. This type of art is touchable, your kids can run around, make noise and there is always something new to look at.
The street gallery allows kids to be kids and appreciate amazing art.
Melbourne City Council appreciates the importance of street art and how it contributes to Melbourne's energetic metropolitan culture, to the extent that Melbourne is now internationally renowned for the quality of street art and the various lane ways have become an attraction for local and overseas tourists.
Hosier Lane is located opposite Federation Square and is a beautiful blue-stone cobbled pedestrian lane way that hosts ever changing pieces and various 3D objects. A few permanent 3D pieces, that can be readily located by little people's eyes, although some have been covered over with paint throughout the years. These little pieces make for a great treasure hunt for small children. HINT: There is a phone on the ground half way up the lane on the left hand side heading away from Federation Square. There are many more. How many can you find? Please post in the comments anything else you find to help others on their treasure hunt.
After the walk you can keep going to other lanes or stop in at the delectable Movida for some tapas and a cuppa afterwards. And if you want to make a full day out of it, check out the films at ACMI or visit one of the interactive displays. ACMI, Federation square and Hosier Lane are all within walking distance of each other.