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Published July 30th 2014
Don't stay in and feud with your family-get out for free fun
Living Science at Queen Victoria Market

What do Kung Fu Panda, honey bees, and Family Feud have in common? They are all free events available for kids in August! Have a look and keep the winter boredom blues away:

2 August - 9 October
The Basil Sellers Art Prize Family Artivity; where sport meets art:

A curated tour and arty activity designed to entertain and engage the whole family. Play, explore, and create your own art. The workshops are specifically designed to entertain and engage little ones, incorporating activities to engage toddlers, pre-schoolers, and early primary school age children, while also presenting information and inspiration for adults.

Location: The Ian Potter Museum of Art
Swanston Street between Faraday and Elgin Streets Parkville VIC 3010

Saturday 2 August, Tuesday 19 August, Saturday 13 September, Tuesday 30 September, and Thursday 9 October; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10.30am-11.30am; Saturdays: 2pm-3pm

Free; bookings essential.

Wednesday to Sunday, 3 Aug - 17 August
Too Hot for Spots (interactive exhibition)

See characters and scenes from Too Hot For Spots, by Mini Goss, Melbourne-based award winning author and illustrator. Get inspired at this playful exhibition; create your own characters and scenes with the card, wool, and fabric provided, then have fun placing them in scenes from the books. Bring an ipad to take pictures of your artwork and find out how to make them into your own book.
Note: At times exhibition may be closed during events, please contact ArtPlay for more information. Free; no bookings required.

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Thursday, 7 August, 6:00pm
Kung Fu Panda Silent Cinema
Free "Silent Cinema Screenings" bring the summer indoors for the cooler months of winter; headphones and deck chairs provided; no bookings required (Thursday, 4 Sep: The Croods; Thursday, 2 Oct: Shrek 2).
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Saturday, 9 August 2014: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bee Keeping in your Backyard

Our gardens are important for the survival of native and honey bees. Even if you're not that keen on hosting your own hive of bees in your backyard, this is a unique opportunity to bring your kids to view a bee hive and learn about bees at work. If you're keen on taking up a new hobby, meet your local apiarist here, and learn how to build and look after a hive.

Spaces are limited and bookings are essential.

Contact: Kath and Donna
Tel: 9581 4713

Sunday, 10 August
The Big Family Sing

Sing together with your kids and with All Day Fritz.

All Day Fritz will lead families in a singing experience, exploring group and harmony singing in a "playful, social, and inclusive atmosphere". Learn some easy songs and simple harmony parts, then choose whether you would like to perform one or two songs live for family and friends, with the full All Day Fritz band as part of the Fritz Family Sing Choir in the show at 3pm.

All Day Fritz have an eclectic repertoire of "non-patronizing" and groovy music for all ages. Four part harmony, swing, jazz, rock, soul, calypso, and fun, funky originals round out the family friendly show.

Workshop: 2pm to 2.45pm; Show 3pm to 3.30pm
Free, no bookings required; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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12 August-30 September
Family Feud Studio Audience Tickets

The survey says: join the studio audience!

Family Feud is one of the world's most-loved game shows. You're invited to join the action, live in the Melbourne studio audience at Southbank Studios.

Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons; audience members must be 12 years and over.

Bookings available: 03 9947 0267; or online here.

Sunday, 24 August
Living Science at Queen Victoria Market

Queen Victoria Market helps your whole family explore the relationships between food, science, innovation, technology, and the environment. Tastings, shows, interactive presentations, hands-on activities, and demonstrations throughout the day.

10:00am-3:00pm. Free, no bookings required; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: 03 9252 6472;;

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Saturday, 30 August
Melbourne Day

Get some free cake and celebrate Melbourne Day at a free, family friendly concert, Federation Square, 30 August from noon. The party features music, performers, up-and-coming talent, and home-grown entertainers.

Melbourne Day Celebrations include the Melbourne Passenger Boating Association's Blessing of the Fleet.

Watch The Enterprize's re-enactment of the first settlers' arrival. There are free short harbour trips available for booking. Longer (paid) trips visit the the ports, to see big ships up close. Ten percent of all booking proceeds go toward helping the Mission for Seafarers.

Don't let your family feud indoors this August, book some free fun for the whole family. Add your ideas in the comments below.

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