I'm a freelance writer and primary school teacher living in SE Melbourne. I love finding adventures for myself, my husband and our four kids to enjoy. Come along! Heart my articles, subscribe to the fun, follow along on www.facebook.com/WNMelbourne
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:
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.