The extended Covid-19 lockdown in Melbourne has been challenging for many families. However, there are still plenty of free options available online to keep everyone entertained. You can watch movies, play online games, listen to concerts, learn new skills and even read stories about how other families are coping with COVID life. With the easing of restrictions, get ready for a month of virtual events and outdoor activities. You and your family can look forward to talks, games, music and farmers market. Whatever your choice, there are still enough reasons to enjoy life in Melbourne this October.
1-31 October - Arts Centre Melbourne Digital Season 2
The Arts Centre Melbourne has been delivering performances virtually through its digital season program since the Covid-19 Lockdown. Its Big Night In program has been hugely popular and Season 1 completed with 11 episodes and a special edition that brought everything together. Don't miss Season 2's episodes every Wednesday at 7pm AEST. It is available at this website until 31 October.
Love digital games? Then you'll love Melbourne International Games Week (MIGW). It is the largest digital games celebration featuring conferences, events and activities for the games industry, games enthusiasts, general public and educationalists in Asia Pacific. It is made possible through the support of Creative Victoria, the Victorian Government body established to champion and support local games and creative talent and grow the state's creative industries.
You can support Melbourne's games industry and talent by attending. To kick off this event, ACMI offers a curated, free-to-access space for all to enjoy digital games by Victorian game developers as a partner. You can enjoy new and exciting games for families, teens, avid gamers and new gamers. Check out the website and choose what excites you. Ready, set, play!
Australia is home to the world's largest coral reef system. The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is located off the coast of Queensland and is both a tourism and marine science hotspot. GBR Marine Geophysicist Dr Peter Ridd is hosting a live-streamed forum to discuss if the iconic and much-loved reef is dying. Dr Peter Ridd has researched the GBR for three decades and co-created the marine science equipment that has been able to provide accurate and insightful readings on sediment and pesticides on the GBR. He will be sharing data and findings from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) with viewers. The Forum is on 8 October from 4.30pm AEST at www.facebook.com/DrPeterRidd
Get out of the house and stroll through the Melbourne Markets this October. The farmers' markets are open each weekend at Yarraville and Docklands. You'll still have to do the usual sanitising at entry and not touching the goods but its a small price to pay to enjoy shopping in the open air and buying directly from the farmers and producers. The Docklands Community Farmers Market is on 11 and 25 October from 9am to 2pm along New Quay Promenade with the waterfront views and boats. The Yarraville Village Farmers Market is on 3 and 17 October from 8.30am to 1.30pm at the Beaton Reserve.