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Public Art

There is much public art to be seen on the streets at any time of day as well as in many public buildings. More information on public art in Melbourne. In addition, public bodies such as the City of Melbourne sponsor temporary artworks and installations in laneways and public spaces.

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Flying Display

An interactive flying display at the RAAF Museum which introduces visitors to the history of Australian military aviation and provides an opprtunity to see the aircraft close up and ask questions of the pilot before they take to the skies.
1pm, Tue, Thur & Sun (except Christmas-New Year)

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Free Enquiries: (03) 9526 1300
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Family Day at Collingwood Children's Farm

On Family Days there are free pony rides, hay rides, a BBQ and activities matching the monthly theme.
First Sunday of month (exc. Jan)

Collingwood Children's Farm -

Standard entry fees apply Enquiries: (03) 9417 5806
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Family Bike Rides

The Melton Cycling Club operates family bike rides along bike baths in Melton and Caroline Springs and twice a month.

  • Caroline Springs;- Every 1st Sunday of each month leaving the Civic Centre.
  • Melton:- Every 3rd Sunday of each month leaving Hannah Watts Park
8am to 9am

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Enquiries: 0438836336
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Rhythm of Africa

This year’s line-up features a mix of contemporary and traditional African music from local bands, including the Ghanaian rhythms of Akoma Beat and the African Royal Drummers, Congolese dance hall music from King Bell and Soukous Ba Congo and contemporary African funk with Afro Mandiko and Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence.

There will be African inspired food and drinks available for purchase and  throughout the night visitors can take part in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony and make their own music with free drumming workshops with Shabba Eshun.
The evening begins at 4.30pm, with special performances for the kids along with face-painting and hair-braiding and games, before the headline act begins at 5.30pm. Safari Tours through the savannah will run until 6pm and the African Pula Trail will remain open until 8pm, allowing you to explore the Zoo in the cool of the evening, spotting Lions, Wild Dogs, Cheetah and Hippos. If the weather’s warm don’t forget to bring the kids’ bathers and hit the trail for a cooling splash through the water play area at Werribee Open Range Zoo’s new Hippo Beach. The Meerkat Bistro will be serving up African-inspired fare throughout the night but visitors are also welcome to bring their own blankets, hampers and beverages for a relaxed picnic. We will even provide Hamper Watch, with staff keeping an eye on your picnic hamper while you explore the Zoo. The Meerkat Bistro will not be serving alcoholic beverages during the evening but visitors who wish to bring their own alcohol may do so.

You can purchase zoo admission tickets in advance or by calling 1300 966 784. Alternatively, you can buy your admission tickets on the day upon arriving at the Zoo.

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4.30 to 8.30pm, Saturdays 10th Jan to 28th Feb

Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road Werribee -

Cost included in general zoo admission (*kids u.16 free)
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Free Twilight Movies in the Park

Twilight MoviesWhite Hat suggests that for families living in the inner western suburbs it is hard to beat a family night out with a movie in one of the great parks in that area. Pack a picnic, pack the kids, take a rug and you're all set.  And if you don't live in the inner western suburbs, why not take the opportunity to take the family somehere different for a change. The movie commences at 8.30pm. Pre-movie entertainment starts from 7.30pm.

Tonight's movies is Mr Peabody and Sherman

Friday 23rd January 2015

Yarraville Gardens, Yarraville -

Enquiries: (03) 9688 0200
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The Piers Festival

The Piers Festival is a celebration of cultural diversity that reflects the rich history of Melbourne's ports precinct. From the goldrush to wartime, from post-war migration to cruise shipping, Station & Princes Piers have played a pivotal role in Victoria's growth and offered a gateway to the diversity of cultures that enrich our community.

  • 2 - 5pm: SONGS & STORIES STAGE Hosted by Vasili (from Vasili's Garden)
noon to 9.30pm, Sunday 25th January 2015

Princes Pier & Station Pier -

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Australia Day Picnic & Historic VehiclesDisplay

The popular historic vehicle display, with more than 500 veteran and vintage vehicles, entertainment, free activities and food stalls.
10am to 4pm, 26th January 2015 (tbc)

King's Domain -

Free
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Government House Open Day

As part of Australia Day, citizens and visitors are invited to visit Government House, inspect many rooms not normally open to the public and enjoy a picnic on the lawns. Music and entertainment throughout the day.
 

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10am to 4pm, 26th January 2015

Government House -

Free entry Enquiries: (03) 9655 4211
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Free Twilight Movies in the Park

Twilight MoviesWhite Hat suggests that for families living in the inner western suburbs it is hard to beat a family night out with a movie in one of the great parks in that area. Pack a picnic, pack the kids, take a rug and you're all set.  And if you don't live in the inner western suburbs, why not take the opportunity to take the family somehere different for a change. The movie commences at 8.30pm. Pre-movie entertainment starts from 7.30pm.

Tonight's movies is Lego Movie

Friday 30th January 2015

Skinner Reserve, Braybrook -

Enquiries: (03) 9688 0200
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Opera in the Park

Opera singer in Victoria GardensThis popular free annual event fills up quickly if the weather is pleasant so White Hat suggests you arrange to get there early. Take a picnic and a rug and relax on a summer evening to the strains of opera.

Programme to be announced.

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7.30 to 9.30pm, Saturday 7th February 2015

Victoria Gardens, Prahran -

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Free Orchestral Concert at the Music Bowl

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the free concerts at the Sidney Myer  Music Bowl.

7pm, Saturday 14th February 2015

Sidney Myer Music Bowl -

Free
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Yarraville Festival

The Yarraville Festival has been operating since 1981 and has steadily grown into one of Melbourne's liveliest community festival and White Hat feels that the location helps add to the genuine village atmosphereis. There is music across 7 stages from local professional and community performers, everyone will find something that they enjoy.. Kids of every age, from toddlers to teenagers, will hear music suitable for their age group, and a range of activities and rides are available for them. From jumping castles to carnival rides to bungee jumping, with many of the rides free.

The Yarraville Festival also features its annual market with plenty of stalls. Selling everything from vintage clothing, food and handmade gifts the market is a great opportunity for visitors to pick up a bargain.

There are also related events leading up to festival day including:

  • Tuesday 10th February - Flik Fest - featuring works of young film  makers on the theme 'Made Near Me' -  Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat Street
  • 8pm, Wednesday 11th February - I Heart Yarraville Fashion Parade - Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat Street

Further details at Yarraville Festival

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10am to 6pm, Sunday 15th February 2015

Yarraville Village, Anderson Street, Yarraville -

Enquiries: 0411 748 565
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Free Orchestral Concert at the Music Bowl

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the free concerts at the Sidney Myer  Music Bowl.

7pm, Wednesday 18th February 2015

Sidney Myer Music Bowl -

Free
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Free Orchestral Concert at the Music Bowl

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the free concerts at the Sidney Myer  Music Bowl.

7pm, Saturday 21st February 2015

Sidney Myer Music Bowl -

Free
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Moomba Fireworks

The annual Moomba Fireworks running over three nights.
9.30pm, 7th to 9th March 2015

Yarra River near Federation Square -

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Moomba Festival

Melbourne's long running community festival featuring rides, activities and entertainment in Birrarung Marr and the Alexandra Gardens. The Moomba fireworks will occur from 9.30 to 9.45pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights and the best viewing points can be had on the banks of the Yarra in Birrarung Marr or the Alexandra Gardens.
7th to 9th March 2015

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Moomba Parade

The parade runs northbound on St Kilda Road (on the park side of the road) between Dorcas St and Linlithgow Avenue.
11am, Monday 9th March 2015

St Kilda Road -

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Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture

For the entire month of may, Toorak Village businesses will display contemporary sculptures in their windows and bolted to the pavements along Toorak Road. Take your time surveying the sculptures as well as the shops. Please enjoy 'a decade of sculpture' and take advantage of the warm hospitality of the traders in the village. Catalogues are available from any of the shops in the village and all sculptures are for sale. Toorak Village is between Wallace Ave and Grange Rd, just east of Williams Rd. Simply catch the no 8 tram from Federation Square, along Toorak Road to stop no 35.
1st to 31st May 2015 (tbc)

Toorak Village -

Enquiries: 0419 005 052
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Chestnut Festival

Held annually by the Mt Dandenong Preschool on the Kalorama Reserve in the Dandenong Ranges. Market stalls, fair ground rides, fairy floss, hot food and, of course, roasted chestnuts! Full details at Chestnut Festival.

Sunday 3rd May 2015 (tbc)

Kalorama Reserve, Mt. Dandenong Tourist Rd., Kalorama Reserve, Kalorama -

Free Entry
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St Petersburg Ballet - Giselle

The internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet will present their classic production of Giselle. Further details at St Petersburg Ballet.

Johannesburg: Teatro at Montecasino; 6-8 May 2015; Bookings at computicket
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Perth; His Majesty's Theatre; 5-6 June 2015; bookings at Ticketek - 1300 795 012 or at the venue box office

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Swan Lake - St Petersburg Ballet

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is one of the best loved ballets in the repetoire with its unrivalled “white acts”, its spectacular and dramatic ballroom scene, sublime music and deeply moving story Following their sold out Paris season, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet will present their full-length classic production of of this wonderful work. The 55 member company of St Petersburg Ballet continues to collect rave reviews around the world and thrill audiences with breathtaking scenery and magnificent costumes. This is a full-length, fully-sytaged production but since the publicity makes no mention of an orchestra, White Hat assumes that it is performed to recorded music. We will update this page if we find otherwise. Further details at St Petersburg Ballet.
20 – 22 June 2015

Plenary - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre -

Bookings at Ticketmaster - 136 100
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Open House Melbourne

An annual event where many of Melbourne's heritage buildings are thrown open to the public. You can find details at Open House Melbourne.
25th & 26th July 2015

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Free entry at most venues
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Australian Ballet - The Sleeping Beauty

Fairies, bluebirds, a gilded court and a spell-shattering kiss: the world’s most extravagant ballet is awakened to new life by The Australian Ballet's Artistic Director David McAllister. The Sleeping Beauty, with its Rose Adage, its grand pas de deux, its charming variations and its enchanting Tchaikovsky score, is the zenith of ballet’s golden age. Keeping true to the spirit of the traditional Beauty, David McAllister will direct a production that gives thrilling rein to the talents of the entire company. Lavish sets and costumes by Gabriela Tylesova, whose work for ballet, opera and theatre includes the much-lauded designs for Love Never Dies, will evoke the splendour of the Imperial court and the magic of fairies, nymphs and visions. With Orchestra Victoria

Mon to Sat, Sept 15th to 26th 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre -

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The Rabbits - World Premiere

John Marsden and Shaun Tan's haunting picture book tells a story we all know: a story of colonisation, civilisation and progress — a story about displacement, destruction and culture clash. And in that landscape, it tells a story of hope taking root. It's a story for young people, it's a story for old people, it's a story for all of us.

Opera Australia and Barking Gecko Theatre Company have assembled some of Australia's foremost creative talents to collaborate on a new opera for children and families. Gabriela Tylesova's kooky sets and costumes realise Tan's pictures in all of their mystical wonder, while Lally Katz has turned Marsden's spare poetry into an enchanting libretto. To write the score, Kate Miller Heidke: the butterfly-voiced, classically-trained indie-pop singer who is as at home on the charts as she is performing at the Met. As well as composing The Rabbits, Kate will perform in this production.

Running time: approximately 60 minutes, without interval.

Oct 9, 10(m), 10, 11(m), 11, 12 & 13 2015

Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse -

Purchase tickets from Opera Australia
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Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar

Discover Scandinavia in Melbourne at the annual Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar in the beautiful gardens of the Swedish Church, Toorak. Festive atmosphere with stalls full of gorgeous items from Sweden, Denmark and Norway, especially imported for the Bazaar. Handicrafts, Scandinavian food, entertainment and lots of fun activities for the kids. Full information at Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar.
5th & 6th December 2015 (tbc)

Toorak House, 21 St Georges Road, Toorak -

Enquiries: (03) 9827 5580
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Carols by Candlelight

An event that has become a popular part of the Melbourne calendar
24th December 2015

Sidney Myer Music Bowl -

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Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club

Running Days - The engines are impressive seen in action and on the last Sunday of each month (except December) many of them are fired up. There will always be at least one or two steam rollers or traction engines in steam, the stationary museum steams up, the big diesels and the vintage workshop also put on a display. There are over 400 engines and associated exhibits scattered through the exhibition sheds around the sites. The grounds have been developed from a raw industrial wasteland to a very pleasant park by the volunteer members of the club over the past 20 years with picnic tables, shade trees and BBQ facilities for picnickers. Ice Creams and cold drinks are available but no food except at rally times. The grounds and museum are open 11am till 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays except the Christmas - New Year period. The Miniature railway operates on Sundays (rides $2). Admission is by donation. To see it all running the best time to visit is rally time. Full information at Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club.
11am-4pm Saturdays & Sundays

 

National Steam Centre, 1200 Ferntree Gully Rd., - Scoresby
(Mel ref 72 D9) Enquiries: (03) 9763 1614

Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club

Public run days once a month where a small charge applies. Children should be in the charge of an adult and enclosed footwear is required. Picnic and BBQ facilities are available. More information at the Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club website.
11am-4pm, 4th Sun of month (except Dec)

 

Kiloran Reserve, Hawthory Road, - Mooroolbark
(Mel ref 51 F2) Enquiries: (03) 9723 1025

Caribbean Gardens Market

A large market picnic area and a big range of new and second hand goods. On Wednesdays entry is free and there is access to and general market, food stalls and playground. On Sundays there is an entry fee and as well as the market there is a children's train and boat rides, rock climbing. Caribbean Gardens Market is close to the Eastlink freeway and is now oppen Fridays as well as Wednesdays and Sundays. It is closed Christmas Day.
8.30am to 3pm Wednesdays; 8:30am -to 2pm Fridays; 8.30am to 4.30pm Sundays

 

Caribbean Gardens, Ferntree Gully Road, - Scoresby
(Mel ref 72 G10) Enquiries: (03) 9763 7688

Children's Markets

Do you have kids aged up to 6 years? Stacks of outgrown excellent quality baby and children’s gear taking over your house? Be a stallholder at the Children’s Markets and turn that clutter into cold hard cash; it’s a fun day out with other mums, easy and promotes recycling. If you’re a designer of stylish and unique handcrafted children’s wares then this is the right place for you! We’d love to see your beautiful peices show cased here in our who’s there category below and on market day. $3 entry fee (kids free). Please note on the 14th of March, this market will move into the Main Street Festival as part of the Mordialloc Festival by the Bay More information at http://www.childrensmarkets.com.au/
10am to 2pm, 2nd Sunday of even numbered months

 

Allen McLean Hall, Corner Lewis and Albert Streets - Mordialloc

Immigration Museum

Covering Victoria's immigration history from the early 1800s to the present day. More information on the Immigration Museum
Daily 10am-5pm

 

400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, -
Enquiries: (03) 9927 2700

Melbourne Aquarium

Daily 9.30am-6pm (last ticket sales 5pm)

 

cnr Queenswharf Road & King Street, - Melbourne

Melbourne Tram Museum

This museum is a short tram ride from the city and contains a significant collection of heritage trams in the historic Hawthorn Tram Depot. It is open on the second Saturday of each month a month. More information >>
Second Saturday of the month

 

Hawthorn Tram Depot, cnr Power Street & Riverdale Road - Hawthorn
Enquiries: (03) 9619 8863

National Gallery of Victoria - International Collection

Melbourne's premier gallery of international art. More information at NGV - International Collection.

 

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Peek A Boo Market - Baby & Childrens Market

Peek A Boo Market your baby & childrens market offers huge bargain prices on quality pre loved items related from newborn, baby to preschool kids. You can find just about everything from furniture, clothing, toys, prams, books, high chairs to car seats and many more. Entry Fee $2. To Book A Stall visit our website at www.peekaboomarket.com.au
9am to 1pm, Sunday 3rd May & 14th June 2009

 

Berwick Fields P/S - Gymnasium -
Enquiriees: 0415209019

Peppertree Place

This community garden haven is open to the public from 10am to 12noon on the first Saturday of the month. It includes a

  • Coburg Edibles Swap - A free community exchange of home-grown garden produce. Eggs for lemons. Parsley for thyme. Seeds for recipes.

more info >>

10am to 12noon, 1st Sunday of month

 

512 Sydney Road - Coburg

Tall Ship Enterprize

Experience sailing on a replica of the ship that brought the first European Settlers to Melbourne. One hour sails, overnight adventure sails and many others. Fun for family and adventure seekers. More information about The Enterprize.

 

Gem Pier Williamstown, Melbourne and others including Docklands -
Enquiries: (03) 9397 3477

Watsonia Pre-Loved Kids Toys & Clothing Sale

Stalls selling pre-loved babies and kids' toys, clothing and lots more. Bargains for everyone. No entry fees. Food available and kids entertainment.
9am to 1pm, Saturday 5th September 2009

 

Diamond Village Shopping Centre, 78 Nepean Street - Watsonia
(Mel ref 20 F4) Enquiries: (03) 9438 3437

 

Children's garden

There is a children's garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens specially designed for children's activities. Entry is free. There are non 'no-go' zones and all the plants are touchable. It is designed to encourage children to play, have fun and learn at the same time.

North Melbourne Pool

Set amongst landscaped gardens with plenty of shadecloths, North Melbourne Pool has four interconnecting aquatic areas including baby, toddler, learn to & 25 metre lap pool. Other programs & services incl. swim lessons & squads, yoga, massage, café, BBQ & creche facilities. Relax & refresh at one of Melbourne’s favourite watering holes.

Enquiries: (03) 9329 2885 

Riverslide Skate Park

Riverslide is the largest & best-appointed Skate Park in inner Melbourne. Featuring an 1800sqm skating surface & a café, it’s a must for any interested skaters. Located within a five-min walk from Flinders St Station, it’s situated in the picturesque Alexandra Gardens. Supervision & first aid assistance is provided on site during peak periods.

Free
(Mel ref 2F J7)
Enquiries: 9663 0495

Modern Dance for Children

Let your children experience the fun of modern dance. The Kensington Community Centre is running after school classes for different age levels. 

Wed 4.30-5.30pm (4-6yrs) 5.30-6.30pm (7-12yrs)
Kensington Community Centre, Kensington Rd & Altona St Kensington.
Enquiries: (03) 9376 1633

Eureka Skydeck + 'The Edge' - Child
Eureka Skydeck
& 'The Edge' - Child


You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.