A lost creature, scared of the dark, finds a place where ‘what’s missing’ can be found… The ArtPlay Performance and Art Clubbers have joined forces to produce this intriguing installation. Can you find the lost things? When: 25 November to 12 December 2015 Where: ArtPlay Visit the website here.
Want to know what our future city will look like? Artist, Lara Tumak in collaboration with the children at ArtPlay worked together using nothing but their bare hands, wondrous imaginations and recycled materials to create a mega-mini Melbourne city. Explore the minds of our future town planners, master builders and architects extraordinaire and see their worlds full of adventure, mayhem and a little bit of the mundane. You will also be able to make your own part of the city to be added to the exhibition! Age: 5 to 12 years When: 9 September – 1 November 2015 Where: ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue Visit the website here.
Leap into the new World of Frogs exhibit at Melbourne Zoo and learn all sorts of wacky and weird facts about the amphibian. The exhibition will feature a variety of endangered frogs including the tiny yellow and black Southern Corroboree Frog, the green Spotted Tree Frog and the Stuttering Frog – which sports some impressive striped legs! There’ll even be the opportunity to ake part in the Find the Corroboree Frog Hunt as well as a new giant frog sculpture within the Zoo grounds. You’ll never look at those frogs the same way again. When: 19 September to 18 December 2015 Where: Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue, Parkville Visit the website here. Daily amphibian keeper talks will leave you feeling connected to these beautiful creatures and inspired to help save them from extinction. Be sure to also take part in the Find the Corroboree Frog Hunt and see if you can spot the new giant frog sculpture within the Zoo grounds. Keeper Kids, the indoor play space, will also be celebrating all things amphibian with a frog-filled storytime and lots …
‘In a wondrous world of riddles and hidden treasure, bumbling Jack Hare is on a race against time to deliver a message of love from the Moon to the Sun’ As part of the Melbourne Festival program, playwright and actress Kate Mulvany will do a live Saturday lunchtime reading of Kit Williams’s iconic 1979 picture book, Masquerade. Hear her read the magical story which sparked a real-life treasure hunt for a golden hare necklace buried in a secret location in Britain. Following the reading, head on over to the Southbank Theatre, where Kate’s adaptation of the story will be performed live on stage for a Melbourne Festival matinee. When: 24 October 2015 Where: MPavillion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road. Visit the website here.
ArtPlay and Little Big Shots present a selection of films for the little ones (taken from the International Film Festival for Kids in June 2015). Featuring the best in local and international children’s shorts and animations, the short films will inspire and get the kids giggling, thinking and cheering. This one-day festival is about kids, suitable for kids aged 2 to 7 years and (sometimes) by kids When: 8 November 2015. Where: ArtPlay Birrarung Marr, Batman Avenue. Visit the website here.
@ Birrarung Marr, Fed Square Until July 12th Just in time for the school holidays, Melbourne’s perennial favourite circus arrives back in town for a limited season. Fresh from a tour of America and Canada the “But wait there’s more” Tour is now under the big top at Birrarung Marr. Read more here
This week I finally got to experience Melbourne’s original Escape Room and let me say it was definitely worth the 3 month wait to secure a booking! Escape rooms apparently originated in Japan, but it was in Budapest that Melbourne’s escape room founder, Owen Spears fell in love with the concept. Legend has it that Owen and his partner (both psychiatrists) were so enamoured with the escape room experience that they visited 6 different rooms in the Hungarian capital in a single day. They then decided to bring the concept back to Melbourne. It was certainly humble beginnings for their plan, with Melbourne’s first escape room being set up in a bungalow at the back of Owen’s mum’s house in suburban Flemington. However their idea caught on with adventurous Melbournians and this original escape room is now booked out for three months in advance and Owen is about to open his third location. In addition many imitators have latched on to Owen’s original idea so that you can now visit escape rooms all over Melbourne, …