The lovely Jo from Little Melbourne is guest posting again today, bringing us some of the best kids activities in Melbourne for the month of June. If you live in Melbourne and haven’t already “liked” Little Melbourne’s facebook page, make sure you do. It is updated regularly with loads of fun activities to do with the kids in Melbourne.
1. The Art of the Brick at Federation Square
One-of-a-kind LEGO® brick art exhibition, The Art of the Brick®, makes its Australian debut this June at Federation Square. The Art of the Brick is an exhibition featuring large scale sculptures created out of iconic LEGO bricks by New York-based artist, Nathan Sawaya.
When: From June 2nd, Open Daily 10am-5pm
2. Play School’s Big Jazz Adventure with Abi Tucker and Teo Gebert
Come and celebrate Play School’s 45th birthday with an Adventure of the Big Jazz kind. After the outstanding success of 2010′s Big Jazz Adventure, children’s television icon Play School returns to the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima, Humpty and a whole host of well-known Australian faces have brought the magic that is Play School to generations of Australian children. As part of the 2011 Melbourne International Jazz Festival, hosts Abi Tucker and Teo Gebert will use stories, games, music and songs to introduce Australian children to the wonder of jazz.
When: 12-13th June
3. Kazoo Jam with The Mudcakes at ArtPlay
The kazoo is funny and easy to play! Learn how with Rick Plant and Sherry Rich from ‘Indie Kindy’ band The Mudcakes, and toot along in the Jazzy Jam kazoo orchestra! And everyone gets their very own kazoo to decorate and take home.
When: 4th June, 8th June and 9th June
4. The Gruffalo at Gasworks
The classic picture book (one of our favourites!) comes alive with animal characters and catchy tunes.
Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the Blue Peter award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined?
When: 24th – 25th June
5. A Little Day Out with Justine Clarke
She sings from the heart and livens up the house with some catchy, inspiring and rocking tunes. Spend A Little Day Out with much-loved Play School presenter, Justine Clarke. With songs featured in her latest album, Great Big World, this best-selling children’s singer, internationally acclaimed film star, and seasoned stage actor will introduce children to the joy of hearing a LIVE Symphony Orchestra. This is an opportunity to enjoy A Little Day Out in a very big way!
When: 14th June, 15th June and 18th June
6. Winter Solstice at the Collingwood Children’s Farm
For nine years The Collingwood Children’s Farm has hosted a magical Winter Solstice Bonfire that brings together more than 3,500 people for a night of lantern parades, music, fire twirling, picnicking and a huge bonfire. You don’t come across too many big fire shows in the City! Rug up and enjoy the Family friendly vibe, good food and company.
When: 18th June
7. Explore-a-saurus at Scienceworks
Roarrrrrr. Discover a world of dinosaurs at Scienceworks as you explore the science of palaeontology.
Scienceworks invites visitors of all ages to explore ‘how we know what we know’ about those most famous of prehistoric creatures – dinosaurs!
A new exhibition, Explore-a-saurus, has been developed by Scienceworks to demonstrate the ways in which palaeontologists use fossil evidence to learn about how dinosaurs lived; from what they ate and how fast they ran, to what colour they may have been and even how they cared for their young.
When: From 1st June
8. Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids
Little Big Shots is Australia’s major annual and traveling children’s film festival.
The world’s best films for kids, about kids, and some even by kids, to amaze and delight kids. An inspiring, meaningful and fun-filled festival, Little Big Shots features the best in local and international children’s shorts, animations, documentaries and, amazingly, child-produced films.
See kid favourites such as The Gruffalo, Toot Toot, Ormie and more lovable tales.
When: 9th – 13th June
9. Hootenanny Books Launch at Apples and Jam and Petit Atelier
Hootenanny Books is launching their first ever picture book and they are inviting you to come along and celebrate with them. The gorgeous ‘On the Night that We First Met’ was written by Nadine Bates who will be attending the launches in order to read her book to audiences and sign copies. Nadine will also lead children in a craft activity where they will be able to make their own little stories about the first time they met their loved ones.
When: 24th – 25th June
10. Yo Gabba Gabba Live! There’s a Party in my City
The Yo Gabba Gabba gang is veering away from Gabbaland and (finally) heading Down Under! Can you hear our squeals? We’re pretty excited!
The life-sized versions of Muno, Plex, Foofa, Brobee and Toodee stand right next to DJ Lance for this colourful, music-filled extravaganza, right here in Melbourne. The fun doesn’t stop there with Little Red Band who will be rockin’ it at the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Australian Tour at the Palais.
When: 11th June