Children’s Activities In Melbourne For November

There is so much going on in our lovely city at the moment, that I thought I would collate a list of my highlights of children’s activities in Melbourne, for the month of November.

We have a couple of these events booked already, which I am looking forward to and will post some photos once we have been.

CHOOKAHS! Annual Kids Festival

Chookas Festival runs this week end at the Arts Centre. The festival aims to encourage

children to see, experience and participate in the performing arts. This year the Arts Centre will be adventurously transformed by the thrills, magic and dynamic feats of the circus.

Specifically designed with children from 3 – 8 years in mind, there is a fantastic range of paid and free events across the weekend. (Thanks to B to putting me on to this one and the MSO gig.)

e.t: the extra-terrestrial @ ACMI

None of my children have seen E.T. and I have such fond memories of seeing this movie when I was a child. ACMI is screening E.T. Sun 16 Nov 2008, 10.30am & 1pm and Sun 23 Nov 2008, 10.30am & 1pm, so it will be a perfect opportunity for them to see the movie on the big screen.

All tickets are only $5 per and you can book online or by calling (03) 8663 2583.

Family Classic Kids with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The MSO have been running a series of these concerts and the next (and last) one is on Saturday 8th November.

Held at the Iwaki Auditorium ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne, the concert runs for 45 minutes.

Family Classic Kids performances are an exciting learning experience for the young and the young at heart. With the children sitting right next to the orchestra, there are opportunities to sing along, respond to the music with movement and actions, follow a story and maybe even conduct!

A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is $50 and can be booked online.

Tot Spot: Outside Art – NGV International

These sessions are very popular. The first session for Nov (Nov 17) is already booked out. Places are still available for the session on Monday 24th Nov at 10am.

A spot of quality time for pre-schoolers with their parents or carers. Each session includes Gallery exploration and art activities. Ages 3–5.

Enjoy the NGV Gardens when we search for outside art and make some sculptures of your own.

The sessions costs $12 per child and you must book on 03 8620 2222. Quote event code P0801.

Artcart: Batik – The Ian Potter Centre:
NGV Australia

These are free sessions to be run every Sunday from 2 November until 30 November. ArtCart is aimed for children ages 3 and older, but parent/carer supervision is required.

This month the art activity is linked to he exhibition Across the desert: Aboriginal Batik from Central Australia. The activity will encourage children to experiment with wax crayons to make a picture.