10 Children’s Activities In Melbourne For March

1. Action Zone

Action Zone is a collection of the latest in inflatable action amusement products. This is not a place full of jumping castles, but much more adventurous activities that will amuse your older children. I haven’t been there as yet, but am aiming to get there this month as I think my two older boys will just love it.

Opening Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 10.30am – 6pm.
Location: Waterfront City, Docklands
Cost: Challenger – $2 per attempt
Face Off – $10 for 3 battles
Bunjy Ride – $10 for 4 minutes
Base Jump – $8 for 3 jumps
High Wire – $10 for 3 attempts

2. Moomba Waterfest

The long weekend in March (7 – 9 March) sees the return of the annual Moomba Waterfest. If you were like me then you asscoiate Moomba with the carnival by the Yarra and the Birdman Competition. But it actually provides much more than that. Family friendly and FREE highlights from this year’s Moomba Waterfest are:

Children’s Garden presented by Ranger Roo. Running from 11.00am – 6.00pm at Alexandra Gardens from 7 – 9 March, there will be circus skills, petting zoo and acrobatics.

Moomba Waterfest at ArtPlay. Also running from 11.00am – 6.00pm at Artplay from 7 – 9 March “children can let their imaginations out to play at an Enviro Craft mask-making workshop. Use colourful foam (made from 100 per cent recycled materials) to create creatures from ‘The Waterhole’.”

3. The Great Australian Sunny Sizzle: 27th March 2009

This event is run at Federation Square by Interchange. Interchange Victoria is a community based, not for profit organisation that provides support to families who have a child with a disability.

The Great Australian Sunny Sizzle is a celebration across the land which aims to raise awareness of the needs of young people with a disability and their families.”

4. ACMI Kids Flicks

March sees the film Sesame Street presents Follow That Bird. It is on Sun 8 Mar 2009, 10.30am & 1pm and Sun 15 Mar 2009, 10.30am & 1pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and children.

5. Australian Ballet Telstra Ballet in the Bowl

Telstra Ballet in the Bowl is on Saturday March 28. It is a free event with no bookings required, However once venue is at capacity, gates are closed. Gates open at 4pm, but the performance does not start until 8pm.

Featuring a selection of dazzling pas de deux from some of ballet’s best known works – The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Le Corsaire – plus show stoppers La Favorita, Spring Waters and Diana and Actéon, the evening concludes with Leonide Massine’s Les Présages set in 1933 to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Fifth Symphony. This large-scale work is artistically striking and full of awesome ensemble movements.

6. Diamond Valley Railway Eltham

We have a train obsessed 2.5 year old in our house, so this is very relevant for us. The Diamond Valley Railway Eltham operates from 11.00am to 5.00pm on the following Sundays in March – 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. It is only $3.00 per passenger and children under 2 years ride free.

7. Earth Hour

Join millions around the world who participate in Earth Hour. Have an hour (or more) of candle lit family time when you join in millions of people around the world switching off the lights to increase awareness of climate change.

8. Playschool Concerts

“The Ever Popular Television Show! Live in Concert. Featuring two Presenters plus the toys from the popular television show. This show is full of active participation…..
The familiarity of the material and the presenters combine to totally engage the young audience for the 40-minute duration of the concerts.”
All tickets are $13.20 and children under 12 months on the day of the concert are free. Check website for locations and dates.

9. Push Over 2009

“With music, amusements, artist signings, market stalls, food to suit everybody’s tastes and preferences and the fantastic $30 ticket price, Push Over 2009 is a no-brainer for all young Victorians who love their music.” Acts include Kate Miller-Heidke, Dukes of Windsor and Dash and Will plus loads more.

Date: 8th Mar 09
Time: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: The Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers St
Abbotsford VIC 3067

10. Artplay – Westisde Circus

“Learn the tricks of the Big Top with Westside Circus, using scarves, hoops and juggling balls. Get involved in creative games and perform jumps, balancing, tunnels, handstands, forward rolls and other challenging activities in the circus circuit. This energetic workshop will have you moving like a real circus performer!”

Date: Saturday 28 March
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am; noon to 1pm
Age: 3 to 5 years (all children must be accompanied by an adult)
Cost: $15 per child (adults FREE!)
Bookings are essential and can be made either online, or on 03 9663 3440. Alternatively you can leave a message on (03) 9664 7900. These sessions do book out quickly, so if you are interested, I suggest getting in quickly.