10 Children’s Activities In Melbourne For June

The activities listed below are for June 2009. You will find a current list of activities on my post 10 Children’s Activities For June 2010 In Melbourne.

1. The Light In Winter Festival

The Light In Winter Festival is an annual event held at Federation Square and is a celebration of community life in Melbourne centred around light.

Festival Of Light June Melbourne

Image United Visual Artists

There are a number of exhibitions, but the one which I think children will enjoy isVolume. It is a free installation that will run 4 June – 5 July.

Known for their work with U2, Massive Attack, The Arctic Monkeys and Kylie Minogue, UK-based United Visual Artists will launch their latest installation, ‘Volume’ on 4 June. With a soundtrack arranged by Neil Davidge and Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack, this incredible fusion of light and sound will see a forest of luminous LED columns light up Fed Square during the winter months. The columns respond spectacularly to human movement and visitors are encouraged to walk, crawl, jump and dance their way through this interactive installation.

2. Winter Solstice Bonfire

Collingwood Children’s Farm celebrates the Winter Solstice each year. Festivities this year include: Fire Performers, Children’s Lantern Parade, Giant Lanterns, Mulled Wine, Food Stalls, Bar, Wandering Minstrel and Drummers.

When: 20th June, 4pm onwards. The fire performers will begin at approximately 5pm. The fire will be lit at 6pm.
Cost: $16 family, $8 adult, $4 Children
Bookings: Through Try Booking Online

3. Justine Clarke – Making The Garden Grow

From Playschool and now an entertainer in her own right Justine Clarke is doing live show across the eastern cities during June.

Date: Tues 9th June
Where: Dallas Brooks Centre, East Melbourne
When: 10am and Midday
Cost: $20 per ticket

4. Sunday Funday

These fun sessions are held at the Lego Education Centre in Moonee Ponds. Aimed at ages 4+, children bring along an adult and have some building fun.

Lego Sunday Funday Workshop

Image by Guillermo

Each Sunday has a different theme and the sessions run for 45 minutes. There are three sessions through out the day at 11am, 12noon, 1pm. No bookings are necessary.

5. Harry Potter Movie Marathon

One for the older children. ACMI is hosting a Harry Potter special:

The world’s favourite boy wizard returns to ACMI – all five films in the series screening throughout June and July, plus two Harry Potter Movie Marathons on Tuesday 30 June and Wednesday 8 July, with all films screening back-to-back!

Cost: Single tickets are $5 (no marathon prices stated as yet) and will be available soon from ACMI Ticketing.

6. Toddler Town

Edit: I must have been quite distracted when I linked up this entry. As my friend Lou pointed out it is for the City Museum in Missouri! I was looking for the City Museum in Melbourne. It can be found here but unfortuantely doesn’t have a toddler town! Apologies for any confusion I may have caused.

Toddler Town can be found at the City Museum.

Toddler Town City Museum

Image City Museum

Located next to Art City and bathed in blue, Toddler Town is the perfect retreat for City Museum’s youngest visitors. Filled with tinier tunnels, shorter slides, and seats for tired travelers, this microcosm of CITY MUSEUM is the perfect size for those not yet ready to take off their training wheels.

Entry: $12 for age 3 and up.

7. Super-Action Storytelling

Held at Experimedia at The State Library these are free sessions for primary school age children.

With storyteller Bernard Caleo, children will discover the Library’s galleries and the amazing stories they tell, then make a creative record of their experience. (For ages 6 to 12.)

Cost: Free
Bookings Required: bookings@slv.vic.gov.au or 03 8664 7099.

8.Family Fun Day At The Farm

Evenings can be a tricy time to get out wtith small ones, so if you can’t make it to the Collingwood Children’s Farm for the evening Winter Solstice Bonfire, try the family fun day.

Sunday June 7th
What: On Family Days there are free pony rides, hay rides, a BBQ and activities matching the monthly theme. The theme this month is woodworking.
Cost: $16 Family, $8 Adult, $4 Child. Car parking is $4 all day.

9. Organic Cookery School

Little Kitchen is located in North Fitzroy.

Little Kitchen Cooking Lessons

It is is Australia’s FIRST organic cookery school designed and custom-built especially for children!

Our students spend one hour and 10 minutes preparing 2 interesting recipes and 20 minutes in the children’s dining room sampling their two Organic creations!

Parents are very welcome to stay onsite during the lesson and relax at a table in our cookware concept store.

Our venue has AIR-CONDITIONING and HEATING, catering for both ends of the Melbourne weather spectrum!


  • 4 – 6 yr olds Saturday’s (12noon – 1.30pm) Seasonal foods and festivities.
  • 7 – 11 yr olds Saturday’s (10am – 11.30am) Cooking Masterclass series.

Cost: Tuition, 2 courses eaten on site, all take home notes – $39 per student.

Bookings: Essential online or 1300 722 095.

10. Fun4Kids Children’s Festival

I know that Warrnambool is not in Melbourne, but this is such a big kids event and it is on during the next school holidays so thought it deserved a mention.

Fun4Kids Children’s Festival is:

Housed in a magical 2.5 acre fully indoor ‘village’ in the heart of Warrnambool, the festival offers a feast of experiences – and the best thing is you pay one entry fee then all the fun is Free! So once you have bought your ticket you have no more to pay.

The Festival is a not-for-profit event produced by the Warrnambool City Council and assisted by our dedicated sponsors, an army of volunteers and the generous support of the Warrnambool community at large.

The magical 2.5 acre Fun4Kids village will come alive again from Sunday 28 June to Sunday 5 July.

Cost: The prices below are for one day passes. 8 day passes are available.

Single – $30
Family 4 – $105
Family 5 – $131.25
Family 6 – $157.50