Kids Activities Melbourne – August 2011

Teatime & Tales, Cafe and Bookshop

Teatime and Tales Review Outside
I am looking forward to heading back to Teatime & Tales, Cafe and Bookshop , we had such a wonderful time when we visited last time. Each month they have cooking and craft kids activities.

August activities are yet to be listed, but check out their kids activities page shortly to see what fun you and the kids can have. But I can give you a sneak preview of just some of the gorgeous activities at Teatime and Tales:

Cost: $7.50 per class – bookings recommended 03 9939 6983
Where: 412 Rathdowne Street Carlton, North 3054 (Cnr Fenwick Street)
Dates: Wednesday 10th August, 10am – Chocolate & Cornflake Cookies
Friday 12th August, 10am – Maracas
Monday 15th August, 10am – Lamingtons
Wednesday 17th August, 10am – Marble Cake
Wednesday 24th August, 10am – Snickers Cookies
Friday 26th August, 10am – Wands

Everyone Can Dance… Hip Hop!

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Back in May, the younger kids and I enjoyed participating in the Everyone Can Dance… Tap session at ArtPlay. In August we are going to head along this time to learn some smooth hip hop moves. This should be hilarious, I am very un hip hop!
Age: For the whole family
When: Sunday 21 August: 1pm to 2pm and 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essential: or (03) 9664 7900.
Cost: $10 per child (All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.)
More details: Artplay

Freeplay independent games festival

Freeplay Independent Games Festival
Something for older kids and free! Freeplay independent games festival is a festival celebrating games and digital culture. The festival includesa mix of talks, workshops and hands-on gaming. With the theme of ‘Handmade’, Freeplay 2011 will highlight the craft of game-making as well as the stories and worlds that games create.
Dates: Saturday 20 August 2011, 10:00am – 6:00pm and Sunday 21 August 2011, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Cost: Free
Venue: This event will be held at the State Library in the Conference Centre (Entry 3, La Trobe St) and Experimedia.
Bookings: For details or to book, visit Freeplay.

North Fitzroy Beat Box

Another activity for older kids that runs across term 3. Make your own hip hop, rap, R & B and beat music using computers. Come and spit lyrics and put together songs for a CD. For 11 – 15-year-olds.
When: Tuesday 5:30pm – 7:00pm, weekly
Dates: 09 Aug – 13 Sep (6 weeks)
Venue: Holden Street Neighbourhood House
For more details and bookings: or (03) 9489 9929

Sundays – Come and Try Rowing

No booking required, just turn up and have fun. These sessions are open to both male and female participants from teens to adults. You will receive basic tuition in crews of 4 in an olympic-style shell (boat). You don’t need to bring your own crew as there are always eager beginners, like yourself, ready to make up a crew . . . and you won’t get wet unless it rains. Unlike canoes, rowing shells don’t roll over, so you can learn to row all year round. Membership not necessary.

When: 10.00 – 11.30am on the first Sunday of every month (Sunday 7th August)
Venue: Cnr Lakeside Drive & Queens Road, Albert Park Lake, Albert Park
For more details: Y Rowing Centre

Family Rowing – Fairfield Boathouse

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But if you are after family rowing with kids of all ages, check out Fairfield Boathouse. They have a range of boats for hire and you can check out their website for details, but we have hired Gentelman’s Rowing Skiff for 5 people before which cost $32 half hour, $38 first hour and $10 extra hours.
When: August to May 9am – 5pm weekdays, 8.30am – dusk weekends and public holidays (Closed weekdays in June and July)
Location: Fairfield Park Drive, Fairfield (15 minutes drive from the city, 5 minute walk from Fairfield Station)
For more details: (03) 9486 1501

Classical Babes – Music of the Romantic Era

Classical Babies
Something for the littlest ones!

A program of classical music and movement designed to awaken the musical senses of the young. Introduce your baby to live music and get them moving, bouncing and boogieing to the music of master composers of the Romantic Era.
These concerts are appropriate for infants and toddlers.

When: Monday 22 August 2011 at 10:00 am and 11:30 am
Cost: Tickets: $20 per child participant (each child ticket purchased allows free entry to a maximum of 2 parents / carers). Tickets must be purchased for child participants of all ages. Babes in Arms policy does not apply this concert.
Location: Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street
For more details and bookings : Melbourne Recital Centre

Kids Chocolate Workshops

Chocolate Rush Festival

Chocolate Rush Chocolate Festival is aimed to educate, indulge and challenge your palate!

The festival is held annually in August and brings the industry together so they can showcase their works of art enabling consumers to experience and see first hand the skill and creativity that the Australian chocolate industry have developed over the years.

They have an amazing range of classes this year including this one:

Kids Chocolate Workshops: Chocolate Cupcake Decorating – Come an indulge the senses and make beautiful cupcakes adorned with chocolate treats
Cost: $10 includes apron and 2 x cupcakes – 1 for eating and one for taking home! For children between 4 – 8 yo., parents must accompany children.
When: Sessions run @ 11am – 12pm and 3pm – 4pm- 13th & 14th August 2011
Bookings: Online

Melbourne Writers Festival

I have been taking my older boys into the Melbourne Writers Festival for the last few years. You can see a write up from my eldest son on the school sessions here. Even though they are called school sessions, individuals can still attend. At the time of writing this post, the MWF website was under going maintenance, so I can’t give you my highlights for this year. But I highly recommend checking it out and if you have kids in the upper levels of primary school, taking them along and immersing them in the wonderful atmosphers of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Circus Incognitus

In Circus Incognitus legendary Canadian performer Jamie Adkins (Cirque du Soleil and Montréal’s Cirque Éloize) is mustering the courage to face what he fears most: speaking in public.

To overcome his fear he’s going to need to get creative! Balancing precariously on towering ladders, wrangling an animated chair and juggling anything he can find are all part of Jamie’s unusual solution.

With astonishing acrobatic skills, sidesplitting wit and a story about never giving up, this international performance is not to be missed.

Dates: Saturday 20 August 11am & 2pm
Duration: 60 mins
Ages: 6 – 13 years
Cost: $18. Groups 4+: $16. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. All adults must have a ticket.
Bookings: online or by phone: 1300 182 183

Do you have any special kids activities planned for August?