Scarecrow Making Workshops
Bring the kids to the Fed Square’s rooftop veggie garden, Pop Up Patch, for scarecrow making workshops!
In these half-hour hands-on workshops, kids will make their own scarecrows, learning how to stuff and decorate them. The scarecrows are approximately one metre tall, so they’re easy to bring home and scare those birds away! Bring your kids’ old clothes along, or, for an extra $5, we will provide clothes. Frame, twine, straw and other necessary scarecrow materials are provided.Age: Recommended for children 5–12 years (parents free) When: Sunday June 8, 12pm Where: Fed Square. Pop Up Patch is best found by heading to the corner of Russell and Flinders Streets, from here you will see Pop Up Patch at the entrance to the Fed Square car park and to the left of the Ian Potter Building. Price: $10 per child.
Bumblebee Baby and Children’s Market
If you’re looking for children’s goods at low prices, Bumblebee Baby and Children’s Market is just for you, and it’s coming to Queen Vic Market this Bumblebee Market is the place to buy and sell new, preloved and handmade baby and children’s goods.
The market boasts a large selection of stalls ranging from homemade treasures to toys, clothes, books, prams, car seats, cots and just about anything imaginable for babies and children.
- Age: For parents, but there’s heaps to see and do at the Queen Vic Markets
- When: Sunday June 8, 9am – 4pm
- Where: Shed A, Queen Victoria Market, Victoria Street, Melbourne
- Price: Entry is free
Pastello – Draw Act Exhibit
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is running this acclaimed kids’ exhibit – a fantastic, and free, event that even our under-one year olds enjoyed when we visited last week. This interactive space especially for children and families features crayons everywhere, and a range of objects made out of coloured wax for children to use as drawing materials across three drawing zones.
The concept of the exhibit is to turn the idea of drawing on its head; kids can strap on crayon-studded shoes and helmets to make their marks on the paper-covered walls. Crayon coated cutlery and ropes make for unusual drawing implements, and kids’ artwork can be pegged on the display wall when they’re done.
Need more convincing? Read our article on Pastello here.Age: crawlers – teens When: Daily until 31st August Where: Ground Level, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
NOCTURNAL at ArtPlay
Fed Square’s annual winter program The Light in Winter offers art, music and performance from dusk – and it will feature heaps of exhibits and activities that are great for kids this Saturday.
Wander through a maze of handmade timber boxes containing unique soundscapes created by children at ArtPlay with direction from Victorian artists Michael O’Dwyer, Emah Fox and Nilgun Guven.
Crafted with timbers gathered from all over Australia, these boxes have been made by children using native Australian timbers. Each child has explored their connection to place by creating their own soundscape which has been housed in his or her box.
Pick up individual boxes and listen closely as they reveal to you their own intimate soundscape. Visit fedsquare.com/thelightinwinter for more informationAge: Primary schoolers and older Where: ArtPlay on the Hill at Birrarung Marr When: Saturday 7 June, 5.30pm – 7pm Price: Free
Rescue at Scienceworks
How would you react in a high-pressure scenario with people’s lives at stake? Take control of a full-size helicopter simulator to get a bird’s-eye view of a rescue scene and use infrared cameras to look for heat signals.Navigate a jet ski around obstacles in a simulated environment as you search for a swimmer washed out to sea. Experience what it’s like to find your way through a smoke-filled room.Explore the science and technology behind real-life rescue scenarios with interactive exhibits that will teach you about medicine, search techniques, radio communication, rescue supplies and equipment such as the Jaws of Life.Age: Best for primary schoolers and older as some of the activities have a height restriction Where: Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood
Friends of Newport Lakes Planting Day
Get out in the fresh air for the Friends of Newport Lakes Planting Day. You’ll meet lots of other locals and teach the kids about the natural environment and why it’s so important to preserve it. Afterwards, spot birds, go for a walk, and have a picnic. Meet and register in the car park at Newport Lakes Park.Age: All ages When: Sunday 8 June, 10am – 12pm Where: Newport Lakes Park, Lakes Drive, Newport Price: Free