Ignite your imagination and keep the boredom at bay!
We acknowledge what a challenging time it is for children and families right now. To help you stay connected, entertained and inspired in isolation, we have created a world of fun and interactive experiences to enjoy.
Come together with your family to watch a theatre performance, listen to music and podcasts, explore stories or dive into a creative activity at home.
Keep checking in as new programming for families will be released regularly.
Choose your own adventure with some of Melbourne’s favourite performers! In this special school holidays edition, Ali McGregor is joined by Frank Woodley, The Listies, Dandyman, Dane Simpson, Clara Cupcakes, and LOL Squad’s Ethan Gallagher and Patti Fawcett.
Streaming on demand until Tuesday 6 October, 10:30am
We were delighted to present the beautiful theatre musical production The Red Tree last year, based on Shaun Tan’s best-selling book. In this talk, the acclaimed Australian children’s author and illustrator discusses his creative process.
This talk is suitable for ages 11+
Looking for a laugh? This team of funny peeps aged 14-18 have created this hilarious series of comedy sketches. Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
These school holidays, join Bollywood dance expert Joshinder Chaggar for a free, interactive online workshop! From Mumbai to Melbourne, be introduced to vibrant wonders of this dancing style, and be lead through the basics of a fun Bollywood routine. Registrations are essential.
Get creative in your very own digital home studio with this series of fun and interactive digital workshops taught by leading artists and musicians. Discover how to create beats, perform magic tricks, make your own puppets, write lyrics and so much more.
All The Channel: Home Studio videos are closed captioned.
Using household items and the Koala Sampler app, Benji will show you how to make yourself a unique sample-based drum kit.
Bunraku Puppeteer Iris Radovic will teach you how to make your own puppet with materials you can find at home, and then guide you in bringing it to life.
Join Holly, the incredible Beatboxing Mime, for a crash course in clowning!
Join N’fa in building up some skills in making rhymes and creating a good flow in your lyrics.
Get the whole family dancing around the living room with this playlist of Aussie music songs for kids! Do the Loco-motion with Kylie, dream about growing up with Tim Minchin, jump around to Regurgitator and boogie to the Teeny Tiny Stevies, Sampa the Great, The Wiggles, Paul Kelly, Justine Clarke and more.
Listen to a collection of original radio plays inspired by the 2017 Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories. Written and acted by primary students, with original music and sound design by secondary students.
Dinosaurs, titans and ventures into the unknown! Immerse yourself in a series of original audio stories written and performed by budding storytellers from primary schools across Victoria. Inspired by the 2019 production of Laser Beak Man.
We’ve done the research so you don’t have to! Our team have hand-picked their favourite family friendly experiences to enjoy at home. Created by artists from Australia and afar, these activities and theatre performances are sure to bring a bit of brightness into your day.
We’ll release a new top picks for families every fortnight. Keep an eye out for more inspiration.
Listen to inclusive tunes from KLP and Matt Okine, join online activities with Riverside’s Spot On Festival, or log off and take the whole family on a Feather Quest.
Step into an imaginary world of hidden tunnels, lava pits and underwater caves without ever leaving your home! In this interactive journey, families will be guided with audio through a series of playful activities before being carried along through an immersive soundscape. Created entirely in isolation by a brilliant team of artists, Mountain Goat Mountain is designed for children and grown-ups to share together.
Happy travels adventurers!
Dive into a range of creative activities inspired by this exquisite theatrical tale for families.
Bambert writes his stories into a book called his "Book of Wishes." In this activity you can colour in a drawing of the balloon from the show and add in your very own wish for the world. All you need is a printer and some coloured pencils!
Bambert’s tale reminds us of the power of writing to connect us to other another. During this time of isolation, why not share stories with your friends and loved ones with a handwritten letter.
We may be in lockdown, but that doesn’t mean we can’t let our imagination run loose! Inspired by the families shows that have been on our stages, we’ve created a collection of craft activities and ideas to do with the kids.
We want to see your creations! Share them with us at #ACMWithYou
To celebrate the Melbourne premiere of the stage show last year, Australian artist Tim Sharp created an original illustration of the Arts Centre Melbourne Spire. Now it’s your turn to draw your own.
Look baa-rilliant! Make a wearable mask of your favourite sheep hair style, inspired by Jackie French’s beloved storybook. You’ll be the talk of the shearing shed with your new sheep-do.
The three little pigs made houses out of bricks, sticks and straw. Now it’s your turn. What will your house look like?
We love the story Emily Brown and the Thing! In this activity we’re asking you to dream up what you think the THING in the story looks like.
Host you very own High Tea Party with our easy step-by-step instructions. We're talking delicious treats, crafting, great music, dressing up and lots of dancing! The perfect Sunday afternoon family activity.
What moves you? Last year renowned choreographer Amrita Hepi’s beautiful one-on-one workshop invited children to create their very own dance move inspired by their passions, personality and community.
Ideas for kids: Make up your own signature dance move at home.
Did you take part in this giant game of musical chairs? Invisible Orchestra asked families to use their imagination – and their bum – to create an orchestra of sounds.
Ideas for kids: Anything can be an instrument! Create music from items you can find around the house.
Who doesn’t love a daytime family-friendly rave? Over the summer we hosted the best all-ages dance party of our lives inside of a converted shipping container.
Ideas for kids: Have an iso-rave dance party with your family. Pick your 5 favourite dance songs.
In 2016 thousands of breezeblocks were lined-up to create a giant city-wide game of dominoes. Down they toppled, winding their way throughout Melbourne’s streets and landmarks – finally ending at Arts Centre Melbourne!
Ideas for kids: Make the longest line of dominoes that you can.