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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.




Mountain Goat Mountain

Mountain Goat Mountain
An at home theatre experience for families to do together

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!

Immersive Performance

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Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories
Barking Gecko Theatre

Watch the story of Bambert - an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing. This exquisite theatrical tale for families is a timely reminder of how stories connect us to the world and ultimately, the power of kindness. Following sell out performances at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2017, this Helpmann Award Winning production has gone on to charm audience around the globe.

Available until Saturday 5 September, 10.30am (AEST)

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Shaun Tan: Author Talk

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+

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LOL Squad

LOL Squad Sketches

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.

Watch the series

 



Workshops

The Channel: Home Studio

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.

New workshops released weekly.


  All The Channel: Home Studio videos are closed captioned.

 

Lyric Writing Workshop with Eva Popov

Eva takes you through an easy step-by-step guide to writing your own lyrics.

 

DIY Beat-Making Workshop with Benji Miu

Using household items and the Koala Sampler app, Benji will show you how to make yourself a unique sample-based drum kit.

 


Puppetry Workshop with Iris Radovic

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.

 

Magic Workshop with Lee Cohen

Once you have sworn the magician’s oath, you can step behind the curtain and enter a world of mind-boggling magic secrets!

 


Clowning Workshop for 5-8 year olds with Holly Austin

Join Holly, the incredible Beatboxing Mime, for a crash course in clowning!

 

Clowning Workshop for 9-11 year olds with Holly Austin

Holly will show you how to create a world to perform in, using only your voice, body, and imagination!

 


Hip-Hop: Rhyming, Timing, Making Sense Workshop with N'fa Jones

Join N’fa in building up some skills in making rhymes and creating a good flow in your lyrics.

 

Hip-Hop Lyric Writing Workshop with Mantra

In this workshop you will learn some basics of hip-hop songwriting.

 


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Listen


Australian Music Vault - Family Jams

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.


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Stories in the Wall: Radio plays by students

Stories in the Wall

Take Flight – Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories

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.


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Stories in the Wall

Another Self – Laser Beak Man

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.


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Top Picks

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.


Edition 7 Top 5 Picks for Families

Edition 7 *NEW*

Sing along with Victorian Opera, learn tricks from talented acrobats and go on a DIY scavenger hunt with these at-home activities from some of our favourite artists.


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Edition 6: Top 5 Picks for Families

Edition 6

Watch heart-warming production Ruby’s Wish, dive into creative play with WOW Festival and Patch Theatre or hit the lounge room dancefloor to make up your own signature moves!


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Edition 5: Top 5 Picks for Families

Edition 5

Dive into creative activities with your family these school holidays. From trying your hand at juggling, to learning the art of book making, stay creative this winter!


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Edition 4: Top picks for Families

Edition 4

This week we’re making puppets, watching the tale of Anansi the Spider, listening to Kinderling radio’s guided meditation and performing our very own theatre shows at home!


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Edition 3

In our latest picks kids become the artists! Make music with the MSO, give poetry a try, learn African drumming, dive into an international art project or watch award-winning children’s theatre.


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Edition 2: Top 5 Picks for Families

Edition 2

David Walliams talk about imagination, enjoy story time with Grug, create a world of shadow puppets and snuggle up on the couch to watch children’s theatre.

Photo: Shane Reid


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Edition 1: Top 5 Picks for Families

Edition 1

Run away with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, get crafty with Polyglot Theatre, laugh with The Listies, see what the Teeny Tiny Stevies have been up to and be immersed in an audio story adventure.


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Get Creative

Bambert's Book of Lost Stories

Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories Activities

During the month of August, we’re bringing you the world of Bambert! Once you’ve watched the full performance of this exquisite theatrical tale for families, dive into a range of creative activities inspired by the show.


Create your own wish balloon

Make your own Wish Balloon

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!


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Write a letter to a friend

Write a letter to a friend

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.


Download letter template

 

More Kids Activities

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


Laser Beak Man

Draw your own spire!
Laser Beak Man by Dead Puppet Society (2019, Playhouse Theatre)

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.


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Pete the Sheep

The Sheep Salon
Pete the Sheep by Monkey Baa Theatre (2016, Fairfax Studio)

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.


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The Three Little Pigs

Create a house
Stiles and Drewe’s The 3 Little Pigs (2016, Playhouse Theatre)

The three little pigs made houses out of bricks, sticks and straw. Now it’s your turn. What will your house look like?


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Draw the THING
Emily Brown and the Thing by Tall Stories (2018, Fairfax Studio)

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.

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How to guide: High Tea Party at Home

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.


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Remember these shows?

A Call to Dance

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.


Invisible Orchestra

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.


10 Minute Dance Parties

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.


Dominoes

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.





VicHealth It’s normal to feel stressed or anxious about restrictions easing. Read tips from mental health experts to support kids through the changes.

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