Arts Centre Melbourne is a place for kids and their families to gather for magnificent experiences that ignite their imaginations and fill them with a sense of play and wonder.
Twice a year we launch a carefully curated Kids & Families program targeted specifically at families’ audiences.
These diverse programs include performances from the most in-demand companies from Australia and across the world, as well as a range of free events, creative workshops, immersive experiences and an artist-in-residence project.
We’re also delighted to feature a number of inclusive performances designed for young people with a disability and their families to enjoy.
Coming to the theatre transports us to new places, presents us with different perspectives and takes us on unexpected adventures. Through our Kids & Families program, you and your family can see a show based on one of your favourite books, experience stories from different cultures, participate in hands-on creative workshops or discover the secret spaces in smaller immersive events.
We're committed to keeping our tickets affordable and making your experience at Arts Centre Melbourne as family-friendly as possible. We also have plenty of delicious café and restaurant options to keep you fueled while your imaginations are also being fueled by our great program. We even offer exclusive discounted parking rates when you come to see our shows.
So, come join us for your next big adventure under the spire soon!
All children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. All adults must have a ticket unless otherwise specified. All performances have no interval unless specified.
Book directly via the performance pages on our website, or call our Contact Centre on 1300 182 183 from 9:00am – 8:00pm, Monday – Saturday.
Or, drop by and book tickets at our Box Office in the Theatres Building. Just take the escalator or lift from street level down to the Level 5 Smorgon Family Plaza and you'll find our friendly staff ready to help!
The Box Office is open Monday – Saturday from 10:00am – 8:00pm and Sundays from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Our Box Office at Hamer Hall is also open Monday – Sunday from 10:00am – 6:00pm.
(Opening hours on public holidays are subject to change around performance times.)
Our Kids & Families program is supported by donations to Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation's annual giving appeal and by the Betty Amsden Arts Education Endowment Fund for Children.
The Trust welcomes people of all ages to experience Arts Centre Melbourne. For the majority of events, children under the age of 2 years may be admitted at no cost and without a ticket, on the lap of a parent or guardian.
Please be mindful & considerate of the surrounding audience. Any guests interrupting the enjoyment of other visitors may be asked to leave an event and/or the venue.
Arts Centre Melbourne & its Hirers may choose to program an event specifically for very young children. In this case, it is required for the child to hold a ticket.
If you are in any doubt as to whether this applies to your chosen event, please check the event page on Arts Centre Melbourne’s website, or call our Contact Centre on 1300 182 183.
All accessible bathrooms at Arts Centre Melbourne have a baby change facilities. If you need directions, please speak to one of our team members.
Theatres Building (under the spire) changing facilities locations
Level 3 (two levels below street) opposite the lifts
Level 5 (one level below street) next to Allegro
Level 6 (street level) near Cafe Vic
Level 8 (2 levels above street) next to The Pavilion
Hamer Hall changing facilities locations
Level 2 (three levels below street) – Accessible toilet near Door 2
Level 3 (two levels below street) – Accessible toilet near opposite the Truscott Lounge
Level 5 (one level below street) – Female toilets near Door 5
Level 6 (street level) – Accessible toilet near Door 8
Level 7 (one level above street) – Accessible toilet near Door 9
Arts Centre Melbourne provides age recommendations for all family performances to help you and your children get the most out of your visit. While we work closely with the creators of the performances to determine a suitable age recommendation, it's still ultimately up to you as the parent to make the final decision around suitability.
If you're attending a ticketed daytime Family show, you automatically get the Early Bird parking rate of $17 when entering the Arts Centre Melbourne car park prior to these performances' start times and exiting by 6:30pm. This offer is valid Monday to Friday for daytime car parking only. Public Holidays are excluded.
For all other rates, phone (03) 9281 8012 or visit our Parking page.
All Arts Centre Melbourne venues contain accessible seating for those with access requirements and their companions. This seating can be booked, subject to availability
• via this website (a service charge of up to $8.95 may apply)
• via our contact centre on 1300 182 183 - open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 8pm* (a service charge of up to $8.95 may apply)
• in person at our box office - open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 8pm and on Sundays from 10am until 5pm*
*These times are subject to change on public holidays
Steps: For those with limited mobility we recommend contacting our team for assistance to discuss the number of stairs required to navigate from the foyers, the entry doors and when inside the auditorium to your seat. This information varies for each of our venues. Please call us on 1300 182 183 our team are happy to assist with your booking and make recommendations to best meet your needs.