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 12 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 Box Office on 1300 182 183 from 9:00am – 8:30pm, 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 9:00am – 8:30pm 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.
Children aged under 2 years are admitted free of charge to some performances seated on their carer’s lap without a pram. Please contact us on 1300 182 183 if you're unsure whether this applies to the specific performance you wish to attend.
Please ask our friendly staff to direct you to our full changing facilities.
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.