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This summer and autumn will offer a myriad of accessible experiences spanning theatre, puppetry, circus, mime and visual arts – and explore what is means to be a citizen of Melbourne.

Watch award-winning young acrobatic troupe Gravity & Other Myths as they push their physical limits in A Simple Space - a playful, intimate work, which will leave the whole family on the edge of their seats.

Get involved in unique interactive workshops The Children’s Republic and I See You Like This in January, as well as our ongoing Creative Workshops in The Channel throughout the year.

Once again, a library of beloved books will come to life on our stages. Discover what is keeping Emily Brown awake in Emily Brown and the Thing (UK), plus there’s another 13 levels added to Andy and Terry’s Treehouse being built on our stage in April.

Watch an extraordinary friendship form between a little girl confined to a hospital bed, and a tongue-tied clown doctor. Ruby’s Wish is a pocked-sized bundle of charm that proves there is no harm in believing.

This season is packed with captivating, interactive experiences for young people of all ages. We’re thrilled especially to host the whimsical La Vie Dans Une Marionette (NZ) for ages 8+.

We hope you enjoy our carefully curated program of remarkable experiences for families to enjoy together.

  • The Gruffalo
    15 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017 The Gruffalo

    Based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
    The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 1999 – Macmillan Children’s Books

     
  • Emily Brown and The Thing
    3 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018 Emily Brown and The Thing

    Something monstrous is keeping Emily Brown awake…

     
  • A Simple Space
    3 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018 A Simple Space

    A fun-filled experience for all ages, A Simple Space is circus stripped back to its essential elements – allowing the talent on stage to shine through in a celebration of strength, playfulness

     
  • The Children's Republic of Melbourne
    9 Jan 2018 - 14 Jan 2018 The Children's Republic of Melbourne

    If the children of Melbourne joined together and made their own country – what would it be like? The Children’s Republic of Melbourne starts from exactly that idea. What rules would there

     
  • La Vie Dans Une Marionette
    16 Jan 2018 - 20 Jan 2018 La Vie Dans Une Marionette

    Life in a Puppet

     
  • I See You Like This
    17 Jan 2018 - 21 Jan 2018 I See You Like This

    Interactive art for children!

     
  • The 78-Storey Treehouse
    4 Apr 2018 - 22 Apr 2018 The 78-Storey Treehouse

    a play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

     
  • Our Corka Bubs
    1 Mar 2018 - 3 Mar 2018 Our Corka Bubs

    Join us for the first ever Aboriginal contemporary dance work for babies.

     
  • Creature
    12 May 2018 Creature

    An Adaptation of Dot and the Kangaroo.
    Adapted by John Romeril

     
  • Ruby's Wish
    12 May 2018 - 13 May 2018 Ruby's Wish

    Join us for the heart-warming story of Ruby, a little girl with a big imagination!

     
  • Instant Rockstar
    10 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 Instant Rockstar

    Do you have what it takes to be a rockstar?

     
  • AMV Experience Lyric Writing

    Join us for an immersive experience in the Vault!

     
  • The Magic Workshop
    11 Jan 2018 - 12 Apr 2018 The Magic Workshop

    Discover the art of magic!

     
  • AMV Poster Design

    Join us for an immersive experience in the Vault!

     
  • AMV Academy
    22 Jan 2018 - 25 Apr 2018 AMV Academy

    Is the future of the Australian Music Vault in YOUR hands?

     
  • Class Clowns
    12 Jan 2018 - 13 Apr 2018 Class Clowns Comedy Crash Course

    Calling all cheeky cherubs and funny monkeys!

     
  • Instant Rockstar
    11 Jan 2018 - 16 Jun 2018 Instant Rockstar

    “You’re the star!”

     
  • Sound Beginnings

    This engaging sensory program brings children who have developmental delay or disability together with their families to interact through music. Accessible music experiences are carefully planned to

     
  • Siblings in Sync

    Siblings get creative with music! This award-winning program sees kids with disability and their siblings engage together in accessible music activities. Shared abilities and mutual respect are

     
  • Deadly 60
    25 January 2018 Deadly 60 Down Under

    After two sell-out Australian tours, Steve Backshall, the star of the hit TV show Deadly 60 is returning to Australia with his brand new stage show. However this time there is big difference …

     
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Information for Grown-ups

Arts Centre Melbourne Families and Youth program is designed to be a shared experience between children and their families. Therefore all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sponsors
Arts Centre Melbourne Families and Youth Space is supported by donations to Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation's annual giving appeal and by the Betty Amsden Arts Education Endowment Fund for Children.

Booking Tickets
*Web: artscentremelbourne.com.au/kids

*Telephone: 1300 182 183 from 9am to 8.30pm, Monday to Saturday

In person: Arts Centre Melbourne's Box Office (100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne) is open 9am to 8.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday

*Transaction fee applies.

Age Recommendation
Arts Centre Melbourne provides age recommendations for all family performances.This is designed to help children and families get the most out of their experience. We work closely with the creators of the performances to determine a suitable age recommendation, however it is ultimately up to the parent’s discretion.

Babes in Arms
We welcome people of all ages to experience Arts Centre Melbourne’s events, facilities and services. For the majority of events held at Arts Centre Melbourne, children who have not yet turned two years old may be admitted into an event at no cost and without a ticket. In these cases, children will not be allocated a seat and must be seated on the lap of a parent or guardian for the duration of the event. 

Some events do require children under the age of two to be admitted with a ticket - particularly for performances programmed specifically for this age group. If this is the case, this requirement will be clearly stated on the event’s webpage. If you would like further clarification, please check the website or enquire with our team when booking. Arts Centre Melbourne is a place for everyone in the community to enjoy. 

When bringing children to the Centre, we request that you consider the interests and enjoyment of other visitors. Any person (regardless of age) interrupting the enjoyment of other visitors may be asked to leave an event and/or the venue. As per our conditions of entry, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Getting Here
Arts Centre Melbourne is located at 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.

By train: Arts Centre Melbourne is a five minute walk from Flinders Street station.

By tram: Stop 14. All tram lines that travel up or down St Kilda Road and Swanston Street stop outside Arts Centre Melbourne.

By car: Entry to Arts Centre Melbourne car park is located on the corner of Sturt & Kavanagh Streets, Southbank, and is easily accessed from St Kilda Road, Southbank Boulevard, Alexandra Avenue and City Road. For parking rates click here.

Eating
Visit one of our cafés for drinks, tasty treats and healthy options.

Baby Change & Pram Parking
Toilets are on each floor of Arts Centre Melbourne. Baby change facilities are available on Levels 3, 5 and 6 (Level 6 is St Kilda Road street level). There are designated spaces for pram parking at Arts Centre Melbourne Kids and Families events.

Wheelchair Access
The venue is accessible by wheelchair and spaces are available at all events.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about bringing your family to Arts Centre Melbourne, please call the Box Office on 1300 182 183 or email us at info@artscentremelbourne.com.au