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Arts Centre Melbourne and summertime family-fun go hand in hand.

Our latest program for Summer and Autumn is full of imaginative experiences to inspire families to interact, connect and discover together.

There’s plenty of playful, creative adventures to be had in the theatres and around the many nooks and crannies of the Arts Precinct. Experience free family events with a flock of ‘sheep’ on the Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn in Les Moutons, or if you love to build things you can contribute to the creation of a mega mini-city from recycled materials in Imaginary Architecture.

Revel in a visual feast of umbrellas, kites, balloons and snow (yes, we know it’s summer!) in the internationally acclaimed American show Air Play, unleash your creative side with an interactive workshop at The Channel, or witness the ultimate hip hop ritual with Cypher.

To top it all off, you can embark on a sea journey never to be forgotten with Cerita Anak (Child’s Story). Bustling with all the life of the ocean, this delightful show is a part of Asia TOPA – an exciting new festival celebrating Australia’s connections to contemporary Asia.

Everyone’s welcome. See you there!

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  • Instant Rockstar
    10 Jan 2017 - 20 May 2017 Instant Rockstar

    Do you have what it takes to be a rockstar?

     
  • Ultimate Rockstar
    5 April 2017 Ultimate Rockstar

    Phase two on your journey into the world of rock superstardom!

     
  • Class Clowns

    Calling all cheeky cherubs and funny monkeys!

     
  • The Magic Workshop
    16 Jan 2017 - 12 Apr 2017 The Magic Workshop

    Discover the art of magic!

     
  • Airplay
    18 Jan 2017 - 22 Jan 2017 Air Play

    A comic adventure so epic it will lift you out of your seat.

     
  • Macdeth
    19 Jan 2017 - 21 Jan 2017 Macdeth

    The perfect show for young audiences who love the classics with a twist!

     
  • Les Moutons
    19 Jan 2017 - 22 Jan 2017 Les Moutons

    They look like sheep. They sound like sheep. They even get sheared.

     
  • Deadly 60
    24 January 2017 Deadly 60

    Pole to Pole Tour

     
  • Mister Maker
    29 January 2017 Mister Maker & The Shapes

    Bring the whole family to join the ultimate arts and craft hero for some arty adventures.

     
  • Cerita Anak (Child's Story)
    30 Mar 2017 - 2 Apr 2017 Cerita Anak (Child’s Story)

    Presented as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Asia TOPA Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) takes pre-school children and their adults on a sea journey never to be forgotten. Climb aboard and be

     
  • Mr Stink
    1 Apr 2017 - 9 Apr 2017 Mr Stink

    "Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…” Hold onto your nose for this touching, twisted and very smelly adaptation of

     
  • Now Hear This

    Use fruit, hardware, balloons, water and more to create a real time soundscape for a play

     
  • Cypher
    20 May 2017 - 21 May 2017 Cypher

    Step into the Cypher, the circle where power moves, footwork and funk is the language

     
  • 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

     
  • 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

     
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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