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Arts Centre Melbourne is a place where children can ignite their imagination and be filled with a sense of fun and wonder.

This winter and spring we have an amazing program for children of all ages to enjoy.

Beloved books come to life on stage with Horrible Harriet and The Gruffalo, while the Listies bring their seriously silly comedy to the Fairfax Studio in Ickypedia.

We are delighted to present Bamboozle Theatre Company’s Down to Earth, all the way from the UK. This beautiful immersive work is made specifically for children and young people with physical and complex disabilities.

Discover a secret world hidden right under your nose in the interactive journey The Story of Lamp or meet the play-loving kids who live behind a junkyard in the Flying Fruit Fly Circus’ new production Junk.

We welcome back the China National Theatre for Children with their highly visual production of Three Monks. Meanwhile, in The Wolf and Peter, Ireland’s renowned CoisCéim Dance Theatre takes the timeless story of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and retells it through the eyes of the (somewhat misunderstood) Wolf.

Get ready to dance in our Artist-in-Residence project Loop. Part workshop, part performance, this unique work invites children to show off their dance moves to inspire the choreography of a brand new show by Melbourne artist Nat Cursio.

Last but not least, meet Bambert, an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing in the Victorian premiere of the Helpmann Award-winning production Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories by Barking Gecko Theatre Company.

Come join us for an adventure under the spire soon!


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  • Double Trouble Package

     
  • Down To Earth
    10 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017 Down to Earth

     
  • The Wolf and Peter
    1 Jul 2017 - 2 Jul 2017 The Wolf and Peter

    Ever wonder what the Wolf thought of Peter? Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter And The Wolf is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written. CoisCéim Dance Theatre takes this timeless story

     
  • The Story of Lamp
    8 Jul 2017 - 16 Jul 2017 The Story of Lamp

    Sometimes you can find a friend in the most unlikely places.

     
  • Ickypedia!
    11 Jul 2017 - 15 Jul 2017 Ickypedia

    World Premiere

     
  • The Secret Life of Suitcases
    12 Aug 2017 - 13 Aug 2017 The Secret Life of Suitcases

    Originally co-produced by the Unicorn Theatre

     
  • Three Monks
    2 September 2017 Three Monks

    On top of the mountain, in a small temple, live an old monk master and his three students. They live together in peace, but things haven’t always been so easy…

     
  • Junk
    22 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017 Junk

    ‘To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.’ Thomas Edison Meet the play-loving kids who live behind a junkyard in this exhilarating new show from Australia’s

     
  • Music from the Junkyard
    23 September 2017 Music from the Junkyard

    Shake it. Scrape it. Thump it. Beat it. Come and make music with junk and household items lead by Percussionist and Sound Designer Bec Matthews. Flower pots, bicycle wheels, saucepans and suitcases:

     
  • Horrible Harriet
    27 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 Horrible Harriet

    A play by Maryam Master
    Adapted from the books by Leigh Hobbs

     
  • Loop
    29 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017 Loop

    Artist-in-Residence

     
  • Loop
    25 Sep 2017 - 26 Sep 2017 Loop Workshop

    Artist-in-Residence

     
  • Bambert's Book of Lost Stories
    27 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017 Bambert's Book of Lost Stories

    Adapted for the Stage by Dan Giovannoni & Luke Kerridge
    from Bambert’s Buch der verschollnen Geschichten by Reinhardt Jung

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

    Based on the award winning picture book by
    Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
    published by Macmillan Children’s Books

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

    Do you have what it takes to be a rockstar?

     
  • Ultimate Rockstar
    5 Apr 2017 - 4 Oct 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
    10 Apr 2017 - 4 Oct 2017 The Magic Workshop

    Discover the art of magic!

     
  • 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

     
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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