Comedy Club for Kids
Why should the adults have all the fun? Comedy Club for Kids brings cheeky holiday fun and laugh out loud moments for kids aged six to 12 from 31 March - 14 April.
Hosted by king of the kids Josh Earl and Berlin's Prince and Princess of Punk Rock Die Roten Punkte, the program of shows features comedians including Tessa Waters, Tom Walker, Xavier Michelides, BANANA LIGHTNING, Dr Professor Neal Portenza, The Travelling Sisters, Alex The Magician, Head First Acrobats, Double Denim and Fran Middleton. Spiegeltent, Arts Centre Melbourne, 4 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3000
Marvel Avengers STATION
Captain America. The Hulk. Thor. Iron Man. The Marvel Avengers STATION is a must-see this school holidays as science and technology come to life in a purpose-built structure at the Paddock, Federation Square from 16 March - 22 April.
Train like a super hero, investigate the history, science, engineering, genetics and profiles of Marvel’s most iconic characters and explore an extensive range of Avengers operation equipment - including the uniform of Captain America, Iron Man’s MK45 suit and Thor’s mighty hammer. Federation Square, Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
The National Gallery of Victoria is a place for everyone, with the NGV Triennial providing people of all ages with a breathtaking experience in art and design until 15 April.
Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial is a free exhibition that celebrates contemporary art and design practice across all four levels of NGV International, as well as offering a rich array of programs.
The NGV Triennial explores cutting edge technologies, architecture, animation, performance, film, painting, drawing, fashion design, tapestry and sculpture.
For the NGV Triennial, Dutch art collective We Make Carpets has developed a large-scale interactive project that will transform the Gallery’s dedicated children’s space. At this experience, visitors will be inspired to create new patterns of their own using an array of everyday objects and will encounter the collective’s unconventional approach firsthand. National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, +61 (03) 8620 2222
Vikings: Beyond the Legend
At Melbourne Museum from 23 March the rich, often-misunderstood culture of the Vikings will be celebrated.
Debunking stereotypes and providing a fascinating insight into Viking domestic life, rituals and beliefs, almost 500 artefacts from the Swedish History Museum come together to form the largest collection of its kind ever displayed in Australia.
Among the collection are the astoundingly beautiful skeletal remains of a Viking longship, one of the finest hammer pendants ever found and swords dating back as far as 700AD.
This exhibition highlights why, even 1000 years after the height of their existence, Vikings continue to capture our attention. 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053, +61 (03) 8341 7777
Visitors will be invited to fall down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, with this world premiere exhibition celebrating the timeless stories of Lewis Carroll and Alice’s adventures on screen.
From first gracing the page in 1865, Alice has delighted audiences and inspired artists across generations. In more than 40 cinematic odysseys, she has epitomised the best in animation, been an arthouse icon and a blockbuster success.
Alongside her journey through pop culture, Wonderland explores how filmmaking, special effects and technology have reimagined one of the world’s most beloved characters. ACMI, Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, +61 (03) 8663 2200
Loved by generations for over 100 years, Puffing Billy is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world.
Kids and adults alike will love the feeling of the wind in their hair as they wind through the lush rainforest and beautiful fern gullies of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges National Park, enjoying the views from the iconic open-sided carriages.
Puffing Billy Railway operates every day on the school holidays thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 900 dedicated volunteers. 1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave VIC 3160Dandenong Ranges National Park, +61 (03) 9757 0700
Werribee Open Range Zoo
A taste of African adventure is available just 30 minutes from Melbourne's city centre, at Werribee Open Range Zoo. As much fun for parents as for kids, Africa's iconic animals live in harmony on 225 hectares of wide, open savannah.
On the Pula Reserve Walking Trail, visitors will come face-to-face with amazing gorillas, a pride of lions, monkeys and cheetahs at play and can put their feet in the sand at new Hippo Beach.
No trip to the Zoo is complete without heading out on safari across grassy plains where rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras and antelopes graze together on the picturesque savannah. K Rd, Werribee South VIC 3030, +61 1300 966 784
Mokoan Music Festival
This family friendly festival returns to Chesney Vale on Saturday, 31 March, with some of Australia’s best musicians performing against the stunning backdrop of the Winton Wetlands.
Set in natural bushland atop Green’s Hill, overlooking the wetlands and surrounding ranges, the festival celebrates the site’s connections to indigenous culture, the community and the environment.
Headlined by legendary Australian musician Dan Sultan, the festival offers a diverse playlist – from the modern soul of Josh Owen, to the ‘Japanese meets blues’ vibe of George & Noriko, with a dash of Pasifika from rising Shepparton performer Cheryl Simaika.
Children are not forgotten at Mokoan Music Festival, with free entry for those under 15 years of age, as well as a range of family friendly activities to keep them busy.
The festival will also offer a chance to try some local produce, with producers from the neighbouring Glenrowan region setting up food and beverage trucks at the event. Tickets available here. Boggy Bridge Road, Winton North, VIC 3673
Parents will find Australia’s foremost outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill as entertaining as the kids. The museum re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.
By day, Sovereign Hill is where Australia’s history comes to life from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where visitors can pan for real gold.
The spectacular $160,000 gold pour is not to be missed, or families can venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour or catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town.
By night, Sovereign Hill presents its spectacular, multi-million dollar sound- and-light show, ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’, the dramatic story of the 1854 Eureka Uprising. There is an onsite old pub and eateries to keep both parents and kids refreshed and satiated. 39 Magpie Street, Ballarat, Victoria, 3350 Australia, ph +61 (03) 5337 1199
Phillip Island, just 90 minutes from Melbourne, is a compact holiday playground that comes to life in autumn with an extensive array of family attractions and events.
The Island’s world-famous Grand Prix Circuit - host to both V8 Supercars and the Australian Superbikes events - is as much fun for parents as for kids, probably more as mums v dads battle it out to get the best time on the Go Kart circuit.
Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate, the weird and wacky attractions at Amaze N Things, the award-winning Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm will keep families entertained.
Phillip Island is of course a wildlife wonderland. With the largest colony of little penguins in the world, a koala conservation centre and 20,000 Australian Fur Seals, family members of all ages can appreciate the unique animals that live only in this part of the world.
With these and so much more including helicopter flights, ten pin bowling, paint ball and mini golf, Phillip Island offers fun, interactive and stimulating adventures to create a lifetime of family holiday memories this autumn.
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