What❜s on for Kids in Melbourne This Week August 8 - 14

Week two of August and the fun events for kids across Melbourne continue! Got a dinosaur fan or a budding artist? We've got just the thing:

Mini Artists

A program designed for 25 year olds wanting to see, play and make art. This guided tour and workshop for pre-schoolers and their carers is followed by morning tea from Café Heide.

Cost includes museum admission & morning tea for 1 adult and 1 child.

What you need to know:

When: 10am - 11.30am August 9

Where: Heide Museum of Modern Art

Cost: Adult $38 / Concession $32

For more information: see our event listing.

Main image credit: Heide Museum

Image credit: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery Hot Chocolate Festival

Beat the winter chill this August at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, and enjoy 31 new delicious and exotic hot chocolate flavours.

A selection of eight flavours will be available in the café or outdoor kiosk each day throughout the festival, with each one served with an extra shot of hot couverture chocolate, PLUS a handcrafted giant marshmallow.

Hot Chocolate tasting sessions are also on offer – During the 45 minute hands-on class, sip and sample a selection of eight amazing flavours. Choose from over 50 ingredients to make three different chocolate flavoured spoons – then just add to hot milk at home and create your own personalised, decadent hot chocolates. $20 per person for the tasting sessions, bookings are essential, here.

What you need to know:

When: August 1 - 31

Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery

Cost: Free, but Hot Chocolate Tasting Sessions are $20

For more information: see our event listing.


BODY WORLDS Vital: The Original Exhibition Of Real Human Bodies

BODY WORLDS is the original exhibition of real human bodies - seen by 46 million visitors globally. 

Vital explores the wonders of human health and wellbeing.

Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS are the original, first of their kind, anatomical exhibitions created in 1995 by the inventor of Plastination, Dr. Gunther von Hagens. 

BODY WORLDS is the first exhibition of its kind to inform the visitor about anatomy, physiology and health through viewing real human bodies. The specimens on display were preserved through Plastination, the preservation process invented by physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens while he was working at the University of Heidelberg. Since the beginning of the exhibition series in Japan in 1995, more than 46 million visitors in over 121 cities in America, Europe, Asia and Africa have seen the world's most successful travelling exhibition.  

What you need to know:

When: August 13 to November 18: Monday - Wednesday 10am - 5pm (last entry at 4pm), Thursday - Friday 10am - 6.30pm (last entry at 5.30pm), Saturday - Sunday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm (last entry at 5:30 pm)

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale 

Cost: FREE for children 0-4, $15/child 5-15 years, $30/adult, $80/family pass (2 adults + 2 children)

For more information: see our event listing

Image credit: Melbourne Museum

Prehistoric Melbourne Playdate

A celebration of all things ancient at the Melbourne Museum from the smallest trilobite to the largest sauropod. Children and their parents will join museum experts as they explore the Dinosaur Walk and 600 Million Years gallery and ask themselves the question "Why do we love dinosaurs so much?"

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

What you need to know:

When: Tuesdays until 11 September, 10.30–11.30am & 1.30–2.30pm

Where: Melbourne Museum

Cost: Free with Museum Entry

For more information: see our event listing.

image credit: City of Melbourne

Come in Outside! Exhibition

Knock Knock! Ding Dong! Anybody home?

Have you ever stood in front of a door and wondered what was behind it? Maybe there’s another world, a special friend, or even a surprise. This is your chance to decide what’s behind some wonderful, wacky doors in the ArtPlay gallery. You might snuggle up inside one, discover a secret ladder, or look through their coloured windows to see the world in a new way. 

Created by Pocketfool in collaboration with Melbourne artist Geoffrey Ricardo, this is a fabulous, interactive play experience for all abilities. 
Age: 2 to 8 years
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

What you need to know:

When: Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 4pm 

Where: ArtPlay

Cost: Free 

For more information: see our event listing.