What's on for Kids in Melbourne This Week February 1 - 7

  • All Ages

School might be back for 2019 across the city, but the kiddo fun in Melbourne definitely doesn't stop! It's the Year of the Pig and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is celebrating, we're exploring diversity at the popular Midsumma Festival, food at festival 21, human biology at MPavilion, and everybody's favourite boy wizard at this year's Harry Potter Book Night. Jump on in!

1. Midsumma Festival

With a three-week program held every summer, Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premiere LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality.

Among the visual arts, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, parties, sport, social events and public forums, you'll find kid-friendly events such as Drag Storytime, Midsumma Carnival, a pool party, family picnics, and the all-inclusive Park Lounge festival in Werribee.

What you need to know:

When: Until February 10, 2019

Where: Locations around Melbourne

Cost: Varies, according to events. Find more information here

For more information: See our event listing.

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2. Harry Potter Book Night

You are cordially invited to Hogwart's Open Day at Southbank campus, where wizards and witches aged 5 - 15 can visit the school, meet the teachers and eat some magical treats.

Wear your robes or costumes for the chance to win some charmed prizes.

What you need to know:

When: 4pm - 7pm, 7 February 2019

Where: Southbank Library, 207 City Rd Southbank, VIC 3006

Cost: Free, bookings essential

For more information: See our event listing.

Image Credit: MPavilion

3. Centre of a Cell

Join this interactive workshop with talks and experiments to uncover the mystery of nanoparticles. Find yourself on the virtual reality experience Journey Inside a Human Cell, a collaboration between Australian scientists and 3D animation experts. Experience the wonder of the bio-nano scale which escapes the human eye. Science is all around us!

This event is part of the MPavilion STEM program in partnership with Office for Women.

What you need to know:

When: 2pm - 4pm, February 4 2019

Where: MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 

Cost: Free, bookings essential

For more information: See our event listing.

Image credit: festival21 Facebook

4. Festival 21 - Starting Young Kids Program

Have you ever thought about the way we grow, process, eat, purchase and waste food? And what harm this may be doing to our health, our social system, and the planet?​

festival21 is a two-day celebration of the potential for food to inspire positive change. ​The Starting Young program a fun, interactive and exciting session presented by kids, for kids (and their parents!) where kids can learn, play and be inspired to create healthy habits that last a lifetime. 

It’s easy to get caught up in simply getting a dinner on the table that everyone is willing to eat – let alone one that encourages the development of healthy habits. This session recognises that actions speak louder than words, and encourages kids to become involved and excited about where food comes from and why it’s so good!

Please note Starting Young is presented by kids, for kids so adults must be accompanied by children. If you would really love to attend without an accompanying child, please email [email protected]

Taking over the Meat Market, festival21 will equip Melbourne with a practical toolkit to make better food choices – via TED-style talks, music, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, and panel discussions, including kid-focused events and workshops. And of course, lots, and lots of food! Vendors on the day include STREAT, Free to Feed, The Social Food Project and Noisy Ritual. Fully Booked Women will also be hosting a bake sale, with all proceeds going to the Sandro Demaio Foundation to support future public health and nutrition projects. All food and packaging offered at festival21 will be 100% compostable or recyclable.

What you need to know:

When: 11am - 12.30pm February 2

Where: Meat Market, 3 Blackwood St, Melbourne VIC 3051

Cost: Free

For more information: See our event listing.

 

5. Lunar New Year at Legoland Discovery Centre

Celebrate the 2019 Year of the Pig at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, where you can use LEGO® Bricks to write up your New Year wishes on the LEGO® Wall, colour in and take home a LEGO® Pig Minifigure colouring sheet, and take a photo of as a LEGO® Pig Minifigure, all at their Lunar New Year area.

Image Credit: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Celebrate the 2019 Year of the Pig at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, where you can use LEGO® Bricks to write up your New Year wishes on the LEGO® Wall, colour in and take home a LEGO® Pig Minifigure colouring sheet, and take a photo of as a LEGO® Pig Minifigure, all at their Lunar New Year area.

What you need to know:

When:  Until February 10, 2019

Where: LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Level 2/1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone VIC 3148

Cost: Included with general admission

For more information: See our event listing.

 

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