What❜s on for Kids in Melbourne This Week March 22 - 31

  • All Ages

This week Melbourne is playing host to everything from the biggest playgroup to the smartest robot, with floral spectacuars, the most destroyed artwork, and the funniest book in the city in between. Lots to do!

1. Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show returns with new Presenting Sponsor Lawn Solutions Australia, the country’s largest network of turf specialists. 

This year, visitors will experience the 2019 Welcome Garden by Mark Browning, Landscape Design Show Gardens from Australia’s biggest names and a hub of activity in the Royal Exhibition Building’s Gallery Precinct.

New major charity partner, Beyond Blue, is set to bring a renewed focus on the impact outdoor spaces have on mental health, alongside the Beyond Blue Charity Garden space with fun and interactive activities for children of all ages.

Show stand-outs include The Great Hall of Flowers, Boutique Garden Competition, Baptcare Shop Window Floral Design Competition, RMIT Fashion Design student showcase, DIY floral workshops by The Melbourne Flower School and power tool specialists Ryobi.

Floral inspired treats will be a tasty delight at the ticketed Holland America Line High Tea and visitors will have the chance to frolic with clucking chickens and sample delicious heirloom fruits with The Diggers Club.

Friday 29 March will host Gardens by Twilight where city-dwellers can enjoy after-work drinks with gourmet foods and live music inside the softly lit gardens.

What you need to know:

When: March 27 - 31, 2019

Where: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Cost: Adult $30, Concession $26

For more information: See our event listing.

Image Credit: Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

Image credit: Melbourne Museum Facebook

2. Hilarity in Print at the Melbourne Museum

Melbourne has always been a bookish city, and now's your chance to see what it was like when our very own Cole's Book Arcade was the biggest bookstore in the world! 

One of the most popular children's books in the 19th Century was E.W Cole's Funny Picture Book.

Every Sunday during March, you can drop in to the Melbourne Musem and add to their very own giant funny picture book. 

Write, draw, or pen a poem - whatever your creativity decideds. From your favourite joke to your silliest made-up character - anything funny goes!

What you need to know:

When: Sundays until March 31.

Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

Cost: Free with museum entry

Ages: Suitable for ages 5 to 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information: See our event listing.

Image credit: City of Melbourne

3. Exhibition: Destroy! 

Have you ever wanted to sneak under the barrier in an art gallery and touch the sculptures and paintings? Or take it one step further and completely ruin the carefully constructed works? 

ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab supports artists and children to work together to develop new arts experiences, and this year they are asking the question "can destruction ever be creative?".

Over four days with four professional artists, four artworks were destroyed, and you are invited to journey through the relics of the sculptures and paintings that have been destroyed and reimagined by children at ArtPlay.

Shown through the eyes of the children involved, this exhibition documents the creative process of destroying and remaking.

What you need to know:

When: 10am - 4pm Wednesday - Sunday until March 31.

Where: ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, Behind Fed Square

Cost: Free

Ages: 5 to 12 years. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information: See our event listing.

Image credit: SEA LIFE Melbourne

4. The Biggest Playgroup at SEA LIFE Aquarium

Swim into SEA LIFE with the little ones and playgroup friends for the Biggest Playgroup at SEA LIFE  for children three and under. 

Go on a mystery Scavenger Hunt, get crafty with special Arts and Crafts in the Interactive Wonder Room, and sit back and relax for interactive Story Time in the Ocean Theatre. 

Meet thousands of amazing creatures, including Pinjarra the mega-croc, Mitch the Grey Nurse Shark, and Cleopatra the Maori Wrasse.

This is a one time event only. An Adult ticket includes entry for an adult and a child three years and under. A child ticket is available for children aged 4-12. 

Adults will only be admitted with a child, and children must be accompanied by an adult 18+ at all times. 

What you need to know:

When:  8.30-11am on Monday 25 March

Where: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, corner of Flinders Street and King Street, Melbourne.

Cost: $35 per child

For more information: See our event listing.

Image Credit: Melbourne International Comedy Festival

5. Robot Song at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Robot Song introduces us to Juniper, a smart 11-year-old whose world is turned upside down when the arm of a giant robot appears on her doorstep and takes her on an unexpected journey to find the rest of its body. Surprised by the robot’s revelation that it has only ever wanted to sing, Juniper learns flexibility and unexpected outcomes are sometimes exactly what you need.

Robot Song is drawn from writer director Jolyon James' experience raising a child on the Autism Spectrum. In celebrating Juniper’s unique way of interpreting the world Robot Song provides a window for all young people to recognise and embrace the differences within themselves and others. 

Using live animation, animatronics and with original music Robot Song will be an incredible new work as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


Wednesday 27 - Friday 29: 11am, 7.30pm;
Monday 1 April: 11am
Tuesday 2  - Friday 5 April: 11am, 7.30pm
Saturday 6 April: 2pm
Monday 8 April: 11am
Tuesday 9 April - Friday 12 April: 11am, 7.30pm;
Saturday 13 April: 2pm;
Tue 26 March: 11am, 7.30pm 

Where: Theatre Works, 14 Acland St, St Kilda 

Cost: Adult $35, Concession $25

Ages: Suitable for ages 6 - 12

For more information: See our event listing.