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

  • All Ages

It's a riot of colour this week as the Indian Holi festival gets underway, and there are several cultural outings for the littlest among us - namely the String Symphony where kids get to be the puppeteers, and the Only a Year immersive theatre event for babies under 12 months. Super cute!

Check it out:

1. Moomba Long Weekend

The much-loved Moomba Festival has returned for another year, jam-packed with a fun-loving and family-friendly program on the banks of the iconic Yarra River.

Kick off the long weekend with the much-anticipated Moomba Parade before exploring the carnival rides and games, kids' activities, nightly fireworks, water sports and much more. 

Check out the awesome LEGO Play Zone, Jurassic World Activity Centre, Silent Disco Tours, meet DreamWorks Trolls Poppy and Branch and Minions Stuart and Kevin, do a kids yoga class, dance workshop, watch movies and listen to kids' entertainers - all part of the absoluely massive Moomba lineup. A weekend not to be missed!

What you need to know: 

When: March 8 - 11, 2019

Friday: 6pm - 11pm

Saturday: All day

Sunday: All day

Where: Various locations on the Yarra River in Melbourne

Cost: Free

For more information: See our event listing.

Main image credit: Moomba Melbourne

Image Credit: Arts Centre Melbourne

2. String Symphony

A giant illuminated puppet is waiting to come to life, but it needs you to help it!

This March long weekend, under the iconic spire of the Melbourne Arts Centre, take hold of a rope and become a puppeteer.

Make it dance, jump, wave, it’s up to you! Using more than a kilometre of rope, the handwoven giant will be animated by twelve audience members. Practice your puppeteering during the day, or watch as dusk falls and all is illuminated by hundreds of twinkling lights.

This free interactive experience is a joyous and visually stunning spectacle for the whole family. Stay for as little or as long as you like.

What you need to know:

Where: Arts Centre, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne


Friday 8 Mar: 6-9 PM

Saturday 9 Mar: 1-4 PM & 7-9 PM

Sunday 10 Mar: 1-4 PM & 7-9 PM

Monday 11 Mar: 11 AM-1 PM & 2-5 PM

Cost: Free

For more information: See our event listing.

Image credit: Arts Centre Melbourne

3. Only A Year: The Arts Centre for Babies 

Only A Year is an immersive, sensory theatre event designed for babies aged 0-12 months and their carers.

Using shadow, light, wind, rain, sun and heat to convey seasons, this beautiful, tactile performance explores the idea that the first year of life is experienced by both baby and carer as the longest, but also shortest time imaginable.

Only A Year features a poetic blend of live music, sound, puppetry, physical theatre and storytelling; creating a delightful and shared experience for both you and your little one.

Run time: 35 minutes

What you need to know:


Wednesday 13 March: 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM

Thursday 14 March: 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM

Friday 15 March: 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM

Saturday 16 March: 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Cost: $35-$45

For more information: See our event listing.

Image credit: Federation Square


4. Melbourne Holi Festival 2019 

The Festival of Colours (otherwise known as Holi) is coming to Melbourne this Sunday, March 10.

Every year when spring begins in India, Indians all across the world celebrate.

For a full week, this long-held Hindu tradition sees 1.25 billion Indians play outside, splashing each other with bright neon colours. Streets, fields, temples and buildings are covered in this rainbow free-for-all.

Signifying the triumph of good over evil, the end of winter and the arrival of spring, it is a time to be outside and celebrate with friends, family and community. In Melbourne, there will be marching int he streets, drum playing, traditional music, variety stalls, a huge DJ lineup, nonstop dance music, water balloons, and Melbourne's most famous food trucks.

Go along for what's being described as a festival + parade + concert + paint war all at once!

What you need to know:

When: 11:30am - 7.30pm March 10, 2019

Where: The Paddock: Fed Square

Cost: Free

For more information: See our event listing.

Image credit: Collingwood Toy Libary Facebook

5. Collingwood Toy Library's Messy Play Day

Messy Play Day at the Collingwood Toy Library is back for 2019! Lots of free messy play activities for everyone, including slime, finger painting, foam, mad scientist fun and more for all kids aged 1-6. Sausage sizzle included. Don't forget your old clothes!

What you need to know: 

Where: Collingwood Toy Library, 16 Lulie St Abbotsford

When: 10am - 12pm Saturday 9th March

Cost:  Gold coin entry.

For more information: See our event listing.