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Under 5 years

NOTE: Please see Special events and Free stuff to explore for more activities for this age group.

Drum it Up!

Artist: Justin Dwyer 

Grab a bucket, drill some holes, tie a rope and voila… your drum awaits you…
Use recycled materials to construct a drum. Choose your instrument: bass, snare or shaker, learn the basics and perform with the ArtPlay Kids Band!

This workshop is for children and their carers to play music together.

Age: 3 to 5 years
Dates and times: Friday 30 January, 10.30am to 11.15am and Sunday 1 February, 11.45am to 12.30pm
Bookings essential:  book online 
Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Drum it Up with Dad!

Artist: Justin Dwyer 

Grab a bucket, drill some holes, tie a rope and voila… your drum awaits you…
Use recycled materials to construct a drum with your dad. Choose your instrument: bass, snare or shaker, learn the basics and perform with the ArtPlay Dads and Kids Band!

This workshop is for dads (or male carers) and children.

Age: 3 to 5 years
Dates and times: Friday 30 January, 11.45am to 12.30pm and Sunday 1 February, 10.30am to 11.15am
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Altogether Now (movement)

Artist: Emma Salzano 

Come on babies!
Come on children!
Breeze on in, and don't forget to bring your most playful grownup!

Be guided though a play-scape full of little surprises and big delights with lots of play, movement and fun. With musical accompaniment, you will be guided through lots of activities to see and do. 

A workshop designed to inspire moments together sure to surprise and delight. 

Age: 2 to 3 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 28 January and Thursday 29 January, 10am to 10.45am; 11.15am to 12noon
Bookings essential:  book online

Age: babes in arms & crawlers
Dates and times: Friday 6 February and Tuesday 17 February, 10.30am to 11.15am; 11.45am to 12.30pm; 1.30pm to 2.15pm
Bookings essential:  book online

Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Shaking Egg Hunt

Artist: Loukia Vassiliades

Shhhh! the eggs are hiding somewhere in ArtPlay.  Where can they be? Everybody loves an egg hunt!  But have you ever found musical eggs? Come on - find the eggs, shake the eggs, roll the eggs right over.

You and your baby will be invited to shake your way through song, dance and game, but first you must find those eggs!

Age: Walkers 2 years and under

Dates and times: Wednesday 4 February, Thursday 5 February, Thursday 19 March and Friday 20 March, 10am to 10.45am; 11.15am to 12noon
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Printing with Nature

Artists: Avis Gardner and Dominic Belvedere
(The University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre: specialist arts teachers)

See, feel and print with different leaves. Look in wonder at the fine patterns that are revealed with coloured paints as you make your own prints to take home.

Experiment by pressing all kinds of natural materials into fine smooth clay and feel the impressions they make.

These workshops are running alongside the Caring and Sharing for the Earth exhibition.

Age: 3 to 5 years

Dates and times: Wednesday 11 February, 10.30am to 11.15am; 11.45am to 12.30pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The River is Flowing

Artists: Avis Gardner and Dominic Belvedere
(The University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre: specialist arts teachers)

Get to know your very own Yarra River from two different perspectives. Look down from above like a bird using aerial photographs and then imagine walking along the river bank.

Create a Yarra River environment using paint/collage in earth /foliage colours and a three dimensional scene from clay and natural materials.

These workshops are running alongside the Caring and Sharing for the Earth exhibition.

Age: 3 to 5 years

Dates and times: Thursday 12 February, 10.30am to 11.15am; 11.45am to 12.30pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Straight line, Curvy line

Artists: Avis Gardner and Dominic Belvedere
(The University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre: specialist arts teachers)

Observe and be inspired by the lines, shapes and intricate patterns of nature. Then enjoy drawing in a different way using feathers with coloured inks.

Experience rolling clay to make all kinds of lines and use fine tools to make wonderful patterns of your own.

These workshops are running alongside the Caring and Sharing for the Earth exhibition.
 
Age: 3 to 5 years

Dates and times: Friday 13 February, 10.30am to 11.15am; 11.45am to 12.30pm
Bookings essential: book online 
Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Couch Guerrillas (show)

Artists: Nerida Weller, Sarah Fiddaman, Deborah Prentice, Adrienne Chisolm, Michael Havir

The family couch… Is this a hotly contested piece of territory at your place?

Do you like to roll and slide on your couch, or build amazing cushion worlds? Do your pesky parents always get in the way trying to 'relax'?

In this performance, come and see how family couch interactions are played out in both familiar and unexpected ways.

This is the first showing of a work-in-development dance theatre piece.

This workshop is part of the ArtPlay NEW IDEAS LAB program where artists are supported to develop new work for children and families.

Age: 3 to 10 years
Dates and times: Sunday 22 February, 11am to 11.45am and 2pm to 2.45pm
Cost: $10 per person
Bookings essential:  book online

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dancing Rhymes (movement and singing)

Artist: Kat Worth

Memorable nursery rhymes and lullabies will come to life as we dance and sing them together. Simple and playful dances will be shared to accompany our singing of familiar songs.

Your baby will love and admire your playfulness as you animate the songs they know and love. We will also learn some new songs to add to your repertoire and inspire your singing and dancing together at home.

This workshop will be fun and playful as well as gentle and relaxing. You don’t need to be a confident singer to join in, so don’t be shy about bringing your voice, as it’s the one your baby already knows and loves.

Age: Walkers 2 years and under
Dates and times: Thursday 26 February and Friday 27 February, 10am to 10.45am; 11.15am to 12noon
Bookings essential:  book online

Age: Babes in arms and crawlers
Dates and times: Tuesday 3 March and Thursday 5 March, Thursday 26 March, 10.30am to 11.15am; 11.45am to 12.30pm; 1.30pm to 2.15pm
Bookings essential:  book online

Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Clippity Clop! (drama)

Artist: Pocketfool

Hats on first!
Boots on next!
And head to the stable we go…
Clip clop through the meadow, jump over the fence and oh dear! A river!
What will we do?

Saddle up and create a unique, theatrical world with Pocketfool using creative play, stories, songs and movement.

Age: 3 to 5 years
Dates and times: Thursday 12 March and Friday 13 March, 10.30am to 11.15am; 11.45am to 12.30pm
Bookings essential:  book online
Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lullabies for Your Baby

Artist: Nina Laitala

Lullabies are a beautiful way to promote bonding and music with your baby. The lilting melodies and comforting words help soothe adults and children. The act of singing releases endorphins, so what better way to end a busy day than with a peaceful song lovingly written by you for your child?

In this workshop, Nina Laitala will explore the secrets behind a good lullaby through gentle musical activities and group song-writing. Parents will be encouraged to express their nurturing side through song and take home a new lullaby for their child as well as tips to transform any experience into a sleep time serenade.

Age: parents with babies up to 18 months

Workshop for Dads
Dates and times: Sunday 22 March, 10.15am to 11.15am
Bookings essential:  book online

Open Workshop
Dates and times: Sunday 22 March, 11.45am to 12.45pm
Bookings essential:  book online

Cost: $15 per family

All adults must be accompanied by a baby.