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5+ years

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

Sounds like Somewhere (interactive installation)

Created by Jessica Wilson and Jordan Crugnale, with compositions by Rodolphe Blois

Enter a room where everything hangs in the air.

Is this under the sea?

…Or high up in a forest of trees?

Twist, tie, thread, stick and peg. Make shapes and hang ribbons to build a world of colour.

And listen to the sounds that change the way you look at the landscape all around.

This is a creative and contemplative sound and visual installation set under a large child-sized ceiling.  Different sonic worlds are experienced as you move through the space and add your own creations to a shifting hanging world.

Age: 4 to 6 years
Dates and times: Saturday 18 April and Sunday 19 April, 10.30am to 11.30am; 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Exploring Sound

Artist: Michael O’Dwyer

Explore the world around you through sound.

In this workshop you will explore sound in various ways including listening to atmospheric sounds as well as creating soundscapes.

Find out about sound maps and create symbols to represent different sounds; play with the Federation Bells to compose a music score; and listen to the hum, clatter and splash outside through headphones (and a hydrophone for under water listening). Learn how sound travels and how it is contained.

For the finale and with your newfound knowledge, grab a whistle, xylophone or thumb piano and play in our improvised orchestra!

Age: 7 to 12 years
Dates and times: Saturday 25 April, 2pm to 4pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $15 per child

Family Friendly 5Rhythms for Mother’s Day (dance)

Artist: Kat Worth

Celebrate Mother’s day with some free-flowing dancing!

5Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection and community. Together, big and little feet will dance freely through the rhythms of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. Both you and your child are invited to experience this fascinating, playful and enriching practice developed by Gabrielle Roth and danced by thousands of people worldwide.

(Focus for each session will be for the age group specified below, however siblings outside of the age group are welcome to come along to either session.)

For more info on 5Rhythms please visit

Age: 5 to 12 years and family
Dates and times: Sunday 10 May, 2pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $5 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bush Sculptures (weaving)

Artist: Baluk Arts

Join Baluk Arts Aboriginal artists in creating your very own bush sculpture to take home with you. Learn to wrap, wind, cut and create your favourite Australian animal from hay and wool.

Baluk Arts workshops promote and present the diversity of Aboriginal artists in south eastern Melbourne and share the experience of creating works together. Baluk artists learnt how to create bush sculpture from other Aboriginal artists and have since grown their own style and type of sculptures influenced by the landscape and seascape of Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula where they are based.

Photo artwork by Melinda Ballard

Age: 6 to 12 years
Dates and times:  Sunday 17 May, 10.30am to 12noon and 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost: $15 per child
Bookings essentialbook online

All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

ArtClub (visual arts series)

Artist: Sue Davis

In the second season of ArtClub we will explore different approaches to making sculptures in the work of Yinka Shonibare and in the work of Giacometti. We will also explore photography using the theme of Photo Alphabets.

Week 1 (2 May)

Photo Alphabets

We will explore the local environment in search of the letters of the alphabet and capture them in photographs.

Week 2 and 3 (9 and 16 May) – Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare is a Nigerian/British artist who often uses brightly coloured African fabrics in his work to create dresses or alien sculptures. We will look at the reasons why he creates these works and create our own works using these African fabrics.

Week 4 and 5 (23 and 30 May) - Giacometti

Why do Alberto Giacometti’s tall, thin sculptures of figures look so sad? Why did he want to make sad figures? Find out why and experiment with plaster, the material he became so well known for and create your own figures that express emotions.

Age: 7 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturdays 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 May, 10am to 11.30am
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $85 per child

Close Encounters (lantern making)

Artist: Ken and Julia Yonetani

Make a real Japanese lantern from shoji paper and wood, and find out about all the animals and plants that used to inhabit Australia but have since become extinct since colonisation (1788). Choose an extinct species, and imagine what it looked like and where it lived. Then draw what you imagine onto your lantern to decorate it.

Before or after the workshop, visit the Park Ranger Education and Display Trailer in the ArtPlay Backyard and find out about the rare and beautiful animals of Victoria. Learn about the role habitat plays in saving endangered animals and what we can do to help in our own neighbourhoods.

The lanterns you make will be kept at ArtPlay until 6 June when you are invited to join us for a special event. On this night, all of the lanterns will be lit and hung together in the ArtPlay space. This breath-taking installation will pay respect to the extinct species of Australia in a timely reminder of the extinction crisis that we currently face on a global scale.

This project is drawn from the Japanese obon festival tradition, where the lanterns (toro) guide the spirits of the dead to their worldly home, and then back to their resting place.

Installation event: 6 June, 5pm

Ken + Julia Yonetani are collaborative installation artists who have exhibited large-scale works across the world, including a major solo exhibition in Paris (until August 2015); the Singapore Biennale (2013) and the Venice Biennale (2009).

Age: 6 to 12 years
Workshop dates and times: Sunday 24 May and Sunday 31 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm
Cost: $15 per child
Bookings essential:  book online

All children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult