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5+ years

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

Super Box Friends

Artist: Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen (Cake Industries)

Make friends with a cardboard box… Give your Super Box Friend real moving motorised parts, a personality, and then set them free!

Have fun bringing an inanimate everyday object (a cardboard box) to life, and then customise it to become a new little friend. Led by Melbourne-based robot builders and media artists Jesse Stevens and Dean Petersen, you will learn the joy of hands-on making and basic electromechanical movement.

After the workshop, the Super Box Friends will roam free outside (from 3pm to 4pm), so that others may enjoy their whimsical movement and playful appearance. Other children will be able to come and meet your special creations and join in the fun!

(At the end of the day, the box friends will go home with Jesse and Dean for other children to enjoy.)

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 1 April and Thursday 2 April, 1.30pm to 3pm
Cost: $15 per child
Bookings essentialbook online

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

Robot Story Time

Artists: Cake Industries

Meet Radius - a tired and weathered old humanoid robot from the future!

Radius has stories to share with you, silly songs to sing with you and characters to show you on his robot screen. Oh… and he’s also got some fun quizzes and bad jokes too! Don’t miss your chance to see into the future and find out a bit about technology along the way in this original show.

Robot Story Time is part of Robot Road Trip, a mobile arts technology experience that travels across Australia and internationally to connect young people to the world of creative robotics and new media arts in a fun and interactive way.

Age: 3 to 8 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 1 April and Thursday 2 April, 10.15am to 11am; 11.30am to 12.15pm
Bookings essentialbook online
Cost: $10 per person (please note: adults are required to purchase a ticket)

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Pop Portraits (visual arts)

To celebrate the Jewish Museum of Australia's Andy Warhol Jewish Geniuses exhibition

Artist: Robert Lee Davis

Join us for a playful exploration of Pop art.

In the 1960s, Andy Warhol created several 'mass-produced' images from photographs of celebrities.  He used silk screening techniques and bright colours so that each image appeared to be different.

In this workshop, you will be given an introduction into the wonderful world of Andy Warhol. Then it will be your turn to make an artwork by following Andy’s multiple image technique. First draw your self-portrait, and then photocopy it multiple times. Re-imagine each of your portraits in four different mediums and play with how they look the same but different!

Special Offer: 50% discount on the Family entry fee to the Jewish Museum of Australia’s Andy Warhol Jewish Geniuses exhibition if you show your booking email for this workshop until 26 May.

Age: 6 to 8 years
Dates and times: Thursday 9 April and Sunday 12 April, 10.30am to 12noon
Cost: $15 per child
Bookings essentialbook online

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

Portrait Weaving (visual arts)

To celebrate the Jewish Museum of Australia's Andy Warhol Jewish Geniuses exhibition

Artist: Robert Lee Davis

Weave and colour your own photographic portrait.

In the 1960s, Andy Warhol created a series of ten iconic 20th century Jewish figures.  These portraits were slightly altered providing his audiences with a different take on these famous icons.

In this workshop, you will be given an introduction into the wonderful world of Andy Warhol. Then it will be your turn to make an artwork inspired by Andy’s images. First you will have your photo taken and printed at ArtPlay. Then learn contemporary weaving techniques to alter your photo portrait; and use different painting techniques to add the finishing touches.

Get inspired and try weaving and colouring other images at home!

Special Offer: 50% discount on the Family entry fee to the Jewish Museum of Australia’s Andy Warhol Jewish Geniuses exhibition if you show your booking email for this workshop until 26 May.

Age: 6 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 11 April, 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.

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 www.5Rhythms.com

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