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Special events

International Day of the Girl (celebration)

Artists: Born in a Taxi, Chaco Kato and Hayley Rivers

Join us to celebrate International Day of the Girl with fun visual art workshops and an interactive performance The Curious Game by Born in A Taxi.

In the world’s poorest regions, growing up as a girl is different to growing up as a boy. Find out about Plan International Australia’s Because I am a Girl campaign that strives to unleash the incredible potential of girls by promoting their rights, transforming their futures and creating a better world for all.

Visual Art Workshops: 1pm to 3pm

Drop into ArtPlay to make your own paint with natural materials such as beetroot, spinach and turmeric – then have a go at creating your own masterpiece. Or be inspired by the work of famous female sculptors, to make your own spinning, swirling mobile using wire, card and foam.

The Curious Game (Interactive Performance): 3pm to 3.40pm

With the pomp and ceremony of ridiculous rituals and eccentric dance, odd characters from an oversized chess board come to life to conduct an interactive board game, where no one knows what the rules are, and everyone’s a winner.

A bossy Queen, a stupid knight and a pawn with a touch of cunning, conduct an absurd and humorous game for all ages. Where the aim of the game is to find out… What is the game?

Age: 5 to 12 years
Dates and times: Sunday 11 October, 1pm  to 3.40pm
Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Little Big Shots: Australia's International Film Festival for Kids

ArtPlay and Little Big Shots present a selection of films for younger children (taken from the Festival in June 2015).

An inspiring, meaningful and fun-filled festival, Little Big Shots features the best in local and international children's shorts and animations.

The films screening in Little Big Shots inspire discussion of world cultures, different languages, cultural diversity, emotional intelligence and human values. Better still, we guarantee they will make kids laugh, whoop, think and create.

Package 1: Featuring 8 films including Decorations directed by Mari Miyazawa 2014 (Japan) and Maple Syrup directed by Yoshino Aoki 2013 (Canada)

Package 2: Featuring 7 films including Jack directed by Quentin Haberhan 2013 (The Netherlands) and Lune directed by Toma Leroux and Patrick Delage 2014 (France)

Package 1

Age: 2 to 5 years
Dates and times: Sunday 8 November, 10.15am to 10.50am
Bookings essential:  book online

Package 2

Age: 3 to 7 years
Dates and times: Sunday 8 November, 11.20am to 12noon
Bookings essential:  book online

Cost: $9 per person (adults must purchase a ticket)

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

International Year of Soils

Soil supports us all through the food we eat, the clothes we wear, our furniture and our houses.

What is your soil story?

Explore the story of soil through visual arts workshops where soil is transformed into sculptures, paint and crayons to celebrate the International Year of Soils and World Soil Day on 5 December 2015.

ArtPlay is offering the following workshops on Saturday 5 December and Sunday 6 December in conjunction with events at Federation Square.

Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Vegetable Soil Moulding (sculpture)

Artists: Cass Smith and Samantha Grover

Join sculptor Cass Smith along with soil scientist Samantha Grover, as they take you on a journey from soil to plate through playful sculpture!

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 5 December, 10.30am to 12noon

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Art and Soil (Painting)

Artists: Eleanor Butt and Samantha Grover

Get your hands dirty with artist Eleanor Butt and soil scientist Samantha Grover to explore the creative possibilities of painting with soil, and to get you thinking about what soil does for us and why we should respect it.

Age: 5 to 8 years
Dates and times: Saturday 5 December, 2pm to 3.30pm

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Soil Crayons (drawing)

Artists: Cass Smith and Eleanor Butt

What is your soil story?

Join artists Eleanor and Cass to make crayons from Victorian soil and draw the ways in which soil is an important part of your life!

Age: Family
Dates and times: Sunday 6 December, 1pm  to 4pm
Free, no bookings required (subject to capacity)

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