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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.)

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Age: 3 to 5 years and family
Dates and times: Sunday 10 May, 10.30am to 11.45am
Bookings essential:  book online 
Age: 5 to 12 years and family
Dates and times: Sunday 10 May, 2pm to 3.30pm
Bookings essential:  book online

Cost: $5 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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 .