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Under 5 years

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

Boomwacker bonanza ... For Dads 
Boomwacker bonanza 
Nests 
Making Me 
Sound Worlds
Henietta
Fall Down 
Primo
Nursery

Boomwacker bonanza!! ... For Dads (movement)

Artist: Emma SalzanoBoomwacker Bonanza! For Dads

Babies and walkers bring your most playful male grown up and let’s get rocking and rolling, baby style.

Pop!! ... Sing ... hum.  

Stretch, roll ... plop.  Tap tap tap ... slide ...

A fun, imaginative and slightly wacky workshop designed for pure good fun and togetherness. All that is required is a good sense of fun and clothes you can move in.

Age: Walkers under 2 years
Dates and times: Saturday 28 June, 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.

Boomwacker bonanza!!.. (movement)

Artist: Emma SalzanoBoomwacker bonanaza

Babies and walkers bring your most playful grown up and lets get rocking & rolling, baby style.

Pop!! ... Sing ... hum.  

Stretch, roll ... plop.  Tap tap tap ... slide ... 

A fun, imaginative and slightly wacky workshop designed for pure good fun and togetherness.  All that is required is a good sense of fun, and clothes you can move in.

Age: Walkers under 2 years
Dates and times: Sunday 29 June, 10.30am to 11.15am; 11.45am to 12.30pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child 

Age: Babes in arms and crawlers
Dates and times: Wednesday 30 July and Thursday 31 July, 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.

Nests

Devised by: Ken Evans, Gillian Howell and Rebecca Russell
Featuring: musicians Gillian Howell and Adam Simmons, and facilitator Rebecca Russell

Have you ever sat in a nest? Do you know what treasures they hide?Come to the giant nests at ArtPlay to discover the enchanting music they conceal.

Nests is all about musical discovery.

A soundtrack of birds, trees and running streams will evoke an inspiring musical environment. Instruments hidden inside large eggs – beautiful, unusual instruments that you can’t wait to pick up and play – will fill the space with evocative sounds as you interact with the musicians and each other.

Age: 3 to 5 years
Dates and times: Friday 4 July, 10.30am to 11am; 11.30am to noon
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

There will also be two sessions of Nests as part of the Engaging with Quality Learning Exchange where up to 24 observers will be discreetly viewing the session as professional development.

Dates and times: Saturday 5 July and Sunday 6 July, 10am to 10.30am
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $10 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Making Me

Artist: Ann Ferguson

What do I look like? Do I have long hair or short hair? How tall am I next to my mum or dad? Explore different clay techniques, get to know clay as a medium and take the time together to create figurative representations of yourselves in clay.

Get your hands dirty and have some fun!

Age: 2 to 5 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 16 July, Thursday 17 July, 20 August and 21 August, 10.30am to 11.30am; noon to 1pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sound Worlds

Artist: Nigel Brown with Rosalind Hall (20 Jul) and Alice Hui-Sheng Chang (6 Sep)

Awaken the hidden sounds in daily objects. They’re just waiting to spring out with a little encouragement, so rub, knock, bump and drop to get them started.

What about the noises hidden inside us? Get ready to turn your voice into a rainstorm, or perhaps a butterfly’s footsteps.

Age: 4 to 5 years
Dates and times: Sunday 20 July and Saturday 6 September, 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.

Henietta

Artist: Kat Worth, Jessica Nabb and Melanie Keely

Hen has lost her little chooks. Will you help her take a look?

Be part of an unfolding story of Henietta and her missing chicks. Clues to the story are discovered by unwrapping lots of boxes in lots of paper revealing hidden treasures that become part of the interactive dance theatre experience.

This workshop does pass the parcel of a different kind. Fingers be ready for lots of unwrapping, toes be prepared for paper scrunching and imaginations be ready for action as you help Henietta find out where her little chooks have gone.

Age: Walkers under 2 years
Dates and times: Tuesday 22 July, Wednesday 3 September and Thursday 4 September, 10.30am to 11.15am; 11.45am to 12.30pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

Age: 2 to 3 years
Dates and times: Thursday 24 July, 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.

Fall Down (drama and movement)

Artist: Nerida Weller and Nilgun Guven

We all fall down...

Join dancer Nerida Weller and Nigun Guven - an inspired, multi-skilled arts worker - in a playful, silly, knock'm down journey.

Explore together as you go twirling and whirling, moving and singing and delving into imaginative play.                  

Age: Walkers under 2 years
Dates and times: Wednesday 13 August and Thursday 14 August, 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.

Primo Primo

Artist: Alfredo Zinola and Felipe Gonzalez

Presented by Melbourne Festival and ArtPlay

Imagination and wonder take centre stage in PRIMO, an underwater spectacle created especially for the creative minds of 2 to 5 year olds. From the depths of an aquatic dreamscape PRIMO conjures a vivid sensory journey, letting the creative power of your toddler’s imagination build a worlds of his or her own devising.

In a bright lit, clear-sided pool, two dancers jump, twirl and float their arms and legs a whirl of bubbles and colour. Pressing their faces to the windows, the young audience will find themselves transported, carried away on strange tides into a world of underwater adventures.

PRIMO is a co-production with SCHAUBUDE BERLIN, fabric Postdam, Fondazione T. r.g., Barnes Crossing. PRIMO is supported by Kunststiftung NRW, Fonds Darstellende Kunste e.V. and Small size, big citizens. The company’s travel to Melbourne has been made possible thanks to Kunststiftung NRW.

Please note there will also be a free artist talk at ArtPlay on Thursday 16 October at 4pm.

Age: 2 to 5 years

Dates and times: Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Saturday 18 October, 10.15am to 10.55am; 12noon to 12.40pm;
Friday 17 October and Sunday 19 October, 10.15am to 10.55am; 12noon to 12.40pm; and 2pm to 2.40pm

Bookings essential: www.melbournefestival.com.au/primo
Cost: $15 per person

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nursery

Created by: Sally Chance

Enter the Nursery, a safe and special play space where delight is devised moment by moment and where babies and performers together create beauty and a sense of connection.

Presented by two dancers and a musician and developed through extensive research into ways in which babies and their adults tune into one another, Nursery offers an immersive experience of dance and music, carefully designed to invite the babies' investigation of the people, objects, movements, sounds and word-scapes within it.

“Babies and young children are like the R & D division of the human species...” Alison Gopnik

Age: Babies 4 to 18 months
Dates and times: Wednesday 10 September and Friday 12 September, 10.30am to 11.15am; noon to 12.45pm, Thursday 11 September and Saturday 13 September, 10.30am to 11.15am;2noon to 12.45; 2pm to 2.45pm
Bookings essential: book online
Cost: $15 per child

This show is designed for adult and child pairs – one child with one adult.