Arts Centre Melbourne for Families

The Arts Centre Melbourne have just released their family program for Summer and Autumn and there is so much fun stuff coming our way! Head over to their website for the full details of all the shows and dates but here are the things we are most looking forward to: 

Emily Brown and the Thing

 We just saw Emily Brown and the Thing and had a great time! The pyjama dress code was right up our alley and even though we got some strange looks on the train it was well worth it. Emily Brown is a fun and fierce character that will delight the kids. The 55 min show is entertaining start to finish with songs, puppets and plenty of physical humour. My five and eight year olds had a blast!


Intrepid explorer Emily Brown and her side-kick bunny Stanley adventure to Fairfax Studio this summer.

Something monstrous is keeping Emily Brown awake…One evening, Emily Brown and Stanley hear a ‘Thing’ crying outside their window. He just can’t get to sleep. Join them as they venture high and low, far and wide to find the Thing’s cuddly, bedtime milk and medicine… But nothing seems to help him settle. What’s really troubling the Thing – and will anyone ever get to sleep?

A fantastic tale of bravery with a mix of colourful quests, excellent puppetry, lovely songs and a touch of magic. From the creators of The Gruffalo, Room on the Broomand Snail and the Whale comes the heart-warming stage show Emily Brown and the Thing, based on the book by Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train your Dragon) and Neal Layton.

★★★★★ “Constantly amuses, delights and enthrals” The Stage

★★★★★ “A slick storybook adaptation with a big heart… one of the company’s finest hours!” The List

Come dressed in your favourite pair of pyjamas and bring your special cuddly toy to keep you company!

 3 – 14 January, 2018

Wednesday 3 January 10am & 12:30pm
Thursday 4 January 10am, 12pm & 3pm
Friday 5 January 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday 6 January 10am, 12pm & 3pm
Sunday 7 January 10am & 12:30pm
Tuesday 9 January 10am & 12:30pm
Wednesday 10 January 10am & 12:30pm
Thursday 11 January 10am & 12:30pm
Friday 12 January 10am & 12:30pm
Saturday 13 January 10am & 12:30pm
Sunday 14 January 10am & 12:30pm

Duration: 55 minutes, no interval

All tickets $30


The 78-Storey Treehouse


A play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre.

Speaking of movies, our friends are going to be famous! The legendary Mr Big Shot has arrived to make a Hollywood blockbuster! But when his first step is to fire Andy and replace him with a monkey – well, a gibbon named Mel Gibbon – the battle is on. Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry? And why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere?

The team behind The 13-, 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with the newest, biggest, brightest blockbuster in the series… but watch out for those cows!

“Compulsory viewing for parents and their entertainment-hungry youngsters” – The Herald Sun (on The 52-Storey Treehouse)

4 – 22 April 2018

4 April, 6 April, 8 April, 11 April, 12 April, 13 April, 15 April & 22 April, 11am & 2pm

5 April, 7 April, 14 April & 21 April, 10am, 12pm & 3pm

10 April – 11am

Auslan Interpreted Performance
Saturday 14 April, 12pm

Relaxed Performance
Friday 13 April, 11am

Duration: 1 hour (no interval)

Tickets $26-$39


The Children's Republic of Melbourne


If the children of Melbourne joined together and made their own country – what would it be like?

The Children’s Republic of Melbourne starts from exactly that idea. What rules would there be? What values are important?

Immerse yourself in a world of politics, ethics, and amateur law-making – and literally stitch together the start of this new country with your own hands. What is more important: Unlimited Pizza or Equality for all? Help decide the laws of Melbourne’s first micro-state, and design its national flag, constitution and coat of arms. What symbols represent your idea of what a country should be?

On the last day, everyone is invited back to parade their flags and banners through the streets of Melbourne and present the constitution to the public. Will kids make better rules than adults?

Find out this summer!

Free but bookings essential. 

 9 – 14 January 2018

Tuesday 9 January, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm
Wednesday 10 January, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm
Thursday 11 January, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm
Friday 12 January, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm
Saturday 13 January, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm
Sunday 14 January, 10am, 11am, 12pm, & 1pm

Sunday 14 January, 3pm

Duration:Please allow at least 1 hr 30 mins for this experience

I See You Like This


Interactive art for children! turns the camera around, allowing your child to view you as the subject through the lens of their own imagination.I See You Like ThisLook this way - look that way - look natural – smile. With our ever-growing desire to document each moment of our lives, children often become the (reluctant) subject of their parent’s camera.

In this unique hands on experience with local artist Jessica Wilson and designer Matilda Woodroofe, children will become the art director of a creative portrait of their parent. Each unique portrait will be captured by professional photographer Carla Gottgens - in a celebration of the fascinating relationship between parent and child.

 17 – 21 January 2018

Daily sessions 9.30am – 3.30pm

Auslan Interpretation available Sat 20 Jan*

Duration: 45 minutes (no interval)

$18 per ticket.