Kids events at Melbourne International Arts Festival

The Melbourne International Arts Festival 2018 is one of Australia’s leading international arts festivals presenting unique international and Australian acts in dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia. There are plenty of kid-friendly events with circus shows, installations, colourful trams and beautiful light field gardens.

This year’s festival runs from 3–21 October 2018.

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Kid-friendly events include:

Melbourne International Arts Festival
Tanderrum

Tanderrum

A ceremony bringing together the five south-central Victorian aboriginal clans of the Kulin Nation. Storytelling through dance, song and music – this is an all-ages event.  

DATE: Wed 3 October 2018
TIME: 6.30pm
LOCATION: Federation Square
COST: FREE
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1000 doors
1000 Doors

1000 Doors

From the creators of last year’s House of Mirrors, this immersive installation is a labyrinth of mysterious doors that will entertain the whole family.  

DATE: 28 September – 21 October 2018
TIME: 10am–10pm everyday
LOCATION: Arts Centre Forecourt
COST: $10
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Lexicon

Lexicon

The UK’s leading circus company present their acclaimed new show, Lexicon. A celebration of 250 years in the circus, this performance is guaranteed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.  

DATE: 4 – 21 October 2018
TIME: Tue–Sat 7pm / Sun 5pm, Sat also 2pm
LOCATION: Royal Botanic Gardens
COST: $39–$88
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My Name is Jimi

Legendary aboriginal actor Jimi Bani presents this family-centred performance offering a rare insight into a Mabuig Island tribe. Suitable for ages 10 yrs+ it is a heartwarming performance that was a favourite at the Sydney Festival earlier this year.

DATE: 4–7 October 2018
TIME: Thu–Sat 7.30pm / Sun 3pm, Sat also 2pm
LOCATION: Arts Centre Melbourne
COST: $39–59
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Melbourne Tram Art
Melbourne Art Trams

Melbourne Art Trams

A festival highlight, seven new artist designs will hit the track alongside a recreation of the late David Larwill’s 1986 tram design from the earlier Transporting Art program. Ride your favourite.  

2018 Melbourne Art Trams artists
Hayley Millar-Baker, David Larwill, Stephen Baker, Valerie Tang, Oli Ruskidd, Troy Innocent, Oslo Davis and Nick Howson.

DATE: 4 October 2018 to early 2019
COST: FREE
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Fire gardens
Fire Garden

Fire Gardens

An unmissable event for the whole family, see the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria awash with fire in a lanterned wonderland created by world-renowned fire installation artists, Compagnie Carabosse.  

DATE: 10 – 13 October 2018
TIME: 7.30pm, 8.30pm & 9.30pm
LOCATION: Royal Botanic Gardens
COST: $25
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Ghost in my Suitcase
A Ghost in My Suitcase

A Ghost in My Suitcase

Adapted from Gabriella Wang’s thrilling book of the same name, winner of the 2009 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s novel, this is a gloriously exciting production from Perth based children’s theatre company, Barking Gecko. Suitable for 8yrs+  

DATE: 18 – 21 October 2018
TIME: Thu – Sat 7pm / Sat & Sun also 1pm
LOCATION: Arts Centre Melbourne
COST: $39–$59
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MPavilion 2018
MPavilion

Our Place Our Home

Celebrating the extraordinary range of cultures in Melbourne, this is an all-ages event perfect for small kids. Dance along to musical energies from Congolese, Oromo and Cuban cultures, with a lineup, include Gadda Band, Adrian Eagle and Sky Voltage.  

DATE: 21 October 2018
TIME: 1–3 pm
LOCATION: MPavilion
COST: FREE
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For more information on the Melbourne International Arts Festival click here

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WIN 5 GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS TO SEE ‘GHOST IN MY SUITCASE’

Head to our Facebook page for your chance to WIN 5 x General Admission Tickets to see ‘Ghost in My Suitcase’ – 7 pm Thursday 18 October at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Competition closes Sunday 7 October 2018. The performance is suitable for ages 8 years +

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