Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019

Melbourne is once again celebrating architecture with it’s annual Open House Melbourne 2019. This year there will be over 30 buildings that will be hosting special activities for families. The Open House weekend is on Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July 2019.

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CITY OF MELBOURNE

Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019
Image: ArtPlay – Courtesy of City of Melbourne

ArtPlay

Ping Pong WoW: Discover a whole lot of ping pong balls for this creative play installation for children aged 3–8 years and their families.

Date: 27–28 July 2019
Time: 10am–4pm
Location: Birarrung Marr, Melbourne
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Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019
Image: Donkey Wheel House – Love Bree Photography

Donkey Wheel House

Built for the Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company, Donkey Wheel House is a beautiful example of Victorian Venetian Gothic architecture. There will be children’s’ entertainers to provide light relief for those waiting in line.

Date: 27–28 July 2019
Time: 10am–4pm
Location: 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Old Treasury Building

Journey through the exhibitions and discover the architect and architecture of the Old Treasury Building with the Kids’ Fun Trail, bringing the museum to life.

Date: Sunday 28 July 2019
Time: 10am–3.45pm
Location: 20 Spring Street, Melbourne
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Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019
Image: Immigration Museum

Immigration Museum

Keep our future designers happy with a range of fun activities. What would you put on display in a museum? Create your own mini museum to take home inside the historic walls of Old Customs House.

Date: 27–28 July 2019
Time: 10am–5pm
Location: 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne
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Urban Tactility at the Immigration Museum – Urban Tactility will use oversized tactiles in a playful and exploratory way, visually and haptically guiding you from the street to the installation – connecting participants to the many sensory experiences the courtyard offers and to the ways people with blindness or low vision might experience the space.

Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019
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Signal

Join young people from SIGNAL’s program to make collages, zines, and badges or try your hand at fabric flowers or clay modelling. Usually just for 13–25 years old SIGNAL is open to all for Open House Melbourne weekend so come in and get creative.

Date: Sunday 28 July 2019
Time: 11am–4pm
Location: Flinders Walk, Melbourne
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CITY OF BOROONDARA

Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019
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Hawthorn Arts Centre

The Hawthorn Arts Centre is a former civic building located in Hawthorn, they will have an immersive art experience for children and families.

Date: 27–28 July 2019
Time: 11am–4pm
Location: 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
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Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019

Hawthorn Telephone Exchange and Telstra Museum

Fun for young and old. See the main distribution frame, watch calls traveling through a switching network, explore a range of equipment, and make phone calls. Meet the original talking clock or hear your name in Morse code.

Date: 27–28 July 2019
Time: 10am–4.30pm
Location: 375 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
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Tay Creggan

In this engaging session for children, we will look at robotic art. Younger children will be able to control Spheros to create their own piece of Robot art; older children will be able to use codes including randomisation and loops to produce a variety of effects. Smocks will be provided and water-based paints will be used, but we recommend wearing art-friendly clothes.

Date: Sunday 28 July 2019
Time: 10am–3pm
Location: 30 Yarra Street, Hawthorn
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CITY OF HOBSONS BAY

Spotswood Pumping Station

The Spotswood Pumping Station was a key part of Melbourne’s first centralised sewerage system. Grab an iPad and investigate the Pumping Station on a digital information trail.

Date: 27–28 July 2019
Time: 10am–4.30pm
Location: enter through Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood
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Dancehouse (former Carlton Community Hall)

Dancehouse is Australia’s only performing arts venue solely dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary dance. Classes will be offered in diverse dance genres at 11am, 12:15pm, 2pm and 3:15pm, in addition to free tours at 10:30am and 2:30pm.

Date: Saturday 27 July 2019
Time: 10.30am–4.30pm. Please book your place at dancehouse.com.au All ages and abilities welcome.
Location: 150 Princes Street, Carlton North
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Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019
Image: Islamic Museum – Misheye

Islamic Museum of Australia

The Islamic Museum of Australia is the first museum in Australia dedicated to Islamic Art and Muslim artists. Children will be given a booklet, ‘My IMA Journal’, to complete while touring, and upon completion will receive a gift.

Date: Saturday 27 July 2019
Time: 10am–4pm
Location: 15A Anderson Road, Thornbury
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All Saints Church East St Kilda

All Saints Church East St. Kilda. is one of the most significant and historic parish churches in Melbourne. Children can go on a self-directed ‘treasure hunt’ which will highlight some of the fine features of the building.

Date: 27–28 July 2019
Time: 10am–4pm
Location: Chapel Street, Street Kilda
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Australian Tapestry Workshop

The Australian Tapestry Workshop is a centre for one of Western civilisation’s oldest and richest art forms. There will be free drop-in hands-on kids weaving activity available throughout the day.

Date: Saturday 27 July 2019
Time: 10am–4pm
Location: 262–266 Park Street, South Melbourne
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Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019
Image: Gasworks – Daryl Groves

Gasworks Arts Park

Gasworks Arts Park, was originally the South Melbourne Gas plant and is now a vibrant arts precinct producing a range of visual and performing arts programs, workshops and activities. Children can play with Clay and Wildflower Printing.

Date: 27–28 July 2019
Time: 10am–4pm, drop-in activities from 11am to 4pm.
Location: 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
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FURTHER AFIELD

Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019
Image: Bunjil – Derek Swalwell

Bunjil Place

Bunjil Place is an award-winning facility, bringing together creativity, entertainment, and community, Families can enjoy an Archi-KIDS design-a-building activity and kids trail.

Date: 27–28 July 2019
Time: 10am–4pm
Location: 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren
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Open House Melbourne activities for families 2019
Image: Melton City Council

Melton Library and Learning Hub

The innovative hub features sustainable design and energy efficiency. A special Storytime will be held in the children’s area from 11am on Saturday.

Date: 27-28 July 2019
Time: 10am–3.45pm
Location: 31 McKenzie Street, Melton
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Woodlands Homestead

Woodlands Homestead, located at Woodlands Historic Park, is a unique and treasured part of Victoria’s heritage. Come and see wild Kangaroos while you rub noses with these legends of the racing turf.

Date: 27–28 July 2019
Time: 10am–3.45pm
Location: Woodlands Drive, Greenvale
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We try our best to provide accurate information on kid-friendly events around Victoria, but we do recommend that parents check details directly with the event website.

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