Delight, challenge and inspire the kids at Fed Square over the Easter school holidays with a packed program of family entertainment. Whether you or the kids are book buffs, film fanatics, science wizards or food aficionados, there’s something for everyone this holiday.
Fun-filled programs will run on selected days throughout the holidays. Family friendly highlights include Stargazing Live with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, the ever popular Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Literally LOL with The Mini LOL Roll and relax with The BFG on our Big Screen. See more below –
31 March – 23 April | The Square | Free
Free-flowing fun for the whole family! The (Very) Big Laugh Out brings some of the world’s most wacky and wonderful street performers to multiple stages across Fed Square. Come one, come all for an action-packed program of comedy, circus, clowning and acrobatics – sheer fun and frolics for all ages! And the best bit? It’s totally free!
3 April | 12pm | The Square | Free
Join us for a relaxing movie marathon in our fabulous outdoor cinema. Starting from 12.00 pm with The BFG and followed with Kubo and the Two Strings, relax in our sling-back deckchairs with some FREE popcorn and get yourself an ice cream from the wonderful people at Popstic… afternoon sorted !
The LOL Roll
3 April – 23 April | The Atrium Fracture Gallery | Free
The LOL Roll is an experiment in collective art-making that aims to deliver comedy via an alternative art medium during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF).
Beginning with a blank roll of paper, a range of comedians will be invited to draw/write/sketch/doodle whatever makes them ‘lol’ (laugh out loud), and with each addition, the artwork grows. The audience can follow its creation through Instagram, allowing them to comment, share and engage with the comedians and MICF.
When The LOL Roll is not being drawn on, it will be on exhibition in the Fracture Gallery in The Atrium giving audience members the opportunity to see the art in person, at all its different stages. At the end of the festival, the roll will be sectioned up and auctioned off, with all the profits donated to The Big Issue.
The Mini LOL Roll
5 April – 7 April | The Atrium | Free
Be the artist and become a part of The Mini LOL Roll! An experiment in community art making and all for a good cause, the Mini LOL Roll is exactly the same as The LOL Roll. Just like the comedian artists you will hash-tag and share your art on The LOL Roll Instagram. Free workshops will be hosted by the artist Joel Evans, who will guide you through the process of drawing, writing and sketching artwork. Just turn up, no booking needed!
Both the LOL Roll and The Mini LOL Roll are produced by Fed Square as part of the MICF, concept by artist Joel Evans.
6 April | 7pm | The Square | Free
Have you ever wondered if aliens exist? If we can holiday on Mars one day? Or just wanted to know more about the moon or Australia’s connection to Apollo 13? Join Dr Karl, Grace Koh and friends at a fun, free community event in Federation Square on Thursday 6 April from 7-10pm.
Drive a Mars Rover Sphero, be guided by astronomy experts as you view the stars and the moon through high-tech telescopes, journey through the universe using Virtual and Augmented Reality headsets, or devour some delicious snacks from the many food trucks on-hand. Or simply be entertained by live music and interesting science discussions. Then at 8:30pm lay out your picnic rug and enjoy a live broadcast of Stargazing Live with Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro.
To be a part of this unique event, head down to Federation Square in Melbourne on Thursday 6 April from 7pm and enjoy some family entertainment and an outdoor cinema experience under the stars.
This event is presented by the ABC in partnership with Federation Square.
31 March – 2 April | River Terrace & Swanston St Forecourt | Free
From the founder of the Paris to Provence festival comes Fed in French at Federation Square; Victoria’s 1st French food market, dedicated to making French street food accessible to all. From Marseille’s Bouillabaisse to Brittany’s galettes, from Raclette in the Rhone Alpes region to the wines of Bordeaux, we invite you to join us in tasting and drinking all that embodies French food – pique-nique style.
Fed in French is an open-air, free to the public, French food and wine market as part of Melbourne Food and Wine’s opening weekend. Celebrate Fed in French and make the Kings of France jealous.
Every Saturday | 11am-5pm | The Atrium | Free
Love books? Join Melbourne’s bibliophiles at the city’s largest weekly book market, in The Atrium at Fed Square.
Each week you can immerse yourself in over 5000 new and pre-loved titles, including literature, history, gardening, travel, art and kids stories.
The Book Market regularly features around 15 of Melbourne’s most experienced book dealers as well as authors and illustrators and some of Melbourne’s best buskers!
In the heart of Melbourne, ACMI’s school holiday program is the perfect destination this April. With a huge suite of creative workshops as well as screenings of popular film classics, there’s something for kids of all ages. A selection of their programme includes;
Family Lego Robotics
8 & 9 April | 12pm – 3pm | Full $35, Concession $30, Members $28
Bring in the whole family for a day of robotics in this one day workshop. Recommended for families with children aged 8+
Family Scratch Day
8 April | 1pm – 4pm | Full $35, Concession $30, Members $28
Discover the potential of Scratch programming with the while family. Recommended for families with children aged 8+
Family Lego Robotics
9 April | 1pm – 4pm | Full $35, Concession $30, Members $28
Enjoy the shared environment of playing and learning Minecraft as a family. Recommended for families with children aged 5+
The Koorie Heritage Trust
The Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square takes Koorie peoples, cultures and communities from the literal and figurative fringes of Melbourne to a place that is a central meeting and gathering place for all Victorians. Our presence at Federation Square is a bold statement and significant recognition of our shared history and the importance of Koorie peoples and communities as part of a broader 21st century community.
PITCHA MAKIN FELLAS – BOOK LAUNCH AND KIDS WORKSHOP
5 April | 11.30pm – 12.30pm | Free [rsvp here]
Readings and Koorie Heritage Trust invite you to come together to celebrate the launch of What’s in a Name? Join Myles Walsh and the Pitcha Makin Fellas across two events to celebrate their book, that has just been nominated for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Notable Book of 2017 in the Younger Readers Category.
KIDS KOORIE SPORTS DAY
7 April | 10.30am – 2.30pm | $10
Bring your kids to come learn about and play traditional Aboriginal games.
KIDS CREATIVE WEAVING AFTERNOON
7 April | 1.30pm – 3.30pm | $10
Spend the afternoon with weaver Donna Blackall, creating a giant Bunjil’s nest!
NGV Australia – Ian Potter Centre
NGV Kids presents a range of specially developed exhibitions, programs and publications for children and families.
Free NGV Kids activity sheets are available to collect from the Information desk on Ground level at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.