What's On - Children & Family Events - Archives

If you would like to have an event promoted in our What's On Guide, please contact us.
Note: Please check details with event organisers before attending.


LEGO Friend Melbourne Family Event

Venue:Harbour Town in Melbourne
Date:9th, 10th, 16th and 17th of September

Activities including LEGO building, face painting, prizes and more.

Blak Markets to Barangaroo

Venue:Stargazer Lawn, Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo, NSW
Date:Sunday, 24 September

Aboriginal art, crafts, bushfoods and entertainment will fill Sydney's spectacular harbour headland park as the iconic Blak Markets return to Barangaroo Reserve on Sunday, 24 September.


Presented by First Hand Solutions, the much-loved Blak Markets will pop-up at Stargazer Lawn from 10am to 4pm for a lively open-air market with more than 20 stalls selling a range of unique products and food by Aboriginal makers and food producers from around New South Wales. 


The day will begin with a smoking ceremony at 10.15am by Margret Campbell from Dreamtime Southern X, followed by live music, dance performances, workshops and traditional Indigenous games for children.


Triple J Unearthed High Indigenous Award winner, 16-year-old Indigenous singer-songwriter Rebecca Hatch will perform live; the Ngaran Ngaran traditional dancers will run dance workshops for children and adults; and Larry Brandy Storytellers will present interactive hunting and gathering performances for children.


A live bush tucker cooking demonstration will be hosted by celebrity chef, The Black Olive (Mark Olive) and the Tribal Warrior bushfood van will be serving up delicious bush tucker alongside a range of local Aboriginal food producers.

WotWots: Richard Taylor

Date:'2nd to 4th September'
Time:12pm, 2pm, 4pm (40min appearances)
Richard Taylor is the royalty of pre-schoolers having created the WotWots with internationally acclaimed author and children's television creator, Martin Baynton of Jane and the Dragon fame. Taylor's company, Weta Workshop's past credits have included providing physical and digital effects for films including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong, The Chronicals of Narnia and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. For The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Weta provided the design, fabrication and on-set operation of the creatures, special make-up effects and prosthetics, miniatures, armour and weaponry. Richard and his team have won many international film awards including five Academy Awards and three BAFTAS.

Wednesday 2nd September
Toys R Us Parramatta: Westfield Shoppingtown, Parramatta
159-175 Church St Parramatta NSW 2150

Thursday 3rd September
Toys R Us Doncaster: Westfield Doncaster, Doncaster
619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster VIC 3108

Friday 4th September
Toys R Us Mt Gravatt: Garden City Shopping Centre, Mt Gravatt
Cnr Logan & Kessels Rd, Upper Mt Gravatt QLD 4122

Freaky Friday's: My Own Private Idaho

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne
Date:'Friday 29th of October'
This is Freaky Fridays' annual River Phoenix memorial screening of Gus Van Sant's 1991 indie classic. River Phoenix plays Mike, a sensitive, gay, narcoleptic nursing a deep sense of maternal abandonment. Keanu Reeves is Scott, a fellow hustler on the streets of Portland, determined to help his friend find his way 'home'.

Kids are the Kings of Royal Randwick: City Tattersalls Day

Venue:Alison Road, Royal Randwick Racecourse
Date:'Saturday 17th October 2009'
Fee:General Admission: $15 Members Guest: $40
Kids will reign at Royal Randwick on City Tattersalls Day, an action packed day of racing filled with entertainment for the whole family. A Kids' Wonderland including pony rides and jumping castles will keep them entertained while mum and dad enjoy the usual sophisticated trappings of a glamorous day watching the sport of kings.

Aspiring princes and princesses will also have the chance to show off their best spring outfits with the Kids' Fashions on the Field.

Entry is free for children under 18.

Sydney Children's Festival

Date:'27 September - 9 October'
Huge arts program - massive literary program, film, visual arts, circus and performing arts, music and song, cooking and gardening, crafts and creating, SHOWS, SHOWS, SHOWS! And so much more...

Screen It: The Environment: Who Cares?

School-aged film makers from around the country have exercised their creativity to create films around this year's theme; The Environment: Who Cares?, intended as a trigger for students and teachers to investigate environmental issues while learning filmmaking techniques along the way.

The 2010 competition attracted 253 entries by over 820 students nationwide

Run annually by ACMI, Screen It is open to anyone enrolled in primary or secondary education and students can enter through their school or independently but all entries must incorporate the theme and fit into one of three genres. Unlike other student film competitions, Screen It is designed to provide rich education outcomes for participants with a comprehensive Education Kit provided to assist in the production process.

National Youth Week

Date:'April 10th - 18th'
National Youth Week is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 all across Australia get involved in National Youth Week each year.

Live Broadcast of the 82nd Academy Awards

Venue:Movie Extra
Date:'Monday, 8th March '
Bring the glamour of Hollywood into your own living room and watch the biggest award show of the year on Movie Extra from 10am on Monday 8th March (AEST) - with the LIVE broadcast of the 82nd Academy Awards from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

10:00am - 12:00pm: Red carpet arrivals
12:00pm - 12:30pm: Pre Show special program
12:30pm - 4:05pm: The 82nd Academy Awards

Brisbane Openair

Venue:Rainforest Green at the Parklands, South Bank
Date:'18th March-25th April 2010'

What's On at Scienceworks

Venue:Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood. (Melway 56, B1).
Date:'June to August 2009'
Time:Open daily 10.00am - 4.30pm
Fee:Admission: Adults $8, Children and Concession FREE
Booking:For further details ph 03 9392 4800 or visit museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination
Could cars that hover above the ground become the mass transit of the future? Will we ever have druids like C-3PO in real life? Fantasy and reality join forces in Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. This is the first exhibition to showcase more than 80 costumes, models and props from all six Star Wars films.
Date: Until 3 November 2009
Cost: $18 Adults, $8 Concession, $6 Children (includes entry to Scienceworks)

Winter School Holiday Program: Robot Roundup
Find out what a robot is and how they differ from other machines these winter holidays. Explore how robots move, sense their environment and 'think' in a variety of free live performances and activities. Then head over to the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition to see the robots featured in the popular movie series.
Date: 27 June to 12 July 2009

Machines in Action Day
This is a unique opportunity to see heritage steam engines and agricultural machinery at work. Items on display include the Cowley Steam Roller, Cowley Steam Traction Engine, the only working Australian made traction engine in the world, along with the Super Sentinel Steam Wagon, the K.L. Bulldog Tractor and many others. The day includes parades, hay-baling demonstrations and rides on the model steam train with the Springvale Live Steamers.
Date: Sunday 2 August, 10.30am to 3.30pm

New Lightning Room show: Amps, Arcs and Sparks
Find out how sound travels, how an electric guitar works and how we can predict the distance of an approaching lightning storm in this 30 minute electrifying show starring sound waves and live lightning bolts.
Date: Now showing, check the website for times
Cost: $13 Adults, $4 Concession, $3.50 Children (includes entry to Scienceworks)

Explore the mathematics behind everyday life. Mathamazing includes hands-on activities based on topics such as shapes, probability, sequences and series, puzzles, problem solving, topology and building.
Date: Until 6 December

QVB unveils the largest Swarovski Christmas tree in the world

Venue:QVB, Sydney
The tree will not be the only thing dazzling visitors over the Christmas period, with the centre welcoming the Australian Girls Choir who will be performing classic Christmas carols on various levels on December 20th - 23rd from noon until 2pm.

The Neilsen Gough Jazz Band is also set to bring this majestic building to festive life with passionate and soulful melodies with performances throughout December on Thursday 17th from 5-8pm, Saturday 19th from 12-3pm and Thursday 24th 12-3pm. Neilsen is one of Sydney's most respected jazz musicians having made television appearances and been invited to play in countless festivals, concert halls, private concerts and corporate functions all over the world.

Ice Queens, Yodelling Twins and Rampagin Viking Hordes to feature at Miff on Deckchairs

Venue:Federation Square
Date:'Every Thursday. 4th Feb- 11th March'
Fee:Entry is Free
MIFF on Deckchairs returns to Federation Square for another season of festival favourites every Thursday throughout February and March.

Films include The September Issue -a glimpse into the life of Vogue Editor Anna Wintour; Brendan and The Kells, a vivid hand-drawn animation based on the Book of Kells, MIFF Audience Winner for Best Documentary The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls and the amazing underwater adventure from Studio Ghibli, Ponyo.

Sydney Australia Day Celebrations

Venue:Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park
Date:'Australia Day'
With sheep shearing, whip cracking, sheep dog trial shows, an animal farm, pony rides, face-painting, magic acts, crafts and Indigenous art workshops, amusement rides, modern Aussie rock performances, a bush band and a multicultural mix of music and dance from across the globe, Wednesday 26 January 2011 is set to go-off with a bang at Sydney Olympic Park!

What's on at IMAX Melbourne Museum

Venue:IMAX Melbourne Museum, Rathdowne Street, Carlton.
Date:'August to October 2009'
Time:Films screen daily from 10.00am.
Booking:For session times visit Imaxmelbourne.com.au or call 03 9663 5454
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: The IMAX 3D Experience
Witness the explosive 3D opening of the much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, exclusive to IMAX theatres.
Date: Now Showing
Tickets: $21.00 adults, $17.50 concession, $16.00 child, $60.00 family (2 adults & 2 children)

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius
Experience Van Gogh's works on his largest canvas ever in the new IMAX film
Date: August 13
Tickets: $17.50 Adult, $14 Concession, $12.50 Child, $50.00 family (2 adults & 2 children)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen = The IMAX Experience
One of this year's biggest movies just got even bigger! The IMAX version of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen features select sequences shot with IMAX cameras as well as a longer cut and more robot fighting.
Date: Now Showing
Tickets: $21.00 adults, $17.50 concession, $16.00 child, $60.00 family (2 adults & 2 children)

Under the Sea 3D
Dive into an underwater adventure like no other at IMAX Melbourne Museum with Under the Sea 3D.
Date: Now Showing
Tickets: $17.50 Adult, $14 Concession, $12.50 Child, $50.00 family (2 adults & 2 children)

Club Kidpreneur

Venue:Manly markets, lower end of Sydney Road, adjacent to The Corso, Manly
Date:'Saturday 18th September '
Creel Price is one of Australia's most dynamic entrepreneurs having founded eight businesses before he left school and then going on to co-found Blueprint Management Group at the age of 25 which he sold within a decade for over $100 million. To help Australian children follow in his entrepreneurial footsteps, Creel has launched Club Kidpreneur, an initiative aimed at children between 8-12 years to inspire them to become successful entrepreneurs. Children from Manly primary schools have spent the last eight weeks learning how to run a business and will be showcasing their business ideas at Manly markets this Saturday.

What's on at IMAX Melbourne Museum

Venue:IMAX Melbourne Museum, Rathdowne Street, Carlton
Date:'October to December 2009'
Time:Films screen daily from 10.00am.
Booking:For session times visit Imaxmelbourne.com.au or call 03 9663 5454
Disney's A Christmas Carol: An IMAX 3D Experience
The 2009 re-adaptation of the magical Dickens Christmas tale - Disney's A Christmas Carol 3D is set to hit IMAX Melbourne Museum this festive season.
Release Date: November 5
Tickets: $22.50 adults, $18.50 concession, $16.50 child, $68.00 family (2 adults & 2 children)

Avatar 3D
Witness James Cameron's latest masterpiece, Avatar 3D, on the world's third largest screen at IMAX Melbourne Museum. Avatar 3D is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms.
Release Date: December 17
Tickets: $22.50 adults, $18.50 concession, $16.50 child, $68.00 family (2 adults & 2 children)

Accessibility Week
As part of Accessibility Week, IMAX Melbourne Museum will be opening its doors for free to people in wheelchairs and their carers. This initiative, run by Independence Australia, aims to educate Victorians on the importance of accessibility and is part of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week, helping to raise awareness about people living with a spinal cord injury and the importance of prevention.
Date: 14-15 November 2009
Tickets: Free entry to people in wheelchairs and their carers. Carers need to show ID to redeem this offer. Limited places available. Entry access available via lift.

Under the Sea 3D
Dive into an underwater adventure like no other at IMAX Melbourne Museum with Under the Sea 3D. Audiences will be transported in spectacular IMAX 3D to dazzling underwater worlds and their remarkable inhabitants - from tiny Flamboyant Cuttlefishes to the fearsome Great White Shark. From the award winning documentary filmmaker Howard Hall, Under the Sea 3D takes moviegoers to some of the worlds most exotic and isolated underwater locations.
Date: Now Showing
Tickets: $17.50 Adult, $14 Concession, $12.50 Child, $50.00 family (2 adults & 2 children)

Circus Spectacular Shows

Venue:Centre Court, Level 2 (opposite Kmart), Centro Bankstown
Date:'Monday 13 - Friday 17 July (Week One)'
Time:11:30am and 1:30pm daily
Run away with the circus when Circus Spectacular takes over Centro Bankstown these school holidays!

Centro Bankstown will be transformed into an exciting circus arena as crazy clowns, awe-inspiring trapeze artists and amazing performers show off their skills in the Circus Spectacular shows, and teach children the tricks of the big top in the exciting Circus Skills Workshops.

The Circus Spectacular in Week One will feature amazing aerial acrobats, whip cracking, lasso and some of Australia's most hilarious clowns!

Dreams Come True: The Art of Disney's Classic Fairy Tales

Venue:Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, Melbourne
Date:'18 November, 2010 to 26 April, 2011'
Conceived by John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Disney/Pixar Animation Studios, as a cultural gift to the people of post-Katrina New Orleans and originally curated by Lella Smith, Creative Director, Disney Animation Research Library, the exhibition features over 600 original artworks, maquettes and animation cels from Disney's much-loved adaptations of traditional European fairy tales.

Visitors will be able to go behind the scenes of the on-screen magic and explore the artworks and innovations that gave birth to the animated feature film. The exhibition includes early conceptual and creative artworks from legendary features including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Frog, and the yet to be released Tangled.

Australia's Biggest Ice Cream Grab -Ben & Jerry's!

Ben & Jerry's is holding Australia's biggest pint tub giveaway which sees more than 60,000 pints of ice cream up for grabs!

Ice cream fans are invited to the locations below to scoop up as many pint tubs as they can carry in exchange for a gold coin donation with all money raised going to OzHarvest.

Sydney: Sydney Central Station on Friday 1st July
Brisbane: King George's Square on Friday 8th July
Melbourne: Southern Cross Station in Melbourne on Thursday 14th July

Unleash Your Voice!

Date:'Open now until 25 June'
Vicks VapoDrops is encouraging every Australian to unleash their voice in support of the Australian Olympic Games team. Olympic Games Australian Team Mentor, Kieren Perkins is working with Vicks VapoDrops in search for the nation's greatest cheerer to take with him to London during the Olympic Games

Prize: Two-week VIP experience in London during the Olympic Games including return flights for you and a friend

Simply record your loudest, proudest and most creative cheer via a webcam or recorder to the Vicks Olympics Cheer Hub on the Vicks website!

Lara Morgan at AussieCon4 68th World Science Fiction Convention

Date:'2nd-6th of September'

Circus Skills Workshops

Venue:New mall on Level 1, past the Food Court (near Toys & Tales), Centro Bankstown
Date:'Monday 20 - Friday 24th July'
Time:11:00am - 2pm
Run away with the circus when Circus Spectacular takes over Centro Bankstown these school holidays!

Children can put their skills to the test in the Circus Skills Workshops, learning plate spinning, juggling, magic and more in a fantastic interactive circus school show.


headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, believes the 10 new headspace centres, announced today by the Federal Government and headspace, will make a difference to the lives of thousands of young people and their families.

The new centres are part of the $78 million funding package for headspace announced in the May Federal Budget. The first raft of those centres will be located in areas of high need. These are:

New South Wales: Parramatta (Sydney), Shoalhaven
Victoria: Bendigo, Collingwood (Melbourne)
South Australia: Noarlunga
Queensland: Inala (Brisbane South), Nundah (Brisbane North), Cairns
Tasmania: Hobart
Western Australia: Perth

These centres are planned to be operational by the start of 2011 and will bring the total number of headspace centres to 40.

Antiques Rogue Show hits the stage in July!

Venue:The Space- 5 Carlton Street, Prahran
Date:'Every Sunday in July '
Time:7:30 pm
Fee:$15 Full, $10 Conc & Groups of 8+
Impro Melbourne present two fresh formats for the July season of The Impro Cave- Antiques Rogue Show and Super Scene! Come in from the cold and let stories of mystery and intrigue warm your soul/soles. Thrill at the secret history of common household objects you never knew existed. Laugh at the tales of history of common household objects you never knew existed. Listen to stories of common household objects you never knew existed. Then become part of the storytelling as you vote for stories to become the Super Scene. Two formats, all in one show!

Audience members are invited to bring a family antique or treasured heirloom and watch as the Antiques Rogue Show performers bring to life the history and mystery of the object. Did you know teapots were actually used as makeshift hand grenades in WWI? Or that the first printed book was actually an ancient version of Where's Wally? All this and more awaits you in every performance of Antiques Rogue Show.

Hot on the heals of the Impro Melbourne Rookie season of Super Scene comes the July season of the mainstage production. Watch as directors vie for their chance to tell the ultimate tale, the Super Scene! You, the audience, have the power to eliminate stories or vote your favourite story through to the end.

Kids in the Studio: Puppet animation

Venue:Fed Square, ACMI: Studio 1
Date:'Mon 29 Jun, Tue 30 Jun, Wed 1 Jul, Thu 2 Jul, Fri 3 Jul, Mon 6 Jul, Tue 7 Jul, Wed 8 Jul, Thu 9 Jul, Fri 10 Jul '
Time:Drop in between 12pm-5pm
Recommended for children aged 5 to 13

To coincide with Puppets at Fed Square, ACMI presents a special animation workshop for the school holidays.

Marionette puppets can be traced back to ancient times and were often made from clay. Today, animators still use clay to create characters that come to life on the big screen. In this workshop, children become the master storyteller by creating their own clay puppet to keep and animating their puppet's story with stop motion animation and modern digital techniques.

The Raw and the Ripe @ Eumundi Food Festival

Date:'Sunday 28 June 2009'
Foodies on the Sunshine Coast are advised to put Sunday 28 June in their diary as the date for the 2009 Eumundi Food Fest. Part of the Noosalongweekend 10 day cultural event, the Eumundi Food Fest (now in its seventh year) brings together local producers, growers, chefs, restaurateurs, entertainers and food lovers with a host of activities and entertainment throughout the day.

Eumundi Food Fest Coordinator Trent Harvison says Eumundi's village atmosphere is the ideal setting for an event that has become a 'must do' for those with an appreciation of fresh and fabulous food.

"The Tucker Tent is the main hub of the Food Fest. It will be the place to enjoy all sorts of foodie fun-with cooking presentations and demonstrations throughout the day," Trent says.

The Eumundi Food Fest will also feature a Raw Talent Restaurant hosted by school-based trainees in hospitality, as well as a Farmer's Market, showcasing the sub-tropical, the unusual and unique local foods and produce.

The Noosa Beach Classic Car Club will also be hosting their 'Show and Shine' display - an impressive gathering of sparkling classic motor vehicles. Situated right in the middle of the Food Fest, the display will provide scores of delicious cars to drool over.

Screen It Registrations

Registrations are now open for Screen It, the national competition for school aged filmmakers run annually by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

This years' theme The Environment: Who Cares? provides a valuable trigger for students and teachers to investigate environmental issues while learning filmmaking techniques along the way.

This year registration is completely free and is accessible online.

The competition is open to anyone enrolled in primary or secondary education and students can enter through their school or independently. Entries can be live-action films, computer games or animations, but must incorporate the theme.

Friday 17 September - Registrations and receipt of entries close
Monday 8 November - Winners announced
Friday 3 December - Screen It 2010 Awards Ceremony

America's Most Wanted! Tony Woods

Venue:Comedy Store Sydney The Entertainment Quarter - Moore Park (Formerly Fox Studios)
Date:'Tues 4thth August - Saturday 15th August 2009'
Fee:Tues $10.00 (ticket inclusive) Wed $15.00 (ticket inclusive and $3 drinks 6-8pm) Thurs $20.00 (Free Pizza) Friday & Saturday $30 (ticket inclusive)
Booking:Comedy Store Sydney Box Office 02 9357 1419 Comedystore.com.au
Tony Woods has a unique and argumentative style of comedy that rings true with thousands of fans worldwide. As one of America's most wanted comedians (and yes that applies to the law as well) he has a strong following in the US, UK, Australia and even Holland despite the fact that he has not updated his MySpace page since Jan 2008! Born in North Carolina and raised in the D.C. area, Woods kicked off his career on HBO'.s Def Comedy Jam and is credited as the inspiration for David Chappelle.

The Grampians - Classics in Wartook Valley Festival

Date:'September 4 - 6, 2009'
Fee:from $25 or weekend pass $100
Booking:Classicsinwartook.com.au or call: 03 5382 9779
Celebrate the first weekend in spring with The Grampians - Classics in Wartook Valley Festival. Discover, experience and enjoy classical music, local produce and wine, vintage cars and working artists, all nestled amongst native bushland at the foot of the Grampians National Park.

The 2009 event will feature performances including:-
-Smorgasbord Meal, Silent Auction & Classic Film
-Classical Ensemble ACCORD & Feature Guest Emma Ayres
-The Festival's Inaugural Gala Dinner & with Guests Accord & Emma Ayres
-The Jazz Traders

The Classics in Wartook Valley Festival allows individuals, couples and families to revitalise enjoy and experience the Grampians. This year's program draws together one of the largest and most diverse programs in the festival's rich history.

Casting Call for As the Bell Rings

Date:'until April 25th'
Kids aged 8-18 are able to submit an audition tape showcasing their acting talents, for As the Bell Rings, with five finalists announced on Disney Channel on May 10.

Fans will then be able to visit the Disney Channel website through till June 6 to view the online auditions and select their favourite finalists.

To enter the competition, kids must submit a three-minute audition tape featuring the following:
- Introduction, including information about themselves and their interests
- Performance of a scene from the show

The Face Facts short film competition: dangers of taking ecstasy

Date:'Entries close on April 30'
The Face Facts short film competition is asking young Aussies to produce an original 60-second film to highlight the dangers associated with taking the drug ecstasy. The competition asks the question - how would you warn your own mates about the dangers of taking ecstasy? The winning film will receive a cool $10k cash, while five runner-ups will pocket $1k each.

Face The Music - The Musician's Conference

Venue:the Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Date:'Saturday 31 October'
Time:11am - 5pm (Registrations from 10am)
Booking:$20 inc bf from Theartscentre.com.au, 1300 182 183, the Arts Centre Box Office
Face The Music 09 will provide musicians and music industry professionals with a range of career development and networking opportunities in a full day of interactive panel discussions, keynote presentations, one-on-one artist development interviews and practical workshops

Sessions will explore songwriting, self-management, audience development, publishing, touring, release management, recording, grants, distribution and much more.

This non-profit event is made possible by the contribution of over 60 music industry professionals, including high profile artists, booking agents, publishers, record label directors, music lawyers, publicists and artist managers, including Paul Dempsey, Drew Goddard (Karnivool), Steph Hughes and Lindsay Mcdougall (triple j), David Peacock (Shock Records), Megan Washington (Washington), Sam Cameron (Beat Broker), Charles Jenkins, Jen Cloher and Pez, amongst others.

Mini Master Chefs

Date:'Saturday 7 November - Thursday 17 December '
Time:from 9am - 11am
Fee:$30, with kids taking home their foodie creations.
Booking:Sandy Bradley: 5440 5677
Gourmet foodies Mia Cucina have kicked off a series of cooking classes at their Noosaville kitchen with a kids program called 'Mini Master Chefs'.

The next Mini Master Chef class dates are as follows:
Saturday 7 November
BAMBINO ITALIANO - with beef cannelloni and yummy Italian biscuits on the menu

Saturday 5 December
PIZZA PERFECTO - sweet and savoury pizzas, with kids even learning how to make their own dough!

Tuesday 15 December and Thursday 17 December
CHRISTMAS GIFTS - make tasty Christmas treats that will be guaranteed to impress your family and friends. We'll even wrap them up on the day!

What's On at ACMI

Venue:ACMI Federation Square, Melbourne
Date:'July 30- August 5th'
Australian Perspectives
Sat 1 Aug 4pm
The Dish M
2009 marks several significant milestones in astronomy and space travel. It is 400 years since the invention of the telescope, 40 years since man first landed on the moon and it's the International Year of Astronomy to boot.
Rob Sitch, 101 mins, Australia, 2000, 35mm. Source: Roadshow Films

Kid's Flicks
Sun 2 Aug 1pm
The Red Balloon + White Mane: The Wild Horse G
A little boy is followed by a red balloon with a life of its own in The Red Balloon. In White Mane, a young boy befriends a white stallion fighting for its freedom.
Albert Lamorisse, 70 mins, France, 1953 & 1956, 35mm, B&W and Colour, in French with English subtitles. Source: Madman Entertainment

WCS & Vans Official Rider Sign In Party

Venue:Beach Road Hotel
Date:'Wednesday 16th of Feburary '
Time:From 9pm until late, remember to bring valid ID.
Bands - Hell City Glamours, High Places (USA).
DJs - Dave Slade, Frank Xavier, Sally Gilbert

World Picnic Day

Venue:Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park
Date:'Sunday 15 November 2009'
Time:11am to 3pm
The aim of World Picnic Day is to build awareness of the Parklands Foundation with a fun family event that offers, activities for the young and old, music and dancing, roving entertainment, arts & crafts and kite making, old fashion family picnic games like the three legged race and sack jumping competitions, railway heritage discovery tours, jumping castles and tons more! Try your hand at different sports within the parklands, from Soccer Fit to Oztag or maybe some circus tricks.

World Picnic Day is a fun day for families to come together and enjoy the parklands at Sydney Olympic Park and for everyone - families, kids, walkers, joggers and local residents - to discover the diverse parklands of Sydney Olympic Park from the Ring Walk to the wetlands to the playgrounds of Wentworth Common.

What's On at Scienceworks

Venue:Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood. (Melway 56, B1).
Date:'June to August 2009'
Time:Open daily 10.00am - 4.30pm
Fee:Admission: Adults $8, Children and Concession FREE
Booking:For further details ph 03 9392 4800 or visit museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks
Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination
Could cars that hover above the ground become the mass transit of the future? Will we ever have druids like C-3PO in real life?
Date: Until 3 November 2009
Cost: $18 Adults, $8 Concession, $6 Children (includes entry to Scienceworks)

Machines in Action Day
This is a unique opportunity to see heritage steam engines and agricultural machinery at work.
Date: Sunday 2 August, 10.30am to 3.30pm
Cost: Included with Scienceworks admission

Discover the Night Sky
Evening Planetarium Program
The Melbourne Planetarium at Scienceworks presents special after-dark sessions, Thursday evenings in August.
Each evening will showcase a different aspect of the night sky:
Thursday 6 August: Leaving Earth
Thursday 13 August: Our Solar System
Thursday 20 August: Milky Way Galaxy
Thursday 27 August: Backyard Astronomy
Session times: Commence 7pm.
Cost: $25 per person, MV members $20, Season pass $85.
Bookings essential: Call 03 9392 4819

Scienceworks National Science Week events

Venue:Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood. (Melway 56, B1).
Time:Open daily 10.00am - 4.30pm
Fee:Admission: Adults $8, Children and Concession FREE
Booking:For further details ph 03 9392 4800 or visit museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks
BASF Kids' Lab
Experience the fascinating world of chemistry! Run by BASF chemists, the chemistry workshops introduce chemistry to children in a fun and exciting way through simple and interactive hands-on experiments.
Date: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August
Time: 11.00am, 1.00 & 3.00pm
Bookings essential: Call 9392 4819

Australian Skeptics
The Australian Skeptics will be explaining the science behind the paranormal at Scienceworks. See magic illusions, try out a bed of nails and many more surprising demonstrations.
Date: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August
Time: 11.00am to 4.00pm

Inspiring Scientists
Biology? Paleontology? Find out about your favourite 'ology' by chatting to inspiring career scientists. Meet scientists from a range of research and career backgrounds and talk to an expert to find out what exciting and varied opportunities a career in science has to offer.
Date: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August
Time: 11.00 to 4.00pm

In National Science Week 2009 we invite you to discover the talent across Australia with SCINEMA - exploring science through film. Sit back and relax with SCINEMA in the Discovery Centre and find out about all things science and the great Science Week events in the coming week.
Date: Saturday 15 August and Sunday 23 August (Scienceworks only)
Time: Daily

Explore the mathematics behind everyday life. Mathamazing includes hands-on activities based on topics such as shapes, probability, sequences and series, puzzles, problem solving, topology and building.
Developed by Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre, Canberra.
Date: Until 6 December
Cost: Included with Scienceworks admission

What's On at Melbourne Museum

Venue:Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton
Date:'August to October 2009'
Time:Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
Fee:Admission: Adult $8, children and concession FREE
Booking:For further details phone 13 11 02 or visit museumvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum
Message Sticks Film Festival
Message Sticks Film Festival returns to Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum with its biggest and best program to date.
Date: 30 August to 1 September
All films are FREE. Check the website for program details.

Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award Exhibition
This is an annual award-based exhibition showcasing the 10 best Australian contemporary functional designs in lighting, furniture, accessories and homewares.
Date: 14 August to 25 October 2009

Design Now
Do you ever wonder what the next big thing in design will be? What are the best emerging ideas and trends?
Design Now is an Object Gallery touring exhibition.
Date: 14 August to 25 October 2009

National Science Week
Museum Victoria will be celebrating National Science Week with special lectures and events.
Date: 15 - 23 August. Check the website for program details.

A Day in Pompeii: Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Exhibition
The drama and tragedy of ancient Pompeii will be showcased in the Melbourne Winter Masterpiece exhibition A Day in Pompeii, on display at Melbourne Museum from 26 June to 25 October 2009.
Date: Until 11 October 2009
Cost: $20 adult, $14 concession, $12 child, $54 family (includes Museum entry)

Ngarjun and Nakun: Our eyes, our footprints
This exhibition explores the powerful collective story of the Mullet family, a Victorian Aboriginal family.
Date: Until 10 October 2009


Date:'until Friday 2 December'
With music their inspiration since High School, self promoted pop-punk band Tonight Alive knows what it takes to get noticed and succeed in the music industry. Tonight Alive have joined MySchoolAct as Ambassadors to inspire young, up and coming musicians who have the opportunity to win a$50,000 Sony Music recording deal plus the chance to be included in the Big Day Out 2012 line-up.

Exclusively created for Australian High School students, MySchoolAct offers a platform for budding musicians to be heard and discovered by submitting a video or MP3 of their performance at Myschoolact.com.

The IMAGINE Festival

Venue:199 Cleveland Street, near Central Station, opposite Prince Alfred Park.
Date:'9th-11th of October 2009'
Companies or individual artists need to send in a very brief and simple application by Friday August 21st download from Actt.edu.au/downloads

The Festival is looking for one-off pieces (up to 10 minutes) including:
- Comedy
- Dance and physical theatre
-New Media Art
-Performance poetry
-Children's Theatre

We'll also consider longer pieces such as:
-Film-script readings
- Work-in-progress showings
-Forums and discussions
-Visual and Photographic exhibitions
...or something we would never have imagined!

The selected 'dream-team' will be announced at an Industry Drinks Night on Tuesday 25th August at Cleveland Street Theatre from 6pm.

Free events run as part of The IMAGINE Festival will be marketed in conjunction with the City of Sydney's Art & About program.

Family Endeavour Adventure

Venue:Australian National Maritime Museum Darling Harbour
Date:'Saturday 7 November'
Time:6 pm - 8 pm
Fee:$25 per person or $50 families (2 adults + 2 children). Price includes sausage sizzle dinner before guided tour. Children must be aged 7 years or older to take part.
Booking:Bookings essential, call 02 9298 3655.
Step back in time for an 18th century tall ship adventure with the National Maritime Museum's Family Endeavour Adventure from 6 pm to 8 pm on Saturday 7 November.

Bring the family to experience a special evening at the museum's wharf aboard the full-scale replica of Captain Cook's HMB Endeavour - 18th century sailors dress encouraged!

Ableseaman Antonio Ponto (actor John Lamzies) - one of two Italians in Cook's original crew - will lead the children on a personally guided tour of the ship above deck and below where they'll learn all about Cook's voyage charting the east coast of Australia.

Kids will find out more about the living conditions Cook and his crew experienced... from what they ate to how they slept as they wander through the galley, the sailors' mess, the officers' and gentlemens' cabins, and finally the Great Cabin.

Antonio will also demonstrate some of the more interesting tasks performed by the crew... including emptying a chamberpot and scrubbing the deck.
Parents however won't miss out with the museum's volunteer guides on hand to take them through the ship too.

Sydney 2009 World Masters Games

Date:'The deadline for registrations is this Friday 31st July. Games: October 7-18'
With total entries for the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games swiftly heading towards 25,000, new Games Community Partner DoubleDrummer.com, is helping players find teams and vice versa for the world.s largest multi-sport event this October.

Double Drummer is an online community of active people helping prospective Games participants to find playing partners and team members of the right age, gender and playing standard across all 28 sports that make up the Games.

Unlike other social networking sites that keep people in front of their computer screens, Double Drummer is all about using the Internet to connect, then meet face to face and have fun 'out of site'.

Double Drummer's partnership with the Games is a natural one since both organisations are concerned with motivating and enabling Australian adults to be 'fit, fun and forever young'.

Kids in the Studio: Space Explorers

Venue:Studio 1: ACMI, Federation Square
Date:'Monday 9th - Friday 13th of January'
Booking:Free Register for a session on the day
Be the star of your very own space adventure movie in this green screen holiday workshop. Put on your flight suit, fire up the rockets and launch into a space adventure. Explore the stars and planets, then sit back and watch the premiere screening of your space explorer's movie. Recommended for kids aged 4 to 12.

Kid's Flicks: Ponyo

Date:'Sun 2 May'
Time:10.30am and 1pm
In this charming animated tale by Hayao Miyazaki, a goldfish princess befriends a five-year-old boy and decides to become a human just like him, throwing the delicate balance of land and sea off kilter.

The 2010 Women's State Hockey Challenge

Venue:Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre
Date:'Saturday 6th at 3pm and Sunday 7th March at 12pm'
Booking:Sydneyolympicpark.com.au or (02) 9714 7888

NSW Women's Rugby League

Venue:Sydney Olympic Park Warm-Up Track
Date:'Saturday 6th March'
Booking:Sydneyolympicpark.com.au or (02) 9714 7888
CITY vs COUNTRY (three matches) and Junior Rugby League Clinic

Impro Melbourne Public Workshops Term 4

Venue:Parish Hall 52 James Street , Northcote or The Space 318 Chapel Street (cnr Carlton St) Prahran
Date:'Tuesdays, Oct 6 - Dec 8 (Nov 3 off) Wednesdays, Oct 7 - Dec 2'
Fee:$264 (incl. GST) Full, $220 (incl. GST) Concession
Booking:publicworkshops@impromelbourne.com.au or 0417 507 907
Improvisation is fun! It's about freeing one's creative spirit in a positive and safe environment. The courses are designed for adults aged 18 years or older. Each course consists of weekly two-hour sessions run over nine weeks.

Our instructors are trained improvisation performers who have been performing and teaching nationally and internationally for over 20 years.

What's On at Q Station

Date:'Offers valid from 1st Sep - 30th Nov, 2009'
Booking:02 9466 1511 or Qstation.com.au
A Sumptuous Spring Package
Q Station is offering a wonderful spring weekend package for two with fine dining, great wines and one of the best night's sleep you will ever have. Perfect for a little quiet time for couples before the school holidays start again or a Father's Day celebration without the kids.

Q Station is offering an exciting Spring Fair package at only $140 per person which includes:
-One nights' accommodation in a double room
-A sumptuous 3 course meal for two in the Boilerhouse Restaurant
-Delicious buffet breakfast
-Relaxing late check out at 12noon
-A bottle of wine and chocolates upon arrival

History Week Community Day - Saturday 5th September 2009
On Saturday 5th September, Q Station will immerse visitors in its history, heritage, architecture and design during its annual 'Community Day' as part of History Week, an initiative of the History Council of NSW.
10.00am to 4.00pm
Q Station, North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Buffet Lunch available at Boilerhouse Restaurant - $35 pp; kids $17.50

Wedding Fair - Sunday 27th September
Q Station is fast becoming a favourite destination for weddings thanks to a unique location, exceptional venues and delicious catering. Showcasing four ceremony venues and five reception venues
11am - 4pm