Top events for the under fives-August!

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In addition to the wonderful library events planned for the under fives during the week, there are plenty of other toddler related events happening in your city this August.

NATIONAL

  • HOYTS Jnr proudly presents… PAW PATROL: MISSION PAW! Join Chase & the team where they’re called to Barkingburg to help save the day! With bonus episode of ‘Blaze and the Monster Machines!’
  • Bring your little ones to the Disney Princess Film Festival at HOYTS this August where you can head into the world of The Little Mermaid (12th August), Tangled (August 19), Sleeping Beauty (August 26th) and Cinderella (September 2nd).

SYDNEY

  • Take an educator-led tour through new Australian National Maritime Museum exhibitions, enjoy delicious catered treats in Yots Café, adult-friendly conversations in the galleries and baby play time in a sensory space at the Seaside Stroller Tour on the 8th August.
  • Ahoy me hearties! Mini Mariners are invited to follow the treasure map around the museum to find the secret treasure cave. Learn how to sing, dance and scrub the deck like a pirate. Then you can decorate your own pirate hat or parrot puppet to take home. Tuesdays in August.
  • Head back to nature at Centennial Parklands Bush School program where under fives can climb trees, build cubbies, explore the great outdoors, make mud pies, and discover different bugs.
  • Venture through the fern-filled and leaf-littered forest paths of the Frugal Forest , an installation made entirely from salvaged materials, and listen to the stories the forest people have to share at the Sydney Opera House.
  • The Sydney Youth Orchestra ‘Meet the Orchestra’ concerts are a great way to introduce orchestral music to families and young children. Children are encouraged to join in on Sunday 13th August at Leichhardt Town Hall. Stomp your feet to the timpani drum beat, clap your hands to the big, brass tubas, dance gently to the delicate flutes and wiggle along to the clarinet!
  • Celebrating the release of his new album, Live It Up! Peter Coombe will perform a vibrant mix of new hits and old classics in this interactive and fun-filled show for ages 3+ at Monkey Baa Theatre Co for three shows only on the 5th August.
  • Parents, grandparents and carers with children aged 0-5, are invited to the Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre foyer for the Monkey Play playgroup on the 7th August. This month’s theme is story monkeys.
  • Head to the Royal Botanic Gardens each Thursday for a wonderful nature based program called Dandy Lions where little ones will get to join in a morning of gardening, craft, singing and play.
  • Explore Jenny Watson while meeting other like-minded families at Art Baby at the MCA. Adults are encouraged to exchange ideas along the way, while babies are free to be as giggly and wriggly as they like! Each tour wraps-up with a playful mat session on our multi sensory Art Baby blanket, created by Sydney based artist Liam Benson – a great first time Museum experience for babies.
  • Explore Kate Beynon’s interactive artwork Room of Lucky Charms (2017), sing songs, play exhibition inspired games and mix and mingle with other tots and carers at the MCA’s ARTPLAY.
  • Art Safari Spectacular Sounds at the MCA is a sonic adventure through the MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday exploring how and why artists use sound to create art. Back in the Creative Studios, read books, play games and create a sound artwork of your own!
  • Under fives are invited for storyime fun at the BIG Library at Stories in Surprising Places every Wednesday in school term! You will explore the amazing building, discover wonderful books, make craft and enjoy the magic of shared stories. Meet at the Macquarie Street Foyer. Best of all, it is FREE!
  • Children are invited to the Children’s Bookshop for storytime for preschoolers on Friday 18th August with author and good friend of the bookshop Robert Vescio.
  • Bring your tiny along to MAAS TiniesA playful session for the tiniest curious creators and their carers. xplore sensory play all related to a specific theme. This month’s theme is Science! Designed for mobile babies to 2 years
  • Join experienced Early Years Nature Educators from the Australian Botanic Garden who will facilitate play-based activities and nature experiences with you and your little one.

MELBOURNE

  • Little Kids’ Day In is a fun day especially for kids aged 5 and under, their parents and carers. This August celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders children’s day on Little Kids’ Day In on the 7th August at Scienceworks.
  • Head to the State Library of Victoria Storytime every Wednesday and Thursday for fun with stories, songs and rhymes brought to life by the Library’s Chief Storyteller.
  • Fairy Petunia is back at the South Melbourne Market on Wednesdays with a new, jam-packed 30 minute show for the little ones. She’ll entertain the little ones with bubbles, songs, storytime, activities, games, songs and colouring.
  • Every weekday is wonderful for toddlers at Werribee Open Range Zoo, where terrific activities will keep the fives and under ‘wildly’ entertained all day. Enjoy a kid-friendly safari tour across the savannah or sing, dance and play to African-inspired songs at the African Village Dance Party!
  • The Little Bookroom warmly invites you to celebrate the launch of I JUST ATE MY FRIEND with debut author and illustrator Heidi McKinnon on Saturday 5th August.
  • Every Thursday join the Mexican Music Man at Prahran Market, a wonderful interactive children’s singer from Mexico. Sing a long or pick up an instrument and join in the fun!
  • Set up in the Market Square, the team from Peninsula Animal Farm will assist your children in getting the most out of their animal farm experience every Tuesday at Prahran Market. They’ll help them hold certain animals, give them feed or even put a chicken on top of their head!
  • Discover the Art Gallery of Victoria through looking and making activities in this specially developed program for children aged 2 – 4 and their parents or carers.
  • Heide introduces a new art program dedicated to babies (0-18 months) and their carers that focuses on the important role art plays in infant development. Join one of Heide’s art educators on the Moonboy baby rug for 30 minutes of sensory play in the gallery, looking, thinking and talking about art.
  • Stop by the Melbourne Museum Children’s Gallery where babies to 5-year-olds will explore, play and learn. Excavate fossils in the dinosaur dig, explore plants and stories and for everyone who loves to dance, there is a ‘camouflage disco’ where children turn into spotty and stripy disco dancing animals.
  • Inside Out at Artplay is a place for children to use their imagination and collaborate.  Explore a different idea and activity each week; make a sculpture out of cushions or felt; then turn it into a cubby house. Wrap and weave using ribbon and rope. Muck about with blankets and cushions. Listen to music and cast shadows as you play. Anything is possible!
  • Under fives are invited to ARTPLAY on the 13th August to conduct scientific, colourful experiments using bubbles, eye droppers and ice. Enjoy getting a little bit messy as you experiment with different household materials, watercolour paint and food dye.
  • Little ones under five are invited for a fun morning of story telling and music inspired by the plants and the seasons at Melbourne Gardens on the 19th August.
  • Join Larry in The Secret Life of Suitcases at the Arts Centre Melbourne as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase that takes him further than he ever thought possible.
  • Take your little Monet to the Young at Art program at the Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery on Tuesday 8th August to introduces your 2–5 year old to the wonderful world of art. Have a tour of the works on display, enjoy a story and do a hands-on creative activity inspired by our current exhibition.
  • The Little Bookroom invites you to Storytime each Thursday and Friday morning at 10.30am for songs, stories and rhymes. Toddlers, preschoolers and babies warmly welcomed.
  • Now in its 11th year, MIFF Kids (previously known as Next Gen), is a program of films for all ages at family-friendly times on the weekends.

BRISBANE

  • Calling all babies and toddlers! Come and enjoy a Light Play experience in an exciting space designed especially for babies and toddlers at Ipswich Art Gallery.
  • Powerkids: Little Artists at Play at the Brisbane Powerhouse is a relaxed and inclusive environment where parents and their under fives are invited to participate in activities together. Bring your kids along to take part in multi-art experiences led by internationally acclaimed artists from Imaginary Theatre.
  • Spend a morning playing, creating and discovering with your child at Little Days Out, South Bank’s free children’s program. Activities suit variety of ages and include gardening, science, music, art, sport and more.
  • Under fives are invited to a fun session of singing, art and craft, storytelling and games at Nippers Play & Learn at the Workshops Rail Museum.
  • Come and celebrate with Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima who are celebrating 50 years of Play School, ABC’s much loved television program. Cobb + Co Museum invites you to Play School’s Dress Up Party with loads of fun activities for all the family including party games, kids craft activities, story time sessions and more!
  • Toddler Tuesday at QAGOMA uses games, storytelling and interactivity to encourage toddlers, along with their parents and carers, to have fun while learning about art. Each 45 minute session explores a single artwork in the Gallery’s Collection and is suitable for ages 18 months to 4 years.
  • The State Library of Queensland has the under fives covered with weekly programs for toddlers including Hickory Dickory Rock, Rhyme Time, Baby Play or just have fun in The Corner and play your way through our interactive environment carefully prepared for children from birth through to eight years.
  • Bring your kids to the Museum of Brisbane to enjoy a Clock Tower tour for a special insight into Brisbane City Hall, one of Brisbane’s most iconic buildings and the symbolic heart of the city. Runs daily every 15 minutes.

ADELAIDE

  • Beep is a brand new show and presented by the Windmill Theatre company,  the makers of Grug and is heading to the Adelaide Festival Centre at the end of August. With Windmill’s trademark design, gentle storytelling, music and puppetry, Beep tells the story of what happens when someone new comes to town.
  • A to Zoo is a fun, activity-based learning program designed specifically for ages two to four at Adelaide Zoo. Commencing on the 8th August, this program is specifically designed to get your child excited about the animals we have at Adelaide Zoo.
  • Grab your favourite teddy bear and your picnic blanket and head down to Adelaide Zoo for the inaugural Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Sunday 27th August.
  • Take your young explorer to the SA Museum this August to discover why we have museums and how museums choose what goes into the galleries! This is the perfect program for 3-5 year olds.
  • Don’t miss out on the chance to see your children’s favourite television show live in concert when Play School Live in Concert-The Prince of Bears come to town from the 14th-20th August.

PERTH

  • The Under Fives are catered for at the State Library of Western Australia with some fun programs including Activity Time, Rhyme Time, Play Time and Story time.
  • Especially for littlies (2-5 years), A to Zoo is a fun and interactive early childhood program that takes them on a journey through the Zoo learning about their favourite animals. Storytelling, craft, movement and music at its wildest.
  • Parents with bubs get together for a mid-week art outing. ArtBubs is an opportunity to tour the Gallery with one of AGWA’s Guru Guides, followed by coffee, cake and conversation in the Imagination Room.
  • Help your toddler learn, play and grow, whilst making fun craft projects at the Spiers Centre. This “hands-on” group is excellent for developing fine-motor skills and eye-hand coordination, whilst letting your toddler get plenty of practice socialising and talking with other children.

NEWCASTLE

  • Cosy up on a cushion at the Newcastle Museum and journey into the world of storytelling. Pirates, bears, spaceships, or castles – who knows where your next Tuesday Tale will take you…
    Tuesday Tales is suitable for littles under six and is held at the Museum every Tuesday morning from 10.30am – 11am (except during school holidays).
  • Join Alice for a story inspired by an art work in the gallery and learn fun new creative ways to look and think about what you see around you at the MRAG on the 29th August.
  • Get to know some of Blackbutt’s reptile residents during a reptile show in the Wildlife Arena every weekend at 11am. Blackbutt’s expert team will allow attendees to meet, learn about, and at times interact with, their favourite scaly, slimey friends! You will learn interesting facts about their behaviour, physiology and habitats, and if you’re lucky… an opportunity to get up close and personal!
  • Playgroup is even more fun when it’s at Revolution Sports Park. Equipment is provided that gives them an opportunity to try out their balance strength and coordination in their own time. Monday-Thursday 9am-11am.
  • Enjoy free art activities designed for children and their families to extend their experience with tactile, hands-on art making at ARTCART every weekend at the Newcastle Art Gallery.
  • The Newcastle Animation Festival returns for another successful year.  On Sunday 27th August, there are lots of laughs and plenty of cute moments in this session for people aged 2 and up. You’ll travel to curious worlds with some of the cheekiest characters. Guaranteed giggles for the whole family!


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