There’s no getting cabin fever if you follow these tips.
1. Trash Test Dummies
Kids know. They can’t fake enthusiasm and if a show stinks, they’ll let performers — as well as parents and guardians — know all about it. Nobody is rubbishing the Trash Test Dummies show, they won Best Children’s Presentation at the Adelaide Fringe Festival two years running and since then they’ve wheely bin building buzz. Try saying that five times fast while upside down in an Otto. The trio are Isaac Salter, Thomas McDonald and Leigh Rhodes and they bring a family comedy circus show that leave you with a lingering smile…not the reek of last week’s fish. Contains strobe lighting, haze effects and it’s rather loud. All reasons to come along, really.
3 Blackwood St, North Melbourne. Until Sept 30. Today, 3pm, Mon-next Sat, 2pm. $25. melbournefringe.com.au
2. Woodgrove Monster Trucks
Shopping centres don’t just have supermarkets, they’ve got Monster Trucks. At least, one in downtown Melton does. There is four tailored displays and special activities that will appeal to monster truck enthusiasts of all ages. Get a picture with the Mini Monster Truck, Dominator Stunt Car and two Dirt Bikes on display and follow it up by bounding around in the
Monster Truck Jumping Castle. Have a fun time on Buster the Rides Truck. NB: That starts next Monday.
Woodgrove Shopping Centre, 533-555 High St, Melton. Until Oct 8. Various times. Free/$5 per ride. woodgrove.com.au
3. AFL Players at the Arthurs Seat Eagle
If you’ve always wanted to take a speccie over an AFL player then these school holidays you can. A piccie of you taking a hanger as you hang in the sky. Footy fans of all ages will have a chance to get handball tips with the St Kilda players, Dylan Roberton, Shane Savage and Darren Minchington, on Grand Final Friday. Get up close and personal with the AFL’s tallest supporters as stilt walkers entertain them. Wear your footy colours on Grand Final Saturday and you will get 15 per cent off the price off all full priced tickets. There will be facepainting and ruck-roving entertainment on the Friday too.
1085 Arthurs Seat Rd, Dromana. Fri-Sat, 10am-5pm. $15 to $21. aseagle.com.au
4. Pre-historic VR at ACMI
Started from the bottom now we’re here. What lurks beneath the ocean? You’ll find out by “submerging” yourself in the deepest prehistoric oceans in ACMI’s immersive VR experience for families. The strange and terrifying fish that live in the darkest depths of the ocean today have nothing on the oh-so-freaky creatures that roamed the seas 200 million years ago. Kids and kidults have a chance to explore the world’s ancient oceans in a 360-degree virtual reality experience. Prehistoric VR is the brainchild of Australian company Erth Visual & Physical Inc, who create live experiences using large-scale puppetry. Don’t worry, you don’t need a swimsuit.
ACMI, Fed Square. Until Oct 8. Daily, 10am-5pm. Free. acmi.net.au
5. Dialogue in the Dark
You will have a white cane and a blind guide. Up for the challenge? Spend an hour without your sight. The sensory experience removes you from your comfort zone and plonks you into the Melbourne CBD, with a blind or low vision guide who will teach you to rely on other senses to get by. The immersive experience is presented in partnership with Guide Dogs Australia.
Harbourtown, Docklands. Until Nov 30. Daily, 10am-4pm. $19.50 to $32.10.
6. Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and friends light up Watergardens
Everybody was kung-fu fighting! Watergardens will provide the backdrop for the Lights by Dreamworks Experience this school holidays. The experience is based on the Chinese lantern Festival, with the addition of DreamWorks Animation characters from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. There will also be a craft village and chance to meet Shrek or Puss in Boots from 11am to 2pm each day.
399 Melton Hwy, Taylors Lake. Until Oct 8. Daily, 9am-5pm. Free. watergardens.com.au/play/events/lights-by-dreamworks-displays
7. Shopkins Movie Screenings
Shopkins: World Vacation hits screens on Oct 5 and it features a high-flying new soundtrack including the hit single Ready To Go. There are more than 140 different Shopkins characters and this film will be the one everyone is talking about (as well as Captain Underpants) when school resumes.
Hoyts and Village Cinemas. Various times/prices. eventcinemas.com.au/EventsFestivals/ShopkinsWorldVacation
8. Junior Ranger BioQuest holiday program
Attention, junior burgers. Parks Victoria is inviting you to become a wildlife ranger by using their BioQuest app this school holidays. The Spring BioQuest allows users to track animals and plants they see, as well as link up with friends and family to compare.
Various times/venues. juniorrangers.com.au/whats-on
9. Pentridge Prison Crime Tours
Would you dare spend an hour in Melbourne’s supposedly haunted Pentridge Prison?
Tours take you to see the cell of notorious criminal Chopper Read and show you how prisoners lived in the jail. It wasn’t pretty.
1 Champ St, Coburg. Oct 7. 6.30pm. $29. lanternghosttours.rezdy.com/175013/open-day-pentridge-prison-crime-tour-victoria
10. Weird and Wonderful Garden
This is rather suitable. Marvel at some of the most weird and wonderful plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne’s quirky display. The garden shows off some of Australia’s boldest flora to create a surreal landscape.
Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, crnr Ballarto Rd and Botanic Dr. Tue, 11am-noon. $11.90 rbg.vic.gov.au/visit-cranbourne/attractions/plant-collections/weird-and-wonderful-garden
11. Make Your Own Oliver Jeffers Crayons
Now it’s time for DIY. You can make the world’s most famous colouring creatures from Oliver Jeffers’ much-loved books – The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.
Flick on your printer, grab some scissors and glue and you’re set. And once the kids have created their own set of cheeky crayons, they can get to work writing their very own letter to Duncan. All instructions here: