Activities for kids in Melbourne
Fun places for families in Melbourne
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Melbourne Fringe Festival
Every year, the Melbourne Fringe Festival makes jaws drop and eyes widen across the city with their out-there line-up of theatre, comedy, art, music and events. This is Melbourne at its weirdest and one of the best ways to get a feel for the city's cultural underbelly. Past events have included a series of interactive seesaws with Siri-like intergration, drag shows, a Shania Twain a capella choir and an amateur water ballet dedicated to periods. The festival also routinely books big name comedians, including Arj Barker and Sammy J. This is just scratching the surface – there's more than 400 events each year across roughly 160 venues in and around Melbourne. For the full program, visit the website. And remember: this is your opportunity to take risks on bold new works. Jump in, and enjoy the ride. RECOMMENDED: Our top picks of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Lost your bank card? No need to cancel it
Left your Bank of Melbourne card behind the bar by mistake? Dropped your wallet? No need to stress, the Bank of Melbourne has your back. Their mobile banking app enables customers to get cash out from your Complete Freedom account at any Bank of Melbourne ATM, and you can also temporarily lock your card, so there will no funny business while it’s out of your sight. Because it might find its way back to you – it might magically reappear behind the couch or in your other pants. In fact, research conducted in 2016* showed three out of ten people had a false alarm regarding a lost card that ended up being safe and sound after all. But what to do while you wait for your missing card to show up? We suggest you kick back and relax in one of these cash-only or cash-preferred venues in Melbourne... What's more, the Bank of Melbourne is giving $75 cash back to new customers that open a Complete Freedom everyday account online by September 28, 2018 and deposit $500 ($250 for Students/Under 21s) within 45 days of opening the account**. *2016 Lost Cards Report; the research was commissioned by Westpac and powered by Lonergan Research. **New Complete Freedom customers only. Offer period is Sep 3, 2018 to Sep 28, 2018. Read the terms and conditions at bankofmelbourne.com.au before making a decision and consider if the product is right for you.
Meet LiLou: the friendly pig greeting travellers at San Francisco airport
New arrivals to San Francisco International Airport could be forgiven for thinking celebrities regularly patrol the halls. After all, what else could be causing the crowds of people to swarm intermittently, their smartphones held aloft ready to capture the perfect selfie? But it’s not a celebrity the gaggle is waiting for – not a human celebrity anyway. As SFO spokesperson Doug Yakel explains, it’s LiLou the pig that the crowds want to see. “She is such a unique idea,” says Yakel. “It’s like an A-list celebrity going through your airport." LiLou has been bringing love to San Francisco Airport since 2015 as part of the Wag Brigade, a group of therapy animals who voluntarily patrol SFO’s terminals giving out pats and cuddles to frazzled travellers. The idea to bring animals into the airport comes as more and more airports around the world try to make air travel a little less stressful. “We’re always looking for unique ideas that would surprise and delight our guests,” says Yakel. And no one surprises and delights quite like LiLou, with the tutu and tiara-wearing porker barely able to make it a few metres without being approached for a pat. “It’s been quite an amazing reaction,” says Yakel. “A lot of selfies, a lot of people wanting to come up and pet her." "Just like any good A-list celebrity, LiLou lets the adoring fans come to her" The saying might be that you should never work with animals (or children), but in this case LiLou and the rest of the Wag Brigade ar
Beer Deluxe Hawthorn is now serving craft beer brunch
The Hop Sessions has landed at Beer DeLuxe Hawthorn and it's all about showcasing the best local craft brews. To do so, they'll be hosting a craft beer brunch every Sunday from 11am. For $50 per person, you'll enjoy a two-hour package of craft beer where you can sample brews from the likes of Abbotsford's Moon Dog and Sydney’s Northern Beaches Modus Operandi, alongside Holgate Brewhouse, 3 Ravens and Hawthorn Brewing beers. The beer list changes weekly so you'll always find something new to try. Along with your schooners, you'll get to choose a meal from Beer Deluxe's brunch menu, which takes breakfast classics into pub meal mode. Choose between a breakfast burger with a milk bun, bacon, avocado, spinach, tomato relish and a fried egg; pulled barbecue pork burger with fried egg and hollandaise sauce; or a pulled chicken and corn omelette. If you're after a lighter option, opt for the mixed mushroom bruschetta with feta, lemon and parsley salsa; or crushed avo with pickled jalapeños and poached eggs. You can reserve a table anytime from 11am, so get a bunch of mates together and book in for the beer-focused brunch. Find out more about the Hop Sessions – Craft Beer Brunch at Beer Deluxe.