Kids

Kids events, family friendly and activities for children in Melbourne

Where to go rock climbing in Melbourne
Sport and fitness

Where to go rock climbing in Melbourne

There is no shortage of rock climbing and bouldering gyms in Melbourne, and we’ve picked the best for you to explore

The best skateparks in Melbourne
Things to do

The best skateparks in Melbourne

We’ve picked some of the best places to hone your skills no matter your weapon, whether that be a skateboard, skates, a BMX or a scooter

Live Wire Park
Attractions

Live Wire Park

This high-flying adventure park near Lorne will challenge your body and mind.

The best trampoline parks in Melbourne
Sport and fitness

The best trampoline parks in Melbourne

Jump around at these bouncy fun parks

Activities for kids in Melbourne

The best activities for kids in Melbourne
Kids

The best activities for kids in Melbourne

There's plenty to entertain pint-sized punters in Melbourne. Rain, hail or shine, our guide will keep your crew out of trouble for an 'arvo

Cheap Melbourne activities for kids
Kids

Cheap Melbourne activities for kids

You don't need to take out a mortgage to entertain the kids in Melbourne

Rainy day activities in Melbourne
Things to do

Rainy day activities in Melbourne

Wet out? Take shelter at these Melbourne institutions

The best toy stores in Melbourne
Kids

The best toy stores in Melbourne

Get one-of-a-kind gifts at these specialty Melbourne toy stores

The best day trips from Melbourne
Travel

The best day trips from Melbourne

Take the kids on a day trip out of town

Fun places for families in Melbourne

The best kid-friendly cafés in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best kid-friendly cafés in Melbourne

Having kids might mean that your sleep patterns change, but it doesn't mean that your tastebuds will

The best kid-friendly pubs in Melbourne
Bars

The best kid-friendly pubs in Melbourne

Melbourne is full of family-friendly watering holes; these are our favourites

The best playgrounds in Melbourne
Kids

The best playgrounds in Melbourne

We regressed back to childhood to review Melbourne's best playgrounds

The best adventure parks and playgrounds in Victoria
Kids

The best adventure parks and playgrounds in Victoria

For when you fancy getting out of town for the weekend with the kids in tow

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Japanese Film Festival

Japanese Film Festival

The Japanese Film Festival returns in 2018 with a packed program of 30 features and one doco, all curated by the Japan Foundation, Sydney, a non-profit cultural organisation that works to promote Japanese culture abroad. This year, the festival will feature romantic detective mystery Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, which many people are calling a live-action version of the Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away. Another highlight of the program is the action-packed One Cut of the Dead, which is being touted as a cleverly disguised low-budget but high-concept take on the zombie comedy genre. Keep an eye out for Oh Lucy!, which stars Australian-born and Deadpool 2 cast member Shioli Kutsuna alongside Megan Mullally (Will and Grace) and Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbour). It tells the intriguing story of a lonely Japanese woman who awakens her alter ego in an English class taught by Hartnett. There’s also Yakiniku Dragon, which brings the award-winning 2008 play about a Korean immigrant family's experience in Japan The film features a star-studded line-up including Jeon-eun Lee (Okja), Yoko Maki (The Grudge) and Yo Oizumi (Bread of Happiness). The festival will also be presenting a free classic film program which will feature influential works by cinematic masters from the Japanese Golden Age and New Wave cinema. JFF will play at ACMI and Hoyts Melbourne Central from Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, December 2.

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Twelfth Night returns with an all-star cast
Theatre

Twelfth Night returns with an all-star cast

Melbourne Theatre Company’s version of Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy Twelfth Night is shaping up to be one of the shows of the year. For starters, Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical) is directing. The songs and music are by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, the musical brains behind the much-awaited Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, and sets and costumes by Gabriela Tylesova. Add in the divine Esther Hannaford (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and a cast that includes Russell Dykstra, Christie Whelan Browne, Frank Woodley and Men at Work singer Colin Hay and you’ve got yourself a guaranteed good night. Twelfth Night will play at MTC's Southbank Theatre from November 12 until January 5. Tickets start at $69.  Read more about MTC's production of Twelfth Night.

Score free tickets to watch the filming of Australian Ninja Warrior
Things to do

Score free tickets to watch the filming of Australian Ninja Warrior

It’s not hard to see why Australian Ninja Warrior has become so popular. The combination of fearless athletes and a seemingly impossible obstacle course has given the show a strong fan following. Those who are devoted to Nine's action-packed show will have noticed the huge crowd of fans who get to watch the Aussie ninjas test their mettle live – but did you know you can join them? Australian Ninja Warrior are currently offering fans the opportunity to be in the audience for the third series, with Ninja Superfan and Night Owl Ninja tickets up for grabs – for free. Seen every episode and secretly dream of competing on the show? The Ninja Superfan ticket is for you. The ticket gives you access to the entire screening on the night of your choosing, so you don’t miss a second of the thrills and spills (filming from Thursday, November 15 to Saturday, December 1). Only serious fans need apply – this is a seven-hour (adrenaline-filled) commitment where you’ll bein the crowd from 7.30pm to 2.30am.  For Australian Ninja Warrior fans who lead busy lives, there’s also the Night Owl Ninja ticket. Select your date and catch all the action from 9pm to 2.30am, letting you take care of all your responsibilities beforehand (or maybe sneak in a session before a late-night shift at work). The Night Owl Ninja ticket also includes entry to the Ninja Audience Zone where you can grab a bite from a food truck prior to entering the arena.  The location of the screening is still secret, but we can

Spring festivals and events in Queensland
Travel

Spring festivals and events in Queensland

When Queensland shakes off its not especially wintry chills, towns and cities around the state spring into step with food, culture and music up for grabs. Over the coming months Brisbane will uncover some of the greatest up-and-coming musical talent; the Gold Coast will be hauling supersized body parts and animals onto the sand; and Toowoomba will be unfurling brilliant carpets of flowers. September sees Brisbane turn on its biggest festival of the year with a back-to-back schedule of music and theatre performances, plus plenty of food and drink to sample. The event is well known for its Sunsuper Riverfire grand finale, which illuminates the city with pyrotechnic sparkles. Further up the coast, Bundy brings the house down with its Crush fest and proves culture and fun go hand-in-hand, and in Tropical North Queensland, Yarrabah unites the community with live music, food and a celebration of Indigenous culture. Suffice to say, all events are a gathering of energy and a showcase of the happy vibes of Queensland, where life is beautiful one day and perfect the next.