Melbourne's own celebration of indie theatre, comedy and performance art doesn't just cater to grown-ups – the Melbourne Fringe Festival turns the city into a giant playground and little ones are invited to play too. Many of Melbourne’s best-loved artists are making shows designed to empower young ones and unleash their creativity, too.
The Fringe Festival team have tailored a pint-sized program so your you kids can get involved in the festival fun. Highlights include Truth or Dare, a daring interactive theatre piece that takes the old-fashioned game to centre stage, allowing kids to ask grown-ups about their own niggling curiosities. Prehistoric VR will allow aspiring palaeontologists to take a deep dive back to explore the creatures of the deep; while M-Ball will let them play a giant musical ball-shaped instrument.
Kids in Fashion is all about giving artistic license to little ones, as local makers create IRL pieces designed by kids, so they can sashay down the runway. They can also be creatively empowered at Voice Lab, an immersive experience in which a concealed performer will ask questions and regard the child as the expert and their unfiltered opinions as paramount. Circus and theatrical shows include Wild Child, Children Are Stinky and the World's Worst Babysitter.