This quality arts festival is aimed at a mini audience
Back for the seventh year, the Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival is a firm favourite when it comes to the family calendar of events. A combination of free and ticketed performances and workshops, the festival provides entertainment and interactive theatre, as well opportunities for play and workshops for kids specifically between the ages of four and 12.
The line-up includes performances by Melbourne City Ballet (Australia’s only not-for-profit, neo-classical, full-time ballet company) of Tink, an exploration of that cheeky fairy Tinker Bell's backstory and how she came to be Peter Pan's sidekick (10am, Wed-Thu Jun 29-30). Kids can look forward to busting some moves during the 15-minute workshop after the performance.
Beloved ARIA Award winning singer, author, actress and Play School presenter Justine Clarke joins the bill with Justine Clarke Sings!, which will include tunes from her 2013 album A Little Day Out (11.30am & 2pm, Tue Jun 28).
Le Petit Circus is aimed at kids three plus, but any age will get a kick from their high energy antics. Take in their show and let your wee ones (five years and older) follow it up with a workshop to acquire some circus skills safe to do at home (12.15pm show; 1.30pm workshop, Tue Jun 30).
Wannabe Harry Potters can make their own wand under the expert guidance of the Australian School of Magic using wood from an enchanted forest, no less (10am, Fri Jun 1).
The National Institute of Circus Arts gives kids an opportunity to run away with the circus, albeit briefly during their workshop. Wee ones will have the opportunity to try their hand at circus skills from plate spinning to juggling (10am, Wed Jun 29).
Check the website for the full program, including for the schedule of free events around Stonnington during the festival.