Things to do in the summer school holidays
Summer in Melbourne means a few reliable things. It means the Boxing Day Test at the 'G, it means there will be a run of unbearable weather, it means the British backpackers turning a pleasant shade of tomato on St Kilda Beach, and for Melbourne's children, it means The Wind in the Willows at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Australian Shakespeare Company's production of The Wind in the Willows has been playing in the same spot since 1987, and Melburnians who saw it as children are now bringing their own kids along to enjoy the timeless classic. Children can participate in the show, with Head Chief Rabbit teaching young attendees how to become rabbits themselves by waggling their ears and wiggling their noses. There are singalong songs and participation aplenty, so even the smallest theatregoers will be charmed. Pack a picnic and start creating a tradition for your own kids to tell their kids about.