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Things to do in Melbourne this week

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Twilight Beach Polo
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By Rebecca Russo, Cassidy Knowlton and Nicola Dowse |
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Wondering what to do in Melbourne this week? We can help. Check out our curated guide to all the fun things to do in Melbourneincluding free attractionsart exhibitionstheatre showsactivities for kids and so much more. Plus, if it's a rainy day, consult our guide to Melbourne's best indoor activities instead.

Things to do in Melbourne this week

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Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon at the University of Bristol 2017
Photograph: Carolyn Eaton
Museums, Science

Museum of the Moon

icon-location-pin Scienceworks, Spotswood
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Think you can’t see the Moon indoors? Think again. Scienceworks has announced an exciting new exhibition for December, which lets visitors take in a replica of the Moon close up. Museum of the Moon is essentially a seven-metre diameter spherical sculpture that features large-scale NASA imagery of the lunar surface. It’s shown at a scale of 1:500,000, which means each centimetre of the sculpture represents five kilometres of the Moon’s actual surface. Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon has travelled over the world in recent years. What’s cool about the installation is that it blends detailed lunar imagery, internally illuminated “moonlight” and a specially designed soundtrack created by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones. Virtual reality experience and game Opaque Space: Earthlight – Lunar Hub will illuminate the way you experience the moon, as well. This 40-minute experience will feature 20 minutes in-game and uses headsets and backpack PCs to allow players to move freely around the play space. Entrance to Opaque Space will have an additional charge. There will also be an exciting range of public programs during the Museum of the Moon's residency. Entrance into the exhibition is included with museum entry (free for children and concession and $15 for adults). 

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Giant ice creams at Sugar Republic
Things to do, Pop-up locations

Sugar Republic

icon-location-pin Myer Melbourne, Melbourne
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Last winter, a pop-up museum dedicated to all things sweet landed on Smith Street. Open for only eight weeks, Sugar Republic eventually sold more than 25,000 tickets – but for those who missed out, never fear. Sugar Republic is back!  This Instagrammable event has arrived at Myer in Bourke Street Mall. Several different sensory rooms will be taking over Myer's sixth floor, and we can guarantee they will satisfy every kind of candy lover.  The Sugar Republic team are expecting to build on their previous pop-up with a host of new rooms and interactive installations to play with. There will be a giant bubblegum pink ball pit, a cookie house to relax in, a licorice playroom and plenty of candy to enjoy as you wander through (including some old-school favourites including Wizz Fizz, Hubba Bubba and Arnott's biccies).  This time around, the Sugar Republic team have introduced after dark adults-only sessions which kick off at 6.30pm on Thursday and Friday nights.  Tickets are on sale now and will need to be purchased in advance online. Prices start at $29. In the meantime, take a look at the last time Sugar Republic set up shop in Melbourne.

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Pixar Putt
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Things to do, Games and hobbies

Pixar Putt

icon-location-pin St Kilda Foreshore, St Kilda
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Kick some serious putt at Pixar Putt, a new pop-up mini golf experience that’s landed in Melbourne. The experience is inspired by some of Disney Pixar’s most famous films, including classics like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, Monsters Inc, Wall-E, and new hits like Inside Out, Coco, The Good Dinosaur and more.   Pixar Putt completes its run at River Terrace at Federation Square on Sunday, February 3 before heading to St Kilda Triangle from Friday, February 15 until Sunday, March 31. You can choose between playing a nine-hole round or go to infinity and beyond with the full 18-hole course. Tickets will be $24.90 for adults, $19.90 for children or $79.50 for families doing the nine-hole course, or $39.90 for adults, $29.90 for children and $119.60 for families doing the 18-hole course. Best to buy tickets in advance via the 'buy tickets' button above. 

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Melbourne Book Market
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Shopping, Markets

Melbourne Book Market

icon-location-pin Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
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The famous weekly Fed Square book market shut up shop in 2017, much to the despair of Melbourne's bibliophile community. But the closure was only a temporary one, with the free market now open at Queen Victoria Market every Sunday till April 14. Whether you eat, sleep and breathe books or are just curious, the market has over 5,000 new and second-hand titles to browse from. From sci-fi to non-fiction, the Melbourne Book Market has every genre presented by a revolving cast of veteran Melbourne booksellers. Tweed jackets are encouraged, but not compulsory. There will be around 20 pop-up stalls giving bibliophiles plenty of options to spend all their life savings on, including stalls by the founding members of the book market. After deciding on your next bedtime read take some time to stroll around the market and check off your grocery list with the fresh produce or go into one of the cafés and satiate your hunger. For more information on the next market visit the Queen Victoria Market website or the Melbourne Book Market Facebook page.  

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Park Cinema Docklands
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Things to do, Pop-up locations

Park Cinema Docklands

icon-location-pin Buluk Park, Docklands
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It’s back! Park Cinema Docklands is popping up for another summer of outdoor movie delight. And did we mention it’s free? Zilch! Nada! Niente! Put away the wallet, dig out the trusty picnic rug and run, don’t walk down to Buluk Park right in the middle of the picturesque Victoria Harbour on two Fridays and three Saturdays. This year they are screening the Bowie/Jennifer Connelly/Jim Henson goblin extravaganza Labyrinth, Julie Roberts romcom My Best Friend's Wedding and the Bollywood take on Jane Austen Bride and Prejudice, with the remaining two films of the season to be announced soon. There’ll be pre-movie entertainment on offer to enjoy as the sun goes down, then at 8.30pm, it’s showtime. This year, Park Cinema Docklands has paired up with Saluministi as a food partner, meaning you can purchase #30 antipasto boxes complete with ciabatta, cacciatore salami, buffalo mozzarella, marinated artichokes and more. There’ll also be a dedicated drop-off point for Uber Eats, Deliveroo and others or you can BYO food and drink (alcohol permitted).  Tickets are free but extremely limited, so book yourself a spot soon to make sure you don’t miss out.

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People walking around at the South Melbourne Night Market
Things to do, Markets

South Melbourne Night Market

icon-location-pin South Melbourne Market, South Melbourne
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South Melbourne Market's annual night market will be returning in 2019, kicking off a killer summer on January 10. Returning for eight consecutive Thursday evenings, Melburnians can enjoy a balmy night of eating, drinking, and dancing as live music performers take the stage. You can expect 18 food trucks, four food marquees and six food carts, with many of the market's regular food traders also open. The night market will also feature local makers and designers from the market's SO:ME design space so keep a look out for beautiful homewares, jewellery, clothing, vintage collectables, and art pieces. 

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Photo: Parisa Tag/Focus Features
Film, Drama

Mary Queen of Scots

How much fun would it be to watch an alternate version of Game of Thrones in which all the boring men cowered behind trees while two female dragons circled overhead? You may be wondering about that while taking in Mary Queen of Scots, visually dull and intriguing in only the most generic sense, but still a showcase for the twin talents of Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. For their royal viciousness alone, the movie is almost worth seeing, even if the backbiting is nowhere near as killer as The Favourite (it’s a good time to be an onscreen monarch). Technically, this is Ronan’s movie: she plays the titular role, Mary Stuart, estranged from her native Scotland, reared Catholic in France and already widowed as a teenager. In 1561, Mary is returning home to a mess of competing claims to power. For all the soulfulness Ronan has summoned elsewhere – her performances in Brooklyn and Lady Bird are worthy of the silent era’s most iconic turns – she’s a little stiff here, uneasy in the saddle, and wasted on moments of grandeur and hot-blooded pronouncements. Fortunately, I, Tonya’s Robbie is happy to pick up the slack as England’s ruling Elizabeth, cursed with bad skin, worse wigs, defective ovaries and a scheming cousin in Mary. They’re rivals, but the script (by Beau Willimon, based on John Guy's 2004 biography) awkwardly constructs only one scene for them to play against each other. No matter: Long before the verbal fireworks of that final showdown, Robbie is exuding loneliness an

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The Classics Stonnington
Photograph: Francesco Viceniz
Music

The Classics

icon-location-pin Malvern Gardens, Malvern
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The Classics are back with three free performances lined up for the summer. Stonnington’s historic gardens and parks will be turned into concert venues where performers such as Rob Mills, Vika and Linda Bull, Bobby Fox and Olivia Cranwell will cover opera, Broadway and symphony genres. The Classics: Opera on Saturday, February 2 at Victoria Gardens, High Street, Prahran Puccini’s La Boheme will come to life in an abridged version directed by the award-winning Australian director, Cameron Menzies. The story of La Boheme unfolds as Mimi and Rudolfo, played by Olivia Cranwell and Matthew Reardon respectively, deal with the harshness of winter and pains of jealousy. A live eleven-piece orchestra with conductor Simon Bruckard will also feature in the performance. The evening’s host will be Mairi Nicolson. The Classics: Broadway on Saturday, February 9 at Ardrie Park, Ardrie Road, Malvern East Songs from Hamilton, The Greatest Showman, Wicked, and Beauty and the Beast are just a few of the songs that will be performed during this celebration of Broadway. Bobby Fox, Lisa-Marie Parker, Simon Gleeson, Zahra Newman and emerging artist Imogen Spendlove will perform on the night with Rob Mills as the host. The performances will be directed by Christopher Parker with musical direction by Jack Earle with a seven-piece band. The Classics: Symphony on Saturday, February 23 at Malvern Gardens, High Street, Malvern The symphony night will feature performances by Vika and Linda Bull with

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The Hate U Give
Erika Doss
Film, Drama

The Hate U Give

Racially charged police shootings in America show no signs of stopping, but the Black Lives Matter campaign has at least raised awareness of the problem. A whole new crop of films has as well, including the recent Blindspotting, but the one best positioned to make a difference is this teen-targeted adaptation of a bestselling YA novel, driven by a fierce performance from The Hunger Games breakout Amandla Stenberg. Stenberg plays Starr Carter, a girl torn between two worlds: the tough neighborhood where she lives and her fancy private school. She carefully keeps them separate, until she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend and is forced to take a stand. Speaking out risks reprisals against her family, as well as gang violence courtesy of a drug lord called King (Anthony Mackie), who has publicly laid claim to the victim. On a personal level, this will upend Starr's life at school. But staying silent offers no guarantee of safety either. It’s an awful dilemma for anyone, let alone a teen, and while Starr has the support of loving parents, she must ultimately decide on her own. It’s in weighing cause and consequence that the film excels: director George Tillman Jr (Barbershop) has often been saddled with weightless popcorn fare but here he leaps at the chance to make something with purpose. The result is a little long and occasionally unsubtle, but it’s an undeniable howl for justice and accountability.

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Barbara and the Camp Dogs Malthouse 2019
Photograph: Daniel Boud
Theatre, Drama

Barbara and the Camp Dogs

icon-location-pin Malthouse Theatre, Southbank
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This rocking semi-autobiographical play with songs was a big hit for Sydney’s Belvoir in 2017 (read Time Out Sydney’s four-star review). Ursula Yovich co-wrote the play with Alana Valentine and stars as Barbara, an angry pub singer who takes no prisoners. Her life is turned upside down when she and her sister (played by Elaine Crombie) are called back to Katherine to say goodbye to their dying mother. Time Out Sydney wrote: “Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a road trip buddy comedy that pulls itself apart to reveal our intergenerational, national distress – how the horrors of invasion, genocide and brutality by those in power caused fault lines that even today damage the livelihoods of First Nations Australians.” All the songs are killer and performed with a live rock band on stage. And Malthouse is going to be transformed into a big, sticky pub to accommodate Barbara.

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Princes Bridge. Melbourne
Photograph: Robert Blackburn
Things to do

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Pouring drinks at Bar Liberty
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Bars, Cocktail bars

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People browsing through clothing at a market stall
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Shopping, Markets

The best markets in Melbourne

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Great Otway National Park
Photograph: Robert Blackburn
Travel, Short getaways

The best day trips from Melbourne

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