Access to The Artground at Goodman Arts Centre is free (check out current exhibition Happy Homebodies here), but on weekends you can check out fun programmes for the kids. The drop-in programmes range from dance, music and storytelling to gardening-inspired art and craft. These 30-minute programmes are charged at $10 per parent-child pair and offered on a first-come-first-served basis – the weekend schedule can be viewed here. The Artground also present and play host to a variety of ticketed performances where tickets are to be pre-booked. Highlights are:
Letters Come Alive! by RolyPoly Family ($15 per session, admits 1 adult & 1 child)
Sunday 1 September, 2:30 – 3pm
Rolypoly Family is thrilled to be bringing Letters Come Alive! to the children at The Artground. In this whimsical and acrobatic dance theatre performance, the letters of the alphabet take on different shapes and sounds to inspire silliness that kids and grown-ups will enjoy. The performers begin the show with the beloved and familiar alphabet song, before animating the letters and well, things get a little topsy-turvy from there. Are children expected to know the alphabet to enjoy the show? Not at all. Do children need to learn all the letters by the end of the show? That’s not our goal! Will the children spend the rest of the week making shapes and sounds with their bodies and spotting letters everywhere? They just might! Join in to see what happens when letters come alive!
Grow With Me by The Kueh Tutus ($20 per session, admits 1 adult & 1 child)
Friday 6 September 10:30 – 11am, Sunday 8 September 2:30 – 3pm
Made just for babies 12 to 30 months. Inspired by the life cycle of plants, Grow With Me is a beautiful and intimate dance performance that is mesmerising with its coloured lights.
Drop-In Programmes ($10 per session, admits 1 adult & 1 child)
Baby Beat (8 – 36 months)
Sunday 1 & 15 September 10:30 – 11am
A cosy performance of classical music favourites with classic and/or ethnic instruments for the youngest of audiences.
Dance Party (2 – 6 years)
Sunday 15 September 2:30 – 3pm
Join RolyPoly Family for a dance party with moves and music that will be a hit with children and grown ups.
Terrific Tales (3 – 7 years)
Sunday 1, 8 & 15 September 11:30am – 12pm
The perfect introduction to the art of storytelling especially for little listeners. What would you do if you had a touch of magic? Would you fly to the moon or paint pictures that came alive or perhaps become invisible? Join the Young Storytellers and be regaled by tales of magic.
Little Green Thumbs – Yummy Microgreens (4 years and up)
Saturday 7 & 14 September 11:30am – 12pm
In this workshop, children will create and design their own upcycled pot, and mix their own compost/soil, and bring home their own harvest of microgreens!