The Open House Melbourne Weekend will take place on Saturday 28 + Sunday 29 July with a range of talks, walks and workshops aimed at encouraging Melbournians to explore the diversity and design of the city’s built environment.

In 2018, the Weekend will once again include a Kids’ Program, designed for children up to 16 years, with a series of fun and educational activities. The full Kids’ Program will be included in a lift-out within The Age Newspaper on Saturday 7 July. Be sure to grab your copy!



A highlight of the Open House Melbourne Kids’ Program is the Immigration Museum’s ‘Tiny Town – Tents to Mansions’ project, open both days of the Weekend:

Can you imagine life in early Melbourne? Or as a squatter on a Victorian sheep station in the 1800s? Or as an Indigenous Australian in colonial times? In this workshop you will look at the depictions of settlements and buildings in the Immigration Museum’s Collection, then use them as inspiration to create your own miniature wooden models of colonial housing; from camping grounds to grand manors and soaring skyscrapers.

There will be a ‘tiny town’ set situated on a blackboard, with block buildings that can be relocated by aspiring town planners. Families can explore maps of Melbourne locate significant sites, making connections to the buildings and sites in the Open House Weekend. The participants will also have a significant tiny building (approximately 15cm2), which they can design themselves – using evidence from photographs and artworks to recreate the features of buildings utilising a variety of materials.

The Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine Kids is a free, anytime activity for families with children.

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Royal Historical Society of Victoria

Colouring in and board games activities for children.

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Australian Tapestry Workshop

Free drop-in kids weaving activity offered all day. This is a hands-on activity where children will get to try their hand at weaving and take home their work.

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K2LD Studo

Hands-on activity for kids including colouring and take home materials.

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NExT Lab: New Experimental Technology Lab

Augmented reality experience sessions, 3D printing mini-workshop, 3D scanning demonstrations.

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Family Activity Ping Pong WoW The Ball Room artists believe play to be an essential ingredient in all creative acts, hence their slogan, in play we make art.

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The RACV Tiny Home

Seedling Planting for the kids, Free Popcorn and Live Music.

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Scots' Church and Assembly Hall.

Children's activities including colouring, find the items in the stained glass windows and dot to dot. Videos showing areas of the Church that are inaccessible to the public; the organ and the spire.

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German Lutheran Trinity Church

Yarra Gospel Choir Saturday 11, handmade craft sales, coffee

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50 Albert

Artist showing works, colour-in pages for kids, videos showing the building and social events held at 50 Albert.

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DANCEHOUSE, Former Carlton Community Hall

Introductory, free classes will be offered each day at 11:00am, 12:15am, 2:00pm and 3:15pm in a diverse array of fun dance forms.

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3CR Community Radio

Jump into a radio studio and get behind the mic to gain a first-hand experience of radio broadcasting. All ages welcome.

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Woodlands Historic Homestead

Art activity for children hosted by Living Legends' staff.

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Bunjil Place

The entire precinct will be open with a children's trail, films on the big screen in the plaza and design talks. Visit the current exhibition in the gallery and explore the three level library.

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Spotswood Pumping Station

Join Museums Victoria's Senior Curator of Engineering and Transport, Matthew Churchward, for a specialist tour of the Pumping Station.

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Triple R - 102.7FM Studios

Tours of all of the spaces plus radio studio demonstrations/participation.

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All Saints Church East St Kilda

A self-directed children's 'treasure hunt' will be available highlighting some of the fine artefacts of the building.

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The Astor Theatre

10am–12pm: Vintage cartoons 12pm–2pm : Vintage news reels 2pm: Organ performance folled by secret vintage film 4pm: 5pm Vintage short films.

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Gasworks Arts Park

Play with Clay and Wildflower Printing drop in activities from 10am to 4pm. 'Inhabitants' group exhibition by the Gasworks Studio Artists. A Historical Photograph display of the evolution of Gasworks from the 1880's to present day. A theater performance of 'Letters to Lindy' is also happening at 7.30pm on Saturday night.

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The Gipson Commons

Face painting for kids in cafe, Jazz quartet performance at scheduled times.

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The Melbourne Camera Club

A free cyanotype workshop will be offered all day. Children will create a design on pre-prepared paper, expose it and then develop in water. The end result is a blue print of the image they have created that they can take away.

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