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You don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket in order to entertain the kids around Melbourne, with FREE events for kids on every month! Be sure to fit some of these festivals into your busy weekend and school holiday schedules between now and December.
Bastille Day French Festival
This annual and authentic festival, gathers the French-Australian community together to celebrate Bastille Day, and is a must-attend event for Francophiles and French expats. Learn about French food, wine, history and culture from a diverse range of Melbourne-based, French business owners who are passionate about all their native country has to offer. There’s an area with activities to amuse the kids such as badge making and French storytelling, while parents take turns enjoying a master class in cooking French food or watching a classic French film with English subtitles.
This year, the festival will take place at Federation Square in the Atrium, Deakin Edge Theatre and the Deakin Edge Terrace, combining both indoor and outdoor areas, so exhibitors and visitors can rug up and enjoy the fresh winter air or warm up under cover while enjoying one of many French specialties.
Where: Federation Square
When: 12-13 July
For more info: www.bastilledaymelbourne.com
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Sunshine Lantern Festival
Sunshine’s Hampshire Road lights up with large scale lanterns and comes alive with roving performers, kiddie rides, market stalls, street food and dragon dancing! Live entertainment includes the Vietnamese cultural Legend of the Moon performance on stage, while a parade of children and their families are led along the closed off road of shopfronts by a Lion Dance. The Eternal Dragon symbolising strength, nobility and good fortune is an imposing centrepiece. The parade is filled with light from thousands of led battery powered animal shaped lanterns provided to children and finishes off with an electrifying display of Fireworks!
When: September (precise dates TBC)
For more info: www.sunshinebusiness.com.au/events/sunshine-lantern-festival/
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Children’s Weeks at Tesselaar Tulip Festival
Not only can your family experience the colourful blooms of Spring at the Tesselaar Tulip Farm, but different entertainment options are offered for children to enjoy each week!
Super Hero Week (from the 24th – 27th Sept) involves roving superheroes rushing to the rescue and saving the kids’ day! Children get into the superhero spirit by dressing in their favourite superhero outfit to compete for costume prizes!
Get Active Week (from the 1st – 4th Oct) includes live performances from Peter Rabbit, The Kazoos and Ruccis Circus. Children can come dressed as their favourite sports stars and in team colours for the chance to win prizes!
Where: Tesselaar Tulip Farm, Silvan
When: 24thSeptember – 4th October
For more info: https://tulipfestival.com.au/
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Bacchus Marsh Strawberries & Cherries Weekend
The annual Strawberries and Cherries Weekend is a fantastic foodie event that takes place at the start of growing season in Bacchus Marsh, featuring a street festival filled with farm stalls and food trucks in the Avenue of Honour, The Village Green and main shopping precinct. Parents are entertained by live music and dancing while kids are amused by carnival, camel and pony rides, as well as picking their own fruit! Carry on the fun by baking a cherry pie at home!
Where: Bacchus Marsh
When: Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November
For more info: https://www.visitbacchusmarsh.com.au/
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Springfree Trampoline holds special events throughout the year that your kids would love, too!
Visit our Facebook events page for details.