School holiday fun in Moonee Valley!

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School holiday fun in Moonee Valley!

The Winter school holidays are here and we have you covered with some fun and interactive programs that are sure to keep the kids entertained!

Check out the programs on offer below across Moonee Valley.

For children

Pete the Sheep

Pete the Sheep

Saturday, 10 July at 11am

Adapted by Monkey Baa in 2014 from the picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, with foot-tapping music and lyrics by Phil Scott and comedic direction by Jonathan Biggins, Pete the Sheep is a lively and mischievous award-winning musical for young audiences and their adults.


Prices vary, bookings required.

Location: The Clocktower Centre

Arty Tales

Arty Tales 2021

Designed for children aged 2 to 5 with a carer

Introduce your pre-schooler to art with our early learning program Arty Tales. Led by a Barking Spider Visual Theatre artist, pre-schoolers are led in awe and wonder to consider the world around them. Children will listen to stories and songs and enjoy looking at art. Children and their carers will gain the confidence to explore simple materials to make their own artworks, as well as building their confidence to appreciate art and to visit art galleries independently.


Pre-recorded videos released:
7 May | 2 July | 3 September | 12 November 2021

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Ninja Warrior and Mini Olympics (Ascot Vale)

Monday, 5 July at 1pm & Wednesday, 7 July at 2pm

Get active this school holiday with the library and Active You. Try and complete a mobile Ninja Warrior course and then you’ll get a chance to test your Olympian abilities with track and field events, bean bag shot put and a tug of war challenge. Suitable for ages 5-12.


Free event, bookings required.

Location: Ascot Vale Leisure Centre

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Ninja Warrior and Mini Olympics (Avondale Heights)

Wednesday, 30 June at 10-11am

Get active this school holiday with the library and Active You. Try and complete a mobile Ninja Warrior course and then you’ll get a chance to test your Olympian abilities with track and field events, bean bag shot put and a tug of war challenge. Suitable for ages 5-12.


Free event, bookings required.

Location: Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre

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The Write Stuff - Creative Writing Workshop

Thursday, 8 July at 10:30-12 noon

Learn how to write a great story in this workshop. You’ll be provided with a prompt to write the bones of a story – then work with others to make your words jump off the page!

Suitable for upper primary aged students (8 to 12 years).


Free event, bookings required.

Location: Flemington Library

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Retro Kids Films: Babe

Thursday, 1 July at 10:30-12 noon

Come and enjoy ‘retro’ 90s films with us at Sam Merrifield these holidays!

Babe, an orphaned pig, learns to herd sheep after Arthur Hoggett, a farmer, wins him in a contest at a country fair. But will the other farm animals accept a pig who doesn’t conform to the farm’s social hierarchy?

1995. 92mins, rated G.

Suitable for school aged children. Please book one ticket per family.


Free event, bookings required.

Location: Sam Merrifield Library 

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Retro Kids Films: Space Jam

Thursday, 8 July at 10:30-12 noon

Come and enjoy ‘retro’ 90s films with us at Sam Merrifield these holidays!

After Michael Jordan’s retirement, he is abducted by Bugs Bunny from the Looney Tunes group and is asked to play a match to defeat the Nerdlucks, a criminal alien group led by Mister Swackhammer.

1996. 88mins, rated PG.

Suitable for school aged children. Please book one ticket per family.


Free event, bookings required.

Location: Sam Merrifield Library 

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NAIDOC Week - art & storytelling for kids (3 locations)

Thursday, 5, 6 & 7 July at 10:30-11:30am

Participants will learn to draw traditional symbols found in Aboriginal artworks from different cultures around the country. Symbols will be used to demonstrate how they can be combined to tell a visual story, with participants guided to create their own stories.

This program is for school aged children.


Free event, bookings required.

Book here: Sam Merrifield Library

Book here: Niddrie Library

Book here: Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre

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Performing Arts Roadshow

Tuesday, 29 July - Saturday, 3 July

The performing arts roadshow is back these winter school holidays and coming to a neighbourhood near you!

Get ready as Black Hole Theatre delights children of all ages with a story of longing and companionship in The Last Lighthouse Keeper.


Free event, bookings required.

Location: multiple across Moonee Valley libraries and Clocktower Centre

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Lego Sculpture Exhibition and Make & Take

Monday 28 June - Wednesday 30 June

Join our school holiday LEGO exhibition and "Make & Take" run by Melbourne Lego Users Group, 28-30 June at the Clocktower Centre!

The exhibition will be run daily between 10am-4pm in the Clocktower Children's Space, and will feature a range of impressive sculptures constructed from bricks ranging from lifesize to tabletop.

There will also be a daily "Make & Take" session at 4pm on these 3 days in the Clocktower Café.


Free event, bookings required.

Location: Clocktower Centre

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Pete the Sheep Workshop

Friday, 9 July at 2pm

Come and enjoy our one-off children's workshop where we'll be exploring the much-loved book in our brand new Children's Space at the Clocktower Centre.

The workshop will be run by Monkey Baa Productions - the same group that will be running the Pete the Sheep live performance on Saturday, 10 July, the following day!


Tickets are $5, bookings required.

Location: Clocktower Centre

For teens/adults

Gouache Painting

Gouache Painting

Sunday, 27 June 2021 — 12.30 to 3.30pm

This workshop aims to demonstrate the endless possibilities of gouache as a painting medium. From abstract explorations, dynamic colour washes to more realistic compositions with personalised guidance from Kathy.

The class will begin with some tips and tricks when working with gouache through experimentation. Students will learn about blending colours and creating depth through layering, working towards producing a finished still life painting.


Price: $40 per person, bookings required.

Location: Incinerator Gallery

Glass Fusing Workshop

Glass Fusing Workshop

Saturday, 10 July 2021 — 12.30 to 3.30pm

The focus of this class is to create a glass work in the kiln that incorporates a fused-in hook to make it suitable to hang. The finished piece could be used as a wall hanging, suncatcher or component of a mobile. Bethany will demonstrate how to cut glass and the basics of fusing glass in the kiln. Students will have access to a limited range of Oceanside fusing glass (small pieces of transparent and opaque sheet, frit and stringers) and high temperature hooks suitable for fusing into the glass.


Prices: $50 per person, bookings required.

Location: Incinerator Gallery

Social Justice Art for Teens

Social Justice Art for Teens 2021

For teens aged 11 to 17 years of age

Saturdays 10am
10 Jul | 11 Sep | 13 Nov 2021

Pre-recorded videos available:
17 Apr | 12 June | 14 Aug | 16 Oct 2021

Using art as a catalyst for expressing thoughts, opinions and ideas this course focuses on engaging young people in issues that are real and important to them about the world they inhabit.

Participants will engage in dialogue and analysis of the role artists can play in shaping dialogue and advocacy about social issues of concern for young people. Participants will learn how to lift their own ideas and transform them into artworks that express their critical voices


Free, bookings required.

Location: Incinerator Gallery

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Virtual Reality Gaming for Teens

Wednesday, 30 June at 2-4pm

Try our new VR headset on for size and experience the brave new world of 3D gaming. Participants must be between 12 and 18 years of age.

The future is here in Moonee Valley with Virtual Reality!


Free event, bookings required.

Location: Flemington Library

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Game Off!

Thursday, 1 July at 1-5pm

Come and show off your Smash Bros Ultimate skills in this video game tournament for young people aged 12+. Compete for your chance to win gaming vouchers.

This activity is run in conjuction with Northwest Gamers.


Free event, bookings required.

Location: Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre

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Art Club

Tuesdays 10am:
29 Jun | 27 Jul | 31 Aug | 28 Sep | 26 Oct | 23 Nov 2021

Zoom Live:
Tuesday 10am — 18 May

Be inspired by artists and designers and their creative practice to discuss and exchange ideas, responses and issues. Join our monthly meet ups, connect with creative thinkers past and present to discover and rediscover great stories through art and culture.


Free, bookings required.

Location: Incinerator Gallery

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Zine Making Workshop

Monday, 5 July, 3pm – 4.30pm

Learn how to make zines in this fun and relaxed with Gems Zine!

Zines are self-published works filled with words and images, usually in the form of a small booklet. They're often reproduced using a photocopier!

Gems are experts in zine-making! They're a Naarm/Melbourne-based collective who produce zines and fill the pages with art and writing by women and non-binary people based in Australia and worldwide. 


Free, bookings required.

Location: Sam Merrifield Library

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FReeZA Committee

Mondays at 5-6pm

Do you like music or art? Want to see more fun events for for young people in Moonee Valley? Join our FReeZA group!
The FReeZA Committee is a group of young people aged 12-25 who plan and stage music, art, cultural and recreational events in the local community.

Free, learn more here.

Location: Sam Merrifield Library

Exhibitions

Cyrus Tang Sky Orchestra

Sky Orchestra: Cyrus Tang

25 June 2021 - 1 August 2021

Artist(s): Cyrus Tang

Sky Orchestra is a project exploring Confucian values of filial piety through the lens of Chinese history and pop culture, and how it relates to the artist’s existence within a Western context. Through Sky Orchestra, Hong Kong-born artist Cyrus Tang, delves into the history and legacy of a poem by a well-known Chinese poet Su Shi of the Song Dynasty, written during the Moon Festival in 1076. Expressing feelings of loss and yearning, the words of the poem evoke the joys and sorrows of human existence from a Buddhist worldview


Location: Incinerator Gallery

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Beyond the Rhetoric: Sha Sawari

25 June 2021 - 1 August 2021

Artist: Sha Sawari

Beyond the Rhetoric is an interactive exhibition by Afghanistan-Australian artist Sha Sawari that explores migration, identity, and place through the power of language. Utilising the poetic conveyance of Nastaliq, a form of Persian calligraphy, this exhibition articulates the plight of many refugees, and invites visitors to enact gestures of healing through words of affirmation.


Location: Incinerator Gallery

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Baab 02: Mohamed Chamas

18 June 2021 - 1 August 2021

Artist: Mohamed Chamas

Baab 02 is a mixed reality (MR) installation by artist Mohamed Chamas that acts as a speculative, ceremonial altar for glimpsing the barzakh.


Location: Incinerator Gallery